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https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2872350-49ers-hc-kyle-shanahan-says-he-rarely-thinks-about-falcons-super-bowl-li-loss

 

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan Says He Rarely Thinks About Falcons' Super Bowl LI Loss
MEGAN ARMSTRONG
JANUARY 20, 2020
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, center, and general manager John Lynch, right, celebrate during an interview with Terry Bradshaw, left, after the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers won 37-20 to advance to Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is headed to Super Bowl LIV after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

It is Shanahan's first trip back to the Super Bowl since the 2016-17 campaign when he served as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, and the Falcons infamously botched a 28-3 fourth-quarter lead to lose 34-28 to the New England Patriots.

Shanahan was asked by reporters Monday if he still thinks about losing Super Bowl LI.

"Not much at all anymore, to tell you the truth," Shanahan responded. "You do it every second in the days after; they were real tough. Losing the Super Bowl is extremely tough for everybody, especially when you have a 28-3 lead going into the fourth."


He continued: 

"But the way it came down on me personally, I didn't react to that the way people would expect because there were definitely parts of that Super Bowl I would love to have back and I was very hard on myself. But the whole narrative of 'if I just would have run it, we would have won,' I know that wasn't the case. I know what went into that game and all the stuff that happened, so that stuff didn't bother me. You've got to deal with that and listen to other people, but it was nice to be able to move on and move out here and just keep working. I'm glad I'm going to get the chance to go back."

Shanahan was hired as the Niners head coach in Feb. 2017, following the Falcons' devastating loss. Shanahan's arrival correlated with John Lynch's hiring as general manager.

It was a tough first two seasons in charge. San Francisco went 6-10 in 2017, then saw 2018 derailed when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's torn ACL headlined numerous injuries en route to a 4-12 record. 

With Garoppolo back healthy and 2019 second overall pick Nick Bosa bolstering a dominant defensive unit, the Niners finally blossomed this season. San Francisco went 13-3 in the regular season and earned the NFC's top seed.

Shanahan has already made history by making his first Super Bowl as a head coach:


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The 49ers will clash with the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid knows what it feels like to lose a Super Bowl. He last made it this far as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach in 2004-05 and lost 24-21 to the New England Patriots. 


Reid is the winningest head coach in league history without a Super Bowl or NFL Championship, per NFL Research. 

One head coach will achieve redemption, while the other will be doubly heartbroken. 

The Chiefs and Niners will kick off Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET from Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.

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1 minute ago, Ezekiel 25:17 said:

Which that all tells me is that he wakes up in a cold sweat most nights waking up from the nightmare of not running the ball.

Or maybe he learned from his mistakes?

Something funny about this board to me (not you at all, since you aren't saying this, but generally) is how everyone expects the coach who got arrogant and called 4 shotgun plays in a row in field goal range is now the guy who is going to win it all and totally not do that ever again.

The HC who hired him, got us there in his 2nd season, and came real close to getting us back the next season?  No, that guy will never learn.  He's hopeless.  He's a lost cause.  

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Just now, JDaveG said:

Or maybe he learned from his mistakes?

Something funny about this board to me (not you at all, since you aren't saying this, but generally) is how everyone expects the coach who got arrogant and called 4 shotgun plays in a row in field goal range is now the guy who is going to win it all and totally not do that ever again.

The HC who hired him, got us there in his 2nd season, and came real close to getting us back the next season?  No, that guy will never learn.  He's hopeless.  He's a lost cause.  

Yeah, double standards are a mutha..

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I love Shanny, but I don’t buy it.  Not for a second.  Competitive people don’t ever forget about their losses, especially ones on the biggest stage.  All the greats say they remember the losses more than the wins.  Shanny is no different

And it was not 28-3 in the 4th.  Come on Shanny!!!

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Just now, dapanch420 said:

kyle has moved on because hes probably gonna win multiple superbowls with the niners

Regardless of what he does with the 9ers, he's been gone for 4 years now. He's moved on, at what point do our fans move on from him? We had one real magical season with him, and he was able to cash in off that. I don't blame him at all, I just think (bad OC choices after him aside) his name shouldn't come up as much as it does within our base. He's not coming back. 

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The blame for that loss can be attributed to many players and coaches that had a hand in the output of the whole team in the second half of that game. They shouldn’t have even been in that dire position to run the ball or die to begin with.

Thats also the game I realize beasley might be overrated trash. You had Grady destroying the middle of their line while the league leading passrusher was no where to be found throughout the whole game.

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1 minute ago, Jerz #Quinning said:

The blame for that loss can be attributed to many players and coaches that had a hand in the output of the whole team in the second half of that game. They shouldn’t have even been in that dire position to run the ball or die to begin with.

Thats also the game I realize beasley might be overrated trash. You had Grady destroying the middle of their line while the league leading passrusher was no where to be found throughout the whole game.

Right, I do agree with him that there were other issues outside of that last sequence where just as much blame can be placed.

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3 minutes ago, A Pimp Named Slickback™ said:

Right, I do agree with him that there were other issues outside of that last sequence where just as much blame can be placed.

When he caught wind of how this pathetic fanbase blamed him solely for not running the ball and basically losing the game he’s probably glad to have left us in the dust while he goes on to be apart of bigger and better things. 

He handcrafted Ryans mvp trophy and made that offense what it was. Outside of that year our offense has always been an inconsistent finesse team that chokes in big moments. Shanny was the greatest thing thats happened to this team and we’ve been garbage without him.

 

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I love how Shanny is benefitting a franchise who’s already experienced 4 Super Bowl championships while Shanny hurt a franchise who’s never experienced a Super Bowl championship. Of course the atmosphere says no to Atlanta sports but a mega size yes to Bay Area sports. 

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1 hour ago, Ovie_Lover said:

This fanbase didnt deserve Shanny.

The Falcons had 0 Superbowl wins before him and 0 Superbowls wins after him. He isn't the sole reason the Falcons lost the Superbowl, but he was a big part of it. I guess we owe him thanks for that....?

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3 hours ago, JDaveG said:

Or maybe he learned from his mistakes?

Something funny about this board to me (not you at all, since you aren't saying this, but generally) is how everyone expects the coach who got arrogant and called 4 shotgun plays in a row in field goal range is now the guy who is going to win it all and totally not do that ever again.

The HC who hired him, got us there in his 2nd season, and came real close to getting us back the next season?  No, that guy will never learn.  He's hopeless.  He's a lost cause.  

I think he did learn, but I do think it haunts him as the one that got away.

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1 hour ago, takeitdown said:

Don't mind him moving on at all.

Him not understanding that 3 runs and a field goal wins that game at the end is either being a- disingenous or b-means he doesn't understand situational football.

I doubt it's B.  He's a very bright football mind.

He totally understands situational football. His mindset is to IGNORE it. That is both his strength and weakness. It's why he is so unpredictable as a play caller. And it's also why he botched the end of 51.

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2 hours ago, octoslash said:

Funny thing with some Falcon fans: You best forgive Mike Vick for knowingly committing terrible crimes including animal torture,  

-but- when it comes to Shanahan, if you've forgiven him for bad play calls...you're not a real fan.  

lol  

Eugene

Vick

Shanny

Man...this franchise just has bad luck or karma or something when we start to get close to the pie.

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