SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers mentor Kyle Shanahan does not use social media, but in the wake of his team’s disappointing decline in Super Bowl LIV, he has a different strategy for gauging criticism levied in opposition to him and his crew: textual content messages.
Speaking alongside normal manager John Lynch at the Niners’ calendar year-end news conference Thursday, Shanahan claimed he experienced about 200 textual content messages right after San Francisco’s get versus Eco-friendly Bay in the NFC Championship activity — most telling him how good he and the Niners ended up.
After coughing up a 10-place lead to the Kansas Town Chiefs in the fourth quarter Sunday, Shanahan had about 200 more messages — most asking how he was executing, if he was Okay or folks indicating they nevertheless considered in him.
Through it all, Shanahan has no regrets about how he known as and managed the sport and insisted the ensuing criticism is not going to have an affect on him.
“I you should not come to feel it truly is extreme blowback,” Shanahan claimed. “I am not on Twitter or what ever all that things is, but I would in no way do that to myself anyway. I’ve missing a Tremendous Bowl prior to and I’ve been a section of a even bigger lead that was lost, so I’m incredibly properly informed of what goes with that. But I am also not a great liar. How you fellas listen to me speak is specifically how I experience. I am true upset about the loss because it can be tough to get there.
“I personally imagined we experienced the most effective workforce in the NFL this calendar year. And we weren’t, and we have acquired to offer with that. But I’m positive we think we had that and we should really have proved that and we didn’t get that accomplished. And that is what’s seriously great about sports, which is what hurts about athletics, that is what is pleasurable about sports. It can be why I enjoy athletics and it is also why anyone likes viewing it, for the reason that there is a good deal of emotion in there and when I do truly feel this way and things, I imply it, it will make me come to feel much better since it does hurt a good deal. But I also know how a lot I can deal with it. And if that is the worst things that occurs, I are not able to wait to consider our butts off to get back again there future year.”
In the wake of the reduction to the Chiefs, a great deal of the blame has been aimed at Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, which, as Shanahan factors out, isn’t really strange specified their job titles.
Many of the thoughts for Shanahan have surrounded how he dealt with the end of the next quarter. Soon after San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner tackled running back Damien Williams for a 1-garden gain to set up a fourth-and-13 at Kansas City’s 49, Shanahan opted not to use a timeout with about a minute and a 50 percent to enjoy.
Television cameras even showed Lynch signaling for a timeout from the suite where by he was watching the match. Shanahan made the decision versus it as Kansas City ran the clock down to 59 seconds just before punting.
On Thursday, Shanahan insisted he would deal with it the exact way. His issue was Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt would pin the Niners at the 1, use their timeouts and score right before the 50 %.
Colquitt’s punt was approximately downed within the 5, but Kansas Metropolis could not rather make the perform, supplying the ball to the Niners at the 20.
From there, Shanahan stated he was hoping to pop a extensive run on first down, which would have authorized him to be much more aggressive but at worst would continue to keep the clock functioning. Had been it not for an offensive go interference contact against George Kittle that nullified a 42-garden acquire, the Niners however probable would have at minimum managed a discipline purpose just before the fifty percent.
Irrespective, they ended up capable to go into the locker area tied at 10 with the ball to commence the 2nd half — an result Shanahan was delighted with right after what he referred to as “problems” he designed in a midseason reduction to Seattle that finally led to a loss there.
“I identified as a operate,” Shanahan stated. “I really don’t feel that is not aggressive. I call operates sometimes on third-and-10, and I think we were averaging about 7 yards for each carry at the time. I preferred the run simply call. It also assures that the clock will be working soon after it. … So that a person, I’m pretty self-confident in what transpired there. I would do that over each single time, specifically when you are getting the ball in the 3rd.”
Questioned if he experienced any phone calls he would like back again from the sport, Shanahan stated he did not, nevertheless in hindsight he reported he would’ve appreciated to get in touch with timeout after a extensive third-down pass meant for Emmanuel Sanders fell incomplete to regain some strength for fourth down. He opted not to use it, realizing that if the Niners didn’t get the very first down, they’d will need all 3 timeouts to perhaps get the ball again.
Shanahan also available aid for Garoppolo, who posted a QBR of 5.6 in the fourth quarter — tied for the most affordable in any quarter in the course of the postseason (minimum of 10 makes an attempt).
Shanahan said he feels the very same about Garoppolo as he did “the day before the Tremendous Bowl,” noting he thinks his quarterback was on his way to Super Bowl MVP just before the closing couple of drives.
“Jimmy is a single of the primary factors we obtained to the Super Bowl,” Shanahan said. “He overcame a whole lot. This was his to start with calendar year in his vocation heading by an whole NFL season, so he even now isn’t going to have as numerous starts off as Baker Mayfield. He had a hell of a to start with calendar year really taking part in the placement, primarily coming off an ACL.
“You have to fight via that as a quarterback in which your rhythm and anything is not there at the commencing of the year. And for him to be like that and to not let the tension get to him and to increase as the calendar year went I feel claims a ton about Jimmy and I are not able to explain to you how a lot I beloved coaching the guy as a participant and as a person this yr.”
Prior to declaring their goodbyes to the workforce Wednesday, they produced it a stage to discuss how considerably they experienced arrive in 2019, inviting players to give their most loved recollections and turning a scheduled 15-minute meeting into one particular that lasted upwards of an hour.
“I believe something that is crucial and anything we talked a good deal about as a workforce, is let us not just do absent with what a specific time that we experienced and let’s not just forget about that,” Lynch explained. “You can find not quite a few groups that go from 4 wins to 13 and dominate the NFC in the playoffs to get there. So we feel this group is unique and we believe that we are able of carrying out that.
“We have to have the disappointment, but some of the items being reported, I believe this group is very solid in terms of who we are. And I know [Shanahan], in my intellect, was the very best coach in football this calendar year. That very last recreation, we have to all individual what occurred. Our men like that. They are gonna take that, put it on their shoulders, they are gonna individual it and we’re gonna shift ahead and we are gonna be far better from it.”