SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers mentor Kyle Shanahan isn’t going to use social media, but in the wake of his team’s disappointing loss in Super Bowl LIV, he has a unique system for gauging criticism levied from him and his crew: textual content messages.
Talking alongside basic supervisor John Lynch at the Niners’ 12 months-conclusion news conference Thursday, Shanahan claimed he had about two hundred textual content messages after San Francisco’s earn from Environmentally friendly Bay in the NFC Championship Game — most telling him how excellent he and the Niners had been.
Just after coughing up a ten-point lead to the Kansas Town Chiefs in the fourth quarter Sunday, Shanahan had about two hundred more messages — most inquiring how he was accomplishing or if he was Okay, or men and women indicating they nevertheless believed in him.
Via it all, Shanahan has no regrets about how he called and managed the activity and insisted the ensuing criticism won’t have an affect on him.
“I will not truly feel it is intensive blowback,” Shanahan claimed. “I am not on Twitter or whatever all that stuff is, but I would hardly ever do that to myself anyway. I’ve lost a Super Bowl prior to and I’ve been a element of a larger lead that was lost, so I am pretty well informed of what goes with that. But I am also not a fantastic liar. How you guys hear me talk is specifically how I truly feel. I am true upset about the loss since it is hard to get there.
“I individually imagined we had the finest crew in the NFL this 12 months. And we weren’t, and we have got to offer with that. But I am guaranteed we imagine we had that and we really should have proved that and we did not get that done. And that’s what is seriously cool about sports activities, that’s what hurts about sports activities, that’s what is enjoyable about sports activities. It’s why I appreciate sports activities and it is also why absolutely everyone likes looking at it, since there is a lot of emotion in there and when I do truly feel this way and stuff, I signify it, it tends to make me truly feel more robust since it does hurt a lot. But I also know how much I can offer with it. And if that’s the worst stuff that occurs, I are unable to wait around to attempt our butts off to get back there upcoming 12 months.”
In the wake of the loss to the Chiefs, much of the blame has been aimed at Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, which, as Shanahan factors out, just isn’t unconventional presented their work titles.
Lots of of the thoughts for Shanahan have surrounded how he taken care of the conclusion of the next quarter. Just after San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner tackled running back Damien Williams for a 1-lawn achieve to set up a fourth-and-thirteen at Kansas City’s 49, Shanahan opted not to use a timeout with about a minute and a fifty percent to engage in.
Tv cameras even confirmed Lynch signaling for a timeout from the suite wherever he was looking at the activity. Shanahan decided from it as Kansas Town ran the clock down to fifty nine seconds prior to punting.
On Thursday, Shanahan insisted he would manage it the identical way. His concern was Kansas Town punter Dustin Colquitt would pin the Niners at the 1, then the Chiefs would use their timeouts and score prior to the fifty percent.
Colquitt’s punt was approximately downed inside the five, but Kansas Town couldn’t rather make the engage in, giving the ball to the Niners at the 20.
From there, Shanahan claimed he was hoping to pop a very long operate on initially down, which would have permitted him to be more aggressive but at worst would keep the clock running. Ended up it not for an offensive pass interference simply call from George Kittle that nullified a 42-lawn achieve, the Niners nevertheless possible would have at least managed a field goal prior to the fifty percent.
Irrespective, they had been capable to go into the locker area tied at ten with the ball to start out the next fifty percent — an outcome Shanahan was delighted with after what he called “blunders” he made in a midseason loss to Seattle that finally led to a loss there.
“I called a operate,” Shanahan claimed. “I will not think that’s not aggressive. I simply call operates occasionally on third-and-ten, and I think we had been averaging about seven yards per have at the time. I favored the operate simply call. It also assures that the clock will be running after it. … So that just one, I am pretty confident in what happened there. I would do that more than each and every solitary time, specially when you are acquiring the ball in the third.”
Asked if he had any calls he would like back from the activity, Shanahan claimed he did not, nevertheless in hindsight he claimed he would’ve favored to simply call timeout after a very long third-down pass supposed for Emmanuel Sanders fell incomplete to get back some vitality for fourth down. He opted not to use it, realizing that if the Niners did not get the initially down, they’d need to have all three timeouts to possibly get the ball back.
Shanahan also offered guidance for Garoppolo, who posted a QBR of five.6 in the fourth quarter — tied for the cheapest in any quarter in the course of the postseason (minimal of ten tries).
Shanahan claimed he feels the identical about Garoppolo as he did “the working day prior to the Super Bowl,” noting he thinks his quarterback was on his way to Super Bowl MVP prior to the final few drives.
“Jimmy is just one of the key reasons we got to the Super Bowl,” Shanahan claimed. “He overcame a lot. This was his initially 12 months in his job heading by means of an total NFL year, so he nevertheless isn’t going to have as many begins as Baker Mayfield. He had a hell of a initially 12 months really actively playing the position, specially coming off an ACL.
“You have to battle by means of that as a quarterback wherever your rhythm and every little thing is not there at the starting of the 12 months. And for him to be like that and to not permit the strain get to him and to improve as the 12 months went I think suggests a ton about Jimmy and I are unable to explain to you how much I liked coaching the dude as a participant and as a individual this 12 months.”
In advance of indicating their goodbyes to the crew Wednesday, they made it a point to go over how considerably they had occur in 2019, inviting gamers to supply their favourite memories and turning a scheduled 15-minute meeting into just one that lasted upward of an hour.
“I think anything that’s critical and anything we talked a lot about as a crew, is let us not just do away with what a particular year that we had and let us not just neglect that,” Lynch claimed. “You will find not many teams that go from four wins to thirteen and dominate the NFC in the playoffs to get there. So we imagine this crew is unique and we imagine we’re capable of accomplishing that.
“We have to have the disappointment, but some of the issues being claimed, I think this team is pretty powerful in conditions of who we are. And I know [Shanahan], in my mind, was the finest mentor in soccer this 12 months. That previous activity, we have to all have what happened. Our guys like that. They’re gonna just take that, put it on their shoulders, they are gonna have it and we’re gonna shift forward and we’re gonna be improved from it.”