February 20, 2024

Will Kyle Shanahan eventually need a fresh start?

Before final night time’s Super Bowl started, a member of the nationwide media posed to me a query value not less than contemplating.

If the 49ers lose the sport, will coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers need a fresh begin, in some unspecified time in the future?

Chiefs coach Andy Reid obtained a fresh begin, albeit after 14 seasons with the Eagles. Shanahan already has seven years with the 49ers, and he has misplaced two Super Bowls. At what level will it’s in his greatest pursuits, and/or the group’s greatest pursuits, to have a reboot?

Now isn’t the time, for my part. Not with quarterback Brock Purdy probably having a greater ceiling that might permit Shanahan to lastly break via and win the large sport. With every further Super Bowl loss, nevertheless, there will probably be an increasing number of give attention to the query of Shanahan can get it carried out.

Indeed, the subsequent time the 49ers return to the sport, one of many dominant storylines will probably be whether or not he can overcome failures in Super Bowl LI (as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator), Super Bowl LIV, and Super Bowl LVIII.

The easy reality is that Shanahan retains dropping to Mahomes. The different easy reality is that Shanahan might have drafted Mahomes in 2017, however Shanahan handed on the rising GOAT. At some level, the string of Super Bowl losses — particularly to Mahomes — might turn into too lengthy.

Again, it’s untimely to consider Shanahan wanting or needing to go elsewhere. But with two Super Bowl losses and two NFC Championship losses within the final 5 years, the stress will hold constructing on Shanahan to get again to the Super Bowl and win it. And every time he will get shut, the questions will emerge (once more) as as to if he can win the large one.

Reid confronted those self same questions throughout his early years in Philadelphia. He went to 4 straight NFC Championships earlier than lastly attending to the Super Bowl, after which he misplaced to the Patriots. It wasn’t till Reid was fired by the Eagles and landed with the Chiefs that issues modified.

Actually, it wasn’t till Reid obtained Mahomes that issues modified. And Shanahan might have had him. Of all of the issues that absolutely will torment Shanahan, the truth that he didn’t take a nearer have a look at the quarterback who already may be one of the best to ever play the sport is the one factor that ought to give Shanahan a lifetime of abdomen acid.

Shanahan shouldn’t really feel alone in his futility. Mahomes will relegate loads of different coaches and gamers to also-ran standing, primarily within the AFC. Twice now within the Super Bowl, nevertheless, Mahomes has worn out a 10-point lead constructed by Shanahan’s group within the greatest sport of the yr.

If it occurs a third time, Shanahan may not wish to set himself up for a fourth.

Some would say dropping within the Super Bowl is a good drawback to have. Those who would say that haven’t handled the repeated ache of dropping and dropping and dropping within the final American sporting occasion. How many losses can Shanahan take with the 49ers earlier than he simply wants to begin the journey another time with one other group?

Hell, possibly he ought to begin counting the years till Reid inevitably retires after which attempt to get to Kansas City. Given that Shanahan has been unable to beat Mahomes, one of the best answer could possibly be to affix him.