In his 2 Superbowls, Shanahan has been outscored 46-0 in the 4th quarter and OT.
Oof. Not a good stat.
He’ll be wearing that for the rest of his life, unless he wins one.
I don't get why Shanahan gets to "wear" the 25 point deficit that the Falcons defense
surrendered, when he was the OC for the offense that staked that team to a 28-3 lead?
All of the coaches from that 28-3 chokejob, which it was, will wear that for the rest of their lives. If you have a 28-3 lead in the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl and you end up losing, that's a choke.
IMO, he was the one still calling passing plays that helped the Patriots come back. Sure, that's who they were all season, a team pushing the ball downfield through the air, but if he called only running plays after that late game Julio Jones sideline catch when the Falcons were up 7, they would have been able to attempt a FG that would have iced the game. He ended up calling more pass plays which resulted in a sack and a holding penalty, pushing them out of kicking range.
Think if that were the Browns. We'd be up 7 points, a few minutes left, the ball on their 20-something yard line, 1st down and our kicker has been solid. Do you call passing plays so the clock can stop, put yourself in a position to get sacked or you're forced into a pass-protection holding penalty? I'd think we'd all be screaming at the TV to run three times and kick the FG. Heck, down the ball three times and kick!
And yes, as someone said, he also didn't score a single point in those two 4th quarters. If he had, he might have won both.
The maddening thing about Sunday's collapse, different than how the Falcons were built, the 49ers were built to do the very thing they needed to do, run the ball. They were averaging near 7 yards an attempt. Why did they abandon it?
Back to Kyle, he doesn't own the 28-3 failure all to himself, but it's on his resume. Is it fair to say he owns 10-20% of the blame? As for the percentage blame from this past Sunday, I'd give him about 70%. The head coach always carries the largest portion.
As for not using the word "choke", I don't see the point. If that's what happened, why sugarcoat it to protect their feelings? They're all adults and they're paid well. I try to never use that word with amateur athlete's, but the pros are different. It's why I'm fine with pro teams running up the score as much as they want. Everyone is being paid to play so stop them from scoring if you don't like it.