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What’s Next for Kyle Shanahan?

What’s Next for Kyle Shanahan?

WHAT’S NEXT FOR KYLE SHANAHAN – We are a couple days removed from Super Bowl LVIII and one thing is clear, we are witnessing the next NFL dynasty.

The Kansas City Chiefs are back-to-back champions after a comeback 25-22 win in overtime over the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs are just the fourth team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a five-year stretch.

They have a long way to go to catch the New England Patriots with an NFL-record six titles and eleven Super Bowl appearances but it’s not out of the question. Mahomes is only 28 years old and has proven he can win even with a defensive minded team.

The Goats?

Mahomes is currently the best quarterback on the planet. He has a chance to surpass Tom Brady for GOAT status. The longevity of Brady’s career and the fact he defeated Mahomes in his last Super Bowl with Tampa Bay may make it a long road to haul. Brady played in 335 games compared to Mahomes with 97 games under his belt. Only time will tell if he can keep this up for another 15 years!

Andy Reid is absolutely in the conversation for best coach in NFL history. He became just the fifth coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowls, joining Bill Belichick, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and Joe Gibbs.

He is also the only coach to win over 100 games with two different franchises. It’s hard to imagine being only a few years removed from the Patriot’s dynasty and already talking about another team joining their ranks. 

“I believe he’s the best coach of all time,” three-time Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes said. “I know he doesn’t have the trophies yet, and I have a lot of respect for some of those great coaches, but [it’s] the way he’s able to navigate every single team he has and continue to have success no matter where he’s at.”

The Curse of Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan is responsible for three of the largest blown leads in Super Bowl history. 

  • 25-point blown lead as Falcons OC (2016 in Super Bowl LI vs Patriots, led 28-3)
  • 10-point blown lead as 49ers HC (2019 in Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs, led 20-10)
  • 10-point blown lead as 49ers HC (2023 in Super Bowl LVIII vs Chiefs, led 10-0)

The 49ers had plenty of opportunities to win this game as quarterback Brock Purdy had his best game of the playoffs.. The game came down to some missed opportunities in the clutch. This allowed the Chiefs to mount their historic overtime win.

This 49’ers team was loaded and seemed poised to win its first championship since 1995. Leading 10-3 going into halftime the Niners came out flat in the third quarter squandering their lead going down 13-10 to start the fourth quarter. Fans will forever scrutinize Shanahan’s decision in overtime to take the ball, especially given the new overtime rules. 

Oh, and never fade Mahomes in the playoffs. And by never, I mean NEVER!

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