The San Francisco 49ers and Kyle Shanahan are preparing for their biggest game in recent franchise history when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
And while Shanahan has been to two as both an assistant and a head coach, he’s never won one as the leader of a NFL team. .
He estimates he attended six other Super Bowls “as a family member growing up,” along for the ride to see his father, Mike, work in the big game during an illustrious coaching career.
Kyle Shanahan is 0-1 in Super Bowls as a head coach, as his San Francisco 49ers lost Super Bowl LIV 31-20 to the Chiefs in Miami Gardens, Fla. He is back at it again, this time taking the Niners into Vegas for a Super Bowl 2024 meeting with, wouldn’t you know it, the Chiefs once more.
“I was real happy with our preparation last time,” Shanahan said recently in Santa Clara, Calif. “Just always hearing about it and watching it. I’ve been paying attention to stuff my whole life.
“You try to get as much in this first week as possible. When you get out there, we go through it again. But it is different. Our Monday’s totally different with the media deal. Our routine’s off because you’ve got to do these press conferences every day. So you get about an hour off from all your normal times. So when you usually do red zone and stuff, you’re two hours behind. A little more tired. All that stuff adds up. If you put stuff off to that week and think it’s going to be a normal week you’re going to get to that Thursday or Friday and not quite feel as comfortable.”
He said his entire offensive and defensive game plans will be installed before his team leaves home. He did that four years ago but could not claim the Lombardi Trophy because Patrick Mahomes was better that day than Jimmy Garoppolo.
This time, Shanahan brings with him Brock Purdy, the Mr. Irrelevant quarterback tasked with trying to limit mistakes and, if not match Mahomes play-for-play, at least give the Niners a fighting chance to give Shanahan a championship in his seventh year as an NFL head coach.
It is the final piece to the puzzle that would complete the picture for the 44-year-old Shanahan.
Kyle Shanahan led a charge that put the San Francisco 49ers in four of the past five NFC Championship games. His team overcame deficits of 14-0 and 24-7 to outlast the Lions 34-31 in last week’s NFC title game. The final hurdle awaits his vaulting.
“There’s been a lot of good things, but the ultimate goal, we always say it, there’s only one team happy at the end of the year,” Shanahan said. “We’re real proud of a lot of things that we’ve accomplished here in the last five years or so. We still want to be that one team that’s happy. No matter what you accomplish, if you don’t win that Super Bowl, it’s always disappointing.”
He knows about disappointment this time of year and there’s no question the pressure is on him the most ahead of Sunday’s clash.
NFL Fans And Media Hilariously Speculated San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan Was Drunk During Super Bowl Media Interviews
On Monday night, both teams filled an arena to answer a ton of pointless — and often absurd — questions from media from around the world.
More than once, it sounded like Shanahan, who is usually sharp and concise with his responses, was slurring his words and just having a good ole time., With all the pressure heading into Sunday’s game, who could blame the 49ers coach for sipping a few cold ones before a pointless media spectacle.
Check it out for yourself:
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) February 6, 2024
I’m getting drunk right meow so I can be just like my dawg Kyle Shanahan #FTTB
— Eddie_G2 🇺🇸 (@Team_Gz_2) February 6, 2024
— 49ers & NFL News 24/7 (@49ersSportsTalk) February 6, 2024
Kyle Shanahan drunk as a skunk answering these questions lol
— The Chiefs Pod (@TheChiefsPod) February 6, 2024
Is Kyle Shanahan showing up to Opening Night of the Super Bowl drunk the modern day Bellhop story? 😂
— Joshua Knudsen (@jck510) February 6, 2024
There’s no proof at this point but if Kyle Shanahan was in fact drunk, good for him. He needs to silence the noise and get his San Francisco 49ers ready so he can walk away Sunday night with his first-ever Lombardi Trophy.