It’s the day after the Super Bowl and it’s time for a million overreactions to what we witnessed Sunday night. Information that appeared after the 49ers lose Super Bowl to Chiefs, is that some of the San Francisco players were not aware of the different playoff overtime rules. While players should do their part to know the rules and regulations, Kyle Shanahan and his coaching staff You need to make sure everyone is clear about overtime procedures.
Andy Reid should have won Super Bowl MVP for his overtime management
“Several San Francisco players said after the game that they didn’t know the overtime rules are different in the playoffs.”
Losing to a great team is one thing, but being defeated due to lack of preparation is one of the most egregious mistakes of a coaching staff. That falls into Shanahan’s lap. So for those who already felt a certain way (especially negative) about Coach Shanahan, this news will likely strengthen his argument.
While the overtime rules in the NFL aren’t as simple as they once were (and in the postseason they get even more complicated), you still need to have your team ready on game day. That includes knowing what potential scenarios could play out, especially in a playoff game, and that quadruples for Super Bowl Sunday. Shanahan is known as a meticulous coach who has been accused of “overthinking” at times and simply overlooking a small detail. Well, this was no small detail: not knowing the rules of overtime cost him a championship.
This reminds me of the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. Donovan McNabb without knowing an NFL game could end in 2008. They played the Bengals in Cincinnati to a 13-13 tie and after the contest, McNabb expressed that he didn’t know ties were in the rule book.
“I didn’t know” McNabb said.. “I have never been part of a qualifying round. He didn’t even know it was in the rule book. He was looking forward to the opportunity to go out and try to drive to win the game. But unfortunately, according to the rules, we reached an agreement.”
The NFL playoff overtime rules are much newer, but that’s still no excuse for Shanahan not to have his team prepared for every possible outcome. Those details are what make the difference between a really good or great coach week to week and being one of the greatest of all time. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has ascended to that all-time great level over the past five years. As good as Shanahan has been in San Francisco, he still has a long way to go before he’s even considered in that conversation.
That doesn’t mean Shanahan will never reach that level, but he’s headed down a worrying path. Reid lost his first Super Bowl as head coach in Philadelphia against the New England Patriots. Reid recovered, but it took a while. He is 3-1 in Super Bowls with Kansas City. So Shanahan has time, although going 0-2 in Super Bowl appearances is tough. It’s understandable why he didn’t stay for the 49ers post-game party and simply said hello to Lil Wayne and then exited stage left.