June 21, 2024

Head coach of the San isn’t concerned about his personal image as he gets ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.an Francisco 49ers Kyle Shanah

The son of two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan, Shanahan had experienced this before, having lost 31–20 to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV four years prior.

The 44-year-old watched his 49ers lose in the NFC Championship game the previous two seasons.

While he boasts a strong overall record in his seven seasons as a head coach, Shanahan faced questions in Las Vegas this week about whether another loss would feed a narrative that he could not win ‘the big one’.

“I’d deal with that the same as if we win,” Shanahan said. “I’d celebrate with my team, my family and then move on with the rest of my life, which is being a father, a son, coaching and working. A narrative, good or bad, is just a narrative.

“When you go into these games, what makes you prepare is you don’t want regrets. You want to do everything that makes sense to myself and to the team.

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“When you do that, no matter how hard something is or how good something is, you keep perspective. If you want your perspective to be someone else’s narrative, good luck.”

Shanahan has a 72-54 overall record with the 49ers since they gave him his first head coaching job in 2017. But he acknowledged that now, only a Super Bowl win would represent a good season.

“That’s how it boils down for everybody in the NFL,” he said. “The only time in a season you’re satisfied without a Super Bowl is maybe the first year if you exceed expectations – that’s the only time if you don’t make the play-offs you don’t feel you’ve completely failed.

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