The San Francisco 49ers have a not-so-simple goal for the 2020 season: to return to the Super Bowl and emerge as champions. I label it “not so simple” because doing it will be a very difficult task, and head coach Kyle Shanahan knows it.
But it is the Super Bowl or the fall of the 49ers, as was the case in the heyday of the team.
Shanahan made a rather innocent comment this week during the conversation with Greg Papa after he was asked to describe the status of the franchise.
“ME to know we were good enough to win that Super Bowl, and we didn’t, “Shanahan replied.” And that’s something we have to live with. And that’s why the state of the franchise, right now, is that we have to go back to that moment (in the Super Bowl). We have to go back to the fourth quarter and have an advantage, and we have to finish the job. “
That confident comment upset Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. It was in a minor complaint during Pro Football Talk Overtime, Explaining why Shanahan’s words were irresponsible and putting too much pressure on the team by focusing on the end result instead of the work necessary to get there.
“The worst thing you can do in a season is to set unrealistic expectations,” said Florio. “And the worst message you can send to your locker room is that we want to fast-forward to the point where you left us on the rails last year. When I start thinking back to that moment and back to that moment, I guarantee, you will never go back to that moment “.
Florio added: “When I saw those quotes, I was impressed because I would expect it from Freddie Kitchens. I would expect it from a junior coach.”
Shanahan, however, commented on the work that is needed to get back to that point. And he did it during the same conversation with Dad.
“I know we have to go through a season, and it will be much more difficult to do so,” Shanahan said. “Much more difficult. And we can play much better and still not do what we did last time. That is why all of our boys have to take on this challenge, and we have to take advantage of this offseason. We have yet to find a way to get ahead of other people because everyone is chasing us right now, and it hasn’t been. “
Florio’s co-host Chris Simms, who is a close friend of Shanahan, offered a different perspective while saying he was also a little surprised by the statement.
“The more I thought about it, the more I left, well, this is my friend. This is who he is,” Simms said. “He has confidence and sets goals like that for himself. Even with him saying broad statements like that, first of all, he’s a different coach than most. He is. He’s a little more honest. He’s connected in a different way. He is extremely honest with his players and his team, and all in that way. “
Simms added: “I think you can make those kinds of comments because you know you are going to challenge yourself and your team on a daily basis to get better and better that way, and you hope it will lead to that ultimate goal.”
You can listen to the entire conversation below.
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