SoulfishHawk wrote:He's a damn good coach. But, why abandon your bread and butter? They should have pounded the rock all 2nd half. You'd be likely talking about that 6th ring right now. Jimmy G has proven that when the game is on the line, he can't get it done. Yet
I think Shanahan got away from the run because the Chiefs D dictated that...IE he saw opportunities there with KC selling out to stop the run.
Those opportunities were there, but for whatever reason they didn't get to take advantage of them. Certainly, Jimmy bears some blame, but he's not alone. He also faced much heavier pressure in the 4th quarter.
As I stated before...Sanders was open, but Jimmy missed him. Kittle was open, but Jones deflected the ball. The D gave up a freakin' 3rd and 15 for a 40 plus yard gain.
No one player was responsible and you have to give it up the other team. Sometimes games aren't just lost. Sometimes the other team WINS them.
Jimmy didn't have a great game. There is no question about that. Its a game of moments though. If Jimmy hits Sanders he's got about 50 more yards, no second INT and another TD. One Pass is different...and his QB rating is up to 100 for the day.
Meanwhile its Mahomes whose stat line is less than impressive and we are all asking if he can win the big one.
My point here isn't to make an excuse. My point here is that ONE PLAY can make such a HUGE difference in perception when putting so large a microscope on a player.
"Can't Get It Done"? Hogwash. Its a game just like any other. They didn't make plays when they needed to. It doesn't mean they "CAN'T". It means they didn't that day. Saying anything else is just hyperbole.
Wilson made one of the biggest mistakes in SB history vs the Pats. I don't say that to bring up a bad memory. I mention it only because on any given play any player can make that mistake. It happens to even the best. Peyton Manning threw a pick 6 vs the Saints. It happens.
The Chiefs defensive players were quoted as “we were glad they stopped running the ball, because we were not stopping it.”
I think up to the last Mahomes pick the Niners were averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
I know the “KS true believers” don’t want to believe this but after the last Mahomes pick if they run the ball from there on out, the Niners win that game. Every run play if you let the clock run is going to take off at least 35 seconds including the time the play takes regardless if you gain any yardage. At some point, yes KC is going to have to use their timeouts, likely on defense. ....but if you keep getting a first down or 2 it cancels the effect of having the timeouts. The more time that is taken off the clock the more the pressure is on KC.
It didn’t matter if KC was stuffing the box to stop the run, KC proved they were having problems stopping it.
It’s the same BS excuse the Bevell apologists made when the “2nd and wrong” happened in SB49, NE couldn’t stop the run and they were next to last in goal line defense “when they stuffed the box”.
Like Bevell, KS turtled when it mattered most. The moment got too big for him AGAIN.
...and like Bevell he made the same stubborn comment that if “he had to do it again, he wouldn’t change a thing”, and not admit fault for his poor play calls in the 4th qtr and right before half. ....oh and let’s pretend Jimmy makes that throw to Sanders, game isn’t over, still 1:30 left and I believe KC still had 3 timeouts as well.
Poor playcalling and poor QB play cost the Niners the Lombardi trophy.
As someone who doesn’t like the 49’ers, I hope KS never changes, doesn’t take ownership of his mistakes, and keeps doing the same thing and expecting different results.