As Adam Schefter reported Friday, Kyle Shanahan is “unlucky” and won’t lead the 49ers to the playoffs in his second season as coach.
No NFL coach needs more luck, something that’s been less and less common in recent years. Coaches tend to do poorly when they have this much misfortune -- physically or otherwise -- bouncing around in their orbits. But what does Shanahan have that others don’t?
A winning record, starting with a Super Bowl victory before he even coached a down.
We asked if anyone was upset that Shanahan didn’t lead the 49ers back in time to secure a spot in the playoffs. He went 6-2 in his first season. They went 11-5 again this year, as a first-year coach. And the season ended with Shanahan delivering one of the worst loss of his 49ers tenure.
“No,” said former 49ers offensive lineman Adam Snyder, who was told the news by social media in the immediate aftermath of the Seahawks’ win. “I know there’s nothing he can do about it. He’s just going to move on to the next one.”
Defensive lineman Ian Williams echoed that: “It’s definitely disappointing. … I just think I’m glad we won this year.”