One of the enduring screen shots of the Super Bowl was John Lynch frantically signaling for a Time Out from his sky box while down on the field Kyle Shanahan calmly let the clock run out shortly before halftime, even though there was plenty of time left to mount a drive and maybe pick up some points before heading to the locker room.
Shanahan explained his reasoning after the game, and it made sense – sort of. But it didn’t hide the fact that the coach signaled to his team a lack of confidence in them, both the offense’s ability to move the ball and the defense’s ability to stop KC if the drive failed.
This moment probably did not cost the 49ers a win, but it was a timid, non-aggressive move. And KC coach Andy Reid coached his team just the opposite. He went for it every time there was a situation available.
Next week, it will be Shanahan’s turn to sit in the spectator seat and watch Lynch calling the plays on Draft day. I suspect Lynch won’t be timid.
For you homemaker types, we should see a whole bunch of elaborate garage and basement decor, which is where the various GMs will be setting up shop for this draft. They won’t resemble the garages and basements most of us are familiar with, which would feature boxes and boxes of precious junk, rusty tools, broken bicycles and toys, lawnmowers, grease and old car parts …
At any rate, it’s hard to go wrong with the 13th pick in the Draft, unless your GM is an idiot or the player gets in a car wreck and breaks his back. We’ll just have to trust that Lynch isn’t the former and the football gods don’t conjure up the latter.