HOUSTON -- Kyle Shanahan has a lot on his plate this week in addition to preparing his top-ranked offense to face the No. 1 defense in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator will most likely have a new job on Monday – the day after Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots.
And while he still has a lot of urgent work in front of him, such as piecing together a coaching staff to join him with the 49ers, Shanahan said he knows from experience that there is nothing more important than getting his unit properly prepared for the Super Bowl.
After all, Shanahan has fond and not-so fond memories of past Super Bowls in which his father’s teams appeared.
“I remember going to all of those games,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “I remember crying afterward when we lost and I remember crying after when they won. Those are memories that I had for my whole life. They were my biggest moments and I was just a kid there watching it.”
Kyle Shanahan was a ballboy for the 49ers while Mike Shanahan served as George Seifert’s offensive coordinator from 1992 to ’94. Mike Shanahan was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos shortly after the 49ers’ victory in Super Bowl XXIX. The Broncos won two Super Bowls with Shanahan as head coach.
The younger Shanahan is in a similar position as his father in January 1995 as he prepared Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Ricky Watters and Co. to face the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl.
While his next job awaits a signature on a six-year contract, Kyle Shanahan said he needs no reminder of the importance of his final game with the Falcons.
“The one thing that I know is that I’ll have no regrets about this Super Bowl,” Shanahan said. “I’m 100-percent committed to thinking about this and I know from living my life and watching how it’s done from my dad that this game is something you remember forever and I would never do anything to jeopardize that.”
It worked well for his dad, who devised the game plan that produced 455 yards and Young's six touchdown passes for a 49-26 victory over the overmatched Chargers.