49ers' Richard Sherman not dwelling on allowing big play in Super Bowl

49ers' Richard Sherman not dwelling on allowing big play in Super Bowl

Cornerback Richard Sherman has not spent much time over the past four months beating himself up for getting beaten late in the 49ers’ Super Bowl LIV loss.

“It’s football,” Sherman said this week on a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Nobody’s played a perfect game, yet.”

Sherman was close to perfect during the regular season.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl and was a second-team All-Pro selection after allowing a passer rating of 46.8 when targeted and just 227 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. Only 52.9 percent of passes thrown against his coverage were completed.

But Sherman surrendered a key play on the Kansas City Chiefs’ go-ahead drive with 3:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins avoided Sherman’s attempted jam at the line of scrimmage with an inside move. Then, Watkins drifted toward the right sideline, where Patrick Mahomes found him with a perfectly thrown pass for a 38-yard gain to the 49ers' 10-yard line.

Three plays later, Damien Williams scored on a 5-yard run to give Kansas City a 24-20 lead.

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Cornerbacks often talk about the importance of having a short memory because of the high failure rate at the position. Sherman, an NFL All-Decade selection, said he does not dwell on the play because he knows he took no shortcuts during the week to prepare for the game.

“Honestly, it didn’t bother me much, period,” Sherman said. “I went out there and prepared the best I could. The guy made a good play. It is what it is. I gave up a 38-yard catch in the football game. I gave up 60 yards in the game.”

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Mahomes completed five passes for 72 yards with Sherman in coverage in the Chiefs’ 31-20 victory in the Super Bowl, according to PFF.

“I’m not going to sit there and beat myself up about it like I didn’t prepare hard, like I didn’t go out there and put my best foot forward,” said Sherman, 32, a nine-year veteran. “You win some. You lose some. You live to fight another day.”

49ers' GM John Lynch clarifies statement of not being an NFL 'lifer'

49ers' GM John Lynch clarifies statement of not being an NFL 'lifer'

While signaling last week that he would soon be signing a contract extension, 49ers general manager John Lynch made a parenthetical comment that attracted some attention.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be a lifer at this thing, but I love what we’re doing,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR’s Murph & Mac Show.

On Monday, Lynch said he was not foreshadowing his early exit. He said he fully intends to remain as 49ers general manager through the 2024 season. Lynch agreed an extension to remain with the club for five more seasons after a season in which he was named NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

“In terms of not being a lifer, I think I was just commenting, I don't know really how long I'll do this for,” Lynch said Monday on a video call with Bay Area reporters. “I know I'll do it for the next five years. I'm having a blast doing it. I love coming to work each and every day.

“When I said that, I kind of said 'Aw, no, that's going to become a story,' and really there's nothing to it.”

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Lynch, 48, played 15 NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. He then worked as a TV analyst from 2009 through ’16. Lynch and his wife, Linda, have four children, two of whom are attending college.

“My wife has been tremendous when I played for 15 years and then traveled for broadcasting, but she loves this and they're a part of it,” Lynch said. “So everything's good right now. I kind of live in the moment, and that's nothing really to that comment.”

The 49ers have found a combination that works with Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.

Coach Kyle Shanahan, who earlier in the offseason signed a contract extension through the 2025 season is a lock to set a personal record of living more than four years in one spot during his coaching career. Shanahan became the first 49ers coach to sign a contract extension since Steve Mariucci in 1999.

“I'll tell you, that was a huge accomplishment in our house to where it didn't hit me until we got it,” Shanahan said. “Me and my wife, she joined this when we got married at 25, and I never lived anywhere in my life longer than four years.

”My family kind of celebrated a little bit because the first time I told my kids, depending on how this year goes, but I feel like we're going to pass the four-year mark after that. That was a personal accomplishment for us, that the Shanahan household was happy with.”

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Shanahan, 40, never wanted to do anything in his professional life other than coach football. His father, Mike Shanahan, last coached in 2013 at the age of 61. But even Kyle Shanahan does not envision growing old in this job.

“None of us are lifers,” he said. “We don’t want to do it until we’re 80.”

Clinton Portis believes 49ers could have 'best tight-end crew of all time'

Clinton Portis believes 49ers could have 'best tight-end crew of all time'

The 49ers added to their tight ends room Monday, signing 2016 Pro Bowl selection Jordan Reed. 

Reed, 30, has spent his whole career with Washington since being taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Former Washington running back Clinton Portis was retired by the time the team drafted Reed, but he believes the move gives the 49ers a historically talented tandem of tight ends. 

"I think your edition (of the offense) with Kittle and Jordan Reed is amazing," Portis said Tuesday morning on "The Morning Show" on 95.7 The Game. "This could possibly be the best tight-end crew of all time."

With Reed and George Kittle, the 49ers now have two dynamic playmakers at the position. But Reed's concussion history is concerning for many reasons. He didn't even play last year, and hasn't even averaged 11 games played per season in his career. When healthy, however, Reed's a freak athlete. 

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Reed had 54 receptions for 558 receiving yards and two touchdowns over 13 games when he last played in 2018. He has averaged 54.8 receptions, 561.8 receiving yards and four touchdowns per season throughout his career.

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday. "And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here.

"And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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Shanahan was in his final season as Washington’s offensive coordinator during Reed’s rookie year. He knows just how talented the tight end is, and clearly believes the reward outweighs the risk. However, his health risks should not be ignored. 

If Reed and Kittle can stay healthy and be on the field together, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo should be able to pick apart defenses with this duo.