Kyle Shanahan went back to Super Bowl LI to prepare for Matt Patricia

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When 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan last faced Lions head coach Matt Patricia, both men worked for different teams.

Shanahan was the Falcons offensive coordinator and Patricia was running the Patriots defense when New England came back from 28-3 down in the second half to win the game. Patricia coached 19 more games with New England last year and one game with the Lions on Monday night, but that didn’t stop Shanahan from going back to that fateful night when it came time to prepare for this Sunday’s 49ers-Lions game.

“I’ve been watching a lot of stuff,” Shanahan said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Not just over the last couple days but over the summer and things like that. We’re always watching film and you love to watch the players that we’re going against, but when you have limited tape you have to go back to whoever the coordinator was, where he was the coordinator last, so you can understand all the scheme stuff. And that’s what you see.”

Shanahan said that Patricia’s scheme in Detroit is “very similar” to the one he came up against in Houston in the Super Bowl, although the results were a lot different on the field against the Jets in Week One.

12 responses to “Kyle Shanahan went back to Super Bowl LI to prepare for Matt Patricia

  1. I don’t have the stat for his first NFL head coaching game, but BB’s first year of coaching was a losing one.

    Those faulting Patricia are overlooking two things:
    1. The NE defense had been badly hobbled by the time the Superbowl game. Patchwork. In fact, most knowledgeable observers remarked on the job Patricia and Scarnecchia had pulled off, coaching with 3rd stringers.

    2. His first loss as Lions HC is not and will not be defining. He was hired for his proven track record and knowledge.

    I think the take away is how well he did with such limited talent. Last few years BB added few marquee players to the D.

  2. raymondmac says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:54 am
    I don’t have the stat for his first NFL head coaching game, but BB’s first year of coaching was a losing one.

    Those faulting Patricia are overlooking two things:
    1. The NE defense had been badly hobbled by the time the Superbowl game. Patchwork. In fact, most knowledgeable observers remarked on the job Patricia and Scarnecchia had pulled off, coaching with 3rd stringers.

    2. His first loss as Lions HC is not and will not be defining. He was hired for his proven track record and knowledge.

    I think the take away is how well he did with such limited talent. Last few years BB added few marquee players to the D.

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    Trolls and hsters hate facts.

    NE had the #1 ranked D in 2016 because they were healthy. Every time they lose in a title game or SB, everyone with half a brain steps back and realizes it was a miracle they even got to where they got to, and becuase Brady is the ultimate equalizer as well.

    Throw in 2 free TDs from Goodell for Philly, and NE was behind the ball and got cheated by Goodell on purpose. Goodell tried to do it 2 weeks before when the refs completely ignored the fact Dion Lewis never fumbled.

    Anyway, every time NE wins a SB, I say “they got lucky in the health department”. Happens like clockwork, even if BB”s depth in house is light years better than anyone else’s.

    At the moment, there is a lot of smoke since it’s Week 1, where the media can’t wait to announce the soup du jour teams, so this is nothing new.

    Numerous poor performing Week 1 teams end up being playoff times, and vice versa.

    Happens every year.

    Patricia is good and it may take him a year to figure out just who needs to go off that roster and who should stay.

    The Lions have been a horrendous organization for so long, it’s not going to be a light switch fix.

  3. The Lions are just horrible. Patricia may finally be the answer, but not this year. However, the Lions have never been very good so there’s that. The bar is set pretty low.

  4. Here’s hoping for a niners win. The pain of starting 0-9 last year sucked. I acknowledge it’s still a rebuild this year but would be great to win. Doesn’t get easier as we go to KC next week and then the Chargers the week after. I’d call this a must-win for the niners, even though it’s only week 2. I’d expect Stafford and Co. to come out strong based on last week’s lacklustre performance. Let’s see!!

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