Kyle Shanahan defends declining penalty before Broncos’ 55-yard field goal

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Early in the second quarter on Sunday night, the Broncos were called for holding on a third down that they failed to convert, leaving 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan a choice: Decline the penalty and give the Broncos a chance to try a 55-yard field goal on fourth down, or accept the penalty, push the Broncos out of field goal range, and trust his defense to make a stop on third down.

Shanahan chose to decline. The Broncos made the field goal for three very important points in what turned out to be an 11-10 Broncos win.

Why didn’t Shanahan take the penalty to push the Broncos out of field goal range? He said he worried that Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson would pick up the first down if given another third-down opportunity.

I was told it was a 50-50 decision,” Shanahan said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I was a little nervous about Russell making a big play on 3rd-and-long. Get a pass interference or a [defensive] holding and give them an automatic first down. So we went with the 55-yarder.”

Given how well the 49ers’ defense played for most of the game, it’s surprising that Shanahan didn’t think they would get a stop in that situation. And it’s probably a decision he wishes he could have back today.

3 responses to “Kyle Shanahan defends declining penalty before Broncos’ 55-yard field goal

  1. When will the Media and NFL fans realize that Kyle Shanahan is not the football Genius he’s purported to be. He just as stubborn and arrogant as his Dad who didn’t win without John Elway. Kyle & Dad got one decent season out if RGIII and ruined him. He was gone 32 months later after they Traded a boat load if Draft picks to get him. Sound familiar??
    Kyle’s game plan was to run Lance frequently because he realized that while he has a very strong arm he is very inexperienced (less than 500 passes thrown since High School) and he isn’t accurate between the numbers. This season he had less than a 50% completion record with no TD’s and an INT. It was a recipe for disaster and resulted in a broken ankle and torn ligaments. While the surgery was deemed successful he will still be a very inexperienced young QB next season with few reps in real games. So when will he get hurt again in this offense?
    Sunday Shanahan declined a penalty that would have pushed Denver out if FG range claiming he was afraid Wilson would get the first down.
    They claim their Defense is great and here the Genius Head Coach shows NO confidence in his players and it cost them the game.

    The Sports Books had their O/U Total at 9 wins. They’d have to go 9-5 the rest if the season to get Over. Fat Chance. Neither Allen or Mahomes could win that many games behind that Offensive Line that was very suspect before they lost LT T. Williams for weeks. GM Lynch & Kyle basically ignored the weakness in their Offensive Line all off season after losing All Pro C Mack and LG Tomlinson. Chris Collinsworth even pointed out on their broadcast that the three Interior Lineman (G, C, G) had a Total of 11 Offensive snaps in real NFL games at the beginning if the season! Just to Opposite of Genius.

    Bill Parcells famously said “You are what your record says you are” and Kyle is a SUB .500 Head Coach so spare me all the Genius

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