Shanahan: ‘Not using the timeout there was a no-brainer’

Clock management was a major topic of conversation amid Super Bowl defeat

Karl Buscheck
February 06, 2020 - 11:37 am
Kyle Shanahan says not calling a timeout was a "no-brainer"

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Sifting through the wreckage of a Super Bowl collapse, Kyle Shanahan very much stands by his decision not to call a timeout near the end of the first half.

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“Not using the timeout there was a no-brainer,” Shanahan said, as he sat on the dais in Santa Clara on Thursday, GM John Lynch at his side.


Lynch was caught on the TV broadcast signaling for time as he watched on, high above, from his Hard Rock Stadium suite.

For a bit of context, after the Niners stopped the Chiefs with 1:53 to go until the half, Shanahan didn’t pause the clock, despite having three timeouts.

Kansas City then proceeded to run off 498 seconds while punting. Shanahan was concerned about giving the electric Patrick Mahomes another possession.

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