The Atlanta Falcons suffered the most heart-breaking loss in Super Bowl history Sunday evening, blowing a 28-3 lead en route to 34-28 loss in the first overtime Super Bowl. The Falcons had a 1st and 10 at the Patriots 22 with 4:40 remaining, and an eight point lead. They failed to score a field goal, and things went further south from there.
After the game, USA Today NFL reporter Lindsay Jones asked Kyle Shanahan about his timeline with the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan is expected to be introduced later this week as the 49ers next head coach. He said for the time being he did not know the timeline, and simply wanted to spend time with his current players.
I asked Shanahan what is his timeline with the 49ers. He said he didn't know, just wanted to go spend time with his Falcons players.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 6, 2017
Jed York was in attendance Super Bowl week, and I would suspect he will meet with Shanahan sometime today to wrap up the contract. I would imagine York did not contact him last night given the heartbreak with which he and the rest of the Falcons were dealing.
It is worth noting that the year Dan Quinn became the Falcons head coach, he was defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. That was the year the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl in a heart-breaker to the Patriots. He has an idea or two about making the transition from heartbreaking loss to new head coach job.