SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Kyle Shanahan is a mastermind.
That’s a known fact and now there’s video to prove it.
The 49ers hosted and defeated the Green Bay Packers Sunday in the NFC Championship. With a 34-20 lead and 5:56 remaining in the game, Shanahan alerted a nearby official of what was going to happen on the following play.
Mics on the sideline picked up the now-viral conversation.
On third-and-three, Shanahan told the official that Packers cornerback Will Redmond was going to hold his tight end, George Kittle.
And on that play, Will Redmond held George Kittle.
“He’s going to go inside and break out, he won’t let him out,” Shanahan said. “Watch.”
Next thing you know, two penalty flags are thrown. Defensive pass interference.
The video circulated around social media and users loved it. They called Shanahan a wizard, giving him the nickname “Kyle Shandalf”, rooted from Lord of the Rings’ “Gandalf”, who actually is a wizard in the movie.
Memes aside, Shanahan shows how brilliant he is in every game.
Shanahan’s expertise translates to more than just Jimmy G and the 49ers’ offense, he’s also a mastermind when it comes to defensive play calling and scheming.
One of the reasons why Super Bowl LIV will be nothing short of entertaining to watch. You have two of the best offensive playcallers in the NFL going up against each other.
Both Shanahan and Chiefs’ HC Andy Reid have figured out how to bully some of the league’s best defenses.
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