SANTA CLARA — Coach Kyle Shanahan, looking as soul-crushed as expected after another Super Bowl collapse, spoke confidently Thursday about each and every call he made, even those that backfired or drew intense skepticism.
He offered no excuses. He kept his usual sarcasm at a minimum. He insisted the 49ers have the “special” trait to bounce back next season.
His 25-minute, post-mortem press conference emitted the opposite emotions of a potential victory parade down Market Street. Shanahan fidgeted with his coffee cup. His eyes looked swollen from a combination of tears, lack of sleep and overall anguish.