Kyle Shanahan is one of the brightest minds in all of football, and he will be a successful NFL head coach.
At some point.
Could be now with the 49ers. Could be down the road with another team.
Shanahan knows what needs to be successful. He's the type who can see the whole chessboard, especially offensively. His scheme is tried and true, and he can gameplan an opponent as well as anyone.
Shanahan, however, just can't make up his mind sometimes. At other points, he's too smart for his own good (like in Super Bowls LI and LIV).
Take this trade up to the No. 3 overall pick. Basically, they traded two first-round picks to move 10 spots in the draft. I don't mind the move. Bet this was part of the package they were going to offer the Texans for Deshaun Watson before his legal troubles, and they wisely went in a different direction. If you want to get a franchise quarterback and you know you'll get one at 3, then I don't mind selling the future farm — especially if you're only trying to get one title and don't really care about sustainability.
But saying that you're also aiming to hold onto Jimmy Garoppolo, at $25 million, at the same time? Now Shanahan is trying to have his cake and eat it too. This is where x's and o's wizardry fails at street smarts.
“It’s going to be hard to find a quarterback that gives us a better chance to win than Jimmy right now, especially even a rookie in the draft,” said Shanahan. “So, that’s what you look into.
“Now, if someone wanted something for that and it can make your team better in a lot of other ways, you listen to that, but also depends on how good you feel about that rookie. We’re not there yet right now and odds are, we probably won’t be. That’s why we’re happy that we don’t have to be that way. We’ve got a guy in here who we know we can win with, a guy that our players love, that we love and we’re excited to have him this year and we’re excited to have a hell of a quarterback right behind him learning for when the time is his.”
You think you have a quarterback you think can compete for a Super Bowl right now and instead of making a prudent plan to get a player you think you can develop in a year's time, you trade two-plus future starters to get one guy ... to sit him on the bench?
Can I understand how this makes sense to Shanahan? Absolutely. But Garoppolo