Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan Temporarily Loses Playbook with Super Bowl Game Plan

Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator who led the Falcons to the eighth-highest-scoring season in NFL annals, lost his backpack on Monday while speaking with media members — a backpack containing his team’s Super Bowl game plan, Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Shanahan was scurrying to find a backpack containing the Super Bowl game plan. “I’ve got to find it,” Bell reported Shanahan as saying. (You cannot make this stuff up.)

It turned out Art Spander, the longtime columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, had picked up Shanahan’s backpack by mistake when he finished intervening the soon-to-be minted 49er HC. Spander realized this only when he walked upstairs to the work room and was contacted by a colleague. The computer Spander believed to be in his bag wasn’t there — because the bag wasn’t his.

Spander returned Shanahan’s backpack to NFL security, who returned it to the Falcons’ OC. “That would have been bad,” Shanahan messaged USA Today to say. And it would have. But I need to ask: Was it a great idea to bring a backpack containing a game plan to a public event when you know Patriots people will be in the house, too?

Kyle Shanahan Says Patriots Defense the Best Falcons Have Seen in 2017

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the architect behind the NFL’s top-scoring offense, emphasized the tough challenge ahead against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Shanahan was asked about some of the criticism the Patriots have received despite boasting the league’s top scoring defense this season, giving up only 15.6 points per game.

“That blows my mind that people would be doing that,” Shanahan said. “It’s the best defense that we’ve seen in the NFL this year. The numbers show it. And watch the film and you see exactly why their numbers are the way they are. They are extremely tough to score against. That’s why their No. 1 in the NFL. I believe only one game this year someone scored 30 points.

“They have very good players all around: players that are interchangeable that can be pass-rushers, that can be linebackers, that can be corners, that can be safeties. And they have an extremely good scheme. So, it’s by far the biggest challenge we’ve had this year.”

Packers at Falcons Thursday NFC Title Game Injury Report

GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Davante Adams (ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadricep), K Mason Crosby (illness), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
  Thursday WR Davante Adams (ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadricep), RB James Starks (concussion), C J.C. Tretter (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), G T.J. Lang (foot), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)
  Thursday G T.J. Lang (foot), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Nick Perry (hand)
  Thursday K Mason Crosby (illness), LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), WR Jeff Janis (quadricep), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Julius Peppers (not injury related), LB Nick Perry (hand)
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Julio Jones (toe)
  Thursday WR Julio Jones (toe)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), WR Taylor Gabriel (forearm), S Keanu Neal (foot)
  Thursday DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), WR Taylor Gabriel (forearm)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday S Keanu Neal (foot)

Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn Out for the Rest of the Playoffs with Torn Bicep

Adrian Clayborne

Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn tore his bicep in Saturday’s 36-20 win and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs, Insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

NFL.com. This according to a source. He suffered the injury in the first half of the contest, and did not return after halftime.

In his second season with the Falcons, Clayborn finished second on the team with 4.5 sacks in 13 games. The pass rusher spent his first four seasons in Tampa Bay, racking up 13 quarterback takedowns over that span.

Seahawks vs Falcons Thursday Injury Report

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at ATLANTA FALCONS on Saturday
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Jimmy Graham (not injury related), RB Thomas Rawls (not injury related)
  Thursday CB Richard Sherman (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Jeron Johnson (knee), DT Tony McDaniel (concussion), RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Paul Richardson (foot)
  Thursday TE Jimmy Graham (not injury related), S Jeron Johnson (knee), DT Tony McDaniel (concussion), RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder), RB Thomas Rawls (not injury related), WR Paul Richardson (foot)
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Robert Alford (knee), LB Vic Beasley (shoulder), WR Taylor Gabriel (knee), TE Austin Hooper (knee), WR Julio Jones (toe)
  Thursday CB Robert Alford (knee), LB Vic Beasley (shoulder), WR Taylor Gabriel (knee), TE Austin Hooper (knee), WR Julio Jones (toe)

Falcons Pass Rusher Vic Beasley Jr. Not Worried About Shoulder Injury

Vic Beasley Jr

Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley Jr. said he’s not concerned about the left-shoulder injury that briefly knocked him out of Sunday’s 38-32 win over the Saints, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Beasley was injured at the 11:22 mark of the first quarter. He received treatment on the sideline before exiting to the locker room.

“I was coming around and I ran into the guard, and my shoulder just kind of popped out of place,” Beasley said. “I thought it was a labrum, but we’ll find out later.”

Beasley said he’ll undergo an MRI on Monday but didn’t express too much concern. He played through a torn labrum in his right shoulder his entire rookie season a year ago.

“I’ve played through pain before,” Beasley said. “Yes, I will play through it [again].”

Falcons WR Julio Jones Sits Out Practice Again

Julio Jones

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones sat out practice for a second consecutive day Thursday and is questionable to play against the 49ers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Coach Dan Quinn said Jones participated in Thursday’s light walk-through session. The Falcons plan to have Jones “push it” Friday and will clear him to play when Jones is “able to explode pain-free,” Quinn said.

Jones suffered the injury during a game against the Chiefs on Dec. 4 and didn’t play against the Rams on Sunday.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan Addresses Possible Head Coaching Rumors

Kyle Shanahan

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been at the top of rumors to possibly be in line for a higher coaching job, either with a team already looking (the Rams) or possibly a team that will be looking for a new coach once the season ends.

Today the media asked Shanahan about the rumors, and how he feels about being at or near the top of the wish list of some teams that may have an opening come January 2nd or sooner.

“Very flattering to be asked that question,” Shanahan said on Thursday. “It’s not hard to block out because we have a lot of stuff to do.

“I’ve kind of learned over the years good or bad that I do a pretty good job blocking it out because it doesn’t do you good either way.”

The Falcons are in a dogfight for the division, and with three games to play they are tied with the Buccaneers for the top spot in the division at 8-5.

Shanahan knows there is plenty to do and right now he’s putting any rumors about coaching aside.

“I appreciate people saying that stuff but I’ve learned in this league nothing comes good unless you take care of your business, and we have a lot of ways to go in this season.”

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