Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, was the big story on media day Monday.
Shanahan lost his backpack after his long question and answer session and had to, along with Falcons security personnel, search Minute Maid Park for the bag. The backpack is believed to have contained the offensive game plan for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
“That would have been bad,” said Shanahan of possibly losing the bag during an interview with USA Today.
As it turned out, Shanahan had not lost the bag. San Francisco Examiner journalist, Art Spander, had taken it on accident believing it to be his. He in turn left his bag at the media day and was contacted to make the switch. Many sports pundits posited that this storyline of the lost/stolen backpack would only add more fuel to the fire burning around the New England Patriots franchise that they are a team with a dubious cheating history. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, was suspended for the first four games of the current season for suspicion that he illegally tampered with game balls.
Outside of the backpack debacle, Shanahan was also of interest because of his connection to the San Francisco 49ers head coaching position. Shanahan said that he met with newly named 49ers general manager, John Lynch, before he was offered the position and would love to work for him.
“I can’t B.S. you guys. I mean, I’m looking forward to talking to them after the game when this all ends,” admitted Shanahan.