San Francisco 49ers DC Fired for Losing Super Bowl

A Huddle-Up for a Swap-Out

Shaking the sidelines, the San Francisco 49ers are switching up their coaching playbook following an epic stumble at Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas City Chiefs. Just like a quarterback calling an audible at the line, Kyle Shanahan, the team’s head coach, dialed up the media on Wednesday, signaling a game-changing decision:

The San Francisco 49ers DC Steve Wilks was being let go, just three days post-defeat.

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Not the Right Fit

Finding the right team fit is like threading a needle in a moving car… with no shock absorbers. Shanahan pointed out that, “It just ended up not being the right fit.” Despite San Francisco 49ers DC Wilks quarterbacking the defense through a season where they let through only 18.8 points on average per game and kept total yardage conceded within the top 10 league-wide, it seems the Super Bowl performance threw a flag on his time with the 49ers.

Missed Tackles and Timeouts

Even star players like Nick Bosa felt the sting, noting the team “could’ve been more prepared,” especially against the Chiefs’ game-winning moves in overtime. Which directly stung the San Francisco 49ers DC…

Critical plays slipped through their fingers, and Shanahan himself faced a tough call, using a timeout in overtime he wished he hadn’t needed. These moments highlighted a need for a new game plan on defense.

The Search for the Next San Francisco 49ers DC

Now, the 49ers’ front office is back on the scouting trail, looking to draft the next defensive coordinator who can lead their defense to victory, and with this search marking their fourth attempt since 2020. The team is eager to find a playmaker who can help them blitz through challenges and carry them over the goal line in the seasons to come.

In this game of inches, it really shows that every play counts and that the game isn’t over until the final whistle.

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