49ers News: Kyle Shanahan Plays Mind Games With His Super Bowl Pre-Match Outfit as He Chases Redemption Against Chiefs

Published 02/11/2024, 3:10 PM EST

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Remember Super Bowl LIV? Remember Kyle Shanahan rejecting the “Marshmallow-looking” all-white sweatsuit while his players walked the red carpet? This year, as the San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs again, Shanahan’s pre-game outfit choice has fans buzzing: is it a calculated mind game or just a change of fashion heart?

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Flashback to 2020: In Miami, Shanahan ditched the white ensemble, citing his belief that Chiefs coach Andy Reid wouldn’t be caught dead in such attire (spoiler alert: Reid rocked a Hawaiian shirt, per NBC reports). Was it a playful jab at Reid? A way to stay grounded for his team? Or simply a fashion faux pas averted?

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Fast forward to February 2024: NFL insider Dov Kleiman posts a Twitter (now X) video of Kyle Shanahan arriving at Allegiant Stadium, not in marshmallow attire but in a sharp blue suit and white shirt. A complete 180 from his 2020 defiance. But is this a calculated move? Did he ditch the mind games for a more “mature” image? Or is it simply a reflection of the stakes being higher this time around?

Some can believe that the blue suit signifies a newfound focus and seriousness. Others might see it as a subtle power play, projecting confidence against the Chiefs. Still, some die-hards miss the playful Kyle Shanahan of 2020, wondering if the pressure has tamed his inner fashion rebel. However, there is one particular thing that can be said for certain.

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Shanahan’s pre-game outfit choice, intentional or not, has sparked conversation. Whether it’s a strategic mind game or simply a personal preference, it’s clear the man knows how to command attention, both on and off the field. So, as the 49ers gear up for their Super Bowl rematch, keep an eye out for Kyle Shanahan’s pre-game attire. It might just be another clue in the battle for football supremacy. But there’s a real question waiting on the sidelines.

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Think about it: Could the blue suit be a calculated nod to San Francisco Bay’s calming blue waters, representing composure and control? Or is it a subtle jab at the red and gold of the Chiefs, signifying dominance and a thirst for victory? Perhaps it’s a tribute to legendary coach Bill Walsh, known for his sharp suits and strategic brilliance.

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The possibilities are endless, just like the plays on the field. So, grab your popcorn and get ready for the Super Bowl. The game might be about what happens on the field, but sometimes the pregame drama adds a little extra spice. Kyle Shanahan, the man who once rejected a marshmallow suit, has us all guessing. And that, in itself, is a winning play.

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Shrabana Sengupta

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"Those who gaze outward dream, but those who turn inward awaken." A pro-writer for MLB EssentiallySports, I’ve been a fan of the New York Yankees since my school days. In my adolescent years, I was introduced to the iconic franchise through one of my beloved Friends characters, Joey.
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