Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo vs. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan: Who has edge in Super Bowl 58?

Super Bowl LVIII gives the world not only a rematch between two of the NFL’s best teams across the last five seasons with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs squaring off against the San Francisco 49ers, but it also provides a showdown between two of the games best play-callers.

San Francisco 49ers head coach and offensive play-caller Kyle Shanahan versus Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. In the Super Bowl era, since 1966, Shanahan’s offenses average the most yards per play (5.9) and yards per pass attempt (8.1) of any head coach, minimum 100 games as a head coach.   

Spagnuolo is the only coordinator to win a Super Bowl for multiple franchises with two rings in Kansas City, including one against Shanahan to conclude the 2019 season in Super Bowl LIV, and another with the New York Giants. His Giants ring came during the 2007 season in which his defense helped hand the 18-0 New England Patriots their only loss of the season in a 17-14 win. Spagnuolo is looking to become the first coordinator ever with four Super Bowl wins.

Most Super Bowl wins by offensive/defensive coordinator 
NFL history

Steve Spagnuolo*

3

Giants/Chiefs DC

Josh McDaniels  

3

Patriots OC

Charlie Weis

3

Patriots OC

Romeo Crennel

3

Patriots DC

Richie Petitbon  

3

Washington DC  

* Only coordinator to win Super Bowl with multiple teams

Let’s look into who has the edge in this matchup. Hats off to CBS Sports Research for some of its contributions to the data below. 

The case for Spagnuolo and the Chiefs defense 

Not only is Spagnuolo’s 2023 defense the best of his Kansas City tenure, but it’s the best Chiefs defense of the 21st century. Including the postseason, they rank second in the league in scoring defense (16.8 PPG allowed), fourth in total defense (294.7 total YPG allowed) and first in sack rate (8.6%). 

Chiefs defense this season including playoffs

CHIEFS DEFENSESTATSKC’S BEST SINCE

PPG…


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Author : Garrett Podell

Publish date : 2024-02-09 14:14:07

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