It didn’t take long in Kyle Shanahan’s introductory news conference as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for the topic of his last act in his previous job to come up.
The former Falcons offensive coordinator defended his much-criticized play-calling during Atlanta’s second-half Super Bowl 51 collapse against the Patriots, but acknowledged it hasn’t been easy to move on from the defeat.
The Vikings were a 27-yard field goal attempt away from defeating the Seahawks in their wild-card round meeting a year ago, but Walsh’s kick sailed wide left with 22 seconds remaining. NFL kickers had hit 189 of 191 field goals from 27 yards or shorter during the 2015 season.
Ever since, Walsh hasn’t been able to snap out of a funk. He missed four field goals and four extra points in eight games last season before Minnesota cut him.
In a twist, he’ll be in line to replace Hauschka, who has been one of the NFL’s more accurate kickers since joining the Seahawks in 2011.
Walsh, entering his fifth season, made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2012 after setting an NFL record by going 10-for-10 on attempts of 50 yards or more. He still maintains an 84.2 field goal percentage through his career.
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