What the San Francisco 49ers Can Learn From the Vegas Golden Knights

The San Francisco 49ers had their hearts torn after Super Bowl 58. Here's what they must do by learning from the defending Stanley Cup champs.
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1. Stick to the Gameplan Until the Time's Right

Bruce Cassidy
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Bruce Cassidy is good at making necessary changes to his lineup. If he sees a particular player not meshing with a line, he'll make changes. This has saved the Golden Knights many times, especially during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The problem with Kyle Shanahan is he tends to abandon what got him there once he's comfortable. He spent most of the third quarter relying on Brock Purdy to pass and get first downs. Instead of relying on your young quarterback for big plays, why not give the ball to, say, Christian McCaffrey?

The beauty of Bruce Cassidy is he doesn't make his changes unless it starts to fail. He knows when to pull the trigger on a big change. For Shanahan, it's like his hands clam up and he must take a big chance, like, right now. Hence, moments like 28-3 or Super Bowl 54 happen.