Ryan Mayer

The Super Bowl festivities in Houston got off to an inauspicious start for Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan made his mandated appearance at Super Bowl Media Night on Monday, answering questions from reporters in Houston’s Minute Maid Park. Immediately following the interview session, Shanahan reportedly realized that his back pack was missing.

Why is that such a big deal? Well, apparently Shanahan was carrying his copy of the Falcons’ Super Bowl playbook in the bag. From the ESPN report:

“Shanahan’s backpack, which contained a copy of the Falcons’ Super Bowl playbook, Super Bowl tickets and other personal effects, had gone missing at some point during his 45-minute session with reporters in the stands at Minute Maid Park.

Fortunately for the Falcons, the mystery was solved quickly by USA Today writer and ESPN contributor Jarrett Bell, who discovered that San Francisco Examiner columnist Art Spander had mistakenly picked up Shanahan’s bag instead of his own.”

The mix-up and momentary lost bag are really the only things that have gone wrong for Shanahan recently as the offensive unit that he leads has averaged 40 points per game in its two playoff contests.