Shanahan definitely had the "killer instinct". I remember watching an interview about him (maybe it was America's Team) where either he or Steve Young said that he wanted Young to throw for 7-8 TDs in the Superbowl win against the Chargers just to make a statement and put the record out of reach for anyone down the road, but was held back from doing so from Seifert and Co.
With that said, I think Holmgren was the most sound and tactical....
Would have been tough to keep Shanny from going to Denver at the time. He had history with Elways. But if Shanny had been offered the job over Seifert, I think we would have won another SB with Shanny as HC. We needed an offensive minded HC badly the following years after Shanny left.
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