San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wants his players to go straight to the court, but he doesn’t want them Tiptoe.
In response to the Niners players swapping fists during Tuesday’s practice — most notably linebacker Fred Warner and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk — during Tuesday’s practice, Shanahan announced on Friday that he wanted his players to be tough and fit. , even becoming “irritants,” but he didn’t want them to raise their hands.
“I want everyone to challenge each other,” Shanahan said Friday via the team transcript. “I don’t care how much crap they talk to each other. I don’t care how close they are to a fight. They can do whatever they want, keep themselves going, be as nervous as possible and bring out the best in each other, that’s the case Happens a lot. It’s the same on the court, but as soon as you throw a punch, you get ejected or you get penalized. We’re proud of ourselves and I want people to get fidgety. I want people to get as close as possible to all these things. I want people to do the right thing where they’re about to have a blackout. But you can’t have a blackout in football or you’re going to cost your team, but I love doing it for other people.”
Much of Tuesday’s remarks stemmed from Warner’s admission of trying to push Aiyuk. A brawl culminates as Aiyuk stands up for himself.
Shanahan has no problem with Aiyuk holding his ground.
“Of course, I understand his position, so it doesn’t bother me,” Shanahan said.
Essentially, Shanahan wants his players to push their bodies, themselves and their opponents to the limit, but not beyond.
Football games result in penalty kicks and breaks, so it’s best to drop your duke.
“I like the intensity of it,” Shanahan said. “While I don’t think you have to fight to be fierce. Dogfights are dogfights, but they lead to other things. I think that’s why we have a guy in the agreement because we shot someone unnecessarily, leading to a big fight. And then We have a bunch of hay machines and stuff thrown in there and it just hurts the hands. I think our team is pretty tough. I think we have a good stamina. I think if most people might vote on who was the most physical on last year’s videotape Quality team, I think we’re going to win most of the games. And we didn’t play a game last year, so I don’t think it’s about toughness.”
While Warner and Iyuk went head-to-head in a matchup on Tuesday that led to Donny Brook’s offense and defense, it came after Warner sent a questionable hit to wide receiver Marcus Johnson. Johnson is now in concussion protocol, as Shanahan mentioned about the melee that led to “other things.”
So, with the 49ers hitting the headlines and causing some self-harm this week, Shanahan has his message: keep the intensity, and put your hands down.