‘I want people to be annoying,’ not fighters

‘I want people to be annoying,’ not fighters


San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wants his players to toe the line, but he doesn’t need them. Toe drag.

As Niners players exchanged punches — particularly linebacker Fred Warner and wide receiver Brandon Ayuck — at Tuesday’s practice, Shanahan made it known Friday that he wants his players to be tough, physical and even aggressive. But he doesn’t want them to fight.

“I want everybody to go against each other,” Shanahan said Friday on the team transcript. “I don’t care how much they talk down to each other. I don’t care how close they fight. They can let themselves go and be as strong as they want to be and do whatever they want to bring out the best in each other. That’s the way it is. And it’s the same on the field, but one punch. If you throw, you get sent off or you get a penalty. And we pride ourselves on it. I want people to be angry. I want people to embrace it. As close as they can to all that stuff. I want people to get to the line where they can attack. .”

Much of Tuesday’s talk came from Warner trying to push Ayuk. Ayuk, standing up for himself, eventually leads to a fight.

Shanahan Ayuck was good at holding his ground.

“I definitely understand what he stands for, so it doesn’t bother me,” Shanahan said.

Essentially, Shanahan wants his players to push their physicality, themselves and their opponents to the limit, but no further.

Fights in football result in penalties and wrinkly hands, so you better keep the referees.

“I love his strength,” Shanahan said. “I don’t think you have to fight to be strong though. Drivers are jerks, but it leads to other things. I think that’s why we have a guy in the protocol, because we took an unnecessary shot on someone that led to and then we were thrown a lot of haymakers and things that just break hands. “I think our team is really strong. I think we’re pretty physical. I think maybe if a lot of people voted for who it was. I think we’d win most of the physical teams last year. And we didn’t get into a fight last year, so that’s all about toughness.” i don’t think so.

While Warner and Ayuck squared off in an offense-defensive donnybrook display on Tuesday, it came after Warner made a questionable throw to a wide receiver. Marcus Johnson. Shanahan said Johnson is now in concussion protocol regarding the concussion, which led to “other things.”

So, as the 49ers grabbed headlines this week and did some self-harming, Shanahan delivered the message: Keep the intensity up and your hands down.



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