San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wants his players to go all the way but doesn’t want them to.
In response to the trading of punches by the Nine players – in particular, Fred Warner defender and winger Brandon Aiyuk – during Tuesday’s training session, Shanahan made it clear on Friday that he wanted his players to be tough, physically and even “irritating”. “but I don’t want them to throw their hands.
“I want everyone to challenge each other,” Shanahan said on Friday in the band’s transcript. “I don’t care how much they talk to each other. I don’t care how close they are to the fight. They can do what they want to get started and be as intense as they want and get the best out of themselves, which is often the case. And it’s the same on the pitch, but when you throw a punch you will either be kicked or be punished. And we pride myself on wanting people to be annoying. as close as possible. I want people to be on the line where they’re going to pass out. But you can’t pass out in soccer because you’ll be costing your team, but I love doing it to other people. “
Most of Tuesday’s discourse came from the fact that Warner was, in fact, trying to push Aiyuk through. When Aiyuk stood up for himself, it eventually led to a fight.
Shanahan didn’t mind Aiyuk keeping himself on the ground.
“I definitely understood what he stood up to,” Shanahan said, “so it didn’t bother me.”
Basically, Shanahan wants his players to use their physicality, themselves and their opponents to their limits, but not go beyond them.
Soccer fights end with penalties and broken hands, so it’s best to bring down your princes.
“I love its intensity,” said Shanahan. “But I don’t think you have to fight to be intense. Brawls are fights, but they lead to different things. I think that’s why we have a guy on the record, because we unnecessarily gave someone a shot that led to a big fight. And then a bunch of hay and other things that break hands were thrown in there. I think our team is quite tough. I think we are quite physically. I think if most people were likely to vote for who was the majority of the physical team on tape last year, I think most of them would have won. And we didn’t have a fight in the last year so I don’t think it is totally endurance related.
While Warner and Aiyuk faced off Tuesday in a duel that led to an offensive versus defense duel on Tuesday, it came after Warner struck a dubious hit on a wide audience Marcus Johnson. Johnson is now on the concussion protocol, as Shanahan mentions in relation to “to different things” fights.
So, as the 49ers rallied the headlines and caused some self-mutilation this week, Shanahan delivered his message: Keep the intensity and hands down.