SANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa isn’t the only one to agree to an extension and pay raise before the 49ers’ season. So did coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, with Bosa’s approval.
“I enjoy being part of a stable organization,” Bosa said Wednesday. “I’ve seen other teams with friends, my brother (Joey, Los Angeles Chargers), people who didn’t really have a stable work environment, and I’m lucky to have that .”
Bosa, three weeks after signing the NFL’s richest contract for a non-quarterback, praised Shanahan and Lynch’s cohesion, as well as their direct communication skills.
“There’s a lot of shade in the NFL,” Bosa said. “People treat different tiers of players differently throughout (other teams’) build, and that seems pretty consistent with (Shanahan), whether you’re the practice squad or one of the starters.”
“People talk a lot about how real he is, how genuine he is as a guy and as a coach,” linebacker Fred Warner said of Shanahan. “The players identify with that. This is why he is able to rally the troops every week. I think he’s the best.
The team’s owners think so, too, having first hired Shanahan and Lynch into their roles in 2017. There has been no official comment from CEO Jed York on what were only announced as extensions. multi-year.
Lynch declined to specify the length of their respective contracts, and the team did not provide further details, but it’s safe to assume salary increases were involved. When they signed their previous extensions in 2020, Shanahan’s was scheduled to last until 2025, Lynch’s until 2024.
Shanahan noted that it would be “very cool” to become the longest-tenured coach in 49ers history, which is currently a 10-year standard set by Bill Walsh as he won their first three Super Bowl titles from 1979 to 1988.
Shanahan’s immediate future involves leading the 49ers (3-0) into Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals (1-2). Shanahan confirmed the extensions were agreed to before the start of the season, as this news organization reported Friday.
“To do it before the season started meant a lot to me,” Shanahan, 42, said. “It showed you that the people we were with, that we believed in each other, just by what could happen, whether we were 0-3 or 3-0.”
The Shanahan-Lynch relationship paid off not only in creating a championship-contending team, which they did via draft successes (and failures), via money well spent in free agency, and via a few commercial market flights (see: Trent Williams, Christian McCaffrey, Jimmy Garoppolo, Emmanuel Sanders).
Shanahan’s impact goes beyond his offensive ingenuity as a player in a movement-based, space-creating system, yards after the catch. “He has an offensive mind, but he knows that it’s on the defensive line and the front seven (defenders) that we win games, so I like that,” Bosa added.
Security guard Tashaun Gipson said: “As crazy as it sounds, this guy is obsessed with football. His approach, when he speaks, is his life.
Three of Shanahan’s former coordinators became NFL coaches: Robert Saleh (Jets), Mike McDaniel (Dolphins) and DeMeco Ryans (Texans).
Shanahan’s father, Mike, spent 14 years as coach of the Denver Broncos (1995-2008) and won two Super Bowls with them, after serving as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator on their 1994 team that also won the Lombardi Trophy, with his son, Kyle, as a ballboy and a Saratoga High teenager.
“To coach anywhere for a long time, I know what that means, and I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity, and especially for my family to be somewhere for so long, which is cool,” the younger Shanahan said , whose previous longest coaching stops spanned four years with Houston (2006-09) and Washington (2010-13).
Since Shanahan was convinced by York to join the 49ers and after choosing Lynch as general manager, they have overcome an initial 0-8 start to the season and reached three NFC championship games in the last four years, with their The 2019 team falls to the Super Bowl.
“Sometimes when you find yourself in a situation that seems very difficult to win the first couple of years, you get nervous because you know how much pressure builds when you lose, no matter what people say. It becomes difficult to stick to the plan,” Shanahan said. “That’s what made the first meeting with Jed so exciting and the commitment he gave us and what he said. This is what pushed us to make the right decisions in the first two years and help build it the right way.
The gamble in the 2021 draft to select Trey Lance No. 3 overall didn’t work out, but the owners’ confidence never wavered in the Shanahan-Lynch dynamic, although the discovery of quarterback Brock Purdy did. last season surely helped to allay any fears.
“That’s what pushed us to come here, to be patient and to do things right. He hasn’t changed since,” Shanahan said of York. “I like being in a building where you trust each other.”
WIDE RECEPTOR HEALTH
Receiver Deebo Samuel did not practice as he is also dealing with a knee issue in addition to Thursday night’s rib injury. Also missing was wide receiver Jauan Jennings, who ran to the sideline with a shin injury. Brandon Aiyuk was limited in practice and wore a non-contact jersey due to his Week 2 shoulder injury.
OTHER PRACTICE NOTES
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw (ankle) ran to the sideline but did not practice, as was the case Monday. Left tackle Trent Williams was rested, as has been his Wednesday routine in recent years.
Debuting in practice after being signed to the practice squad: former Cal tight end Jake Tonges, safety Tre Norwood and cornerback Kendall Sheffield. Running back Jeremy McNichols was released a day after being re-signed.
CARDINALS ON THE RADAR
Gipson was among those surprised that the Cardinals won their first game Sunday by beating the previously undefeated Dallas Cowboys. “When you watch the tape, they were the more physical team, and that usually results in a win,” Gipson said. “…The most dangerous team is the one that has nothing to lose. They play without fear and with confidence.
TAKE DOWN THE IRISH
Bosa is feeling fresh after the weekend, part of which he enjoyed watching his alma mater, Ohio State, win at Notre Dame. “It was fun to watch. It was a very good game, a defensive battle,” Bosa said. “I think I was happier to see Notre Dame lose than Ohio State win.”
THE FALLOUT OF TAYLOR SWIFT
Days after Taylor Swift showed up to the Kansas City Chiefs game to cheer and leave with Travis Kelce, some 49ers players were asked which of their teammates might date a pop star. Best answer: “Everyone already has nice ladies at home,” defensive lineman Kerry Hyder Jr. said.