It looks like several 49ers players had a message for coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday: We’re still alive.
These players were teasing Shanahan for a clumsy statement he made last week. He told reporters he wasn’t sure if anyone would be alive on Sunday, let alone if a San Francisco player would still be on the squad roster. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the players have contacted the boss to confirm their status.
Take 2 without a typo:
It’s great. I am told a group of # 49ers players called Kyle Shanahan today to let him know they survived until Sunday. So good.
– Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 3, 2021
Shanahan took a morbid detour at the pre-team press conference last Monday. He was trying to dance around a question about the future of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the team when he said: “I can’t guarantee that anyone in the world will still be alive on Sunday, so I can’t guarantee that anyone in the world will still be alive on Sunday. not guarantee who will be on our list. Sunday. That goes for all of us. “
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George Kittle tweeted that he would give Shanahan a warning that he was still there.
Shanahan told reporters on Thursday after the team selected North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, third overall, that he had “totally bombarded” his response.
“A person I have a relationship with who sometimes when he asks me what I’m thinking is a silly question, sometimes I reject him in return, and that’s kind of what I did,” Shanahan said, by Pro Football Talk. “It was between me and this guy, it had nothing to do with Jimmy when I said, I didn’t know if we would be alive on Sunday.” I was just trying not to get my typical response of, ‘Guys, anyone can be traded if you have more than one, (49ers general manager) John (Lynch) should trade me, and I shouldn’t. be here Sunday. ‘”
The 49ers haven’t traded Garoppolo or Shanahan, and the team is making it look like their No.1 QB in 2020 will be a mentor for Lance in 2021.