Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Shanahan discusses 49ers roster, Kaepernick, and more on 95.7 The Game

Feb 15, 2017 at 5:58 PM--


San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan joined the "Damon Bruce Show" on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday to discuss several topics surrounding the future of the team.

Free Agency versus the Draft


Shanahan was asked what would contribute most to the team's rebuild. Would it be the 49ers' plethora of draft picks or their surplus of cap space? Shanahan identified both, not committing to just one over the other.

"You need to improve in every facet possible," Shanahan said. "And everywhere you're given a chance to improve your football team, you need to not hesitate and do that and you need to be smart about it. You want to be aggressive but it's got to be smart. It's always the best way to do it is through the draft because that's how you can build your roster and you don't have to overspend to do things like that but you also – when there's a good player out there who's a good person, he can be a leader for you – you've got to be willing to go pay those guys also and to pay your own guys and not let them go.

"I don't believe that there's just one way to build a team. Each year it's different. Sometimes there can be a lot of options in free agency and if there is a good player, who's a good person, and you think he'll help your team for a while, you've got to go pay that guy. If there's not many people in free agency, you don't want to just go pay people to pay people just because you have money. You've got to do what's right. You can't hurt your organization long term just to win right away. You always want to win right away, but every decision you make is also involved in how it's going to affect the year after.

"You take everything into account, I hope we can improve this team in both the draft and free agency and I hope we can get the players that are here better also."

Colin Kaepernick


Shanahan was asked if he had spoken to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick yet and if there's a scenario where he is under center in 2017.

"I think anything is possible," Shanahan said. "I'm not going to make any strong judgments on our guys until I get through all this tape, until I get a chance to meet them all. I spoke with Colin through texts. He reached out to me, I want to say the day after my press conference and we communicated through there and I've always been a fan of Colin – especially coming out of college. That's when I studied him the hardest. I know he's had a lot of success in this league and I'm looking forward to studying him more and getting to know him when he comes in here."

49ers Roster


Shanahan was asked what he hopes to mirror in San Francisco that he found successful in Atlanta. The head coach said that he hopes to build a roster with the players that can help the team across the board.

"We had some talent in Atlanta," Shanahan said. "Everyone knows about Julio Jones and Matt Ryan. But all the guys that we had on our roster. A lot of them, they were very talented. They're not all -- they're guys that other teams have let go, that people have given opportunities, but there were certain aspects of their game that we felt we could really use. When you can get guys who have certain traits, that's what I like having.

"You spread them around the field, you get certain ways to attack coverages, you get a quarterback who can distribute the ball and get it to the right people and then you don't feel handcuffed as a coach. You have all types of guys that can do certain things. You have some speed guys who can run by people. You have some shifty guys who can break people off in the slot. You have some running backs who can run the ball or they can be effective in the pass game. And you've got different sets of tight ends. That really just gives you options as a coach. It allows you to adjust throughout the year.

"And to me, what made it so special in Atlanta wasn't just having those people, we had some very ego-less people. Guys truly didn't care how the game went. They truly knew their number was going to be called eventually depending on what the defense did. All 11 guys on the field, run or pass, were always working as hard as they could go. Some guys would go a game where the defense didn't allow them to get the ball and then the next game, they might get five. I could never tell the difference in that guy by looking him in the face after the game or seeing him on Wednesday. We had guys who truly played for each other and all they wanted to do was win and I truly believe that's one of the main reasons for our success. That's why we got better as the year went, not worse."

You can listen to the entire interview on 95.7 The Game.





More San Francisco 49ers News



No Huddle Podcast: What's up with the 49ers? Talking Trey Lance's 1st start, Kyle Shanahan, and more

By Site Staff
Oct 13

Al Sacco and guest co-host Jason Aponte of the "Sprint Right Option Podcast" wonder what is happening with the San Francisco 49ers and the strangeness of the 2021 season. Plus: Trey Lance's start: Was the game plan suspect? The Brandon Aiyuk situation What teams would take Kyle Shanahan over their coach? Expectations after the bye You can listen to the latest "No Huddle Podcast" episode above, from our



49ers' Kyle Shanahan discusses Trey Lance's injury, too many runs, seeks less Happy Gilmore

By David Bonilla
Oct 12

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan joined KNBR this morning, three days before his regularly scheduled appearance, thanks to the team breaking for its bye week this afternoon. Among the many discussion topics was his rookie quarterback, Trey Lance, who started his first NFL game this past weekend. The outcome wasn't what the 49ers hoped. The team lost its third consecutive game, this time against the Arizona Cardinals, and fell to 2-3. However, it was a good learning experience for the young quarterback. Unfortunately, Lance didn't emerge unscathed. The quarterback sustained a left knee sprain. The good news is that the injury doesn't appear



'It's a big concern this year': 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan discusses Javon Kinlaw's injury, development setback

By David Bonilla
Oct 20

Some fans are a bit too quick to write off defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, feeling that he is yet another first-round misstep by the San Francisco 49ers. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan still believes in him and feels the defender's injury setbacks can still be overcome. Kinlaw entered the draft as a raw but physically gifted prospect that could develop into a force along the defensive line. That development has been stalled as the 49ers do what they can to manage the second-year player's injury. Kinlaw sustained a knee injury on December 20, 2020, against the Dallas Cowboys, forcing him to miss the season's final two games. He underwent a procedure after the 2020 season and then had what was described as a minor procedure to reduce swelling in the knee later in



Kyle Shanahan admits he expects and deserves scrutiny for 49ers' four-game losing streak

By David Bonilla
21 hrs

The San Francisco 49ers' 2021 campaign is spiraling out of control. As a result, there is a lot of blame to spread around. While quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is receiving his fair share of it, so is head coach Kyle Shanahan. As the leader of the football team, he is responsible for preparing his players for game days, and the players have looked anything but prepared during this four-game losing streak. After the game, Shanahan did his best to hide his frustration resulting from his squad's latest defeat, a 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. There will be a lot to assess tomorrow morning. The coach was asked if he is deserving of the scrutiny that is being piled on


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone