‘I would like folks to be irritants,’ not fighters

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan desires his gamers going proper as much as the road, however he would not need them toeing it.

In response to Niners gamers exchanging punches — most notably linebacker Fred Warner and extensive receiver Brandon Aiyuk — at Tuesday’s follow, Shanahan let it’s recognized Friday that he desires his gamers to be powerful, to be bodily, to even be “irritants,” however he would not need them throwing fingers.

“I would like everybody difficult one another,” Shanahan stated Friday, through crew transcript. “I do not care how a lot crap one another discuss. I do not care how shut they get to combating. They’ll do no matter they need to get themselves going and being as intense as they need and produce the perfect out of one another, which occurs loads that manner. And it is the identical on the sphere, however when you throw a punch, you get ejected otherwise you get a penalty. And we delight ourselves on, I would like folks to be irritants. I would like folks to get as shut as they’ll to all that stuff. I would like folks to get proper on the road the place they’re about to black out. However you possibly can’t black out on soccer otherwise you’ll price your crew, however I really like doing that to different folks.”

A lot of the discourse Tuesday stemmed from Warner admittedly making an attempt to push Aiyuk. With Aiyuk standing up for himself, it will definitely led to a brawl.

Shanahan was nice with Aiyuk holding his floor.

“Undoubtedly, I understood what he stood as much as, so it did not hassle me,” Shanahan stated.

Primarily, Shanahan desires his gamers pushing their physicality, themselves and their opponents to the restrict, however not exceeding it.

Fights in soccer end in penalties and busted fingers, so finest to place down your dukes.

“I really like the depth of it,” Shanahan stated. “I do not assume it’s a must to battle to be intense although. Scuffles are scuffles, however then they result in different stuff. I believe that is why we’ve a man within the protocol, as a result of we took an pointless shot on somebody which led to the massive battle. After which we had a bunch of haymakers and stuff thrown in there, which is able to solely break fingers. I believe our crew’s fairly powerful. I believe we’re fairly bodily. I believe if most individuals in all probability voted on who was essentially the most bodily crew on tape final yr, I believe we might win most of that. And we did not get in a single battle final yr, so I do not assume that absolutely pertains to toughness.”

Whereas Warner and Aiyuk squared off in a showdown that led to an offensive-versus-defense donnybrook on Tuesday, it got here after Warner delivered a questionable hit to extensive receiver Marcus Johnson. Johnson is now in concussion protocol, as referenced by Shanahan in regard to scuffles main “to different stuff.”

So, with the 49ers having garnered headlines and triggered some self-inflicted wounds this week, Shanahan has delivered his message: Hold the depth up and your fingers downs.