Kyle Shanahan hopes Jalen Hurd baits opponents into fighting

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Sunday’s practice for the 49ers included a couple of skirmishes involving rookie third-round receiver Jalen Hurd. On Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan scored the fights. Specifically, he was asked by reporters to enter a verdict.

“Verdict in like who was right and who was wrong?” Shanahan said. “Well, we fought, so everyone’s wrong. . . . It was a good teaching moment. I’m actually glad it happened, because we were allowed to cover a lot of stuff that we hadn’t covered this camp yet that the older guys have heard, but the new guys haven’t. It led to a lot of good teaching points in our meeting today.”

Shanahan explained that Hurd was merely behaving in the way the organization expected him to behave.

“For the beginning part of it, I was proud of how Jalen handled himself,” Shanahan said. “That’s why we brought him here. We want him to be physical, we want him to irritate the heck out of every player in that secondary and I hope he pisses people off. I hope a lot of guys throw punches at him, and that’s what happened. I looked hard to see if he was doing anything cheap in the play. Didn’t see it on tape, but someone took a shot at him and then that’s where I got upset with Jalen. He’s going to piss a lot of people off and I hope a lot of people take shots at him and I hope he sits there with his helmet on and smiles at them and waves to them as they get ejected and gets us a free 15-yards. But, he failed in that yesterday. He got the guy irritated enough to lose his composure, the guy hit him and then he fought back, so we lost both of them for the game.

“We had offsetting penalties, so he didn’t help us. But that was a good thing to point out. We want physical guys, we want to be able to get after it and compete. We want them on the tip of fighting. But football’s not fighting. Football is football. You get as close as you can to fighting and then you remember it’s football and the play’s over and you go back to the huddle. If you don’t, it’s a selfish act and it’s fake toughness to me. All you’re doing is hurting the team, and Jalen’s a tough dude. I think he’ll be real good at this going forward.”

To summarize, Shanahan doesn’t want Hurd to fight. Shanahan wants hurd to bait opposing players into fighting.

And it makes sense. Success in that regard creates 15 yards of field position, and it can result in a key defensive player for the other team being sent to the locker room.

14 responses to “Kyle Shanahan hopes Jalen Hurd baits opponents into fighting

  1. I think Shanahan has done well as 9ER coach. Considering the roster he inherited from previous regimes.

    If anything the defense has been the let down the previous few seasons. Garrapalo was injured early and he still put up points with backup QB’s, #2,3,and 4 depth charted RB’s, oft injured and underwhelming WR’s.

    The team was stayed competitive throughout most games the remainder of the season. While also dealing with a roster gutted by injuries

  2. Hahahahaha. That’s what this organization is reduced to? Baiting opponents into unsportsmanlike conduct penalties? At least dont admit it to the press. How embarrassing.

  3. Shanahan is such a weasel, he has that arrogant smug look on him, this coming from a clown who blew the lead away in the Super Bowl when he was Atlanta’s O.C. by refusing to run the damn ball & waste clock.

  4. There you go 49ers. Don’t try to beat the team with talent or ability, just provoke them into losing…

    This team is a dumpster fire and I’ll be shocked if they win 7 games.

  5. I love my team, Shannahan is spot on.

    Most of ya’all commenting here don’t football. Like at all.

    Strong play is the essence of baiting.

    Go back to Soccer please.

  6. zenandtheartoffootball says:

    I love my team, Shannahan is spot on.
    Most of ya’all commenting here don’t football. Like at all.
    Strong play is the essence of baiting.
    Go back to Soccer please.
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    The Niners would probably do better playing soccer, American football is not their strength and they have to try different tactics to win, in other words they are a tire fire.

  7. Pro-tip:

    If you’re going to try and dunk on someone, make sure you have the ball.

    None of these weak clap-backs display even a rudimentary understanding of football, let alone this team and their talent.

    A good refutation of my comment would have been challenging my assertion that “strong play is the eseence of baiting” instead of doubling down on the weak and false assertion that Shanahan is coaching up his team to antagonize the other team’s players as a “winning strategy”

  8. stucats says:
    July 30, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Shanahan is such a weasel, he has that arrogant smug look on him, this coming from a clown who blew the lead away in the Super Bowl when he was Atlanta’s O.C. by refusing to run the damn ball & waste clock.
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    There has been no greater choke in the Super Bowl history than Darrell Bevel and Pete Carroll declining to hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch and giving Russell Wilson the green light to throw the game away into the hands of Malcolm Butler. You’d think that Seahawks’ fans would have a bit more humility than to post stuff like the comment above.

  9. There has been no greater choke in the Super Bowl history than Darrell Bevel and Pete Carroll declining to hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch and giving Russell Wilson the green light to throw the game away into the hands of Malcolm Butler. You’d think that Seahawks’ fans would have a bit more humility than to post stuff like the comment above.

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    This has always been the way with declining powers. See also Iraqs Minister of Information:

    “My feelings, as usual, we will slaughter them all.”

  10. Wow!, zenandtheartoffootball sounds like an English professor from Oxford University or an Ivy school graduate from Yale or Princeton.
    “A good refutation of my comment would have been challenging my assertion” or “None of these weak clap-backs display even a rudimentary understanding of football”.
    Elementary my dear Watson!, btw, i am not a Seahawks fan…lol!

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