Ahkello Witherspoon volunteers to play special teams after benching

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49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon played only 13 defensive snaps Saturday, benched after giving up 41-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs.

How did Witherspoon handle Emmanuel Moseley replacing him?

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Monday that Witherspoon volunteered to take over Moseley’s special teams snaps, telling special teams coach Richard Hightower he wanted to help anyway he could.

“For Ahkello to be replaced by Emmanuel early in the game, he handled it great,” Shanahan said, via Jennifer Lee Chan of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “He went right up to Hightower right after that, which Hightower told me yesterday.

“Went up to him and was like, ‘Hey, coach pulled me. They’re going with E-man. But hey, I’m good. Make sure you give me all E-man’s reps, everything he has on special teams. I want to do whatever I can to help. He needs his energy, you put me in on special teams.'”

Witherspoon played seven special teams snaps, while Moseley played 35 defensive snaps and 10 on special teams.

15 responses to “Ahkello Witherspoon volunteers to play special teams after benching

  1. Good for this kid they were just saying he got beat in week 17 and than he gave up that touchdown to Diggs I felt bad for the kid. Keep ur head up my man their will be other opportunities

  2. That speaks very well to his character. I’m sure he’s also thinking that some role is better than no role, but not everyone can turn right around after a setback and offer to help out that way. Cool story.

  3. Good for Witherspoon. I like that. I like how Shanahan isn’t scared to yank players that underperform. Haven’t seen Pettis almost all year due to performance issues, pulled Witherspoon out of a playoff game when he could have had an easy interception but gave up a TD instead. Good coaches make tough decisions. Like Vrabel with Mariota/Tannehill

  4. This speaks to the culture that Lynch and Shanahan have emphasized in the locker room and organization as a whole. The team seems to truly care/play for one another. Not every move they’ve made has been perfect (Reuben Foster) BUT they’ve completely revamped an organization that was defined by backstabbing, front office politics, constant player arrests, and awful play on the field. Three years later they’re knocking on the door of the Super Bowl.

  5. Why not just play Sherman to handle both corner jobs at the same time, the way he was flapping his gums saying he is the best corner ever…..SMH!

  6. I love the “team first” attitude that Spoon showed when things could have gone much different.
    Shanahan must have the team in a great place mentally if players can exhibit this kind of selflessness after a difficult benching.

  7. Great, great attitude. Moseley has played wonderfully, but props to Witherspoon. Hopefully teams notice this, if he ends up on his way out at some point in the future.

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