Transcripts: What Kyle Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Richard Hightower said ahead of 49ers-Jaguars – 49ers Webzone

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan, special teams coordinator Richard Hightower, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spoke with reporters before today’s practice. Here is everything they had to say.

Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff.

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan


Opening comments:

“The injuries. Mo [DL Maurice] Hurst, calf won’t practice. [RB JaMycal] Hasty, ankle, won’t practice, [CB] Josh Norman, ribs, limited. [WR] Deebo [Samuel], shin, limited. [OL] Jaylon Moore, knee, limited. [T] Trent Williams, he’ll get a vet day and [RB] Elijah Mitchell won’t practice, finger.”

Any update on Elijah, just how serious that is and when you would be able to get him back?

“He just had it yesterday. Today, he’s not good enough to practice. I think he’ll go Sunday, but we’ve got to see it day-to-day.”

Any word on LB Dre Greenlaw‘s practice window?

“Yeah. He’s going to get out there today. We’ll open it up and see how the week goes. Same with [S Jaquiski] Tartt.”

Did you find out when Mitchell broke it?

“I didn’t. I didn’t get to ask him, but I’ll ask him when I’m out there, so you can ask me Friday.”

It works for story value.

“No, totally. I get it. And I probably would have if we had two days. This has been a little hectic these last 24 hours.”

Did you say Tartt will be out there too?

“Yes.”

What’s your message to the team this week to make sure they carry over the urgency they had last week and don’t overlook the Jaguars?

“I said, Jacksonville, it’s pretty easy when you start watching the tape not to overlook them. You talk as a coach, you read the numbers, but when you watch the tape they’ll see, as they’ve seen today, this morning that they’re a good team and they’re getting a lot better. I don’t think that people let down after something like that, but you’ve got to realize the emotions that go into a Monday night game is a little bit bigger where we were coming from with how bad we had played before that, so the emotions were high. And so you’ve got to watch for that stuff. Your emotions can’t be high every single day, but that means we’ve got to practice accordingly every single day and make sure that we’re ready to go on Sunday.”

OL Daniel Brunskill I think faced Rams DL Aaron Donald one-on-one, close to 20 snaps but not quite. I realize you weren’t like running over right guard necessarily, but he seemed to hold his own if not better on a lot of those snaps. What did you think of his performance?

“I thought he played great. No one’s going to play perfect, especially versus Aaron who is probably the best defensive player I’ve ever seen, without a doubt. He’s a tough deal and anyone who gets him one-on-one struggles. It was good to get him to play in the run a lot, which helps. We always try to avoid being in the one-on-one, but they make it tough with their fronts. And when Brunskill had to do it, he rose to the occasion, did a hell of a job and the fourth-and-six touchdown I thought was the biggest one.”

Is it fair to say Brunskill matches up well with Aaron Donald? It seems he’s had success against him in the past or is that a stretch for anyone?

“Yeah, no one matches up well versus Aaron Donald. That’s why we like Brunskill. You guys will see some clips throughout the game where he might get beat and it doesn’t look good, but for the course of a game, Brunskill is a very dependable player. The game’s never too big for him. It doesn’t matter who he’s going against. The first time we ever threw him in at tackle and he had to play the whole game in 2019 versus Arizona and did a good job on [Arizona Cardinals DL] Chandler [Jones] and at guard versus Aaron. But Brunskill, he’s going to give all he’s got no matter who he’s playing.”

On pass protections with QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s ability to get the ball out fast, is that his best asset that he brings to the quarterback position? That he can get rid of that under 2.5 seconds?

“Yeah, it’s important that the guys get open that fast too. Jimmy’s best asset is just looking at how he throws. Not many people have the quick twitch and can decide to throw the ball, get it out of his hand physically as fast as him. I don’t know anyone who could do it faster.”

How closely did you evaluate Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence or was his selection number at number one such a foregone conclusion that you’d moved on to other guys?

“Yeah, I watched it, but not nearly like the other guys, so we pretty much knew. I would have bet a lot of money on when he was going, so we didn’t spend much time on it.”

What have you seen from him this season?

“We’ve always seen his talent and you see it on the tape. He’s getting to play a lot. Has been thrown into a lot of situations and you can see that him, along with their whole team, is starting to get better and better.”

What about Jacksonville Jaguars OLB Josh Allen in 2019? Was it just that he was more of an outside linebacker and that didn’t really kind of fit your scheme?

“No, he fit because when we were up there trying to look for pass rushers and we felt pretty strong about the two top ones in the draft with him and the guy we ended up getting [DL] Nick [Bosa], so we were real high on Josh, but we were a little higher on Nick.”

You guys have struggled so much on third downs prior to this week. Were you able to sort of discern why this week you sort of took a step forward in that aspect and were so successful?

“Yeah, you’ve got to go to each play. There’s not one answer, but we definitely played our best game on third down versus a team that was pretty good at it too. And guys made some plays. We had a couple of good looks and when we didn’t have good looks we were still able to convert it. I think it was like a third-and-seven, the one Deebo got, they were taking that away and Jimmy threw it in the tightest window. Deebo stepped to it and we got a big gain, so there were a number of plays like that in the game that guys just performed at a high level. And when we did have the right looks, like on the fourth down, guys did even better, made a touchdown.”

How much did having RB Jeff Wilson Jr. on Monday night impact your willingness to go after that 40 rush total?

“It made it a lot easier. It still would have been the same goal, but Jeff, he ran the ball hard. He helped out a lot when he didn’t have the ball, which was huge, keeping us out on the field. He converted a third-and-two that kept us out there for a while, but if he wasn’t there, we were going to try the same stuff with other guys too.”

What’s been happening in that position group that enabled you guys to part ways with former CB Dre Kirkpatrick yesterday?

“We’ve just been one over at corner for a while and there’s only so long you can take it. We usually only have six on our roster, five up on game day. And so we’ve just been going extra with the two rookies that we have on and we knew we wouldn’t have the luxury of keeping those guys all year, bring in two guys back from IR. With some more guys coming back, we knew we had to make that decision sooner or later.”

So right now, you have three openings on the active roster? Will you just do those on Saturday?

“I think so. I think we had two. Yeah, I think we do it on Saturday. Yeah, we always do them on the Saturday before 1 p.m. I know you’re trying to get me on the numbers exactly right now and I’ve got way too many defenses in my head.”

The guys you do that to, will they be active on Sunday?

“Hopefully, if they have a good week of practice.”

You said two of those guys–?

“Are you talking about Tartt and Greenlaw?”

Yeah.

“Their practice windows are starting this week and hopefully they’re good enough to go on Sunday.”

You guys haven’t used the practice window, the whole practice window. You guys pretty much have that philosophy that when they’re ready to practice, they’re ready to play?

“No, I think it depends on each guy. Some guys had longer injuries that we’re trying to, I mean Greenlaw we’ve been trying to get back each week for a little bit. But his injury is a lot longer. Where we’ve had some guys who were exactly at two and a half, three weeks and you’re right there so you know when they come back, they’re fully healthy. Other guys, they got to get back and they got to prove it. Even with [TE George] Kittle. He had to prove it throughout practice and that’s why we kind of eased him. The last thing you want to do, and we want Greenlaw back very badly, but we don’t want him to go too fast and only get him for one game.”

With how well LB Azeez Al-Shaair has played, is it going to be tough for Greenlaw to unseat him at that WILL position?

“We’ll see. Greenlaw’s played at an extremely high level too. I think Greenlaw has done a hell of a job in his career here for us. He’s just getting back into practice for the first time in a while, so I do think it would be hard to unseat Azeez right away. Just because of what Azeez has done, he’s played at a high level and I think that’ll take Greenlaw a while to have the chance to pass him up again.”

Have you ever seen a number one wide receiver who can also play running back as well as Deebo Samuel?

“I haven’t had one. I think there’s, no, I haven’t. I thought [former NFL WR] Percy Harvin had a chance like that and I’ve seen [Atlanta Falcons WR] Cordarrelle Patterson, [Jacksonville Jaguars WR] Tavon Austin a little bit over the years, but Deebo has been pretty special at it.”

There’s a lot of examples of running backs who can play a little receiver. What does it do for an offense to have a receiver who can play running back?

“Just the threat and different matchups. Everything is personnel driven and who the matchups are. And it’s the same thing with how big of a deal it is having a fullback who can also go out there and play outside of the box. Like we have with Juice [FB Kyle Juszczyk]. And then when you have receivers who can go back to running back and also receivers who don’t mind doing some stuff that a fullback would do, especially if you’re playing a receiver and you use them as a fullback, you might be going against a nickel as opposed to a linebacker. So there’s all those different matchups you can do. And when you have willing guys who have the ability to do it, but they’re also physical enough to do it, it just helps you come up with a lot of things to put players in positions to make it easier for them.”

It seems from the outside, that having to do all that stuff would add a lot to his mental load too. How have you seen him grow and handle that as you’ve kind of added more and more to his plate?

“Deebo is one of the most natural players I’ve been around. He’s very smart. He’s very perceptive. I think he’s extremely socially aware. He kind of has an idea of how everyone is and things aren’t that hard to him. I think what Deebo has gotten better at is sometimes when you have a tendency for things not to be hard, you don’t always go through every single little thing. And I think he’s done a much better job of going through the little things, so he can be closer to perfect than not.”

Was there a point where you saw that shift in him?

“Yeah, I think it helped a ton for him when [Buffalo Bills WR] Emmanuel [Sanders] came here. That’s when I saw the biggest. Deebo is one of the guys who we were counting on a lot as a rookie. And I think when Emmanuel got here, he really saw a true pro and not just how he prepared, but how he attacked practice every day. And Emmanuel only knew one way, like he went as hard as he could all the time and if he couldn’t, you had to protect him from himself. And I think it was really cool for Deebo to get to see. I think that’s why they clicked so much. And then coming back into a second year, I know how hard he was preparing to not have a sophomore slump. And then he had those injuries, which kind of made it inevitable. And to watch the frustration he had all year, you could tell he was very hungry coming into this year.”

What do you and running backs coach Robert Turner Jr. need to see from RB Trey Sermon for him to start getting into the game more, into the offense more than he has?

“Yeah, you guys have asked that a lot and right now, it’s nothing against Trey. Trey had an opportunity when guys got hurt and I thought he got better in each game with that. But he didn’t do enough for us to put them ahead of Elijah or Jeff. And so it’s pretty much as simple as that, like if Jeff wasn’t out there or Elijah wasn’t, he would have taken one of those two’s roles. When it came to our third downs, we always started out with [RB] Raheem [Mostert] then it went to Hasty. And now we’ve gone with Juice. Not always wanting to put a rookie in a third down role, so he had an opportunity when there was injuries, but those guys have come back and we still have those guys ahead of him.”

What is it what you look for in a third-down back? What are the qualities that you want in a third-down back?

“You have to be able to have the capability to block. It starts with that. If not you’re just another receiver out there, who can’t block. So you have to be able to do that, and after that you want someone who can beat man coverage.”

DB Jimmie Ward mentioned this morning at an interview that the defensive captains called a meeting the night before at the hotel. How important is it for captains to step up, especially now with the situations that are happening during the season and did you talk to the captains at all? Did you know about that meeting?

“No, I didn’t know. I only knew because it took about a minute longer than usual. We always have an offensive meeting and a defensive meeting that lasts like eight minutes long. And then we review a couple of things and I sit in there and they all come in together and I do a 10-minute team meeting. So, it just took them a minute longer than usual. And I haven’t even asked anybody about it. It’s probably because I’m 24 hours behind on a few things. But I think it’s great. I’ve seen those at their bad, I’ve seen them when they’re good. I really don’t know what was said or care much because I like the result. I think it’s always great when players hold each other accountable and it’s not the way that people wanted to see when they see someone grabbing someone by their face mask or yelling at someone on the sidelines. That’s usually just for other people. You want people who genuinely want to win and do it the right way. And when you have players who are around each other all the time, it goes a lot more than the coaches if those guys can get other people to pick each other up.”

I’ve got another Daniel Brunskill question. I don’t mean to imply he like physically dominated Aaron Donald, but there was one play, an eight-yard run on the first drive that Deebo had in the red zone where he did basically dominate Donald, he threw him down. Did you note that or have others noted that and said, ‘you’re awesome Brunskill?’

“I wouldn’t use the word dominate. I’m not trying to poke the bear too much. But yeah, I thought he did as good as he could, which is as good as I’ve seen anybody do. Aaron, he’s a different dude, so it was a huge challenge and those guys did as good as they could with him.”

With Tartt coming back, does he automatically become the starter? And what’s your kind of feeling about the position that S Talanoa Hufanga has put himself in to make a contribution when you’re at full strength back there?

“I like Huff a lot. I think he’s played well. No, Tartt doesn’t automatically get the starting position. We’re not sitting here trying to replace Tartt either. I think Tartt’s played at a high level for us for a number of years, can do a bunch of things. But even before he got hurt, we were trying to get Huff in there too. Because of what Huff has brought to the table. But we’ll see how the week goes this week. I’ve got to see where Tartt is at, but I expect them both to play if Tartt’s healthy.”

What does Hufanga bring to the table?

“I just like how he doesn’t hesitate on anything. He looks like, I was just saying today in the team meeting, that when he makes a play like he did on that third-and-four when they tried to run that pick route and he met him, it looks like he’s not just thinking about that on game day. It looks like he decided on Wednesday how he’s going to play. You can see it in everything he does and there’s just no hesitation in his game. And that’s what I want to see, 11 guys out there not hesitating and flying around.”

Special Teams Coordinator Richard Hightower


Did you tell DL D.J. Jones exactly what to expect on that play?

“First of all, D.J. made a heck of a play on that play and he deserves a ton of credit on that play. There’s nothing really that I have to tell anybody. It’s just what the players do in terms of their study habits, what they do in terms of what the call is. We have a call in our system that allows D.J. to drop out of there. But what’s really cool about that play is everyone was on top of their assignments. You see [LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles] Flan cover the guy that went out and that was an un-scouted look. I mean, they hadn’t shown that one before, but for the guys to be on top of their rules and for those guys to play the call within the system is excellent. And [S Talanoa Hufanga] Huff actually going, forcing the holder there, [Los Angeles Rams P] Johnny [Hekker] to have to throw that ball and rush him, that was a really great play by Huff having the sense and just the awareness to come out of the rush there and redirect just like he’s supposed to do. And then D.J. did a phenomenal job tracking the receiver in an open field and making just a phenomenal play by that big man with those good feet and going to attack. He’s a fun guy to coach. He is a joy and everything and anything he does he’s always really into it. Whether it’s field goal protection, whether it’s defense stay, whether it’s field goal block, that kid is a delight to coach and he’s always got a great attitude. And the guys in the locker room really love him. So the sideline and everybody was really happy for D.J. and that’s a huge play for him to help our football team before the half to make sure that those guys don’t get any points there and we go in with the momentum. It was a good play for our football team.”

You guys called timeout right before that play. From the outside, it looked like why are they stopping the clock? There’s not going to be much time to get the ball back. Was there, I don’t know if it’s like, ‘Hey, watch out for a fake here in that timeout.’ Was that part of that conversation?

“No, not really. You’d have to ask coach on the timeout on that one. We didn’t ask specifically for that. Coaches just probably feel for something that he had there. Which was excellent though, because we did have a chance to say some things to [CB] Ambry [Thomas] who relayed that, but those guys know that. All week we’d kind of been talking about that and I mean, they’re actually telling us before, as coaches, they’ll telling us about it before it happens. They’re like, ‘Hey, we’re watching a fake. So, they already knew what situation we were in and when the players take it over that way and have listened in meetings and they take over then things like that happen. So, yeah, they were on it before we were getting ready to tell them as a coach.”

You have said you love RB Trenton Cannon, even when Trenton Cannon had that game. Trenton Cannon is now playing very good games again. How has he, I guess what do you make of how he has improved and how well do you think he’s playing?

“Yeah, I think that’s a good question. It’s a really good question because a lot of people wanted to do away with Trenton Cannon, but we look at tape and we look at ability and sometimes you have a better feel for a person and for a guy and for him to fight through what he’s fought through resiliently shows you what kind of guys [general manager] John [Lynch] and [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] can find. And [assistant general manager Adam Peters] A.P., and those guys, a guy that plays with tenacity. The guy that plays with heart, a guy that lays everything on the line, that guy had three tackles, had two tackles and an assist in a Monday night game and played phenomenal. And he’s top in the NFL in tackles. As a gunner and kickoff, he’s phenomenal and probably should be up in some Pro Bowl talks, the type of football he’s playing right now. And that’s why you don’t give up on people. That’s why I always pull for guys that do things the right way. Yeah they’ll make mistakes. We all make mistakes. It’s our job to get that corrected as coaches, but it’s also our job to be behind players if you think that they can help you win. And that guy definitely has helped us win and I couldn’t be more proud of him and more proud of the way he’s responded. But again, it’s a new week and every week’s week to week. So he’s got to do it again. And we need other guys to come along and do it. And our guys are getting better. That’s the thing that I like, our guys are getting better and we’ve got a huge challenge this week in [Jacksonville Jaguars WR] Jamal Agnew. He has had eight career touchdowns on special teams. He is a phenomenal returner. Was drafted by my mentor. Guys, I told you about [former NFL coach] Joe Marciano, he loved him as a returner. He had him in Detroit. So he is a good player and we’ve got our work cut out for us. And we’re excited about going against him because we want to play the best. And he is definitely one of the best.”

QB Jimmy Garoppolo


You had the quickest release of any quarterback this past weekend. That’s kind of been something, you’re trademark in your career. Has that gotten better over time and how helpful is that to you as a quarterback?

“Yeah, I think just, you know, going against the front we were going against, it was definitely part of the game plan. Just get the ball out on time, help the O-Line out. And yeah, I think we did a good job of that. I think it starts with the game plan and then goes to us executing it.”

At some point during the game your running back broke his finger. Were you guys aware of that or what does that say to the rookie’s toughness that he’s able to kind of play through some of these injuries?

“Honestly, I had no idea until I heard after the game. But yeah, [RB] Elijah [Mitchell], it’s not the first time he’s played with an injury. This guy, he’s a battler, knew it from the first play he got into Detroit. I can remember seeing him in the huddle. He was just, it was different. And for him to battle the way he has through injuries and all the guys are dealing with stuff, but he’s done a good job of that stuff. It’s impressive.”

Going back to that first plan Detroit, I mean, what did you mean? Is it the eyes that you’re looking at? Is it his focus?

“Yeah, a little bit of everything and kind of just get a feel for someone. And when you’re in the huddle with them, you’re looking in their eyes, is the moment too big for him? It reminded me of [RB JaMycal] Hasty. Honestly, last year Hasty came in and his first play was ready to roll and it was like, all right, this guy, he’s made of the right stuff. And Elijah was the same way.”

I think the last three weeks you haven’t thrown a single play-action pass from under center. Everything’s been in shotgun. Is that an adjustment you guys have consciously made and how much maybe does that help you over the last few weeks?

“I think it helps us. I think, obviously our play-action from under center has been good in the past too. So it’s kind of a pick your poison, I guess, with defenses. It’s a week to week thing though. It really is. Because we’ve done both of them in the past and it’s just kind of what’s the hot hand lately. And so the way we’ve been running the ball, I mean, I could see us going back to the other way or sticking with the shotgun either way.”

Was there more of a comfort level for you doing that, just that you don’t have to take your eyes off of the defense?

“I guess, yeah. I think any quarterback naturally is more comfortable in the gun, just you’re away from the D-Line and everything, but yeah, I’ve done both ways. So I’m pretty comfortable with both.”

Do you think it’s easier for you to get in a rhythm and maybe are those windows a little bit bigger when the running game is as effective as it was on Monday?

“Yeah. I mean, it definitely makes everything easier. Whenever you can get into a rhythm like that that, that opening drive really kind of set up the rest of the game for us, just the way we ran the ball and they had to make some adjustments to if they wanted to stop it. And we just played off of that.”

Why do you think you’re able to execute so well on third downs and that’s been one of the main issues in the past few weeks?

“It could be a number of reasons. I think we had a good plan going into it, but I think guys just, I said it last week, the week of practice was different. Just guys locked in, little details here and there. And that’s what third down and red zone really come down to is how detailed are you in those little things and can you make the play when you need to.”

When you’re looking at the Jaguars film, how much does Jacksonville Jaguars DE/OLB Josh Allen show up on tape?

“A lot, especially these last two weeks. He’s a hell of the player, man. He really is. They’ve got a lot of speed on that defense from sideline to sideline, but just Josh, he’s impressive. You saw he did in the Buffalo game and did it against the Colts too. So it’ll be a challenge for us.”

OL Daniel Brunskill was matched one-on-one with Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald close to 20 snaps and held his own. What did you make of that performance by him?

“That’s the Dan we expect, man. He’s done it in the past. I don’t know, Dan, just the whole O-Line played phenomenal, but Dan he played great in those. When you get put in a one-on-one like that, it’s a tough situation for anybody and for him to step up like he did, I mean, there was the fourth-down play, he was one-on-one with him. Just crucial situations. That’s what I was trying to say on third downs. When those moments come up and your number’s called, can you answer the bell? And you know, O-Line doesn’t always get that much credit, but those guys are answering the bell every single play.”

On the first drive there was an eight-yard run by WR Deebo Samuel in the red zone and Dan Brunskill threw Aaron Donald to the ground. Did you notice that and has anyone said anything to Dan Brunskill about throwing Aaron Donald down?

“Yeah, we’ve got to be careful giving Dan too much here. No, Dan played his ass off, man. He really did. Those things you don’t really notice until you’re watching the film either, just how guys are handling him. You could feel it on the field, but you don’t know the detail of it. And yeah, I mean, he balled out, man. He really did.”

You said this last week of practice was different. Given that it’s not going to be the same emotional team, you’re facing a 2-6 team, going on the road, how do you recreate that and make sure the standard doesn’t drop?

“Just the leaders on the team. I think it starts with us, whether it’s walk-through, practice, whatever it is, we’ve got come with the right mindset. And I think it trickles down to everyone else. You know, these short weeks happen quick. We’re right back to it today. And you’ve just got to go in with the right mindset. I think that’s where it starts.”

You had a terrific game against the Rams. I’m not trying to nitpick you. There was one play in the third quarter that head coach Kyle Shanahan you could see he called a shot deep for WR Trent Sherfield and you didn’t throw it. I looked like he was open. I’m just curious after watching the film why didn’t you throw it?

“It was a, yeah that was definitely a shot play. Just when I was rolling out, I forget who they were pinning, the D-End that they were pinning, I felt him kind of making a move and I don’t know, just at that time of the game, it’s a touchy subject, I guess you could say. I don’t know. You want to take the big shot, but at the same time you don’t want to make a stupid play, get a strip-sack, something like that. It’s just the feel of the game, I guess. Looking back I wish I would’ve thrown it, but is what it is.”

What’s your best memory from Christmas Eve, 2017, last time you played the Jaguars?

“Oh geez. That was a great time. It seems like forever ago, honestly. Just different team. I don’t know. I could remember [TE] George [Kittle] scoring a touchdown, [Buffalo Bills RB Matt] Breida scoring a touchdown to seal the game at the end there. It was a fun day. Hopefully we could recreate that this Sunday.”

What is the mental shift Deebo made to make the strides that he’s made? Where do you think that happened or when did you see that change in him?

“Some time in training camp. I’m trying to, I can’t remember a specific day, but in training camp there was a sort of a lull in our receiver room of just like, you know, who the leader is and we didn’t really have a vocal leader. And I can remember Deebo just kind of, you know, Deebo’s not the most vocal guy in the world, but he leads by example and in one-on-ones he would always go first. He would step up first, kind of set the tone for everybody, make big plays, get guys excited. And that’s really when he started to, I mean, he’s always been phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, but that’s when he started to open up and really become a leader of that room.”

We’ll keep talking about Deebo. How valuable is it to have someone who you can trust in a variety of different situations?

“I think it’s invaluable. It really is. I trust all those guys though. And I think that comes from just the reps and being with someone. Me and Deebo have played a lot of football together. There were a couple of broken plays in that game where we made eye contact and I was like, go that way, man. And he did it and it was just being on the same page with one another, I think. And he did a good job of that stuff.”

Kyle has said that RB Jeff Wilson Jr. is somebody who’s very well-liked in the locker room and guys sort of rally around him. What is it about him that lends to that?

“Just his attitude, man. His attitude, his vibe. He’s fun to be around, but he’s not fake about it though. He’s just being himself. And I mean, I can remember coming in at halftime from this game. We were up big, guys want to sort of relax a little bit and Jeff was as fired up as anyone saying we’ve got to start the engine over and get things going again. And it’s just little things like that, that go a long way with guys.”

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to play the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Head coach Kyle Shanahan, special teams coordinator Richard Hightower, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spoke with reporters before today’s practice. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Opening comments: “Alright, injuries today. [DL Maurice] Mo Hurst, calf, still won’t practice. [DB] Jimmie Ward, quad, won’t practice. [RB JaMycal] Hasty, ankle, won’t practice. [WR Mohamed] Sanu [Sr.], knee, won’t practice. [S] Tavon Wilson, foot, won’t practice. [CB] Dre Kirkpatrick, ankle, won’t practice. [RB] Elijah Mitchell, ribs, limited. [TE]

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and others spoke with reporters after Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Opening comments: “All I got for you now is [T Mike] McGlinchey went out with a knee, did not return. Go ahead.” Do you know how serious that is? “I don’t.” What does a game like this tell you about your team? “That we didn’t play very well today at all. I was real disappointed. I thought we’d play really well. Had a good week of

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and others spoke with reporters after Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Opening comments: “The injury we had from the game, [OL] Jaylon Moore left with the knee. Did not return. Go ahead.” What was your goal as far as number of times you wanted to run the ball today? “Our goal, we said 40. Which I almost regretted, that’s tough to do, but I’m glad I said it now. So, they came through with it and it was a huge team goal and it worked out well enough

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to play the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. Offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel and defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans spoke with reporters after today’s practice. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. Offensive Coordinator Mike McDaniel How has RB Jeff Wilson Jr. looked the last couple of days? “It’s just been awesome to have Jeff back in terms of being able to see him at all. He has been working hard and he’s a big part of the energy that our team has. You can see it every game he brings the juice. So that’s been exciting. I think the guys are excited that he’s able to be outside with us and in a helmet