Shanahan preaches tough guy mentality
No coach will openly admit it, but every coach loves to see some “dog” in his players. If you haven’t heard the news, a few fights broke out today between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.
Most notably, the fight between WR Pierre Garçon and Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris. Some believe it was All-Pro CB Aqib Talib but I witnessed Harris involved in the scrum.
During red zone period, WR Jeremy Kerley was lined up in the slot one-on-one with Harris. 49ers QB Brian Hoyer then forced the ball into coverage allowing Harris to tip it up in the air. Kerley ran a quick slant and fell to the ground while Broncos S Justin Simmons picked off the pass in the end zone.
Simmons then proceeded running downfield returning it 15 yards before Garçon and Harris locked horns. Garçon was clearly upset by Harris’ dirty play.
The Broncos cornerback was positioning himself for a crackback block on Garçon which is illegal, if the hit is below the waist. Garçon did not shy away from the contact and bear-hugged Harris to the ground before the two were separated.
I wanted coach’s feedback on the fight and his stance on crackbacks. Learn the full details in my video below as Shanahan had this to say:
The play was dirty. After Hoyer threw a pass intended for WR Jeremy Kerley off the quick-slant in red zone period, it was tipped by Chris Harris and intercepted. Pierre Garçon chasing backside was then met with an illegal crack back block. I asked coach for his thoughts on the Broncos dirty play as a fight ensued! Here's what he had to say just moments ago! ?-#BEASTwriter #SpotTheBEAST #49ersCamp #49ers