Katie Sowers

Shanahan: 'We definitely have a woman who talks about routes'

Shanahan: 'We definitely have a woman who talks about routes'

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been under a lot of scrutiny lately for the "routes" comment  he made during a midweek press conference. 

On Friday, during his weekly radio interview, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan chimed in on the situation

"We definitely have a woman who talks about routes all the time," Shanahan said. "I think our players definitely listen to her so it definitely caught me off when I saw Cam's comments."

Shanahan is referring to Katie Sowers and her role as a 49ers seasonal offensive assistant. Sowers became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Shanahan’s staff. Last season, she was with Shanahan as a member of the Falcons' staff on an internship.

“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship," Shanahan said of Sowers in August. "We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.

“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year."

"I heard he [Newton] apologized last night, which is definitely needed," Shanahan said. "But that's definitely something that we don't look at it that way around here."

Indeed, Newton did. In a video apology posted to social media, the former NFL MVP said: "After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. "To be honest, that was not my intentions. And if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.

"What I did was extremely unacceptable," Newton said. "I'm a father to two beautiful daughters and I try to instill in them that they can be anything that they want to be. The fact that during this process I have already lost sponsors and countless fans I realize that the joke is really on me. I have really learned a valuable lesson from this."

49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.

“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.

Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

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Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."

On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.

"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.

"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."

Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.

And according to Kyle Shanahan:

“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.

“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.

"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”

Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?

"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.

"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."