49ers coach Kyle Shanahan fined $25K for 'Shoegate' penalty vs. Seahawks


49ers coach Kyle Shanahan fined $25K for 'Shoegate' penalty vs. Seahawks

The NFL on Saturday fined 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan $25,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for his verbal lashing of an official in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Shanahan earlier this week said the sequence of events began when 49ers linebacker Fred Warner’s shoe fell off near the line of scrimmage.

As Warner went to retrieve his shoe, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw it eight yards behind the line of scrimmage. Referee Clete Blakeman would have been in front of Wilson as he picked up Warner’s shoe.

Warner went to get his shoe in an area close to umpire Ramon George. Play was not delayed as Warner got his shoe and went toward the 49ers’ sideline. Linebacker Elijah Lee hurried onto the field to replace Warner, but was called for offside.

“That was the tipping point, that penalty,” Shanahan said on Monday. “But it was definitely a number of other ones from earlier that was a buildup.”

Wilson was not fined. He explained his version of events to the Seattle-area media this week.

“Listen, I didn’t know whose shoe it was, first of all,” Wilson said. “Second of all, it was right in the middle of my play. It had to go. We were going no-huddle. And it was like right where we were going to pretty much snap it.

“And I was like, ‘Hey, anybody’s shoe? Nope? All right. Whatever.’ So I threw it. One, I didn’t want to throw it forward because we were going in that direction towards the end zone. So I threw it back. I had never seen a shoe on the field like that in the middle of a play when I’m trying to go no-huddle.”

Shanahan was shown berating line judge Walt Coleman IV, who threw the flag for offside. Shanahan was asked this week if play should have been held up to allow Lee to substitute into the game.

“That’s what I was trying to figure out, especially when another guy on the opposing team threw it,” Shanahan said. “I’m not saying that he did that maliciously or anything, who knows? But it was an unusual situation and it was my tipping point.”

In other fine news, 49ers linebacker Malcolm Smith was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness for a hit on a sliding Wilson. And Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed was fined $20,054 for a roughing the passer penalty against Nick Mullens.

San Francisco defensive lineman Cassius Marsh was not fined for a pregame incident in which he allegedly threw Gatorade on a heckling Seahawks fan, the NFL said.

According to the police report, Marsh is seen on video walking from the end zone area across the entrance to the tunnel and throwing a cup of liquid into the stands, striking three fans.

Rob Larsen, 60, of Seattle, told NBC Sports Bay Area, he was heckling Marsh about valuable magic cards that were stolen out of Marsh's car two years ago when he played for the Seahawks. Marsh told police the heckler called his mother an offensive word.

“The case has been documented,” according to a police spokesperson. “Both parties made allegations against one another at the scene, but did not provide additional evidence.”

Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route


Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

NFL draft season prompts plenty of outlandish trade scenarios to fill airtime and word counts, many of which never come to fruition.

Dallas Morning News reporter Joseph Hoyt dug up one such scenario Thursday, and it's a (hypothetical) trade the 49ers are (hypothetically) glad they didn't (hypothetically) make.

The 49ers would've had to pay a pretty penny for then-New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the proposal put forth in a "Good Morning Football" segment nearly two years ago. Beckham was months away from signing a contract extension, so San Francisco would've traded a lot of draft capital for a star entering the final year of his contract. The picks the 49ers made in those slots formed the backbone of the 2019 NFC Champions.

Beckham's arrival would've changed things, though. The 49ers would've entered the season with arguably the best receiver in football as well as George Kittle, who'd emerge as arguably the best tight end. Kittle might not have set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end playing alongside Beckham, but he surely would've benefitted from the extra attention opposing defenses paid the receiver rather than him.

Do they still go 4-12 that year? The 49ers were 3-5 in games decided by six points or fewer in 2018, and Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL) missed all but one of those games. Beckham crossed the 1,000-yard threshold in just 12 games catching passes from Eli Manning in 2018, so it's -- at the very least -- conceivable he could've moved the needle in at least one of the 49ers' close losses.

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The 49ers would've picked no higher than No. 4 overall with a 5-11 record in 2018, and any additional wins would've dropped them further down the draft order. Acquiring Beckham under the parameters "Good Morning Football" put forth likely would've prevented the Niners from selecting all of Mike McGlinchey, Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel, but not all three of them would necessarily be Giants, either.

San Francisco would've been a better team in 2018, thus pushing the 49ers out of the slots they used to draft Bosa and Samuel. That's a different opportunity cost to consider than trading all of those players straight-up for one of the game's best receivers, but it's one the 49ers probably are glad they didn't have to pay.

2020 NFL Draft: Why 49ers should trade down both first-round picks

2020 NFL Draft: Why 49ers should trade down both first-round picks

The 49ers had only six picks in the 2020 NFL Draft before trading Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco owned the No. 31 pick, and no others until the fifth round.

That trade brought in the No. 13 pick, but the 49ers probably aren't done dealing. Trading down to acquire more, much-needed draft capital is the likeliest scenario.

While much of the 49ers Faithful drool over what the top wide receivers in the draft would look like in coach Kyle Shanahan’s system, it's far from a given that the team will use that first pick on a receiver. For one, the 49ers still don't own any picks in the second, third and fourth rounds. For another, receiver is one of the deepest positions in the draft and the 49ers arguably have a bigger need.

Joe Staley is under contract through the 2021 season, but the veteran left tackle was understandably emotional after the 49ers' loss in Super Bowl LIV. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey indirectly indicated that Staley’s decision to return for the 2020 season was not set in stone.

The 49ers would be best served in hedging their bet that Staley returns and using one of their first-round picks on a left tackle. Even if Staley returns, the 49ers will need a replacement for him in the not-so-distant future. 

The draft's top tackles likely will be taken before the 49ers' first pick, but there still should be quality options available in the 20s or later. The 49ers could trade down, while Houston's Josh Jones or USC's Austin Jackson is still available, and then acquire another pick.

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Let's say trading the No. 13 pick nets the 49ers a first- and early second-round pick. Dealing the No. 31 pick would also come into play.

The 49ers drafted Deebo Samuel No. 36 overall in 2019. Samuel proved to be very productive in Shanahan’s system, catching 57 of his 81 targets for 802 yards. He ranked second on the team in receiving yards only behind First Team All-Pro tight end George Kittle. 

Shanahan's staff had an advantage in getting to know Samuel while at the Senior Bowl, but they have shown that a second-round receiver can become a key contributor. 

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Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson's draft trade value chart lists the No. 31 pick as worth a mid-second-round pick and a high third-round pick or a high second-round pick and a mid-fourth-round pick, among other permutations. Trading both first-round picks could give the 49ers three additional picks in rounds where they currently have none.

The 49ers would end draft weekend with nine selections in this scenario, as opposed to their original six. They'd also have fresh, valuable talent at important positions on their roster.