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49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's 10 lessons of coaching

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's 10 lessons of coaching

Kyle Shanahan selfishly couldn't have been happier Robert Saleh wasn't hired as the Cleveland Brown's next head coach. Instead, Saleh will remain the 49ers' defensive coordinator for the 2020 NFL season. 

“He knows me well enough to know how I am, but I’m definitely excited he didn’t get it – not just for selfish reasons, because I care a lot about this organization, too,” Shanahan said to reporters after the Browns hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. “So it definitely helps me, but it helps this whole organization.

"And I think it’ll help Saleh in the long run."

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The NFL gave 49ers fans a sneak peek into why Shanahan values Saleh so much on Saturday. It's about a whole lot more than confusing the opposing offense. 

Saleh took part in the NFL's third annual Quarterback Coaching Summit on June 23. There, he shared his 10 lessons of coaching. They are as follows: 

1. Ignore the noise, trust your process
2. Do what you love, and love what you do with enthusiasm and passion
3. This profession is hard. Dominate the things you have control over
4. Ready vs. prepared. There's a difference. Prepare for everything
5. The three most dangerous words: "I got it."
6. NFL is a precision league. Every detail matters
7. Stay true to yourself, be authentic
8. Relationships matter, seek accountability
9. Put together the right team, create an identity
10. Invest in your team, make everyone around you better

Saleh, 41, was hired by the 49ers before the 2017 season. His defense dominated last season, leading the league in fewest passing yards allowed per game at 169.2 and were second to the New England Patriots, allowing 281.8 total yards per game. It was no surprise he was such a hot name for open head coaching jobs. 

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And then he wasn't hired. Richard Sherman blasted the Browns for not hiring Saleh and called out the NFL for their lack of diversity. Shanahan admitted he was happy Saleh will remain with the 49ers this upcoming season, but it's clear he believes his D-coordinator deserves to be a head coach.

“Saleh will be a head coach in this league, could’ve been one this year,” Shanahan said. “Most likely, he’ll be one next year. But he’s going to have the right opportunity come around for him. It’s just a matter of time.

"Just very happy we’re going to have him, going into next year.”

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Around and around we go.

Almost any other wide receiver who burned as many bridges as Antonio Brown has over the last two years would never draw interest from another NFL team ever again. But due to his tantalizing talent and prolific production, he continues to get the benefit of the doubt.

He doesn't deserve it, but it's understandable. Forget receivers, when Brown is on the field, there are few offensive players more frightening for defensive coordinators. Of course, he also has proven himself to be a nightmare for his own coaches. Thus is the risk/reward factor he presents.

Despite his risk far outweighing the reward as of late, interest in Brown doesn't appear to be waning. 

Back in May, it was reported that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "would love" to add Brown to his receiving corps. A little more than a month later, the two were connecting on routes on a practice field.

Yes, that is a Raiders helmet that Brown is wearing. How'd his time in Oakland go, again? But I digress...

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Wilson doesn't appear to be the only star quarterback interested in adding Brown to his roster. After former NFL receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter to express his preference for Brown to join the Texans, Houston QB Deshaun Watson didn't exactly pour cold water on the idea.

The Texans were on the wrong end of one of the more one-sided trades in recent memory this offseason when they questionably sent standout receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Houston did acquire Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams, but perhaps Watson believes his receiving corps is missing an ingredient.

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If Brown is signed -- which is a big if -- it's unlikely he would be able to play much at all this coming season, regardless of which team signed him. A trio of Personal Conduct Policy investigations must be concluded before he can sign with a team, and even if all that is settled, it is widely expected that he would be facing a lengthy suspension upon rejoining the league.

Do you trust Brown to behave through that entire process? At this point, it's difficult to understand why anyone would. But clearly, some players still feel the risk is worth the reward.

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

The 49ers ran through the NFC playoffs, held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV and arguably have improved this offseason. So, they've got to be the favorites in their own division, right?

It wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb to take that stance, as San Francisco currently is the betting favorite to emerge not just from the NFC West, but the conference as a whole. There's a reason for that, and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon doesn't disagree.

"You'd have to go with San Francisco right now," Moon said Thursday on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs" show when asked which team is the favorite in the NFC West. "I mean, they're the defending NFC champs. They bring back pretty much everybody from that football team. 

"They've lost a couple of receivers, but I still think they have a lot of good talent on their team. Their strength is going to be in their running game. I think their offensive line just got strengthened by signing (Trent Williams). So, they're going to be the team to beat, but this is going to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.

"You've got Seattle, who's going to be right there. ... And then you always have the Rams, who you just don't know how good they're going to be. And then Arizona is going to be much more improved. So this is going to be a very, very competitive division, as it usually is."

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The 49ers might be the deserved favorites in the division, but Moon is correct. The NFC West was tough enough last year, when San Francisco split the season series with the Seahawks and went down to the wire in both meetings with the Cardinals. As good as the 49ers are, claiming a second straight division title will be no easy task.

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