49ers' Emmanuel Sanders acknowledges coach Kyle Shanahan for hot start

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders acknowledges coach Kyle Shanahan for hot start

When wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders became a member of the 49ers, it was a relatively smooth transition. 

Sanders quickly had to study the offense, but having some Denver Broncos ties in the Bay Area made it easier -- it was just a matter of learning the terms. When it was time for Sanders to perform, he shined, and that was in large part due to his new head coach.

"Kyle Shanahan, from a play-calling standpoint, is definitely one of the best offensive-minded guys that I've been around," Sanders said on "The Adam Schefter Podcast". "... [Just] how he dials it up in terms of predicting the coverage and predicting what the defense is going to do to be able to get guys open. I've just gotta go out and do my job when the play is called, and I'm thankful that Jimmy [Garoppolo] trusts in me and Kyle trusts in me to go out and make those plays, even though it was my second game with that organization."

The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver received plenty of action the moment he stepped on the field for the 49ers. In his first two games with his new team, he tallied 11 receptions on 14 targets with 137 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

The 49ers remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. Sanders credits Shanahan for that as well with both how he runs the team and his communication.

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"First of all, I think they have a great head coach. Even from today, I enjoy watching and hearing him talk in front of the entire team and in terms of his message. His message is very direct. Even though we're sitting here 8-0, he's not gonna allow anything to happen in terms of us losing our focus and us losing our concentration.

"And not only that, he talks to us like grown men. He doesn't talk to us like kids. I love that aspect."

That's all Sanders could really ask for in a head coach. 

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Josh Garnett's NFL career has hit another snag.

The former 49ers first-round pick was cut by the Detroit Lions over the weekend as the team reduces the roster to 80 players. Garnett signed with Detroit in February after spending the 2019 season out of the NFL.

San Francisco traded up to select Garnett at No. 28 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, as the Stanford product was one of the nation's top offensive lineman. Garnett won the Outland Trophy in his senior season with the Cardinal, given annually to the NCAA's best interior lineman.

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Garnett started 11 games as a rookie with the 49ers, but was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury just prior to the start of the 2017 season. Garnett was unable to secure a starting spot in 2018 and played just seven games.

After denying his fifth-year option, the 49ers made Garnett one of the organization's final cuts before the 2019 campaign.

Just 26 years old, it remains to be seen where Garnett might find his next home in the NFL.

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49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

The 49ers are scheduled to open the 2020 NFL season on Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.

They will compete head-to-head against the teams on their 16-game regular-season schedule, but 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey also is mindful that all players – even those on different teams – are on the same side in trying to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Typically, almost anything goes in the midst of a pileup at the line of scrimmage, where the same defensive linemen and offensive linemen might be waging one-on-one battles in close quarters for more than 60 snaps a game.

This season, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more might be at stake on game days than just the outcome of a football game.

“You really hope guys are really pros about everything that’s going on this season because it’s not just your teammates and your teammates’ families,” McGlinchey said Monday in a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Once you start playing games, you’re affecting the entire league at that point.

“Hopefully, everybody can have the discipline and control and the accountability to one another that we can make this thing move as smoothly as possible, especially in the trenches when we are up close and personal.”

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The hopes of the NFL being able to carry out an entire season will be contingent on teams reducing the spread of the virus. Oakley has developed a clear plastic face shield designed to block the direct path of droplets while allowing for airflow and soundwaves for communication.

McGlinchey said he will try it out at some point in training camp once helmets are allowed during practices, but he will not switch to the new protective device if he believes it hinders his ability to breathe.

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