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Jimmy Garoppolo opens up about work he did with Mike Shanahan

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Jimmy Garoppolo opens up about work he did with Mike Shanahan

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t able to work with 49ers coaches much during the end of the regular season while he was rehabbing from a torn ACL, so he took advantage of another resource: Mike Shanahan. 

Once Garoppolo was back in the building and working with the medical and training staffs, coach Kyle Shanahan and then-49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello were busy game-planning with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. Garoppolo had to find other ways to work on his game. 

“There’s a number of things,” Garoppolo said. “Whether it’s film room or getting with the coaches. It was tough during the season because they were busy game-planning and stuff like that. 

“It’s been a very productive offseason. Whether it was in the film room or out on the field. Even trying new things. Different drops, how your movement is. It’s been a very productive offseason.”

The younger Shanahan wanted Garoppolo to get some classroom work in, so he enlisted someone he trusts. He brought in his father, who is a two-time Super Bowl winning coach.

Garoppolo described what they did during their weeks together in December. 

“A lot of different things,” Garoppolo said. “He’s one of the best to ever to do it, obviously. A Hall of Fame guy. He’s just incredibly smart. Seeing the game from his point of view is different. He was looking at it differently than a quarterback. It’s hard to describe. It’s going to help me a lot going forward.”

Garoppolo explained that they didn’t just watch his own film, they broke down a variety of game clips from both sides of the ball.

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“Literally, everything,” Garoppolo said. “We watched our offense, our defense, other teams, teams that played two years ago that he thought a clip could help me. It’s applicable in different ways. He’s so smart that it was incredible to have that experience and I thank him a lot for that.”

Kyle believes it was beneficial for both parties. Garoppolo had the chance to take advantage of a new resource and his father was able to do one of the things he really enjoys: talk about football. 

Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

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Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

If you're like me, you can't remember anything. This is the part where I say, "I can barely remember what I had for breakfast," but you caught me on a good day.

Toast with butter and strawberry jelly, and scrambled eggs -- with ketchup, because I'm weird. 

So when it comes to remembering an entire football play  ... well, that's why some of us play the sport -- and others just watch it.

Listen to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play:

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has to memorize these types of plays, which is insane. Then has to relay the information to the huddle -- yeah I know, you know football. I'm just trying to remind you of the steps. But at least Jimmy G gets to repeat the play at least one additional time, right?

That should be enough. 

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I asked five-year veteran quarterback Sean Salisbury about the longest play he had to memorize in his NFL career.

"Explode to double right, Zoom, Scat right 585 Dodge, X Post check with me 60 outside. Double cadence on 2," Salisbury told NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s one."

So Shanahan isn't the only "wizard" in this scenario -- or any of the scenarios. 

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

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Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

[RELATED: Kerr lauds ex-49ers assistant for preventing school shooting]

Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.