Kyle Shanahan 'a little surprised' Reuben Foster was claimed; players were not

Kyle Shanahan 'a little surprised' Reuben Foster was claimed; players were not

SANTA CLARA — The day after former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was claimed by Washington, coach Kyle Shanahan said it was a little unexpected. 

“I was a little surprised,” Shanahan said. “I mean, not the team in particular, but that someone did. But someone did, and I saw it just like you guys did.” 

Shanahan has ties with Foster’s new home having been the offensive coordinator for the organization from 2010-2013. 

The 49ers took a chance on drafting Foster but ultimately it didn’t work out after several bad decisions by the linebacker forced the team’s hand. 

While the situation was challenging for the team, Shanahan doesn’t believe that it was detrimental to the locker room. 

“You could ask them,” Shanahan said. “I think that some, the team is made up of a bunch of people, so it’s got to be a lot of people feeling that way for me to personally feel it. I’m sure it’s affecting a few guys like that but I haven’t felt a difference in our team meetings being around the guys. 

“I know it was tough for the guys and I know I’m disappointed in it but we will see how this plays out. But no, I haven’t felt that.”

[RATTO: This is football being football]

Several players mentioned that they were not surprised that Foster was claimed quickly, citing that he is a great teammate and player. They expressed that they were disappointed by his departure from the team but also understood why the decision was made. 

Rookie linebacker Fred Warner was happy that Foster was claimed. 

"I'm super happy for him,” Warner said. “Obviously, I love Reuben the person. A lot of people talk about him as a player. I'm one of those guys who got to be with him in the room and off the field a lot. I know what he was accused of is very serious. At this point, he's not here any more, but I'm happy for him.”

[WILHOITE: Reuben Foster was undisciplined]

Safety Jaquiski Tartt was not surprised that Foster was claimed quickly. 

“Not at all,” Tartt said. “He’s a great football player. He’s my brother. I love him. Wish him the best. I feel like any person, anybody, deserves a second chance in life if they mess up.” 

Tartt also understands why the team had to act swiftly. 

“They set out team rules,” Tartt said, “and he violated team rules so there was nothing anyone could do. He shouldn’t have broken them.” 

The 49ers will move forward with Malcolm Smith, Elijah Lee and Mark Nzeocha rotating next to Warner as they prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Seahawks.

How Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense impressed Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2018


How Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense impressed Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2018

The 49ers lost to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season, but they did win an admirer. 

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told NBC Sports' Chris Simms at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe last week that he was very impressed by Kyle Shanahan's playcalling.

"The stuff they did against us this year ... was unbelievable," Rodgers told Simms on a recent episode of "Unbuttoned" released this week. "You watch on the sidelines going, 'that's pretty cool.'"

San Francisco was without starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo after he tore his ACL in Week 3, but nearly outlasted the Packers in a 33-30 shootout in a cold Monday night matchup on Oct. 15. The 49ers led 30-23 with 13:08 remaining, but Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers Things and marched the Packers 58 yards and 81 yards, respectively, on two scoring drives sandwiched by a costly C.J. Beathard interception. It was one of the team's most prolific games all season, as the 49ers combined for their fifth-highest total yards (401) and their third-most points of the season. 

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The Packers will travel to Levi's Stadium in Week 12 on Nov. 24, and the rematch could contain more fireworks on offense. Rodgers mentioned Shanahan, Simms' former teammate at the University of Texas-Austin and his longtime friend, after discussing his excitement playing in new coach Matt LaFleur's offensive scheme. LaFleur, who is replacing Mike McCarthy, coached with Shanahan in Washington and with the Atlanta Falcons, and LaFleur's brother Mike is the 49ers' wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. 

If Garoppolo's healthy and LaFleur and Rodgers click on the opposing sideline, another high-scoring classic could be in the cards. 

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

There are a litany of great head coaches in the NFL today, but few are both as universally beloved by colleagues and as overlooked by fans and media members as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The former Falcons offensive coordinator has fought an uphill battle since taking over prior to the 2017 season -- and has a 10-22 record to show for it. 

Colin Cowherd was recently discussing the NFL.com head coach rankings that were released yesterday, and he strongly disagreed with one particular selection.

"Shanahan, has a doppelganger in this league, it's called Belichick," Cowherd said. Bill Belichick is easily the most well-renowned head coach in the NFL and just came off of his sixth Super Bowl victory in February.

"Kyle Shanahan has an incredible career as a coordinator," the host of The Herd on FS1 explained. "Everywhere he's gone, He made Matt Schaub a pro bowler, he made Matt Ryan an MVP. Then he leaves, the teams aren't the same and the quarterbacks aren't the same. "

Cowherd pointed out some data on just how much better the 49ers have been with Jimmy Garoppolo on the field than when he's been off, but closed out his analysis with a strong take.

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"In two years, he will be a top-six coach."

With Shanahan and general manager John Lynch each having four years remaining on their contracts, 49ers fans can rest easy knowing they've got a very highly regarded head coach pacing the sidelines each week. The regular season opens Sept. 8 when San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers.