SANTA CLARA – 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hit the road last week as part of his evaluation of the top quarterbacks in this month's draft.
Shanahan confirmed he traveled to meet with North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will visit the 49ers’ training facility on Tuesday, Shanahan said.
Trubisky, Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer are among the top quarterbacks available in the draft. The 49ers own the No. 2 overall selection.
General manager John Lynch previously traveled to meet with the top quarterbacks, including Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. Trubisky is the first known quarterback with whom Shanahan has visited since the NFL scouting combine.
“It went really good,” Shanahan said. “I enjoyed it. Met with him at the combine, too, and then got to spend a little bit more time with him last week.”
Shanahan said he met with “a number” of quarterbacks at the combine. He said he has also spoken with others -- either in person or on the phone -- over the past few weeks.
“I don’t take the same system with each person,” Shanahan said. “There’s some guys you can watch on tape and you just talk to them on the phone and you feel you’ve got a great feel for them or you watch them on tape and you remember the time you spent with them at Indy and you feel good about it.
“There’s some guys you feel that you’ve got to meet, you’ve got to see something -- maybe just one little thing that you’re looking for. So there’s lots of different things that go into each person. It could change every year for me. Sometimes I don’t feel like I need to see anybody. I can see what I would want on tape or I can see what I don’t want on tape and you’re good to go. But every guy’s different.”
Arik Armstead doesn't want to hear it.
The 49ers defensive lineman spoke to Sactown Magazine for its July/August issue, and says that if you're not willing to listen to his dialogue off the field about social issues affecting our country, he doesn't want you tuning in to watch him and his teammates dominate on the field.
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“If you don’t want me speaking out against racism and social issues and social injustices, then don’t watch me play on Sundays," Armstead said. "Can’t have a piece of me and not all of me.”
Armstead also joined NBC Sports Bay Area's "Race In America" series a few weeks ago, and spoke about the pain he felt seeing video of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police Custody.
"Like, why do I have to continue -- why do we have to continue to see people that look like us get murdered on social media and on the TV?" Armstead told Logan Murdock and Monte Poole on "Race In America: A Candid Conversation." " ... I'm on Instagram, and I just got to see another Black person get killed unjustly."
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The 26-year-old also discussed a time when he was racially profiled by local police near a friend's house in Elk Grove.
“A cop gets behind us, pulls us over,” Armstead recalls. “‘What y’all doing? Where y’all going?’”
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The officer then made Armstead and his friends prove that they knew the people whose house they were traveling to, by bringing the cop with them to the front door and having the friend explain that he was acquainted with Armstead.
Armstead has made it clear he won't be staying silent or "sticking to sports." For those who don't want to hear Armstead's voice on these issues, don't expect him to care whether you watch him play on Sundays.
Joe Staley long has been a model of consistency for the 49ers, spending the past 12 seasons protecting a myriad of 49ers quarterbacks as San Francisco's starting left tackle.
Staley's younger teammates held so much respect for him, as you could see from the many who spoke publicly in the wake of Staley's retirement back in April.
It appears even in retirement Staley continues to inspire his former teammates, as 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne shared an Instagram direct message from Staley on Sunday morning.
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"Never lose sight of the goal. The ring," Staley wrote to Bourne. "That's all that matters in what we do. I never got it. You. Mr KB!! Go get it!! F-----g GET IT!! Make me proud bro. I love watching your hustle. All love."
Staley was responding to a video Bourne had posted of some of the hardware he's earned over his football career, including one of the game balls from the 49ers' blowout Week 8 win over the Carolina Panthers.
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Bourne and the 49ers came so close to helping Staley capture that elusive championship ring, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun San Francisco at Super Bowl LIV.
The 49ers won the offseason in the eyes of some pundits around the league, and appear primed for another deep postseason run. It'll be up to Bourne, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the rest of the 49ers' talented roster to finish the job if they can get back to the Super Bowl.