Kyle Shanahan has been around the NFL for a long time. So, he knows the code of silence when it comes to offering any information that could help your opponent ahead of a game.
The first-year head coach faced a series of questions from reporters trying to glean some information about the 49ers’ starting lineup for Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
“I’m not going to get into any exactly who’s starting, especially like I said with the safeties, I’ve said it with the tight ends,” he said. “I’m pretty much going to say [it’ll be a gametime decision] with every position.”
Shanahan wouldn’t budge. But he did show he’s new to his role with one notable, and funny, slip up.
“Brian Hoyer’s starting, I promise you guys that. [Joe] Staley’s starting,” Shanahan joked. “That’s about, everyone else, we’ll find out on Sunday.
“I don’t mean to be a dick about it. Sorry.
“Alright, It’s the season now. — that was bad, that might show my immaturity — If there’s any gray area we’ll figure it out on Sunday.”
I’ll give Shanahan mixed results for his showing. On one hand, he did a great job of not offering any useful information a’la Bill Belichick. But, he gots a demerit for apologizing. Belichick never apologizes.
Killing with kindness
The Oakland Raiders kick off their season with a game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and you know what that means: Two young, talented and incredibly nice quarterbacks going to battle.
Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr took turns praising each other’s games on Wednesday.
“I’m glad to see him healthy,” Mariota said when asked if he was tracking Carr’s recovery from injury last season. I’m glad he’s doing good.”
When asked for his thoughts on Mariota’s game, Carr took a major lead in the war of who-can-be-nicer.
“I love him,” the Raiders QB said while admitting they don’t talk much. “Sometimes I don’t really talk to my brothers a lot either, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love them.”