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October. 16, 2019

Interim Head Coach Bill Callahan


Opening Statement:

“Again, congratulations to the Nationals, wow. Pretty amazing. Our Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly, his son is a bat boy for the Nationals, so it was great to see him on the tube last night celebrating. So that’s pretty awesome, I had to mention that. Getting ready, just starting preparation on the Niners. Had a good day at practice just focusing on all the early-down situations, getting ready for a really talented football team in all phases. They’re pretty good running the football, as you all know they lead the league in completions and rush attempts, number one in the league. Defense is top five in all categories and special teams is solid across the ball, so we have a great challenge this weekend as the Niners come to town.”


On RB Chris Thompson’s status:

“We’ll know a little bit more about him at the end of the week. He’s down right now at practice today, but we’ll know a little bit more going forward.”


On the statuses of RB Derrius Guice and RB Bryce Love:

“Just maybe, possibly [RB Derrius] Guice could be released [back to practice] in another week or so, possibly. Then [RB Bryce] Love, we’ll just see where he’s at. He’s still in the rehabilitation process.”


On why RB Adrian Peterson and QB Case Keenum were held out of practice:

“Definitely just veteran guys, backing them down and just trying to take care of their bodies a little bit better.”


On what he’s seen from the pass rush recently:

“I thought it was good. I know we focused on it last week and you saw [LB] Montez Sweat, he had some good efforts and good [opportunities] one-on-one in the game. [LB Ryan] Kerrigan did, as well. They didn’t get the production they wanted, but you look at [DT Tim] Settle and [DT Matt] Ioannidis and [DT] Jonathan Allen – I think all of those guys have been doing a really good job. Our interior has provided more push and more production than our outside guys have, so that’s a challenge that we accept. We know we’ve got to get a little more heat on the quarterback. We’re definitely tied into that. Of course, [LB] Ryan Anderson did a pretty good job last week as well just putting heat and pressure on the quarterback.”


On whether Thompson needed surgery:

“No, just rest.”


On how difficult it is to practice without your starting quarterback:

“[QB] Dwayne [Haskins Jr.] took all the reps today and it’s invaluable for a backup to take starting reps, especially at the beginning of the week in terms of putting your plan together and laying it out there and making all the adjustments, whether it’s new communication, new formations, handling the shift-motion game. I thought he did a really good job today, so his growth is starting to show in practice and also in his preparation. He’s in earlier, he’s out later, so it’s all coming to fruition. It’s going to take a little time, but it’s good to see him take a major step today in practice.”


On how to find success in the running game against a tough 49ers defense:

“Every game is different, so how the game unfolds and how we attack the Niners, whether we do it internally or whether we throw a little bit more – it really doesn’t matter to us. We’d like to run it more and if we don’t, as long as we’re making yards and scoring points it really doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, it’s getting on the board and it is winning by any means necessary. We’ll do whatever we need to do. Of course we want to establish the run and we want to keep that identity just like everybody else around the league, but they’re good, they’re a really good challenge for our football team. They’re solid in every area, in their front, in their backend, their second-level. Their speed, quickness, explosion and pursuit to the ball is one of the best in the league right now, so they’ve done a tremendous job putting that front together. It’s interesting, a couple years ago when they were here you could just see kind of the blueprint of what they were trying to do – now, they’ve added a lot of pieces, they’ve got five first-rounders up front, the backend is tied down pretty well. They’re making plays in the backend, but their front and the way that they pursue to the ball is really impressive. They’ve done a good job, good staff, so it’ll be a great challenge for our team.”


On what makes 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s run scheme so effective:

“Kyle [Shanahan] knows the running game. He’s well-respected around the league for what he’s accomplished here, in Cleveland, in Atlanta and obviously in San Francisco. He’s really worked hard to establish their identity. It’s a good mixture of their wide zone game – I mean, that’s where it starts, of course they’re going to stretch the ball, they’re going to be a one-cut-runner type of team and then they’re going to mix it all up with their diversionary motions, their jet sweep motions, they add in and implement the gap schemes and the perimeter schemes, so they’re pretty diverse, pretty challenging in that respect. You don’t see a lot of teams have that much diversity in their attack and in their scheme, but they gameplan really well. They change week-to-week and you’ve got to be ready for everything. They’ve got it all.”


On what 49ers defensive lineman is the main focus this week:

“There are so many different front variations, so we’re preparing for everything. It’s difficult to say that it’s just one rusher because the minute you focus on one rusher obviously there are three more first-rounders on the other side that you have to deal with. We’ve got to have a great protection plan going into this game. Rush control is going to be important, you can see that exhibited by the way the Rams played last week, and other teams and how they’ve played them. It’s no secret that the Niners have got a good rush plan and of course the pressure plan with it is outstanding. How we matchup, that can all vary because they line up in different locations, different spots and then they change those matchups based on what they see. Hard to predict, but we’ll try to prepare for it all.”


On getting the running game going on third-and-short situations:

“First off, short-yardage situations, third-and-one to-two, they’re always balanced Run-Pass-Option downs. Third down and three-to-four, three-to-five, those are downs where you can mix it somehow, but you really gotta be outstanding to generate a five-yard run on third-and-five against the different types of pressures you can potentially see. It’s not that we’re reluctant on those downs-and-distances, we just have a lot of confidence in [QB] Case [Keenum] and our receivers. It didn’t work out as well down in Miami. I thought we could have done a better job versus the press man that we’ve gotten. We’ve gotta go back to the drawing board and work a little bit harder, be a little bit more diligent in our technique in terms of defeating man coverage and that’s no secret. That’s nothing that anybody doesn’t know in football, whether it’s our staff or their staff or our players, we just gotta do a better job being a little bit more definitive, having more definition in our route running in those situations.”


On his expectations are for Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky:

“I think he has high standards and he wants to put our kids in good position, our players are in good position in the backend and we’re working hard to tie up and fix possibly a coverage or two, but other than that I thought we played really well down in Miami. Like I mentioned the other day, [CB] Quinton Dunbar played really well, Landon [Collins] played well – NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Those guys played really well in the backend and they continue to get better and if we can complement that back end with a little bit more pressure, hopefully that’ll provide some more opportunities for turnovers and picks.”


On whether there was an emphasis placed on blitzing Collins last week:

“Yeah there was. We featured his blitz ability and you saw the matchup on the [running] back in the game where he created the sack. So if we could put him in positions where he can get matched up and not have the offensive line slide to him on a pick up, that just enhances our percentages of making a play and being productive. I thought [Defensive Coordinator] Greg [Manusky] did a great job, I thought the staff did a great job preparing the team and creating those opportunities whether it was for Landon [Collins] or the defensive line up front.”


On how WR Terry McLaurin’s approach compares to other rookie and veteran wide receivers:

“I think pretty similar in terms of… I’m trying to think back on some of the guys. I’ve been around more veteran type receivers [opposed to] some of the younger guys. They’ve been all good, there’s no knock or anything like that and when you make a comparison, it's hard to judge for me. Just talking about [WR] Terry [McLaurin] individually, I go back to his make-up and his character and what he brings to the team and what he brings by example. When you’re a rookie, you don’t say a lot of things, you’re not always so vocal because you’re just learning, you’re trying to feel your way around in an NFL environment and you’re trying to really learn from the other players. For him to overcome that learning curve and take on a leadership role by example speaks volumes for his play. As he just continues to work diligently and he maintains his focus and shows continual improvement, the sky’s the limit for him. We’re just really happy for him and good to see him have the success he’s had this year and he’s really helped our offensive unit by a large stretch.”


On whether Keenum will be on the injury report:

“I don’t know. I haven’t seen one yet, I'll see it when it comes out.”


On whether Keenum was held out for rest or if he was held out to give QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. an opportunity to get first-team reps:

“Strictly for [QB] Case [Keenum]’s purposes, yes.”


On the trade rumors surrounding T Trent Williams and if he wants to see some assets return to the team in a potential deal if Williams decides he will not return:

“Well number one, I don't know anything about that conversation, the first part of your question, I don't know anything about that, so we’ll see about that, I guess. Number two, I think you’re always looking to improve your roster by any means. Whether you’re acquiring by trade or acquiring it through free agency or obviously guys off the waiver wire, we’re always looking. We’re always trying to turn it and always trying to improve the bottom of the roster and also develop the players we have here on practice squad. [We have] a number of players that are working hard, diligent in terms of upping their stock and getting their chance, just like [DB] Jeremy Reaves did this weekend. That’s really the focus as i’m concerned as a coach, just trying to get the players we have here in-house better and we’re always searching to improve each position by any way we can. I hope that answers your question.”




On if this game is personal:

“It’s not my first time back there, I’ve been in three buildings since. I’ve moved on with my life in many other ways and I think my family has also. I think it’s pretty easy not to make it personal – the guys who get personal with it don’t play in the game. It’s not an issue, we’ve got our team coming to play their team and we’re looking forward to that.”


On what is was like working with Rams Head Coach Sean McVay and Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur:

“Yeah, enjoyed it a lot. We were all pretty close in age. I had worked with [Packers Head Coach Matt] LaFleur and [49ers Run Game Coordinator Mike] McDaniel in Houston, met [Rams Head Coach] Sean [McVay] when we got there. We all became real good friends being there. We were all very similar in that we were young and we were eager to learn. We were always studying more stuff, and just being able to go through those four years together there were a ton of ups and downs. You start out with an offense you want to run, then you learn that you’ve got to adjust to a bunch of different personnel to be able to do that stuff and try things together and always just competing with each other on what we wanted to do. I think we all knew that we respected each other a ton. We thought each other would have good futures after there and we enjoyed our time together. At least working together and since we’ve left, we’ve all stayed pretty close.” 


On if they thought they would all be head coaches in the NFL:

“A lot has to do with luck, you’ve got to be on the right teams. You’ve got to make sure you have a good year when that happens so you get your opportunities. There’s got to be an owner that wants to hire you, so hopefully you do good on the interview and everything. When I had come, before I came [to Washington] I worked in two other buildings, and [I’d] been around a whole lot of coaches my whole life. To get there and see some of these guys, they were some of the better coaches I had been around. I didn’t deal with them being young or being friends with them. They were very good coaches who were hungry. You could tell that they were different than the average coaches and usually when it’s like that, it’s usually a matter of time before you get an opportunity but there’s a lot of good coaches in this league who haven’t gotten opportunities, all the stars have to align. You got to be on the right team on the right year, you gotta have the right reputation, and you got to do good on interviews.”


On how that group of coaches stayed positive through the tough times together:

“It always helped me, I mean I can’t speak for them. Growing up the son of a coach, I always knew I wanted to be in football, but all I had to do was go off with my Dad and watch how he was and stuff. I remember he’d always grind so hard and work so much growing up. I never was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can do that.’ And then I turned about 20 and really realized that’s where I wanted to go and I was like, ‘I know I can work that hard. I’ll put the time in.’ You start to go into the business and you work at it real hard. I remember my Dad used to always tell me, ‘You’re going to go through a lot of ups and downs and people will judge you based off your success rate, but the main thing about football is if you just really learn what you’re doing, know how to coach players, it’s just a matter of time before good things happen.’ So, your only insurance in coaching can’t just be studying, know what you're doing and really knowing how to have a relationship, communicating with other coaches and players. Usually when you do know what you’re talking about, and can get along with people – it might not happen right way, it is a tough business – but if you stay at it and keep grinding, usually you end up getting into the right situation.” 


On having early season success this year compared to the previous two seasons:

“It’s been definitely more fun this year than the last two years. I’ve also been in this long enough to just sit here – I’m not celebrating anything yet. We’re 5-0, it’s very early. I’ve been 5-0 and finished 8-8 before, so 5-0 doesn’t guarantee anything. We’ve got a tough division, got a tough schedule ahead of us. You never know how injuries go, hopefully we’ll get some of our guys back. I hope to sit back at the end of this year and feel that way, but it’s way too early to start feeling anything like that.”


On transforming the culture in San Francisco:

“When I went on every interview, everyone asked me what type of culture I was going to bring and promote, and to me culture is based off the type of people you have there and I knew during the interview, meeting the owner and being able to get a general manager like John Lynch, we knew we had the right people with the right intentions that were in it for one thing and that was to win. We also could be really honest with where we were at, at the time which we knew we had a lot of work to do. Everything we’ve done is to try to bring the right people in, to get people who really care about football and really have one intention and that’s to make it in football and to win. When you do that, and I do think we have a bunch of good people here, the culture kind of takes care of itself. We’ve got people who live and die football and they know how to treat each other, and it’s one of the more fun groups and higher character groups that I’ve been around.”


On what he learned during his time with the Redskins:

“I just learned it’s very important to work with people that have the same intentions and you want to go in the same direction. Football is a very tough game and no matter how close you are with people, there’s adversity that faces everyone and when you lose one game, two games in a row, you know what’s going to be written and everything and [if] people live off that type of stuff, it’s very hard to survive and get through any tough times. So, you’ve got to make sure people are made of the same stuff you are, that have the same intention, same goals and they’re ready to fight and work through things and see it to the end.”


On his reaction to Jay Gruden being let go and the challenge of facing a new coach:

“Jay [Gruden] is a friend of mind, a guy that I’ve always liked and I worked with him when I started in Tampa for two years. Someone I always try to spend some time with when I see him down in [Indianapolis]. You always hurt for a fellow coach when they get let go. You know how much the coach and their family puts into that, but I thought Jay did a great job while he was there, personally. I think Jay is a hell of a coach and he’ll land on his feet and get another job. With Callahan taking over, Bill has been around for a while, another guy I have huge respect for. Never had the chance to work with him, but played against him a number of times, got to talk to him a number of times, always study him and he’s one of the more respected coaches in this league. He knows how to run the ball, he knows how to throw the ball. I know they got their first win last week and they got some good players on that team too, so I know it’s going to be a challenge this Sunday.”


On Wide Receiver Terry McLaurin:

“I mean, he’s very fast, the game’s not too big for him, he competes in all aspects of the game, that’s why we liked him too coming out of Ohio State. He’s done a really good job for them stepping in as a rookie which is rare for receivers, but you’ve got a very good football player and he’s tough and the game’s not too big. When you add his speed and play-making ability – that usually adds to a pretty consistent receiver.”


On his advice to fellow coaches about working for the Redskins:

“Just look into it, see what the situation is and who you want to work for. I mean, anytime you get opportunities you’ve got to look into it, but I’m not there and I don’t know how it is right now. That would be up to that person. I’m probably not the person they want to call on that advice.”


On whether he was aware that this weekend was the Redskins Alumni Weekend:

“No, I didn’t know. I probably wouldn’t have noticed. For you guys who know me, I’m pretty checked out of everything. I’ll be in my own little world in a little cubby studying the gameplan, I’ll come out right before pregame, call the plays, do as good as we can, go right into that locker room and get on the plane as fast as possible.”


On if he has any good memories from his time with the Redskins:

“Yeah, I have a lot of close friends from there, we liked our neighborhood. Loved having an opportunity to work with my Dad and live in the same place as my Mom and Dad for four years, which was the first time since high school, so that was cool. I have a lot of close friends from the coaching staff and a lot of players that were there. There’s a lot of players that I still keep in touch with from there – I know there’s not many left over still now, except for probably [T] Trent [Williams] – but there were a lot of relationships I had there and a lot of people that meant a lot to me.”


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"The guys it'd be personal with don't play in the game." :)link

Kyle Shanahan makes clear he didn’t enjoy working for Dan Snyder

Asked what the best thing about working in Washington was, Shanahan answered, “Being able to work with my dad, and be around some other good coaches.”

Asked what was the worst part, Shanahan answered, “Everything else.”

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12 hours ago, TK said:

Kyle Shanahan :

"For you guys who know me, I’m pretty checked out of everything. I’ll be in my own little world in a little cubby studying the gameplan”


“There’s a lot of players that I still keep in touch with from there – I know there’s not many left over still now, except for probably [T] Trent [Williams] ”



He really has been couped up in a cubby hole if he still considers Trent a Redskin !

Maybe that's a good thing...when he's in his little cubby studying the gameplan, maybe he's gameplanning to face Trent ! lol

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