SANTA CLARA, California – The San Francisco 49s learned that they had become NFL nomads for at least the next three weeks, just like the rest of the world on Saturday afternoon: through a press conference.
The team headed to Los Angeles to play with the Rams when word spread that Santa Clara County had announced new COVID-19-related restrictions that imposed a three-week ban on all sports within the county lines.
The news quickly spread on social media, and soon Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was flooded with players, coaches, and family members to wonder what that meant. He wasn’t happy with the county’s lack of heads-up.
“To get out here [Saturday] and the relationship with them and with our players and coaches, and with everyone and our wives on the plane to find out while we’re on a plane and no one tells us, it was just extremely disappointing, ”Shanahan said.“ I understand: They did this the decision and we have to fight it, but we can find out this through a tweet or press conference where a whole plane comes to me, I have all my wives, everyone. girlfriends, everyone’s family, kids, saying they heard we could leave for the whole month of December? Will we be quarantined for 14 days when we return?
“We’ve only been able to talk about this for the last 18 hours because we haven’t received a response from them. I was just really disappointed.”
Because of this crooked ball, the 49s spent most of their time in Los Angeles thinking and talking about where they would be for most of the holiday season.
Despite the obvious distraction, the Niners managed to focus on Sunday’s match against Los Angeles. Shanahan was proudly beamed by the fact that they had won a 23-20 victory over the Rams so they could stay in the NFC playoffs.
“I really appreciate our team and those players and I’m very proud to be the coach of these guys,” Shanahan said after the game.
Now, as the Niners turn their attention to Monday night’s football game against Buffalo Bills ’next game scheduled for Dec. 7, they need to find out where they’re going to practice and then where they’re going to play the game.
A league source told ESPN on Saturday night that the team and the NFL were reworking potential contingencies even in the preseason when it was not yet clear whether the Niners would receive the county’s blessing to start training camp at Levi’s. In the stadium.
Two of the options discussed at the time – Texas and Arizona – remain a strong candidate for the Niners’ “home” games, as neither the Cowboys nor the Cardinals have a clash with the remaining 49-year tournaments. Arizona was thought to be the most likely destination before the season, but the 49-year-olds are still experiencing opportunities in California and beyond.
In addition, Niners need to figure out where to practice. They can create a kind of bubble anywhere, wherever they play, but they still prefer to practice in the Bay Area and fly to their remaining games.
“Everyone was so committed to it, so the biggest thing for me is that we all leave our family,” Shanahan said. “We are all human beings, just like everyone else, and it ‘s a big deal if you leave your family for the whole month of December – it’ s a huge business, as everyone knows. … We need to find a place where we can feel safe. we can go to our safe homes. So we have to stay in a hotel or somewhere. So it would start there. Second thing: we need to play a practice field, and then we obviously need a stadium where we can play. I’m not going to be that picky, but we need some obvious things. ”
Since the Niners ’next match is on Monday, it will take them a little more time to ground up their plans. Shanahan says the team needs three good days to practice, but since they’re not playing a Sunday game, preparation for the pitch only needs to start on Thursday. Nevertheless, for logistical purposes, answers will be needed in the next day or two.
Based on the time since this year, the 49-year-olds know it’s best to prepare for anything.
“We don’t have a home at the moment,” said run-in Raheem Mostert. “We don’t know where we’ll be, and it’s up to the organization, the county, and stuff like that to figure these things out. As players, we have to do our thing to make sure we protect them all. It’s different.”