SANTA CLARA–There was a lot said at the Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch intro presser today at Levi’s Stadium, and there is a lot more coming.
I’ll try to get as much of this out as possible, but I will not transcribe the entire presser (and hopefully 49ers PR gets it out relatively quickly)…
Here’s safety Eric Reid, who attended the presser along with several of his teammates (including NaVorro Bowman and Torrey Smith)…
—ERIC REID gaggle transcript/
-Q: What is it like to have a guy who played your position be your GM?
-REID: I think that’s awesome to have a former player in the GM role. Somebody that not only understands the game of football, but played the game of football.
I think he has a different outlook on things when he makes those decisions. So it’s pretty cool.
-Q: You’ve been through a few of these. Do you think this one feels different?
-REID: It does. I’ve had a chance to talk to both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Shanahan and it’s a different feeling. I believe in what they’re saying.
A lot of times, at least in my experience, when you talk to a coach, you leave like, ‘oh yeah, yeah, ok that’s what you say, let’s see what happens.’
-REID: It’s been my experience in the past, and they’ve said it themselves, coach Shanahan’s going to have control of the 53.
And it’s been my experience, you talk to a coach and you see where you are with the team, but he’s not even the person that makes the decision with your life essentially.
It’s encouraging to know that the person that’s out there coaching you every day, watching what you do every day, seeing the work you put in every day, is going to be the person making the decision.
-Q: What do you like about Shanahan’s offense?
-REID: They move the ball. I obviously watched the Super Bowl and they did great things and all year they did great things.
So it’ll be fun to go up against them, to go against a guy that like they said had one of the most prolific offenses in the history of football. So I think I need to take advantage of that opportunity as a defensive player to get better.
-Q: Have they told you about a defensive scheme?
-REID: No, they said they’re still in the process of finding a coordinator. So when they know I hope they let you know.
But when I walked out of that room I felt very confident that what they were saying was true and that I could believe the words that were coming out of their mouths.
TIM KAWAKAMI | mercurynews.com | February 9, 2017