Kyle Shanahan Promises Christmas At Home as 49ers Blindsided
The entire San Francisco 49ers operation will today move to Arizona as Santa Clara County imposes sudden Covid-19 restrictions.
The 49ers home county banned all contact sports for a period of three weeks, upheaving the team until Dec 21.
San Francisco will base themselves at the Renaissance Hotel next to the Arizona Cardinal’s practice facility in Glendale.
They will begin practice on Thursday in preparation for their Monday Night Football clash with the Buffalo Bills.
The 49ers looked into relocating slightly closer to home, but it turned out sharing with the Cardinals was the most convenient option.
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“The best scenario for us and the most convenient for us right now with the situation presented is just getting out to Arizona, there’s a good setup there,” Kyle Shanahan said.
“The Cardinals have been awesome with us, everyone out there has been awesome with us. I do believe we have a really good setup there to make the best of it, and that’s where we’ll play our games, too.”
Of concern to players and staff will be their ability to return home in time to spend the holidays with their families.
This puts added pressure on the team to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions, the last thing it needs is an outbreak.
“You don’t want to hang out and stuff,” Shanahan said.
“That’s how people get in trouble, that’s how it spreads. That’s what happened to us during our bye week at a hotel. We won’t sit there and hang out at all. So, we’ll work there and guys will go up to their hotel room.”
“I just try to tell our guys, I don’t care what happens, we’re not going to spend Christmas without our families,” Kyle Shanahan said.
“We’ll figure it out. That’s really what I tried to give to everyone just so they could say that to their families, because I think that is their concern.”