Someplace, in an alternate universe, Matthew Stafford is a San Francisco 49er.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned as a lot in a current podcast with Rams head coach Sean McVay and NFL insider Peter Schrager.
On a current episode of The Ringer’s “Flying Coach” podcast, Shanahan defined simply how shut the 49ers had been to creating a transfer for the previous Lions quarterback on the evening that he landed in a Rams uniform.
You do not wish to get me began, dude. That was irritating. I used to be really in Cabo, I used to be watching all of it. I had by no means studied Stafford that arduous. I keep in mind wanting by way of it and everybody was telling me it was a chance. Stafford’s the person, I studied him exhausting popping out of faculty, and we all the time used to play towards him, so you know the way good he’s. However to know he may be accessible, after which spend two weeks actually watching him, Sean? Yeah. He is higher than I had realized. He was the person, and he is underrated to me. …
I used to be making an attempt to become involved in it. Somebody who had information on the state of affairs — I used to be speaking to (Tom) Condon and everybody to seek out out when it was occurring. I keep in mind on Saturday, I used to be so wired, and eventually we talked to somebody and it was like 7 at evening, they usually had been like, “No, nothing’s happening at the earliest till tomorrow. So you can finish your night.” So I am like, “All right, I’m done.” Put my telephone down, discuss to Mandy, “Let’s go out to dinner, let’s have some drinks.”
A half an hour later, a buddy of mine calls me, he is like, “I’m just telling you, if you want Stafford, you need to get ahold of him right now.” And I am like, “What do you mean? We just talked to people, I can sleep on this, we’ll talk to ’em tomorrow.” “I’m just telling you, you need to talk to him right now.” And I knew it, and I turned on my telephone, and it was throughout. It wasn’t enjoyable.
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Coincidentally, Shanahan was in Cabo, Mexico, the identical time that Stafford and McVay had been, additional portray simply how painfully shut Stafford was to Shanahan; McVay joked that, fortunately, Shanahan was staying in a unique lodge than he and Stafford. Shanahan mentioned it will have made for an “awkward” state of affairs.
The 49ers scoured the quarterback market this offseason on the lookout for an improve on the place, and a few rumors linked them to Aaron Rodgers. That, clearly, did not come to go both.
All’s effectively that ends effectively, although: San Francisco would later commerce as much as No. 3 general within the 2021 NFL Draft, deciding on quarterback Trey Lance as their passer of the long run. Jimmy Garoppolo remains to be on the 49ers’ roster, as effectively, however the sands may be thinning on his San Francisco tenure.
Nonetheless, Shanahan definitely feels like he needs he might have booked one other lodge. Now, as a substitute of seeing Stafford on his sideline, he’ll be seeing him twice a yr.