SANTA CLARA – Trent Williams advanced from the 49ers’ media podium on Wednesday when Fred Warner stepped down with a heartfelt message.
“My inspiration right here,” said humble linebacker Warner about Williams, arguably the NFL’s foremost left-wing tackle.
Williams’ “Silverback” documentary came out a week ago, and Warner was among those who spoke about Williams’ battle with life-threatening cancer in 2019 before resuming his Pro Bowl career with the 49ers last season. Told.
“I was happy and super blessed to have what I got,” Williams said. “Knowing that I can help others going through the same difficult times, it was a no-brainer to get out that story and share testimony, to see what inspired it.” can help.”
Williams, himself, still draws inspiration from that horrific battle with sarcoma on his skull, lest he need a reminder to watch the videos of his surgery that are part of his film, which bears his on-field nickname. .
“I think about it quite often on game days, and it allows me to go out and play carefree, because I’m basically playing with home money at this point,” said Williams, who is a part of the game. Became the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman in the spring. , “I feel more comfortable than I have ever been, stronger than I’ve ever been, and my football IQ is better than ever.”
Williams is set to receive her ninth Pro Bowl invitational on Wednesday. The other 49ers to qualify for Pro Bowl honors are defensive end Nick Bossa, fullback Kyle Juszcic, tight end George Kittel and wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Even though he didn’t campaign for it, teammates did, and that’s not just because many attended the “Silverbacks” premiere in San Mateo last week.
“Have you seen his documentary yet? Fantastic,” Warner said. “Most people didn’t even know his story, what happened to cancer and the look of death in his face. That’s wild stuff.
“It makes sense. He talks to the team to play this game like it’s your last snap. It’s real.”
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t seen the movie yet. But two months ago, before beating the Bears, he learned a deeper understanding of Williams’ story.
“In Chicago, we stayed down the street from the hospital where he was. This was the first time he opened up about it,” Garoppolo said. “It’s real, life stuff. It is different from football. That’s your life. …that’s the man, after you’ve gone through all this, you pat your hat. There aren’t many people who can go through what he did and come out the other end.”
Garoppolo, State Leader
Garoppolo averages an NFL-best 8.48 yards per attempt, not that it matters much to him. “Yards-per-effort doesn’t determine victory or defeat. Third downs and red zones are the quarterback’s true stats when the money is on the line,” said Garopolo. “As long as we’re winning games, I care less. I can tell what the figures are.”
According to the Washington Post, Garoppolo’s completion percentage in the red zone is 56.3 percent, but he has completed 12 of his 18 touchdowns without a hitch. He’s converting 43.2 percent of his third-down passes, ranking 13th in the NFL.
Eliza Mitchell’s Progress
Elijah Mitchell isn’t practicing before the third straight game, but the 49ers’ brass expressed optimism about the rookie’s knee issue, which stemmed from a December 2 hit in Seattle that also hurt him.
“He had some encouraging things to do this weekend,” Shanahan said of team chief Rush, who is out of concussion protocol.
“The good news is that this week we have taken a positive turn,” General Manager John Lynch said of Mitchell’s knee on KNBR. “It’s tough in a short week, there’s not going to be a lot of full speed reps to test it. Elijah proved worthy of having the opportunity to see him on game day if he’s ready.”
Jeff Wilson Jr. is coming off a 110-yard, one-touchdown effort, and Deebo Samuel has raced for a touchdown in each of his last five games. Trey Updesh (ankle) had activated his three-week practice window to come out of injured reserve.
Linebacker Aziz Al-Shair (elbow) and safety Zakissky Tart (ankle) were cleared for limited practice, but linebacker Dre Greenlaw (groin) and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf) were sidelined. It was to be determined whether security would conduct the Talanoa Hufanga (kneeling) exercise.
Special teams ace Trenton Cannon has remained in concussion protocol since he hit Seattle on December 5, but his health is improving and he attended team meetings on Tuesday.
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Warner didn’t mind Shanahan calling the 49ers a “stupid group” who would celebrate responsibly after Sunday’s win with a small change to Thursday night’s game in Tennessee (see: Sleep and Fix be gone).
“I think that’s a way to put it. It’s a different group,” Warner said. “We all love football so much that you know when to dial in and when to let loose. Using the off-season in that aspect, we know that stuff will happen later, and now is the time to fully focus on football. If we focus on business now, Christmas after a win will be better than a loss.
thoughts on titans
Shanahan and defensive coordinator Demeko Ryan both reaffirmed the Titans’ physical and run-oriented approaches.
“They are committed to running. They get called in the NFL more than anyone, in all situations, even at third down. And they will when they are behind,” Shanahan said. “It is what they believe in. And why it’s hard to beat them all these years.”
Even after losing to Derrick Henry with a leg injury on Halloween, the Titans have run for more than 100 yards in each of their last four matches.
“They want to run and get physical, and that hasn’t changed, no matter what’s going on back then,” Ryan said. “It’s the kind of ball you come into in December: more meaningful, run-game heavy, people try not to make mistakes and turn the ball. It’s going to be ‘best team can win’. There’s not a lot of trickery going on.”
The 49ers practiced inside Levi’s Stadium to begin at 5:30 p.m. (and reflect Thursday night’s kickoff schedule). Shanahan quipped that he would have to grab his iPhone flashlight if he stopped at neighboring practice areas after sunset.