The San Francisco 49ers are set to travel to Arizona Wednesday. On Tuesday, head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed the team’s travel plans, how long the 49ers would be there, whether family members would join, and much more.
Can you share with us just the plans that you have going forward and then how players have reacted to that, whether any of them have wanted to opt out or if that’s even possible?
“I didn’t talk to them about opting out because I don’t know what those choices are. I didn’t hear much about that. So, there’s not many choices. We’ve got to find a place to live and practice, so the guys have done an awesome job with just [director of team logistics Steve] Risser and [team logistics manager Mike] Slap and then [president] Al [Guido] and [general manager John] Lynch and everyone, just getting us set up in Arizona.
So, we’re going to take off tomorrow. I think we fly out around like 2:30. We’ll get there Wednesday night and then we’ll start Thursday. Since it’s a Monday night game, our Thursday we’ll just treat like a normal Wednesday. So, we should get a normal week of practice and stuff once we get there. Right now, we know the restrictions say until the 21st, so we’ve got to plan for about three weeks, at least. I’m just telling the guys and our team, just look at it one week at a time.
We’ve traveled as a team for a week before, so I’m trying to get guys not to just make all their decisions yet, which is tough with the families and everything, but hopefully we can get down there for a week and kind of figure it out, what we can do, what we can’t do, what the situation is. Then we’ll spend the next two weeks trying to adjust to make it as good as we can for whatever problems we couldn’t figure out.”
So just to confirm, you will be there multiple weeks, three weeks, at least through December 21st? Where will you guys be practicing and is there any restrictions on whether family members can come since family members can go to the games, the Arizona Cardinals home games?
“We’re practicing where the Cardinals had training camp. I believe it’s the Renaissance hotel. I’m not sure, but wherever they did training camp, that’s what our setup is. I know we’re going to be able to use the stadium here and there for some things too. So, it’s all close in proximity. That’s about all the details I know on that. I’ll figure that out when I get there, but I know we’ve got some guys out there, getting the hotels and everything mapped out for us. So, it shouldn’t be an issue. And sorry, what were the other parts of the question?”
Because the Cardinals are allowing family members-
“Oh yeah, the rules with the families, it’s just basically, we’re moving out there and our hotel will be our new Levi’s Stadium, which is where we go to work. Just like when we’re here, you go to work every day, you get tested. When we’re here, then we go straight home to our house and stay there until you come back the next day to work. Now, I look at it as our house happens to be where our work’s at.
So, when we’re done with work, guys just go upstairs to their hotel room. We can’t sit there. You don’t want to hang out and stuff. That’s how people get in trouble and that’s how it spreads. That’s what happened to us during our bye week at a hotel. So, we won’t sit there and hang out at all. We’ll work there and then the guys will go up to their hotel room. My understanding, that’s why I want to take a week to get there and just figure it out, but that’s going to be our home for a few weeks.
So, if someone’s family is down there, I don’t get why they can’t go home to their family. That will be their new house for three weeks. I don’t know how many people are doing that. It’s kind of up in limbo with how fast this has happened and stuff, so that’s why we’re going to go this week and figure out how it goes. I would be pumped if my…