San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan confesses he wasnt pleased about it when the Rams reached a deal to acquire Matthew Stafford this offseason, both because it made a department rival much better and due to the fact that the 49ers believed they could make a relocation to land Stafford.
Appearing with Rams coach Sean McVay and Peter Schrager on the Flying Coach podcast, Shanahan stated he was distressed when he discovered the Rams landed Stafford.
” That was aggravating,” Shanahan stated. “Everyone was informing me it was a possibility, and Stafford is the man. I studied him hard coming out of college, and we played against him so we know how excellent he is.”
It was already understood that the 49ers was among a number of groups that revealed interest in trading for Stafford, but Shanahan had not previously made clear just how much he desired Stafford, and how disappointed he was when the Rams made an offer with the Lions initially. Shanahan said the 49ers had actually been in touch with Staffords representative, Tom Condon, but didnt recognize that the Rams were so near getting an offer done. Shanahan stated that on the night the Rams and Lions consented to their deal, someone in the understand called him and informed him, “If you desire Stafford you need to obtain him today,” and then just minutes later the news broke that the offer was done.
McVay said he was as stunned as Shanahan was at how quickly the Rams and Lions had the ability to make the agreement, which sent out Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff, 2 first-round picks and a third-round choice.
“If it makes you feel any better, it came together faster than I thought, too, Kyle,” McVay informed Shanahan.
Shanahan and the 49ers eventually made a big move for a quarterback and traded up in the draft to take Trey Lance, however if Stafford leads the Rams to a couple of wins over the 49ers this year, Shanahan may see Stafford as the one who escaped.