NFC West Reporter
The apple doesn’t fall removed from the tree.
That is San Francisco 49ers working backs and assistant head coach Anthony Lynn describing his workforce’s dynamic midseason addition in Christian McCaffrey.
Lynn ought to know, as he performed with McCaffrey’s father Ed McCaffrey in the course of the Denver Broncos’ back-to-back Tremendous Bowl titles within the Nineties.
The uber-talented working again reveals the identical workmanlike traits as his father when he was within the league, based on Lynn.
“He is undoubtedly a hard-working, respectful younger man. And only a nice teammate,” Lynn advised FOX Sports activities. “He is a perfectionist. And everyone knows as human beings that we’re not excellent. However as Coach (Invoice) Walsh used to say, attempt for perfection, and in the event you fail, nicely that is simply glorious. And on this league, you You will win lots of video games simply being glorious.
“That is simply his mindset, his character. He needs to be excellent in every part he does. And I do know precisely the place he acquired it from. Each of his dad and mom had been unbelievable athletes. However his father, simply realizing him greater than his mom, his father was precisely like that.”
A former NFL working again and special-teams standout who has coached the place within the NFL for 20 years, Lynn was in his first season as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers when McCaffrey entered the 2017 NFL draft. Lynn stated he evaluated McCaffrey popping out of Stanford.
The Chargers chosen receiver Mike Williams at No. 7 that yr, one choose earlier than McCaffrey went to the Carolina Panthers at No. 8. The Bolts already had picked a first-round working again two years earlier in Melvin Gordon.
“I used to be just a little bit shocked of his potential to run in between the tackles,” Lynn stated about his pre-draft evaluation of McCaffrey. “I at all times considered him as a pace and house man. However then while you research him and watch him at Stanford, man all they did was run energy. And he ran with nice pad stage. So, I used to be like, ‘Man, This younger man can run inside, he can run outdoors. He can assault each gap.’ And when you will have a working again like that, you are able to do lots of nice issues.”
Now that he has McCaffrey in his working again room, Lynn and the 49ers are doing lots of nice issues with McCaffrey. Since San Francisco secured McCaffrey in a midseason commerce from the Panthers in Week 7, the 26-year-old runner has racked up 1,365 scrimmage yards and 12 whole touchdowns, together with two playoff video games. Up subsequent is an NFC Championship Sport showdown towards the Philadelphia Eagles (3 pm ET on FOX).
“We by no means know what we’ll get coverage-wise typically due to him,” Lynn stated. “Are they going to double him? Are they going to place a DB on him as an alternative of a linebacker? He is a troublesome matchup for a linebacker. And when groups attempt to cease him, it opens different issues in our offense, like getting the ball to George Kittle extra.Getting the ball to our No. 1 receiver extra in Deebo [Samuel]issues like that.”
McCaffrey has scored touchdowns in eight straight video games, matching a franchise file set by receiver Terrell Owens.
“He is been nice,” McCaffrey stated, when requested what it has been like working with Lynn. “One of many issues that is so necessary is knowing the entire offense. And clearly, being a head coach, being on this league a very long time and enjoying in it, he understands the full-play idea. So, he clearly has lots of knowledge.”
Lynn stated he is been significantly impressed with a few issues by McCaffrey—his potential to run routes like a receiver, his consideration to element and his selflessness.
“What makes him particular is his angle towards doing the soiled work,” Lynn stated. “Once we put him outdoors, we ask him to crack (block). We ask him to steer block. And he is blocking linebackers and safeties in house. And he does not blink.
“I have been learning these working backs for therefore lengthy, and while you get a working again outdoors of the deal with field, lots of instances they’re like a fish out of water. Christian has that distinctive talent set the place you possibly can align him outdoors the deal with field, and he can do it with consolation.”
McCaffrey bursts previous the Cowboys for a TD
Christian McCaffrey could not be stopped as his dashing landing within the fourth quarter helped seal a victory over the Cowboys.
Lynn stated McCaffrey performs like a receiver on the perimeter due to his relentless work ethic on route working, releases off the road of scrimmage and making defenders miss.
“He isn’t afraid of attempting one thing new or totally different,” Lynn stated. “I bear in mind when he first acquired right here, we had been speaking about working this whip route. And I taught it a sure manner my complete life. And he goes, “What about if I do it this fashion, and I come out on my third step as an alternative of my fourth step.’ And I used to be like, ‘No, I by no means seen it completed that manner earlier than.’
“And he did it, and I used to be like, ‘Rattling, that seemed good.’ So, he works at it. He appears for tactics to separate. On this league, we’re all elite athletes. And you need to have some benefits and edges. And he appears for that stuff.”
McCaffrey is a part of a proficient working again room that features Elijah Mitchell, Jordan Mason, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and typically a flexible receiver in Samuel.
Lynn understands Shanahan’s emphasis on working the soccer dates again to his father Mike Shanahan with the Broncos and the zone working scheme.
Nevertheless, Shanahan has taken these core rules and put his spin on it for the fashionable sport, Lynn stated. San Francisco has averaged 147 dashing yards in contest by means of two video games this postseason. McCaffrey has 154 dashing yards this postseason.
“Loads of instances you are simply good at working the soccer since you are dedicated to it,” Lynn stated. “Loads of groups discuss working the soccer, however they do not decide to it. So, while you decide to it, you are likely to do it higher than everybody else since you work at it, and also you’re very intentional about Merchandise.
“Every part Kyle does could be very intentional. There is a cause why he is doing it to that protection or that entrance. And it is at all times tied to a different play, or go idea, simply to maintain you trustworthy on the protection facet of the ball.”
Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, overlaying the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Observe him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.
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