49ers’ Kyle Shanahan says he did ‘Mr. Miyagi stuff’ to help CB Richard Sherman heal quickly
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the top NFL teams, but their incredible record doesn’t come without a cost. Kyle Shanahan has had to contend with injuries to players like Richard Sherman throughout the season.
Maintaining a healthy roster is always at the top of Shanahan’s priority list, so it’s no wonder that he knows ways to keep players in shape. A testament to his knowledge was Sherman’s ability to practice with the team in spite of the knee injury he sustained during their game against the Baltimore Ravens last week.
Naturally, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk and other members of the press asked Shanahan about how he managed to get him back on track. He gave an answer that definitely got more than a few chuckles.
“Did some Mr. Miyagi stuff on him,” Shanahan said, in reference to The Karate Kid, a 1984 film that secured an Oscar nomination for the late Pat Morita. “We’ll see, though. Sherm always battles. You expect him to be out there and hopefully he’ll get better each day. I know he’s not there all the way yet, but he’s got a few more days to do it and hopefully he’ll be good on Sunday.”
On a more serious note, he talked about how important it is for them to rein in their players when it comes to intensity. He claims that he’s willing to let players practice unless team doctors specifically say otherwise.
This is especially true for the 49ers as they’re set to face the New Orleans Saints this coming Sunday. They need their stars in top condition, and Shanahan will definitely ensure his boys will be ready to play.