In the weeks since Kyle Shanahan became head coach of the 49ers, he’s been putting in long hours every day at the team facility, meeting his players, communicating with his coaching staff and watching film. Lots and lots of film.
Recently, general manager John Lynch called Shanahan “a grinder” who loves to do his football homework. CEO Jed York has seen the same thing, telling Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com that his new head coach is “a football junkie” who just “wants to be around ball.”
Next week, Shanahan will get his chance to do something other than watch football on film. For the first time as 49ers head coach, he’ll be with players on the field and in the weight room.
The 49ers’ Phase 1 of the team’s offseason workout program will begin Monday, April 10 at the team facility. It will consist of two three-day sessions, April 10-13 and April 18-21. Phase 2 sessions will be May 1-4, May 8-11 and May 16-18. Organized team activities will be May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6 and June 8-9.
Also, the team’s voluntary minicamp will be held April 25-27 and a rookie minicamp is set for May 5-7, following the NFL Draft on April 27-29.
The final workouts scheduled (before a summer break leading into the start of training camp in July) will be at the mandatory minicamp, June 13-15.
In the Phase 1 and Phase 2 portions of the offseason workout program, no live contact or team offense vs. team defense scrimmages are permitted. Only strength and conditioning are allowed in Phase 1. The second phase will include individual player instruction and individual and team drills.
Shanahan recently told Wagoner he’s excited about the offseason program’s opening day on April 10. Shanahan said he’s been keeping a notebook about the ideas he wants to express when he first addresses the team as a unit.
“It’s changing all the time, but I’m always soaking it in and thinking about what I want to say,” Shanahan said. “What I want to say today might change by then, but you have always got an idea of what you want to do and what you want to say to the team. But it’s got to come out natural and not a memorized thing, and you really just try to get up there and be myself.”