San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan flipped his lid and was penalized for berating an official after his team was flagged for an offsides penalty against the Seattle Seahawks. On the play in question, linebacker Fred Warner had lost his shoe, so there was a scramble to take him off the field and put in Elijah Lee, who didn’t get on his side of the field by the time Russell Wilson snapped the ball.
Shanahan referenced this incident earlier this week in a press conference, and pinned his meltdown on Russell Wilson being the one who threw the shoe.
“Fred Warner lost his shoe and he was going to pick it up, and when he went to pick it up, Russell [Wilson] grabbed it and threw it,” Shanahan said on Monday’s press conference (via SB Nation). “And so he had to go about 8 more yards to pick it up, and as he was doing that they went hurry-up offense. And so we had a guy 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage trying to get his shoe that was thrown out of the way, they were at the line — Fred was gonna be offsides because he was picking up his shoe that was thrown — and then when he saw that, Elijah [Lee] tried to help him out and run out on the field so he could get off. And that’s why we got the penalty.
According to Kyle Shanahan, Russell Wilson threw Fred Warner's shoe, leading to the penalty taken by Shanahan.— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) December 4, 2018
Keep an eye on the upper left here- you can see Warner (#48) jogging off with 1 shoe in his hand and then dropping it on the ground pic.twitter.com/5UrpIWegvd
Wondering why Kyle Shanahan was so mad? Russell Wilson picked up Fred Warner’s shoe and threw it further behind the line of scrimmage, then went hurry-up. The referee saw it and didn’t do anything. #49ers flagged for offsides trying to replace Warner.pic.twitter.com/E0oAYRJ7c3— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) December 4, 2018
Unfortunately, the All-22 footage revealed nothing extra, but Wilson has confirmed that he was the culprit.
“We were going no-huddle and it was right where we were going to pretty much snap it,’’ Wilson said at Friday’s press conference (via Seattle Times). “I was like ‘anybody’s shoe?’ So I was like all right, whatever. So I threw it. I didn’t want to throw it forward because we were going in that direction toward the end zone. Never seen a shoe on the field like that in the middle of the play when going no-huddle.’’
Wilson then said he understood Shanahan’s reaction, but I’d just like to pretend he did it while laughing evilly.
The Seahawks play the 49ers on December 16th in Santa Clara. This shall be known as The Shoe Bowl.
UPDATE: That’ll be $25,000, Kyle.