SANTA CLARA, California. After interrupting training for the second time because of a fight on Tuesday, coach Kyle Shanahan urged his team to get together.

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He immediately uttered a few choice words about what had just happened. Beneath the anger was a simple message about how Shanahan wants his team to play.

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Physical? Absolutely. Hard? Of course. Annoys? Of course.

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But Shanahan wants the Niners to hit, which happened twice in that practice on Tuesday, namely between star linebacker Fred Warner and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

“I want everyone to challenge each other,” Shanahan said Friday. “I don’t care how much crap they say about each other; I don’t care how close they are to a fight. which often happens this way And the same thing on the field.

“But as soon as you hit, you get sent off or you get a penalty, and we pride ourselves on the fact that I want people to be annoying, I want people to be as close as possible to all this. I want people to get right on the line where they’re about to pass out, but you can’t pass out on the football field or you’ll lose your team.”

The problem this week for Shanahan’s team was that it happened on the training field among teammates. It was the warmest day at this camp and a longer fully padded session, factors that many players say contributed to the situation. And while fights are common at every training camp, this one happened between two players who are expected to play a major role this season.

The biggest fight ever – between Warner and Aiyuk – began when Warner’s late hit put wide receiver Marcus Johnson on concussion protocol.

Something was already brewing between Warner and Ayuk, and a few days before, Ayuk told the media in a semi-joking way that Warner was “annoying” and his insistence on continuing to rip the ball and touch guys after games were “annoying” .

Warner countered that he thought Aiyuk was ready to take the next step in his career and he was doing everything he could to help him take his game to the next level.

“With Brandon specifically, I chose him,” Warner said. “I think he is ready to take the next step to play at the elite level. I’ve been chasing it a bit…because I know how much it has. he’ll get fed up with it and start to control himself… He really started to get that mindset, knowing he’s a guy and what he’s capable of. I’m trying to get the best out of him. That’s all. “

On Friday, Shanahan said he’s fine with his players pushing each other and he believes they’ll get it right. But incidents like the one on Tuesday should reach a natural stopping point.

“I love its intensity,” Shanahan said. “I don’t think you need to fight to be tense. Fights are fights, but then they lead to other things. a big fight, and then we had a bunch of hayfields and stuff thrown in there, which only breaks hands.”

The Nines made it through the rest of practice on Tuesday and all of Wednesday without further incident. Meanwhile, Shanahan became convinced that his team could act physically without resorting to fights.

“I think our team is pretty tough,” Shanahan said. “I think we’re pretty physical. I think it was most likely voted on who would be the most physical team on tape last year, I think we would have won most of that and we didn’t get into any fights last year. So I don’t think it’s all about stiffness.”