Football is a violent game, but it was taken to another level on Thursday night.
At the tail end of the Steelers-Browns game, a skirmish became an assault when Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett ripped off the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him in the head with it. What followed resembled an actual street fight.
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On Friday morning 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan joined Murph & Mac and was asked about the incident. He said he’d be showing the team the clip later in the day.
“Every Friday, we have a couple coaches who spend the week putting stuff together from what’s happened around the league,” Shanahan said on KNBR. “So every Friday, I usually get about 15 clips just to show guys the do’s and don’ts, and what happens and stuff. I’m sure we’ll have that on there today to show them.
“I don’t think the guys are going to take any notes and learn anything, like, ‘Hey, don’t use your helmet and hit anyone,’ but that was crazy last night. I think our guys know that, I’m sure Myles Garrett knows that too.
Shanahan said it looked like Garrett snapped and lost his mind, something that can happen in a game as physical as NFL football.
“The main thing is you cannot lose your cool. It’s a very physical game and stuff. To play in the physicality like that, guys go to some dark places, but you have to control that, and obviously, he didn’t there, and it looked like he had no idea where he was.
“But that’s going to cost their team. They’ve got a real easy schedule going forward. He’s one of the best players in this league. That was one of the most completely unacceptable things that I’ve ever seen on tape.”
Shanahan wasn’t the only one bothered by it. A number of players, including and handful of 49ers spoke out against Garrett’s actions. Kyle Juszczyk tweeted that Garrett shouldn’t be allowed to play another snap this season. On Friday morning Garrett was suspended by the league indefinitely.
“Yeah, I think that bothered a lot of players,” Shanahan responded. “I mean, this is a very dangerous game, and it’s dangerous enough just playing in the rules. For someone to do that, that’s completely unacceptable, and I think anybody who was watching that, player, fan, anybody, I’d be very surprised if they don’t feel that exact same way.”
Listen to the full interview below. To hear Shanny on the Garrett incident, start from 17:20.