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Kyle Shanahan on Deommodore Lenoir’s ejection: ‘We never go anywhere past what football is’

The 49ers provoked the player that they wanted to, but also lost a starter in the process

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If you had told 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan that DK Metcalf would have gotten ejected in Week 14, he would have smiled from ear to ear.

Michael Silver of The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Shanahan showed the 49ers a video of Metcalf’s outbursts from this season. Metcalf has accumulated 55 yards of penalties this season. He’s a bit of a hot head, and you don’t have to go far into a game to find out.

In Silver’s piece, Shanahan said, “Christmas present for whoever gets him.” Santa Claus will have something for Fred Warner for provoking Metcalf into a penalty. The second person always gets caught. Unfortunately, the same was true for Deommodore Lenoir.

Shanahan said that he was told by the referees that Lenoir ended up swinging a punch, which was the reason D-Mo was ejected. Lenoir reached out to Shanahan after the game. Here’s Kyle on the topic:

“Yeah, he reached out to me last night. He already knew how we’d feel about it. That’s something we feel very strong about. We’ll play as physical as anyone in this league, but we never go anywhere past what football is. I love how he’s got all his guys’ backs and everything, but everyone else on our team has their backs also and that’s not what we do. We don’t throw punches to get penalties and we definitely don’t do it to get ejected. So, he was very remorseful of it and I believe it. It was a good lesson learned. I think he’ll be much better about that in the future.”

Metcalf admitted to retaliating after the game, blaming Warner for hitting him in the back of the head. Warner provided an answer but it was evident that he was joking.

As for Lenoir’s performance, Shanahan was quite pleased:

“Oh, I thought he played great. We started out expecting to be nickel for most of that game. Mooney going down there on the second play, we had to switch it real fast and he didn’t even hesitate. He challenged the receivers all game, was able to come up with that interception that [DL] Nick [Bosa] took away from him. Then he almost had that first one that he had that just deflected off his hands. So, I thought Demo was unbelievable in the game.”

I’d love to hear more stories about who the team targets going into games. Despite Lenoir getting ejected, the 49ers plan worked.