June 19, 2024

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Others are inspired by Kyle Shanahan’s coaching way beyond the football pitch.

Dan Hurley, the head coach of UConn basketball, is proof that the 49ers have drawn the interest and respect of spectators outside of the NFL thanks to an explosive offence masterminded by Shanahan.

Hurley joined former NBA star JJ Reddick on the latest episode of his “” podcast and shared how Shanahan’s coaching philosophy, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, has inspired his team’s back-to-back National Championships.

“I think the inspiration the last two years, especially this year, is like watching college football now or Shanahan from the NFL, how they’ll have like these formations, obviously the pace and the tempo, of their cuts and their actions,” Hurley said.

Characterized by creativity and dynamism, the 49ers’ offense is designed with a strong running game and play-action calls in mind, exploiting not only the weaknesses but the inadaptability of opposing defenses.

Hurley’s team might be limited to five players on the hardwood, but the 51-year-old coach, who recently guided the Huskies to an NCAA title, finds a way to incorporate Shanahan’s play-calling style into his basketball scheme.

“But like how they’ll have trips out of shotgun, with two in the back field, and out of that formation there’s like seven or eight different things they do out of,” Hurley added. “There’s a sweep, a play action, you know, a deep post right, all these different things.

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