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Kyle Shanahan admits the fundamental truth of voting for captains

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The most important person in any election is the one who counts the votes.

This is especially true for sports teams that vote for captains. The players cast their votes. The coach counts the votes. The coach can, if he wants, design any outcome he wants.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan admitted that on Wednesday, when discussing the process that led to the quarterback Tree Lance Not getting a C grade on his shirt.

“I always get the bottom line and I can cheat if I want to,” Shanahan told reporters. “I actually didn’t do that at all. I agreed to all of their options and made the decision not to have eight of them.”

Gold with Six: Defensive Line Eric Armsteaddefensive end Nick Bossatight end George Keitelsafety Jimmy Wardback Fred Warnerand treatment Trent Williams. The seventh would have been the quarterback Trea Lance, and the eighth would have been the receiver Debo Samuel. The Deputy Prime Minister decided to reduce the list of captains to six.

Shanahan could have gone with seven. He chose not to. It’s not unreasonable to wonder if he limits the list to six because he doesn’t want to complicate things if/when he chooses that Lance doesn’t get it done, and that Jimmy Garoppolo He must return to the field.

Shanahan could have used the captain’s designation as a way to get others to acknowledge that Lance was really safe. Shanahan chose not to do so. It only reinforces the idea that he wants to facilitate the transformation into Garoppolo, should Shanahan choose to do so.

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Regardless, that’s the point. Despite the players’ vote, the coach can do whatever he wants when it comes to choosing captains, from engaging in creative accounting to setting arbitrary limits on the number of Cs that will be taken out.