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Brian Griese leaves ‘MNF’ sales space for 49ers teaching place

Brian Griese leaves ‘MNF’ sales space for 49ers teaching place

Mike Shanahan arrange the preliminary assembly that led to Griese taking the job in San Francisco.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brian Griese had established himself in a second profession that had been extra profitable than his first as an 11-year quarterback within the NFL.

Griese had adopted up greater than a decade analyzing huge faculty soccer video games every week with two years within the prized function as analyst on “Monday Evening Soccer” when he determined he was prepared for one more profession change.

With ESPN trying to go a distinct course within the sales space, Griese went a wholly completely different course in his profession, leaving the work of a broadcaster to get again into the grind of the NFL as quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

“I received to a degree the place I wanted a brand new problem,” he mentioned. “That coupled with the second the place ESPN determined to go in a distinct course, I’m not saying they didn’t, however they received an even bigger fish. I perceive the dynamics of that. I at all times knew that that risk and doubtless chance was on the market. However I did get to do it on the highest stage for 2 years, and I liked each minute of it. So I had a call to make at that time. This chance got here up, and it was a problem that I wished to run in the direction of and never away from this.”

Griese has a giant problem in his first alternative at teaching at any stage, tasked with serving to final 12 months’s No. 3 general decide Trey Lance become the franchise quarterback the Niners imagine he might be after buying and selling three first-round picks to get him.

Griese’s path to San Francisco was solid partly by his relationship with coach Kyle Shanahan’s father, Mike, who coached Griese in Denver for his first 5 seasons. Mike Shanahan arrange the preliminary assembly that led to Griese taking the job in San Francisco.

Kyle Shanahan mentioned he is been impressed by his new coach’s consideration to element as Griese has mentioned it was vital for him to make a powerful impression on the extra skilled coaches on the workers.

“I feel they recognize that I used to be coming right here with no agendas,” Griese mentioned. “I’m not attempting to get to the following teaching job. I’m not attempting to leapfrog folks. I am simply coming right here to see if I might be soccer coach. I’ve loads of experiences and loads of relationships which have constructed up over time and loads of understanding of the sport and the way to play the sport from the quarterback place.”

Griese comes into the job having performed on the highest stage, profitable a nationwide championship in faculty at Michigan, being a backup to John Elway on a Tremendous Bowl-winning crew as a rookie, then changing a legend the next season.

In all, Griese began 83 video games in his 11 NFL seasons, with highs like a Professional Bowl bid in 2000 to lows like getting reduce or benched a number of instances. He brings that perspective to his new profession.

“There’s only a few positions in sports activities extra excessive stress than being a quarterback within the NFL and there’s no manner round it,” he mentioned. “We don’t discuss eliminating or working away from annoying conditions. We discuss how are you going to manage? How are you going to handle? As a result of the tough instances, the tough waters will come. They arrive for everyone, regardless of who you’re.”

Griese mentioned in one in all his first conferences with Lance and the opposite quarterbacks, he requested his gamers why they had been NFL quarterbacks. He mentioned that so as to succeed by means of robust instances, it is vital to have priorities of taking part in on your teammates as a substitute of extra private targets.

Griese mentioned he is been impressed by Lance’s angle as a lot as his immense ability.

“I’m excited that he involves work on daily basis and he’s humble and he needs to get higher,” he mentioned. “I view it the identical manner I’ve my whole life, whether or not I’ve been taking part in or broadcasting or now being a coach, I come right here with humility and we’re going to get higher collectively and we test the ego on the door. He does that each single day. He involves work. That offers him an opportunity to achieve success.”

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