As Fred Warner lined up the defense before the final play of his first half of real NFL football against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, he heard San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh in his ear calling out the formation. It was a prevent look, aimed at thwarting a Hail Mary. “I mis-heard what he was trying to say, and I called a blitz on accident,” Warner said on Thursday. It happened to work. DeForest Buckner sacked Kirk Cousins for a loss of nine yards. “It’s one of those, ‘No, no, no, yes, yes, yes’ type of deals,” Warner said. To be sure, the 49ers waived linebacker Reuben Foster as much for his “incomprehensible” lack of judgement, as described by head coach Kyle Shanahan, as they did for the repeated accusations of sexual violence. That’s why, although Foster had the green dot on his helmet at times as a rookie, Warner was tapped from his first day at the facility as the franchise’s MIKE linebacker of the future, even when he’d never played inside before. He’s since become the most consistent performer in a 49ers defense that lacks much consistency beyond himself and Richard Sherman. It’s why he… Read full this story
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