49ers’ Trent Williams baffled by ‘absurd’ play-tipping accusations


Williams thinks game-tipping accusations are ‘absurd’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — After gaining attention on social media, Trent Williams dismissed the idea that his position tells defenders what the 49ers offense is playing.

The veteran left tackle explained that with the exorbitant number of plays Kyle Shanahan has in his arsenal, even if Williams indicated whether it was a run or pass play on the deck, there would be no no way to determine which of the many games it might be.

“It’s pretty [much] nonsense,” Williams said Friday. “If you think football is as simple as whether it’s a run or a pass, and you dismiss the knowledge you need to have to compete at a high level, that’s not not because you know it’s a race you know what kind of race.

Shanahan is known for his extensive playbook and the head coach doesn’t care about claims online about his left tackle. If the case were that Williams’ position had been a factor for opposing defences, it would not go unresolved.

“Oh, that would definitely be a big deal,” Shanahan said. “I’m not studying your viral videos or anyone else, we’re pretty good with Trent.”

Williams explained that defensive players only look at his positioning to make their call, he could take advantage of the situation with the wrong direction. The 13-year-old vet has the ability to cover up the plan.

“We just installed 50 tracks with six different looks at each track. So I can show you running all day. Do you know which are the 50 races that we organize? There are games where we want it to feel like a run and we pass it and there are runs that look like a pass and we run it.

“If you’re looking for me to tell you everything, then I can manipulate you. That’s why they don’t watch us as much, as much as you think. It’s never been more important on this side.

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Star pass rusher Nick Bosa himself doesn’t put much into the position of an offensive lineman or potential pre-snap narratives. The Ohio State product method is more comprehensive.

“I’m not huge on the pre-snap stuff,” Bosa said. “I know a lot of guys do it but I think when I guess, unless it’s something blatant and obvious then obviously I’m going to use it but for the most part I’m going to watch the trainings. It will help me in the racing game. But our pattern allows us to just watch the ball and get off the rock.

The controversy may continue online, but there seems to be very little concern about Williams’ position internally.

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