How Shanahan’s scolding in meeting changed Lenoir’s NFL career

How Shanahan’s scolding in meeting changed Lenoir’s NFL career originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

HENDERSON, Nev. — Many NFL players have turning points during their careers, and 49ers cornerback Deommodore Lenoir is no exception.

The third-year pro vividly remembers the specific moment following his rookie season with coach Kyle Shanahan and shared the details of that interaction with NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday.

“It was when coach Shanahan called me out in a team meeting,” Lenoir said. “It wasn’t even about a physical play. It was ‘You’ve got that dog mentality in you, when are you going to start showing it?’ ”

“You got that dog mentality in you. When are you going to start showing it?”

Kyle Shanahan calling out DeMo Lenoir in a team meeting last season helped him flip the switch 😤 pic.twitter.com/GGSZNzBAS1

— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) February 7, 2024

The moment took place during the 49ers’ 2022 training camp with the entire 90-man roster present. The play on the screen showed Lenoir lacking effort in his pursuit to the ball during practice. He was in complete disbelief his head coach was actually talking to him.

“I was not even able to talk,” Lenoir said. “I was surprised. I ain’t never been called out in a team meeting before, ever. Not at Oregon, not even in high school. I was thinking in my head he said ‘Deebo.’ Deebo [Samuel] was sitting in front of me and turned around and said, ‘Say something.’

“I was at a loss for words.”

Lenoir, a 2021 fifth-round draft pick, started the first two games of his NFL career in 2021, but then was a healthy scratch for three straight weeks. As a rookie, the Los Angeles native only was on the field or 237 defensive snaps, registering 17 total tackles — 12 solo — and two pass break ups.

“In my rookie year I was in the dog house, you know, the Shanahan dog house,” Lenoir said with a slight smile. “I just did some rethinking after that season, it didn’t go as planned, as…


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Publish date : 2024-02-07 22:42:36

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