Locker rooms reflect the attitude of their coaches. I go into the 49ers’ locker room and you don’t. I know you’d like to know what it’s like in there.
Jim Harbaugh’s locker room was tough. Not a media-friendly place. He saw everything in life as competition, including interactions with the media, so he didn’t cooperate. Had to be on guard. And his players operated in his mold.
Kyle Shanahan is competitive, too, but not like that. Not with the media. He’s cooperative and easygoing, and so are his players. Almost all of them.
This is nothing against Harbaugh. I’m crazy about him and we keep in touch. But things are a different now in a good way. I’m not saying a friendly locker room is a winning locker room. I’m not writing about that now. I’m merely telling you how the locker room has changed.
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