Wil­son jokes about shoe toss against San Fran­cisco

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Curtis Crab­tree

REN­TON, WASH.» Rus­sell Wil­son knew the ques­tion was com­ing and tried to lean into it with some lev­ity on Thurs­day.

“I think some­body is miss­ing a shoe some­where,” the Seat­tle quar­ter­back joked as he took to the lectern for his weekly press con­fer­ence.

So why was Wil­son mak­ing jokes about shoes?

San Fran­cisco 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han was as­sessed an un­sports­man­like penalty in last Sun­day’s game against the Sea­hawks for ar­gu­ing with of­fi­cials af­ter Wil­son tossed the lost shoe of line­backer Fred Warner to the side af­ter a play. Seat­tle then went hur­ryup of­fen­sively and the 49ers were caught off­sides as Warner tried to exit the field and a re­place­ment was late mak­ing the sub­sti­tu­tion.

“It wasn’t a smart thing by me and some­thing I can’t do,” Shana­han told re­porters Mon­day.

The shoe toss it­self was seem­ingly not caught by ei­ther the FOX tele­vi­sion broad­cast of the game or the coach’s tape film made avail­able to the pub­lic. Nev­er­the­less, Wil­son ad­mit­ted to toss­ing the shoe be­tween plays.

“Lis­ten, I didn’t know whose shoe it was, first of all,” Wil­son said. “Sec­ond of all, it was right in the mid­dle of my play. It had to go. We were go­ing no-huddle and it was like right where we were go­ing to pretty much snap it. And I was like ‘any­one’s shoe?’ and was like all right, what­ever. So I threw it.”

Warner lost his left shoe on the pre­vi­ous snap late in the third quar­ter as Sea­hawks left guard J.R. Sweezy stepped on the back of his heel while at­tempt­ing to block him. The shoe came to rest of the 30-yard line di­rectly on the left hash mark. The 5-yard run by Chris Car­son on the play would have left the shoe 2 yards di­rectly be­hind Wil­son, who lined up un­der cen­ter at the 28-yard line, for Seat­tle’s next snap.

An over­head shot on the TV broad­cast showed Warner hav­ing re­trieved his shoe de­part­ing the field from at least as far back as the 38-yard line. He could not get the footwear back on in time for the next play and Eli­jah Lee at­tempted to re­place him on the field, draw­ing the off­sides penalty.

“I didn’t want to throw it for­ward be­cause we were go­ing that di­rec­tion, ob­vi­ously, to­ward the end zone. So I threw it back. I don’t know. I’ve never seen a shoe on the field like that in the mid­dle of a play when I’m try­ing to go no­hud­dle,” Wil­son said.

Shana­han be­gan ar­gu­ing with of­fi­cials about the whole sce­nario and was flagged him­self for un­sports­man­like con­duct.

“That’s what I was try­ing to fig­ure out, es­pe­cially when an­other guy on the op­pos­ing team threw it,” Shana­han said Mon­day.

Wil­son said he could def­i­nitely un­der­stand why the op­pos­ing head coach would be up­set about how the se­quence played out.

“I un­der­stood why he did it. I wasn’t think­ing about it in the midst of do­ing it,” Wil­son said.

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