Joe Staley explains choosing media job more than coaching vocation

Mentor Kyle Shanahan created an open-ended assure to Joe Staley through the offseason.

Any time Staley was all set to come back to the 49ers, the doorway was open.

A slimmed-down Staley has no ideas of returning to participate in. But he was fascinated in examining out whether going into the coaching ranks is some thing that would curiosity him.

The answer: No.

At minimum, not yet.

As an alternative, Staley’s return to soccer will be in entrance of the digital camera. He will be an analyst for NBC Sports activities Bay Space on “49ers Pregame Live” and “49ers Postgame Live” prior to and soon after common-year video games this year.

Staley introduced his retirement after a 13-calendar year NFL occupation in the course of Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl 6 situations and was named to the NFL All-Ten years team for the 2010s.

Generally identified as one of the huge personalities in the 49ers’ locker area, Staley remained out of the spotlight final time though in retirement.

“I considered I was going to be in the track record without end,” Staley said on 49ers Talk. “And then I invested a single season absent from football and recognized I seriously like soccer. Probably I actually appreciated that issue that I used the previous 20 a long time of my daily life competing and investing each individual free of charge moment of my time performing and imagining about.

“That a person year was pleasurable but I was driving my wife, my young ones, myself, nuts. And I just needed to be back again all-around the sport.”


Staley said he is wanting ahead to serving as a “brother in arms in the media” to offensive linemen, who are typically criticized for bad plays and hardly ever credited for a team’s prosperous performs.

“I have a quite very good insight into the anatomy of a play — and why a particular participate in is thriving,” Staley explained. “That’s some thing as an offensive lineman, primarily, I usually preferred another person who recognized and can converse to the supporters about why a specified participate in is prosperous.

“Yeah, we can all see the quarterback and the running back again break a huge enjoy, but why was it that way? A whole lot of moments, it’s for the perform that was completed up front. Just to have an offensive line’s perspective I feel will be interesting.”

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Staley explained the time he invested about the 49ers’ coaching employees previous week was eye-opening. He arrived at the 49ers’ lodge in Irvine the day just before two tactics with the Los Angeles Chargers. He returned household to the San Diego place just before the groups satisfied in their preseason activity.

“It was intriguing to say the minimum,” Staley said. “I expended a 12 months-and-a-50 % away from soccer and the football program. And heading again Day 1 into that way of life, that plan of football in the making, I was at 4 o’clock, seeking at my view, currently being like, ‘Are you men done? This is the longest day of my daily life.’

“It was truly awesome to be about football once again and also see it from the coaching standpoint, not just as a participant.”

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