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February 15, 2024 5:46 pm

Host on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco joins Zach Gelb

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But you're on a roll. The Ring of Comfort, coming soon to a Super Bowl new you. Alrighty, Zach Gelb shows CBS Sports Radio. Bonta Hill does a phenomenal job of 95-7 the game as their morning drive host. Also does a bunch of coverage for the Golden State Warriors as well. And he's kind enough to join us right now on the Zach Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio.

Bonta, appreciate the time as always. I would ask you how you're doing, but I'm sure you're still in mourning after your San Francisco 49ers and Kyle Shanahan blew another big game. Oh my Zach, way to intro that one. Not only that, the Warriors blew a 15-point lead last night too. Gave up 44 points in the fourth quarter. So I'm not well right now. This has been a rough week for your boy in every single Bay Area sports fan.

Yeah, I'll get to the Niners in just a second. But since you brought up the Golden State Warriors last night, that's kind of karma to Draymond Green. Like, you just get back from the suspension and then you're picking a fight with Nurkic and Kevin Durant. It's like, just shut up already. Like, just play basketball, please.

Yeah, you know, Draymond's going to talk. That's what he does. We kind of love him for that.

But sometimes less is more, especially after what's transpired this season in which, you know, look, there's a blessing to disguise, right? He got suspended. We saw the extension of Jonathan Camiga because we know Steve Kerr wasn't going to play Jonathan Camiga if Draymond never gets suspended. So at least we know we have a player there in JK.

But you're right, Phoenix happens. He's playing good basketball. All the other stuff just overshadows how well you're playing and how well the team is playing. And then again, he's on the court yesterday for a 30-second violation or 30 seconds in the key.

Nobody calls it because he's on the ground holding his head or whatnot. So yeah, it's a lot going on out here in the Bay Area. Draymond Green, we just want to, you know, he's on the edge right now. We know it's just a matter of time maybe before something else happens. You hope that it doesn't.

You hope that he learned his lesson. But you know, the nerd kids and KD stuff is just like, oh man, do we have to? I know that the report came out the other day that the Warriors, I guess, were trying to get LeBron at the deadline or whatever was going on. That was never going to happen via trade, but LeBron could opt out at the end of this year. What is the percentage of chance, in your opinion, that LeBron ever teams up with Steph and is playing for Golden State? I think anything is possible in this league. I mean, I didn't think Kevin Durant would ever be a Golden State Warrior.

That happened and they became the Avengers and they dominated the league. I didn't think that James Harden could get traded from Houston to Brooklyn or Houston to Brooklyn to Philly and back to LA as a clipper. Anything is possible in this league. And if he is a free agent, we know LeBron is very strategic in his moves here. He sees what's going on with the Golden State Warriors. He's always said, you know, especially over the last two years, I would love to play with Steph Curry.

So when there's smoke, there is fire. That report didn't come out of nowhere. We know clutch sports can control the narrative as well as anybody out there.

So I think there's, I don't want to put a percentage number on it, Zach, but I think it is possible. And the Warriors always love stars. One thing I know about Joe Lacob, great owner, right? He does what he does with the luxury tax and with the salaries. He has no problem playing four stars at one time. Joe Lacob is enamored with stars. Peter Goober, the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, has always said this is entertainment. We're going to entertain that business as well as the sports business. And how entertaining, even at the age of 40, will LeBron James be playing with Stephen Curry, alongside Stephen Curry, I should say.

So there is a chance if he does opt out, Zach. So here's my problem with the Warriors. And it's the biggest reason why Bob Myers walked away.

He didn't have the guts to say goodbye to people that he won championships with. And it seems like the Warriors, like what they did with Draymond, they reward people what they did in the past, what they won't do potentially for the present. Like what's going to happen with the future of Klay Thompson? Because we know Klay is an absolute legend, but I can't go give him a big-time deal this offseason.

Yeah. Yeah, I don't think, Matt's money, I don't think that's going to happen. I do think Klay will assess the situation. Look, I was talking to somebody from the Clippers yesterday in their front office before the game. And they said, what's the deal with Klay Thompson? They said, look man, he's having career lows, shooting from three from the field. His minutes are getting reduced.

He's just not the main player. And you hate it because he was at the height of his powers in 2019. And to miss 941 days and go through all that rehab. 941 days of missing basketball.

I mean, that's tough for a guy who lives in the gym. With that said, other teams still value his shooting. This league values shooting.

I still, you still watch the games and teams are saying, no, we're not going to allow him to get any airspace. We're still going to guard him like he's prying Klay Thompson. There will be a contender if the Warriors don't give him a deal or give him a short-term two to three-year deal, maybe 20 to 25 million dollars because he is Klay Thompson per year. I do believe there will be a contender who would be willing to pony up that type of money because of the threat of his shot. Look, 37% for a lot of players in this league. They will raise their hands and take that.

And that's the truth. There are how many 33% shooters do we see in this league? 29% like everybody was going crazy over Pascal Siakam. He's shooting 29% from three and the league that values shooting at an all-time high. So if the Warriors don't give him a short-term deal, which I think they will, and I think Klay would want to stay, there will be a contender in this league that says, we'll take Klay Thompson and the threat of his shot making ability, especially from the perimeter.

Bonta Hill here with us. This is not an in-the-moment take when we get back to the 49ers. I actually defended Shanahan for taking the ball first, but the last few years, and I want to be careful when I use this word, I've called him overrated. Now, that's not me saying he sucks. He's awful.

He's terrible. I acknowledge he's a top five coach in football, but people talk about him as if he invented the sport and he keeps on blowing these big games. What has been your view of Shanahan and not only losing another Super Bowl, but then all the other things that he's embarrassed himself with in the last 48 72 hours.

Wow. Boy, I've had a love-hate relationship with Kyle Shanahan. There's people think out here in the Bay Area. I think I'm not a Shanahan fan and that I hate him as head coach.

Listen, I just assess the situation how the fans do. There's a lot of fans out here in the Bay Area say, well, he's the next Bill Walsh man. He's a next Bill Walsh and all this stuff and I'm like, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. We're talking about Bill was the inventor West Coast offense where teams still running a segment of or variation of that offense.

Let's chill on that. Let him just be George Seifert. How about being Steve Mariucci or I don't know, Jim Harbaugh.

Listen, man. I'm going to hand is good at his job. He's a good play designer. He does know how to manipulate defenses. And look, I gave him a pass with 28 3 in Atlanta because penguins a head coach. He's a defensive guy. Your defense allowed the Patriots to score 25 points.

So we can disagree on that one. But in all the big games at the 49ers have lost the same things have alluded and come to fruition Super Bowl 54 clock management, right that trust of a quarterback. If you don't like Jimmy Garoppolo that tell me why with a minute 49 left in the fourth quarter three timeouts the ball at midfield and Patrick Mahomes on the other side line. Why would you throw four straight passes? Yeah, why would you even risk Mahomes getting the ball back? So even if Garoppolo hits Emmanuel Sanders with that deep shot. There's still a minute 30 left in Mahomes has the ball.

Like I don't like that situation 2021 10-point lead and it's each of you chip LA Rams. You run the fullback dive on third down. You have trick motion trick Williams motion across the formation with a hobbled ankle. He couldn't even walk that game. But then you pun it you don't get aggressive the Rams.

They throw one up the Joukowsky tardy drops it. They should you know 45 yards with Beckham Jimmy Ward unnecessary roughness decision-making clock management game situation. You get a little timid at times and then of course the Super Bowl.

I mean, where do I start? We talked about the real time with Shanahan not calling a timeout on second down with Rasheed Rice to minute nine left, you know in the Super Bowl. There's a 30 minute halftime. You just scored in real time at about 4 47 p.m. The Niners didn't touch the ball again until about 5 47 p.m. So when you do get the ball back back with 23 seconds left and you have two timeouts, you're not going to throw a couple shots down the field and try to get a field goal to go up to scores. And then when you do get an interception from Patrick Mahomes and you set up shop at the Kansas City 44 yard line, you throw eight passes as opposed to one run of your first three possessions.

So we already saw it in real time in the third quarter goal. Here we go again. He's doing it again. He's getting tight.

He's getting away from his bread and butter. And so in big game situations, he reminds me a lot of Kyle Schottenheimer forget Andy Reid in Philadelphia. This is Kyle Schottenheimer all over again. He just gets tight in his own way and he calls a conservative game. And you know, Brian balder.

He joined us every week during a football season. He's done it the last four years. He said last week is going to come down to spatch and Shanahan. That's the matchup.

Everybody needs to watch. And you know what spads was in his hip pocket once again for the second straight Super Bowl between these two teams. So I I don't think he's overrated but there is a conversation out here that I like to have and people think I'm just a Shanahan hater. Who'd you rather have big bear Shanahan?

I don't think they thrive in these situations. See there you go. And the fact that he's throwing everybody else under the bus and there's all these excuses. I just I don't know if it's going to happen for Shanahan in San Francisco. It feels like he may win a Super Bowl elsewhere.

And here's the other thing like I could so easily agree with everything. You just said Bonta Hill where 28 to 3. He's got to run the football more even that controversial play where Chris Jones batted the ball down at the line of scrimmage in the first Super Bowl. There was a thought you should have ran the ball there in this Super Bowl should have ran the ball.

But here's the crazy part. The guys are actually open when they throw the ball and this offensive line crumbled like to see what the nose tackle for the Chiefs did and he just threw Trent Williams on his ass in the third quarter. I couldn't believe that and McDuffie unblocked Jones must have been some sort of era. It's crazy to me how yeah, they should have ran the ball more but how that offensive line just got dominated in the Super Bowl was just scheming, right? You know stats is going to Blitz. They blitz Lamar Jackson relentlessly relentlessly every other play and that's what they do. And the secrets out on the 49ers if you blitz them, they force them and get them out of their timing by bumping the white receivers like the Cleveland Browns earlier season laid out the blueprint. We play sticky man coverage and we're going to be physical and we're going to disrupt the timing in the West Coast offense.

And now what you're going to do, what's your counter and Shanahan these big games just like 2021 and it's each championship against Iran. Same thing Eric well played in the box literally can't see that like 10 guys within eight yards of the line of scrimmage. They're daring Brock Purdie to throw a deep and beat him with the vertical passing game and it just feels like Shanahan's vertical passing game is so outdated.

It really is. There's no threat of a deep shot. No threat of somebody taking the top off the defense. So yes, there are guys wide open but that's by design because they're blitzing everywhere and nobody knows where to pick it up that it's like they're not even prepared for it.

And they don't even get me the overtime. I mean just let's take the two-minute warning Zach and you're right McDuffie Scott free on the Blitz right pass the ball down. You got to kick the field government homes has another shot. Why not look at that situation as a two-play sequence?

Okay. I know my homes is on the sideline. There's two minutes left run on third then go. Let's run the ball on third down set up a fourth and short get a first down and nice to game same thing in overtime. That's got to be a two-play sequence 34 run the ball set up a fourth and short, but it says you get two balls batted down to Chris Jones interrupt to play in overtime. It's just bad scheming and bad execution.

So yes, the often find it break down. I just think it's bad scheming they lost this Super Bowl because of their offense. There's no other ways about it the defense when you hold my homes to one touchdown and regulation it was set up because of the whole punch situation. You needed to distance yourself in the first half.

They couldn't do it. And I know it's not just one moment, but it felt like yesterday that they scapegoated Steve Wilkes, which is crazy because of how great his defense performed in the Super Bowl up until overtime. It's like Shanahan.

He's pointing the finger at everybody else but himself. Oh, we could win big games. Oh not getting the team prepared for overtime and not knowing the rules didn't impact it. And now Steve Wilkes gets fired like Shanahan has no accountability.

Well, we saw this coming the way through the season Zach. So the Minnesota game happens, right? They lose the Cleveland 1917 first loss in a year. Mind you the defense gave up 68 points in the first five weeks of the season.

Everybody was like we're having a debate out here to Bay Area. What unit is better to the offensive defense because they were blowing everybody away. They beat they lose the Cleveland 1917, even though Shanahan's clock management in that game left you something left something to be desired. Three minutes left in that game. You throw three straight passes.

You'll 60 seconds. He laughs off the clock. We've got to stop the kicking game with a photo Shanahan again, but Steve Wilkes to pull up for that one Minnesota happened. And remember before the half where Jordan Addison caught that long touchdown because Steve Wilkes rented covers zero blitz Minnesota goes up 16-7 standing hand undress.

Wilkes in front of the entire media. Yeah, I don't like the call. It was a terrible call with Shanahan. You're the head coach.

You got the headset. How about you call a timeout for a dead said no, no, no, no, no zero blitz. So from that moment on we knew Steve Wilkes would be the scapegoat this year. If anything went awry and even that week after the Minnesota game, they play Cincinnati the next week got torched. But nobody said anything about Brock pretty thrown to an exception in the fourth quarter of the Minnesota game or throw to interceptions in the fourth quarter gets it today. Actually one was late in the third quarter.

One was in the fourth quarter. Everybody plays team books. It Steve was came out and said I'm still learning the scheme. This is not my defense.

I'm still learning the scheme. So we all knew in the Bay Area. Now the National media is catching up to us, but we knew this is Shannon Shanahan's defense. He's the real defensive coordinator on this football team. He micromanages everything including the defense. And so Steve Wilkes is saying, you know, I'm still learning the scheme that way through the year. It was like, wait, what?

And by the way, this is unprecedented stack. It's wild, right? He couldn't bring any of his assistants over. He basically came here, had to learn to do scheme and do it with Shanahan's defensive assistants, not his own assistant. It's just it's wild.

So we do people to get the get the scapegoat. Like you said, you hold my home to three points on the first nine possessions of the football game. You hold them to 19 points in regulation. That is good enough to win the game.

We all know out here in the Bay Area. It's on Purdy. It's on Shanahan. It's on the offense. It's all on them. The defense played their butts off in that football game.

I got 90 seconds left. I made the case earlier. We know Shanahan and Belichick are close. He's trying to get Belichick to be the DC.

I think Belichick will think that's beneath him and he won't do it. I saw Florio started to speculate Brandon Staley as their next DC. And the moment I heard that I'm like, yep, that's probably who it's who it's going to be. Who do you think will be the next DC?

I yeah, I mean, Brandon Staley is a good name. I think they may go in house. They got this guy Holland or Bullock or whatever. I don't know. He's a DB coach.

I do. I look, I kind of want to scheme change a 3-4 guy and some exotic blitzes because the wide nine has been figured out. Our defense looks so predictable. But with that said, they were third or fourth in the league in opponents points per game.

So I don't think the defense is think about it. So here's where was an all-pro the Amador Lenore is a player. We know Jair Brown to rookie out of Penn State. We got a player there, Drake Greenlaw and Frank Warner had career years. The defensive line didn't show up and that starts with Nick Bolsa. And I think they both were quietly went behind the backs of Steve Wilkes is like, I get a defense. I'm not really filling in. We weren't ready for the RPOs or his own read that my homes ran it over time late in the fourth quarter. Bolsa. I don't want to hear from you.

You got 120 million guaranteed. You're playing conditioning. You're playing scheme. Yeah. I saw you off the field on the final possession of regulation with your hands on your hips.

How do you take yourself out of the game in the Super Bowl? So I don't know who's going to be the DC but be careful if you want to be the DC under college and a hand because if anything goes wrong stabbing you will be out of here and you will be scapegoated. No doubt Bonta Hill always appreciate the time does sensational job morning drive a 95 7 the game. Make sure you send my condolences to your co-host Joe Shaski because I know he wears his emotions on the sleeve and also check it on.

My guy Deebo Samuel make sure Deebo is doing okay for me. All right, you know what? We're Chastity and I were both hurting.

We're walking down to that stadium. Zach was one of the more depressing. Well, you're tougher. You're tougher than Joe. I I maybe a little bit but I'm not gonna lie every time I think about the Super Bowl get angry and angry at the days go by Deebo Samuel 11 targets three catches just not good enough man. There's not good enough. Yeah, no doubt about it Bonta always great to catch up with you.

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