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Break out the air mattress: Short week means long hours for 49ers

From ESPN - September 19, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not the type to judge how hard he's worked by how many air mattresses he's exhausted during the course of an NFL season. But if ever there's a week in which Shanahan will find himself staying late at the office and, yes, even catching a few Z's there, this is it.

It's the Niners' week to play on Thursday Night Football, facing the Los Angeles Rams. As both teams deal with the quick turnaround that comes from playing just four days after Sunday games, everything happens much faster than normal.

"You know, I am a guy who does not sleep at the office, but I definitely do during this week," Shanahan said. "There's a lot to do. We have got to catch up on it."

In a normal week, the Niners can take a bit more time to digest the game they played on Sunday before turning the page to the next opponent. That's not necessarily the case in the week leading up to a Thursday night matchup.

After returning to the Bay Area following Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Shanahan made it a point to get home and get to sleep so he could have some energy to push through long work days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Shanahan and his staff arrived early on Monday morning and began putting together the game plan for Thursday night.

Because of the schedule, the only true practice of the week takes place on Tuesday afternoon. That practice is scheduled for late in the afternoon to give the Niners more time to recover from Sunday's game. At that practice, they will install almost the entire game plan, condensing a process that usually takes three days into one. That leaves Wednesday to put in any additional wrinkles in a walk-through.

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