49ers coach Turner drops great CMC quip while praising star RB originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
San Francisco felt the immediate impact of having the Stanford product in its backfield. So, 49ers running backs coach Bobby Turner jokingly stated his desire to have McCaffrey earlier in his coaching career.
"I wish I had him earlier in my career," Turner told reporters Thursday. "First and foremost, Christian is an outstanding individual that loves the game. And he wants to be the best of the best and is very coachable.
"And before I can even start coaching him, he knows what he did. He knows. And he wants those coaching points, and he enjoys it. But he's also a player that he can just look at himself, and even when the plays in it, he felt something just wasn't maybe right as far as his depth, or he could have gained another of the yard or his read or whatever it was. He's aware of it.
Furthermore, Turner notes that McCaffrey is different from other running backs he has coached. The 26-year-old brings distinct football smarts to the 49ers, making him a unique player.
"I haven't had a lot of guys like that," Turner continued. "It had to do more [with] the finished product. I've had finished products that way, but not coming in from jump without me spending time coaching them. Whereas he's just wired like that. He was already intelligent, and smart. But there's a football, what I call instincts football; he has it all."
The 49ers opened the playbook when McCaffrey arrived midway through last season. With a full offseason, expect San Francisco to get more out of its star running back as the team looks to reach a third straight NFC Championship Game, but this time come out on the winning side.