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Brian Hoyer: Yoga, meditation 'has really helped me'

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Brian Hoyer: Yoga, meditation 'has really helped me'

"It's something that I feel has really helped me."

49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer is buying what his head coach is selling.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch wrote a story about how Kyle Shanahan practices meditation and yoga to deal with the stress and rigors of his job.

Hoyer was asked about the topic Wednesday morning on KNBR 680.

"It's something that I really enjoy because it's about being mindful and being in the moment," Hoyer said. "And in this profession, you can get so caught up and so wrapped up and there's pressure all the time.

"And that's not a way to live life. So, it's about being where you are. So when I'm at home, I'm at home with my wife and kids and I'm enjoying that time. And when I'm at work, I'm here at work and working and taking time to meditate and just kind of clear your head.

"And as far as the yoga -- it's something that we do weekly and I think it's great not only for the mental aspect, but to stretch out and get some of that type of work involved into your routine.

"It's very what you might call 'new school' ... for me as a quarterback, of course I have to lift and be strong and be able to take hits. But I also need to be flexible enough to be able throw the football and be able to move around.

"You would train your body, why wouldn't you help train your mind, too? We have an app on our phone and you can go to it when you need it. I try to do it every day -- sometimes there's not always enough time in the day."

And in case 49ers fans weren't aware of this:

“In the offseason, I’m much more mellow, and in the season, I’m very intense,” Shanahan told The Chronicle. “That does help you to a degree. I think that’s one of those things that can make you successful.

"But once you cross that line, you’re thinking too much. You need something to help balance you out. Those type of things have always helped me.”

Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

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Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

As the 49ers take on the Rams on Thursday Night Football, the team will be without five defenders and two from offense. 

Ahkello Witherspoon, who the team drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will have to wait to make his debut another week. 

Below is the full list of inactives from Insider Matt Maiocco. 

49ers building defensive identity: 'We can help ourselves a lot by...'

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49ers building defensive identity: 'We can help ourselves a lot by...'

SANTA CLARA – After spending the past three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, inside linebacker Brock Coyle knows how it is supposed to look.

And he believes the 49ers have gotten off to a good start under the direction of first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who has installed a scheme based on the Seahawks’ blueprint.

“What’s really cool about this defense is if you look at Seattle, Jacksonville and Atlanta, they all have their different traits, their different personalties and their characteristics,” Coyle said. “And we’re building our own identity on defense.

“You see guys flying around and growing. And this was just our second regular-season game together in this defense.”

Saleh uses such terms as “all gas no brakes” and “extreme violence” to describe the kind of style he wants to see from his defense. In the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers seemed to compete physically with the Seahawks for the first time in a long time.

On the first possession of the game, 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt set the tone when he separated Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham from the ball with a big hit. Graham was never a factor in the game, catching just one pass for 1 yard.

“If you’re looking from a progress standpoint, I don’t look at so much production as much as what it looks like on tape and the violence, the speed, attacking the ball, that’s what I’m excited about,” Saleh said.

The 49ers will have another chance on a quick turnaround to establish that identity on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium.

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster will miss his second game in a row with a high-ankle sprain. Ray-Ray Armstrong started against Seattle, alongside NaVorro Bowman, but Saleh said Coyle also fits into his plan.

Coyle entered the game at Seattle in the first half in place of Armstrong, and Saleh hinted he could use both players more interchangeably until Foster returns.

“He deserves it,” Saleh said of Coyle. “He works his tail off and he works hard and we wanted to make sure that we got him some more reps. And to be honest with you, I feel he should probably get a little bit more.

“He’s a great communicator and knows everybody’s job on the football field. He’s very, very strong at the point of attack and he is pretty athletic and fast.”

The 49ers' physicality is showing up on the early downs, as the defense leads the league in allowing just 2.7 yards per play on first downs. But the 49ers have to get a lot better on the down that matters most. The 49ers rank 23rd on third downs, allowing the opposition through two games to convert 46.9 percent of their opportunities.

“Third down is a major emphasis -- every week it is," Saleh said. "We faced 12 more plays than we needed to that first drive just because a lack of execution on that first third-down and 9. We were in great position to get off the field.

"We’ve got to tackle and that takes all 11 running to the ball because a lot of times that first guy does miss, but we can help ourselves a lot by being better on third down for sure.”