Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports


49ers have full confidence in Ahkello Witherspoon, says Robert Saleh

Dec 26, 2019 at 2:44 PM--


After a strong start to the season and some good weeks after returning from injury, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has seen his Pro Football Focus grades plummet over the past two games.

"Ahkello's done some good things," head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Sunday. "I think he'll play better next week, but I saw him this morning, he wasn't happy with how he played. He knows he could play better. I feel very confident with him recognizing that even before we watched the tape. I know he'll come out firing next week and be ready to redeem himself."

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh stepped up to the podium on Thursday and was asked if there is any decision between starting Witherspoon or Emmanuel Moseley during Sunday night's NFC West showdown against the Seattle Seahawks.

Saleh's words echoed those by Shanahan.

"We've got full confidence in Ahkello," Saleh responded. "I know he's not happy with the way he played. I know we're not overly excited about it, but before he got hurt, he still played at a very, very high level, and there's some things that he can clean up, and he knows he can clean up.

"I've got faith that he's going to come out and play a really good game."

Witherspoon is in his third NFL season after the 49ers made him a third-round draft pick out of Colorado in 2017. He has 23 tackles, seven passes defensed, an interception, and a touchdown through nine games and seven starts this season.

Witherspoon earned two games with Pro Football Focus grades above 70.0 to start the season before being injured during Week 3. Since returning in Week 11, he has just one — Week 13's loss to the Baltimore Ravens when he earned a grade of 74.0.

Against the Atlanta Falcons and this past weekend against the Los Angeles Rams, Witherspoon earned grades of 40.1 and 47.7, respectively.





More San Francisco 49ers News



NFL shares 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's 10 lessons of coaching

By David Bonilla
Jun 27, 2020

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is likely on a path to a head coaching job in the NFL. That could happen sooner rather than later. That could have happened in January, but the Cleveland Browns opted to go with former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski over Saleh. That bought 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan at least another year with his defensive coordinator. Shanahan didn't hide his excitement after Saleh didn't get the job. "I was pumped," Shanahan told reporters in January. "... I was extremely excited. I definitely have some empathy for Saleh. I know anyone who goes through that process and stuff, we're all competitive,

Read the Full Article


Featured 49ers Fan: Podcaster/Writer Levin T. Black Says Garoppolo Critics "Aren't True Journalists...They're Shock Jocks"

By Gilbert Brink
Jul 6, 2020

Levin T. Black is an unsung podcast hero. Carefully striking a balance between obsessed analytics nerd and the wise elder statesman at the bar. His insights, humor, and wit are one-third of the very best 49ers podcast out there — the 49ers Webzone "No Huddle Podcast" (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google PlayMusic). I don't say this because I write for the Webzone myself. Long before I volunteered to write here, I would search for a good 49ers podcasts to listen to. It would take quite some time before I found the No Huddle Podcast. At that time, Levin T. Black was yet to join the crew, but it didn't take long to get hooked by host Zain Naqvi's commentary on the best franchise in sports. When Levin T. Black joined the

Read the Full Article


49ers have discussed contract extensions for Kendrick Bourne, Raheem Mostert, per report

By David Bonilla
Jul 1, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers are in no danger of losing last season's breakout running back, Raheem Mostert, anytime soon. He doesn't become an unrestricted free agent until 2022. Fourth-year wideout Kendrick Bourne, however, is scheduled to become a free agent next year after signing a one-year tender in April. The 49ers have had discussions about contract extensions for both players, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic. "I know extensions for Mostert and Bourne have been discussed," Barrows wrote in this week's mailbag

Read the Full Article

Featured

More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone