Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers

Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers

George Kittle explains why Kyle Shanahan, 49ers fans should be excited about the 2021 season

Jun 15, 2021 at 8:21 AM--

George Kittle is confident that the San Francisco 49ers will rebound from last season's injury-plagued six-win campaign. It wasn't long ago that the team was in the Super Bowl, and much of that roster remains intact. Most feel that the Niners' 2019 season was an aberration and that a return to the playoffs is in store for this year's squad.

Kittle joined Good Morning Football today and shared why the media should not overlook the 2021 49ers.

"I don't know if you guys saw this, but Nick Bosa is coming back, and we re-signed Trent Williams," Kittle explained. "So those two guys are pretty good at football, from what I remember. They're pretty decent. And on the opposite side of Nick Bosa, you've got Dee Ford, you've got Arik Armstead."

Bosa is returning from a season-ending ACL injury suffered during Week 2. Offseason workout and rehab videos have appeared online of the young pass rusher. He looks on track to be the same Bosa that everyone remembers, the one who earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award during his rookie campaign.

Kittle shared that he was shocked that Bosa was not listed recently among ESPN's top pass rushers. The tight end has said that he considers Bosa to be the second-best NFL player behind Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.

"People tend to forget when you take a year off, but it is what it is," Kittle said.

Ford appeared in just one game last season. He was sidelined by neck and back injuries. While there is no guarantee that he will be available this season, the 49ers remain hopeful of getting him back.

"We bring back our All-Pro linebacker, Fred Warner," Kittle continued. "The two young guys outside of him, who have been learning it, had great OTAs. And they're bringing back four starters in the secondary — five starters in the secondary. Our defense is scary.

"It was shown in the Super Bowl, if you can't move the ball against the defense, you can't put up points, and defense wins championships. At the end of the day, like I said, we signed Trent Williams back, we're got [Raheem Mostert], the surfer, back in the backfield, and we've got some decent wide receivers.

"And I think we have an OK tight end, so I think we're just going to roll with it, and we're just going to have some fun with it. I think (head coach Kyle) Shanahan's just going to enjoy playing with all the toys that he's got."

Related News

More San Francisco 49ers News

Why Kyle Shanahan has 'high expectations' for the 49ers defense in 2021

By David Bonilla
Aug 1, 2021

Not only did the San Francisco 49ers have to navigate a pandemic in 2020, to the point of eventually calling Arizona, not the Bay Area, home, but the team endured one of the most injury-plagued campaigns we've witnessed in the last two decades. While no one is using that as an excuse, coaches and players know that a healthy 49ers roster can compete with anyone. That's why everyone is so excited about this year. Despite the team's struggles during last season's six-win campaign, head coach Kyle Shanahan expects big things from the 49ers defense in 2021. "I've got very high expectations for our defense," Shanahan told NFL Network's Steve Mariucci on Saturday. "I

49ers' Kyle Shanahan explains how Jimmy Garoppolo impressed him during offseason work

By Marc Adams
Jul 27, 2021

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon as the team kicks off training camp. The players reported for camp, with practices set to begin on Wednesday. During the media session, Shanahan had plenty to say about his team, and especially his quarterback. That is, his current starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. It should come as no surprise, but the head coach referred to Garoppolo as "our best quarterback in the building right now." He emphasized that Garoppolo is the starter, and that there is no competition for starting quarterback job at this time. "Jimmy's coming in as

Kyle Shanahan, 49ers Announce 2021 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellows

By Site Staff
Jul 26, 2021

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced the following names of individuals who will be part of the team's 2021 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Saleh is the cousin of former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The program's objective is to use the experience to give talented coaches opportunities to observe, participate, and gain experience in coaching with a goal of landing a full-time NFL position. The program was designed as a vocational tool to

Predicting the 2021 49ers Season, Part 1

By Adithya Peruvemba
12 hrs ago

The 2020 49ers season marked a disappointing one for the team, a campaign they must bounce back from. Fortunately for them, this season's schedule looks to be slightly easier than last year's and will help them ease back into playoff-caliber football with a whirlwind of moving pieces such as a quarterback competition, an injury-plagued roster, and a plethora of new pieces. Training camp has given us a sneak peek at the quality of football we can expect and helps us gauge injury levels throughout the team. Let's jump into the schedule and see how San Francisco fares. Week 1: Detroit Lions (Win) Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions have jumped into an all-out


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone