49ers' Dante Pettis and Kyle Shanahan on same page with expectations


49ers' Dante Pettis and Kyle Shanahan on same page with expectations

SANTA CLARA -- When 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Sunday that second-year wide receiver Dante Pettis is still in competition for his spot on the team, some were surprised.

But Pettis certainly was not taken aback. Shanahan has been telling him the same thing all along.

“We’re on the same page,” said Pettis, who sat out practice Monday with what he described as a minor groin strain. “It wasn’t a surprise or anything.

“I think if someone watches the game, they know that I’m not playing how I need to play, so it didn’t really bother me or anything.”

Pettis, a second-round draft pick in 2018, had an encouraging end to his rookie season. He caught 27 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. The 49ers expected Pettis to fully emerge as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver this summer.

But Pettis has not made the necessary strides -- a fact he blames, in part, on his actual strides.

Pettis acknowledges he must play with more urgency with the way he runs his routes.

“With me, the way I run is so long and smooth,” Pettis said. “A lot of times it looks like I’m not going full speed, so it’s shortening up my strides, instead of slow ... I’m still covering the same ground, but it looks different. It’s easier to set up routes that way.”

Pettis is a laid-back Southern California kid who thrived at the University of Washington, setting the NCAA record with nine career punt returns for touchdowns. He acknowledges that Shanahan has been tough on him because the coach has high expectations.

“We’ve talked about that. I get it,” Pettis said. “(I’ve) kind of had that my whole life. Coaches, that’s something growing up ... my dad’s a coach, so that’s how it goes.”

Pettis’ dad is former major league baseball player Gary Pettis, now the third-base coach of the Houston Astros.

When asked which coach is tougher on him, Dante Pettis answered, with a laugh, “Right now, Kyle.”

While most of the 49ers’ front-line players were on the field for the first half at Kansas City on Saturday in the third preseason game, Pettis played well into the fourth quarter.


“Just because I believe he needed to be,” Shanahan said. “He’s still trying to earn a role on this team and he’s still trying to show us what he’s capable of doing consistently.”

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Pettis caught three passes for 36 yards. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw one incomplete pass to Pettis, who was surrounded by three defenders at the goal line. That play, like others, Shanahan wishes he had seen more aggression from Pettis.

“You shouldn’t throw into triple coverage in that situation,” Shanahan said. “We were fortunate not to have a pick. I’d like Dante to go up and try to make more of an attempt to catch it, but that’s a ball that should never leave his (Garoppolo’s) hands.”

How Jimmy Garoppolo's impact on 49ers' offense goes beyond numbers

How Jimmy Garoppolo's impact on 49ers' offense goes beyond numbers

Despite the 49ers finishing with a 13-3 record and advancing to Super Bowl LIV, few NFL pundits seem willing to give Jimmy Garoppolo any credit for the team’s success.

The quarterback needed just eight pass attempts to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, as San Francisco rode a dominant run game and suffocating defensive performance to a 37-20 victory.

Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t among the detractors and voiced his support for Jimmy G ahead of a Super Bowl showdown with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

“He carried this team in the middle of the season when they fell apart physically,” Cowherd said on "The Herd" this week. “I’m not a stat guy, I’m an eye guy. Watch the games.”

The success of the run game for the Niners this season didn’t necessitate a lot of pass-heavy games, but Garoppolo still finished eighth among qualified NFL quarterbacks in passer rating.

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When the 49ers have ended up in a shootout this year, Garoppolo has stepped up.

When they’ve needed him to just manage the game and make the occasional throw downfield, Garoppolo has stepped up.

No matter what the scenario, Garoppolo has delivered and this 49ers team wouldn't be anywhere near the Super Bowl without his steady leadership guiding the offense.

Jimmy G now has the chance to solidify himself among the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks when he and the Niners take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.