The 49ers officially ended their 2020 season Sunday with a 26-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, finishing in last place in the NFC West with a 6-10 record and missing the NFC playoffs.
It can’t go without saying that linebacker Fred Warner had a successful season after receiving Pro Bowl honors while leading the team with 125 tackles. He also took home the very prestigious Len Eshmont Award (voted by teammates and coaches) and the 49ers' MVP Bill Walsh Award.
Despite the disappointing season, Warner knows the team will be just fine in the future.
“The award, they mean a lot, right? Like I said, when it’s anything that is voted on by your teammates, those are my brothers, right?" Warner said on KNBR’s “The Murph and Mac Show” on Tuesday. "They’re voting me because obviously, they feel highly of how I performed this season, and same with my coaches … that means a lot to me. That has nothing to do with how I feel about the season as a whole. It was a disappointing year just in the fact that we didn’t make the playoffs, we had another losing season, but I can’t take away with how the guys fought the entire year.”
“I think we’ll be successful no matter what,” Warner said. “That will be the last losing season you will see out of the Niners.”
Warner acknowledged that the entire NFL was dealing with COVID-19 and the injuries, but he said the combination of the two hit the 49ers hard.
“But we continued to show up every Sunday, Monday and Thursday, Saturday, whatever it was -- and we played our butts off. I can’t say enough about how much I respect everyone in that locker room.”
Warner is still upset about the losing season and wasn’t denying that, but looks forward to showing this is the last time he’ll have to be angry after the regular season.
He said he’s going to use this time to spearhead into next season and make sure he’s the best player he can be in order to help the 49ers win next season.