Why 49ers' George Kittle is excited to face Saints All-Pro Cam Jordan

Why 49ers' George Kittle is excited to face Saints All-Pro Cam Jordan

BRADENTON, Fla. — One week after George Kittle squared off against Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon, the 49ers tight end's job doesn’t get any easier as he will face Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan. 

While the Ravens' defense did get pressure on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, they were only able to sack him once. Kittle’s blocking along side the offensive line was part of the reason the Garoppolo stayed off the turf. 

Jordan ranks second in the league with 13.5 sacks behind Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who has tallied 14.5. Kittle, who finds an incredible amount of joy in run blocking, is excited for the challenge. 

“Run blocking I think is mostly effort,” Kittle said. “There’s technique to it whether it’s your hands or your steps but I think me and Mike McGlinchey did a great job all day controlling the edges. 

“When you have a running back running like Raheem [Mostert] did, attacking the aiming point and slashing off the helmet it made it pretty easy on me. So it was a good day to run block.” 

Kittle is very familiar with Jordan as the two stayed in the same hotel while at the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando. He couldn’t be more excited for the challenge of seeing him on the field. 

“Oh, I love Cam Jordan,” Kittle said. “I got to meet him at the Pro Bowl he’s an awesome dude. We were like roommates next to each other in Orlando. Kept in contact with him the whole summer.

“He’s so much fun to watch. He wreaked havoc last Thursday so I’m looking forward to being able to compete with one of the best.”  

After their tough loss in Baltimore, Kittle believes the 49ers are poised for a rebound. He wholeheartedly believes in the mental fortitude of the locker room, and their ability to move forward and focus on the task ahead. 

“You’re either learning from a loss or you’re not,” Kittle said. “I think this team really handled the loss well, bounced back and got through the film. I don’t think we had to do much looking at ourselves in the mirror. I think we are all looking forward to being back on the field.

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“I think we are a pretty good football team. Unfortunately we didn’t get it done last week but this is another opportunity for us to go into someone’s house and try to leave with a win and that’s what our goal is.” 

Kittle is also very well prepared for the noise he and the offense will face at the Superdome. He attended WrestleMania in the venue two years ago and explained how the extra 20,000 fans they packed into the arena is one of the loudest things he has ever experienced. But at least he knows what’s coming.

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.