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49ers veterans offer Super Bowl 54 advice to newbies: 'Just say no'

49ers veterans offer Super Bowl 54 advice to newbies: 'Just say no'

The same 49ers veterans have taken the podium each week during this exemplary playoff run and they’ve been asked the same question every week.

How does playoff experience help while advancing through the postseason? What advice can you give the young pups going through it for the first time?

We’re at the point now where we can substitute “Super Bowl” for “playoffs” in the experience question.

This time, however, it matters just a little more. Here’s why: The game’s still the same, save longer in-game commercial breaks and more pre-game media attention. Like, lots more.

Players can handle all that. Say nothing into the microphone a half hour a day, hole up in the hotel and get prepped for the championship bout.

The biggest change, however, may come from family, friends and long-lost cousins and acquaintances who somehow tracked down their real cell number. They all want tickets and party invites during what will be an insane week building up to Super Bowl LIV between the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

That’s why guys with Super Bowl experience preach an important lesson everyone learned way back when from a D.A.R.E. officer.

Just say no.

Or, you know, find someone else who can.

“Something I can really draw from that is just how chaotic it is when you get down there,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “I’ve been telling a lot of the younger guys what to expect and make sure the distractions that come with that game are not so much the game, but they're like all of a sudden you have 20 family members down there, everybody wants to have an experience.

“It’s important to manage all that, making sure you have someone, like I tell my mom and my wife, hey you're going to be the ‘no’ person. We're going to have a set dinner we'll go to, but this is a business trip for me. I tell a lot of the guys the same thing, is to manage their expectations of your family, what you're supposed to do down there and really focus on the game.”

The 49ers made a concerted effort to get ticket requests and family arrangements done this week, during a bye before the 49ers leave for Miami on Sunday. They wanted to put all that in the rearview and focus on the game plan, which is being dispensed this week so there will be less stress during an already taxing week in South Florida.

“Prepare all week like you're getting ready to play a game on Sunday because if you don't, by the time we get out to Miami, it's going to be chaos,” said 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, heading to his third Super Bowl. “We've got Media Day. We've got all kinds of obligations. It's not going to be like a regular schedule that we are used to in terms of getting off of work, going home, hanging out at home. It's going to be- you're going to be pulled left and right in terms of different obligations that you've got to do. You've got to handle all that.”

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We’ll hear plenty about it being just another game, but there are pinch me moments along the way. Staley experienced one during his previous Super Bowl when the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens squared off in the Harbaugh Bowl.

“You go out there for pregame warmups, and that was the only time for me that I actually felt like, just because there's so many people around, you realize in that moment that you're playing in the Super Bowl,” Staley said. “And I think too just embrace that understand you're playing in a game, but it's also something you've been doing your entire life, you've prepared for this moment. I think that's something you can really fall back on is just the preparation and understanding what you're going into and accepting it and going forward, but once the whistle blows and you play the first snap, everything is just the same old.”

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).

49ers' Nick Bosa will lean on brother Joey's past success vs. Chiefs

49ers' Nick Bosa will lean on brother Joey's past success vs. Chiefs

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will have extensively scouted the Kansas City Chiefs heading into Super Bowl LIV. There are two full weeks to dissect player strengths and weaknesses, techniques and tendencies while trying to find advantages in the season’s championship game.

49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa will absorb everything coaches and scouting reports say about Kansas City’s offensive line, tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchel Schwartz in particular.

Then he’ll call the best resource he has available to him. After all, few know Kansas City’s flank protectors like his brother Joey. The elite L.A. Chargers edge rusher faces them twice per season in the AFC West and will provide great insight into how to best the Chiefs’ front.

“We're going to be talking,” Nick Bosa said on Thursday. “He has pretty good input on these guys. He's going to give me everything that he could give me and it's up to me to go use it.”

Joey Bosa will be able to explain it to his brother well. Nobody knows Nick’s playing style, temperament and technical ability better, so he can customize the advice to help Nick maximize his reps. Joey has fared well against the Chiefs, with 21 tackles, two sacks, seven quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in six games against them.

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Nick Bosa has been doing pretty well on his own this postseason, with eight tackles, three sacks and seven other quarterback pressures in two playoff games.

The Bosa brothers have often trained together, with several sessions expected this offseason as they reflect on little brother’s excellent first NFL season.

“I feel like this offseason we're definitely going to have a lot of conversations while we train about just things that I've learned this year from playing and things that he's learned, obviously,” Nick Bosa said. “But, we play a pretty similar position, pretty similar scheme. So, there's going to be a lot of back and forth with that for sure.”

But first, Joey Bosa will try and help his little brother pressure an AFC West rival and impact the Super Bowl in the 49ers’ favor.

Chiefs' Mitchell Schwartz knows how Nick Bosa made huge 49ers impact

Chiefs' Mitchell Schwartz knows how Nick Bosa made huge 49ers impact

Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has an older brother who not only played NFL football, but played in the same position group.

He took a ton from his from Geoff Schwartz, who played guard and some tackle during eight professional seasons. Mitchell Schwartz knows that can be a real advantage and a progress accelerator.

He’s still surprised by Nick Bosa’s rookie game film despite those facts. Schwartz faces Bosa’s older brother and Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa regularly in the AFC West, knowing firsthand how good of a role model and resource that would be.

Now Schwartz and the Chiefs' offensive line must deal with younger brother while playing the 49ers on Feb. 2 in Super Bowl LIV.

“What makes both of them good is that they have explosive traits but are also extremely skilled,” Schwartz said Wednesday. “The stuff [Nick Bosa] does with his hand usage and leverage, he’s already a really smart player. It’s crazy to be that good that quick.”

Nick Bosa has been awesome for the 49ers this season. He has 12 sacks between the regular season and playoffs, with 90 total pressures in that span. Bosa is a dominant run player and a three-down game-wrecker who quickly has earned the NFL’s respect.

“He’s pretty awesome. I think we all know that,” Schwartz said. “I’d imagine he wins Defensive Rookie of the Year and is in contention for Defensive Player of the Year. That’s how good he’s playing.

"When you see a guy that’s really well rounded, [that’s impressive].”

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Schwartz and Bosa won’t go heads-up much in this game. Schwartz plays right tackle, opposite of where Bosa normally lines up. They’ll have a few showdowns in the Super Bowl to be sure, but left tackle Eric Fisher will have his hands full with Bosa most of the time.

“I know from experience having your brother being ahead of you and doing it, you have a better feel for what to expect and what not to expect,” Schwartz said. “You’re a little more comfortable having someone you can ask questions to. Combine all that with pretty insane athletic ability.

"That’s what Nick Bosa has got going for him.”

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).