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Nick Bosa makes surprising admission about Jarrett Stidham

Nick Bosa on the field

December 21, 2019; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers’ defense surprisingly struggled against Jarrett Stidham and the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, and defensive lineman Nick Bosa made an unusual admission about why that might have been.

Though the 49ers escaped with a 37-34 overtime win, Stidham threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns in his first NFL start. The Raiders put up 500 total yards on the 49ers, no small feat against a defense that came in allowing less than 300 yards per game.

Afterwards, Bosa suggested that the 49ers may have underestimated Stidham, and that the Raiders quarterback was poised enough to take advantage of their mistakes.

It is not often you hear anyone suggest they may have taken an opponent too lightly, so credit to Bosa for his candor. The 49ers’ defense has been confident all season and rightly so, but it may have strayed into overconfidence this week. Perhaps it will serve as a necessary wake-up call with the playoffs looming.

Bosa, at least, chipped in during the 49ers’ win. While he did not get any sacks, he was certainly a nuisance for Stidham with five QB hits.

49ers remain at center of unbelievable NFL streak

Kyle Shanahan with a headset

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

60 minutes of playing against the San Francisco 49ers apparently has a tendency to really wear down a team.

The Washington Commanders lost on Sunday to the Cleveland Browns by a 24-10 final score. The defeat for Washington came one week after they played the 49ers in Week 16 (a 37-20 victory for San Francisco).

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter pointed out, the Commanders’ loss to Cleveland continued a hard-to-believe NFL streak. On the 2022 campaign as a whole, teams that have played the 49ers remain winless (now 0-14) the next week after doing so.

San Francisco has completed games against 15 opponents so far this season. The Kansas City Chiefs were the only ones to win their following game after playing the 49ers (defeating the Tennessee Titans in Week 9). But Kansas City had a bye in Week 8 to recover from their date with San Francisco in Week 7 … so the aforementioned winless streak still lives on.

The 49ers, who are known for their rugged NFL-best defense as well as their methodical play, are facing the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 17. Thus, it seems like all but a lock to back Kansas City to defeat Las Vegas when they meet in Week 18 (though it probably won’t take a lot to beat the Raiders these days).

Kyle Shanahan reveals ‘one of the biggest mistakes’ NFL teams make

Kyle Shanahan with a headset

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are unlikely to improve their playoff seeding much over the final three games of the season, but that does not mean Kyle Shanahan has any plans to rest his starters down the stretch.

The Niners are 10-4 entering Week 16 and the No. 3 seed in the NFC. They are highly unlikely to catch the Philadelphia Eagles for the top seed, as Nick Sirianni’s team needs to win just one of their final three games to secure that spot. San Francisco could catch the 11-3 Minnesota Vikings for the No. 2 spot. Other than that, they don’t have a whole lot to play for.

Shanahan was asked on Tuesday if he will consider holding key players out since the Niners are likely locked into the No. 2 or No. 3 seed. He said he thinks resting healthy players ahead of the postseason is a bad strategy.

“I think that’s one of the biggest mistakes people make just watching it over the years. That’s my opinion,” Shanahan said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “I would understand if you were getting ready for a seven-game series, I don’t think football is like that. It’s three and a half hours. It’s one shot. I’ve been on a lot of teams where you rest guys and or give guys a few more weeks and those are usually the guys who struggle the most in that first playoff game.”

The Niners have dealt with a rash of injuries this season. Shanahan said making sure players are healthy for the playoffs is the top priority and noted that those who are fighting through ailments “would definitely rest.”

There is certainly something to be said for staying sharp. Teams that earn a first-round playoff bye often come out extremely rusty in their first postseason game. The same concept can apply to players who sit out so-called meaningless games.

We know one NFC star who could be shut down until the playoffs, but that is mostly due to injury. We should not expect to see many reserve players for the 49ers in the coming weeks.

49ers’ Arik Armstead addresses wild rookie dinner story

Arik Armstead during pregame warmups

September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The rookie team dinner has been one of the most popular forms of hazing in the NFL for a long time, and several first-year San Francisco 49ers players had the pleasure of experiencing it this week. Though, the damage may not have been quite as shocking as it appeared.

Niners rookie defensive end Drake Jackson shared a video on social media Monday that showed a dinner tab of $322,391.05. It looked like Jackson and his fellow rookies were on the hook for a six-figure bill.

If you pause the video, however, you will see that there was a $200,000 gratuity and some other outrageous charges added onto the bill. Niners veteran defensive lineman Arik Armstead took to Twitter on Monday night to confirm the obvious — the majority of the tab was merely a prank. Armstead said the rookies actually split a more reasonable sum of $4,500.

“Y’all silly if you thought a dinner can cost 300k. It was a prank,” Armstead wrote. “The waitress went overboard. The dinner was 7500 me and 2 other vets gave 1k towards it. The rooks split 4500. We had a great time too. I had good vets as a young player I would never do a rookie like that.”

We have heard stories before about rookie dinners that cost far more than $4,500, so the Niners’ 2022 class probably will not complain too much.

Brock Purdy gives credit to 2 teammates after Niners’ latest win

Brock Purdy at a press conference

The San Francisco 49ers clinched the NFC West title on Thursday night with yet another impressive win, and rookie Brock Purdy played with the poise of a veteran once again. He sounded like one during his postgame press conference, too.

Purdy went 17/26 for 217 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Niners to a 21-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over.

Purdy has become one of the best stories in the NFL, but he was quick to remind reporters that Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo both deserve a lot of credit for San Francisco’s success.

“Honestly, man, I don’t think Jimmy and Trey get enough credit for what they’ve done,” Purdy said. “I’m just now coming on the scene, where these guys have been here throughout the offseason, for Trey, and then Jimmy coming in here and leading these guys and winning. I just want to continue what they’ve got rolling. So, a big credit to Jimmy and Trey for what they’ve done, especially in the quarterback room and for the team. I’m just trying to do my part in terms of where we’re at now in the season. It’s definitely not, ‘All praise to Brock and what Brock’s done.’ Those guys deserve all the credit.”

The 49ers may be the best all-around team in the NFL. They have shown that by finding ways to win even after two of their quarterbacks went down with serious injuries. Purdy, who was the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, has become a fan favorite and drew extremely high praise from his coach after Thursday’s win.

Purdy giving credit to Lance and Garoppolo should go a long way in the 49ers’ locker room. Those are the types of media remarks that teams want to hear from their leaders.

Kyle Shanahan continues 1 insane streak as 49ers coach

Kyle Shanahan with a headset

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has officially extended one of the silliest streaks in all of football.

Shanahan and the 49ers were victorious on Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks to improve to 10-4 and officially clinch the NFC West division title. During the contest, running back Christian McCaffrey rushed for 108 yards, giving him 534 yards as a 49er on the year. That made McCaffrey San Francisco’s leading rusher this season, surpassing Jeff Wilson Jr., who ran for 468 yards in 2022 before being traded to the Miami Dolphins.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area shared that McCaffrey now becomes the sixth different leading rusher for the 49ers in Shanahan’s six seasons as head coach. Yes, no running back has ever led the team in rushing yards twice during Shanahan’s tenure.

Shanahan, whose 49ers teams have now been led in rushing by Carlos Hyde, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert, Elijah Mitchell, Wilson, and McCaffrey, is well-known for his hot-hand approach to the backfield. Instead of relying on a single bellcow, Shanahan-led offenses have historically spread the touches out among several different backs. Even with an All-Pro-caliber talent in McCaffrey now at Shanahan’s disposal, players such as Mitchell (when healthy) and Jordan Mason have still gotten a decent amount of work.

The unusual methods from Shanahan do not always work in the postseason. But he has done a pretty nice job of getting them there in the first place with the 49ers now clinching their third playoff berth in the last four seasons.

49ers have ambitious goal for Deebo Samuel return

Deebo Samuel warms up before a game

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel suffered a significant ankle injury in Sunday’s win, but the team is clearly feeling encouraged about his status a day later.

Samuel has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a sprained ankle, but the 49ers expect him to play again during the regular season..

This is roughly what the 49ers expected when they updated Samuel’s status Sunday night. The timeline for a return is more ambitious than most would have expected, however, given this sort of injury might keep most players out for a month or so. Even the most optimistic timeline might not have Samuel back until Week 18, and the 49ers might not even have much of anything to play for by that point.

Samuel’s injury looked quite severe when it happened, so it’s good that it is not a season-ender. The 49ers will clearly be pushing to try to get him back for the playoffs, and apparently even sooner than that.

49ers offer Deebo Samuel injury update

Deebo Samuel warms up before a game

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers playmaker Deebo Samuel suffered a worrying injury during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the game, the 49ers said Samuel had likely avoided a worst-case scenario, though he will certainly be sidelined.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the initial belief is that Samuel suffered a high-ankle sprain. While Samuel will undergo further evaluation, Shanahan was clear in saying that the ankle is not broken.

That is essentially the best news the 49ers could have hoped for, even if it is not that great. Samuel’s injury looked like it could be quite severe when it happened (video here), but a sprain at least gives him a chance of returning for the playoffs. In all likelihood, however, this will end Samuel’s regular season, as these types of injuries usually keep players out for roughly a month.

Even without the ankle being broken, the news is likely to provide little solace for Jerry Rice given what he said during the game.

Brock Purdy’s dad shown crying after son’s big TD pass

Brock Purdy father crying in the stands

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy looked like a seasoned veteran early on in his first career start on Sunday, and his father was overwhelmed by the performance.

Purdy and the Niners jumped out to an early lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After Purdy threw a perfect deep strike to Christian McAffrey to help put San Francisco up 21-0, the rookie’s father, Shawn, was shown crying in the stands at Levi’s Stadium.

That was awesome to see. Purdy is just 22 years old, and his family got to witness a crowd of 70,000 people chanting his name in his first NFL start. It is hardly a surprise that Purdy’s dad had a tough time holding it together.

Kyle Shanahan issues caution about Jimmy Garoppolo injury comeback

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

One report on Tuesday increased optimism that Jimmy Garoppolo could make an unlikely return in the playoffs despite breaking his foot on Sunday. San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, however, downplayed that possibility a day later.

Shanahan said Wednesday that there is a “way outside chance” of Garoppolo returning at some point in the playoffs, but made clear that the team is not optimistic about the possibility.

“There’s that way outside chance late in the playoffs. But it’s just an outside chance. We’re not real optimistic about that,” Shanahan said.

The 49ers might just be trying to manage expectations, but it does stand to reason that a Garoppolo return is a longshot. Even based on the more optimistic timetable, the 49ers might need to get to the NFC Championship to even entertain the possibility of a Jimmy G return.

For now, the 49ers are going to stick with rookie Brock Purdy going forward. If he plays well enough to get the 49ers that far into the playoffs, the team might not want to bench him anyway.