Dee Ford #55 and Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a sack of the quarterback towards the Cleveland Browns through the second quarter of an NFL soccer sport at Levi’s Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.
Dee Ford didn’t take lengthy to stir the pot throughout his zoom convention with San Francisco 49ers media members.
The previous Kansas Metropolis Chief defensive finish spoke on quite a lot of matters from taking part in the vast majority of the 2019 season with a foul knee to what video games can be like with out followers in 2020, and if groups ought to pump in synthetic crowd noise.
Nevertheless, Ford introduced up the purpose that he thinks some NFL groups have already been pumping in synthetic noise even earlier than the period of socially-distanced sporting occasions.
It’s undoubtedly unclear who Ford is firing pictures at, however the one factor that’s clear is that Ford has thought of what NFL video games would appear like with out followers.
Who Might Ford Be Speaking About?
The remark prompted fast replies and response, together with members of the 49ers media group asking all-important questions of whether or not Ford was speaking concerning the Seattle Seahawks or one other NFC West rival.
It’s unlikely that Ford even had a particular crew or two in thoughts when he made the remark, and from this attitude, it’s even much less doubtless he was speaking concerning the Seahawks.
Seattle persistently places in 69,000 in attendance at their video games, and the legend of the “BeastQuake” remains to be recent in many individuals’s minds.
Ford On Knee Restoration
Throwing some sly shade at different NFL groups wasn’t the one factor that Ford talked about, because the DE make clear taking part in by way of a knee harm all through the 2020 season.
The 23rd total choose of the 2014 NFL Draft defined that he had premier sports activities surgeon Dr. James Andrews function on his knee.
Moreover, Ford says that he feels sooner and stronger than he did at any level in his first season with San Francisco.
The previous Auburn Tiger missed 5 video games within the common season to knee tendinitis. However in two begins and 11 appearances, Ford was productive, totaling 5.5 sacks and two compelled fumbles.
He added one other sack and two tackles for loss within the 49ers’ playoff run, but it surely was obvious that Ford was by no means at 100 p.c all through the season.
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Mentoring Nick Bosa, Different Younger 49ers
Ford’s time with the Chiefs resulted in equally robust vogue to how his 49ers’ profession started. In two straight seasons, Ford reached the AFC championship sport after which Tremendous Bowl LIV, however was unable to the touch the Lombardi trophy each occasions.
Nevertheless, the sad ending in his time with the Chiefs taught classes, and Ford defined that working with younger and upcoming 49ers gamers like Nick Bosa.
Ford’s worth isn’t simply by way of his manufacturing, however his expertise. With 25 sacks in 37 video games between the 2016 and 2018 season, there’s no query that Ford was an vital participant for Kansas Metropolis, however he additionally did it whereas taking part in subsequent to gamers like Justin Houston, who was one of many NFL’s finest when Ford got here into the league.
If Ford is wholesome and has the mindset that he desires to uplift the younger gamers round him, his true worth will start to shine for the 49ers in 2020.
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Evan Reier is a sportswriter protecting the San Francisco 49ers for Heavy.com and native sports activities for the Montana Normal in Butte, MT. Comply with and attain out to him on Twitter at @evanreier.