The location is Santa Clara. The delivery of this Nick Bosa speech cannot be delayed until the night before Super Bowl XLVIII. However, the prominent defensive end has a message to convey.
“As a novice, you lack the comprehension of the immense difficulty involved in reaching that level of achievement, the level of effort required, and the unwavering focus needed throughout the entire duration of the game if one truly desires to emerge victorious.” “I have acquired knowledge,” Bosa stated.
He and the 49ers learned the hard way four years ago when they were unable to maintain a 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining in their 31-20 Super Bowl defeat to the Chiefs.
“I’m just going to relay to the guys there has to be a different level of effort, of intensity, of unselfishness that you have to get to for every single snap that you’re in there,” he said. Linebacker Fred Warner supported this sentiment, adding, “When you’re young and naive, so early in your career, it’s, ‘This is what it’s like, and you go to the Super Bowl every year. That is not the case. We’ve come so close, and now we have another opportunity. You have to sell out for three hours and do your best.”
Bosa has addressed his teammates on the eve of games in recent seasons. Shanahan entrusted the responsibility to the generally laid-back superstar.” Earlier this year, he said thanks for doing that, he’s not as nervous anymore,” he said. “Nick doesn’t waste words, because he doesn’t use many of them.”
Thursday’s remarks featured the traditional praise for the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, as well as leadership-like encouragement for the 49ers’ defense to return to its 2019 form. Bosa described their defensive strategy against Mahomes as follows: “Keeping him in the pocket as much as possible is one of the most important things because he loves to improvise. Then all-out effort. Kyle said, “Defensive-line stamina is the key to the game.”
Bosa sulked on the 49ers’ bench after the Super Bowl in Miami four years ago, his head wrapped in a towel. Regarding the rematch, “It’s going to bring some emotion that I’m trying to hold back until we get close,” Bosa said. “We still have plenty of time, so don’t burn out. But it will be an exhausting day.”
McCaffery vs. Chiefs
What distinguishes Christian McCaffrey’s upcoming matchup with the Chiefs from Week 7 of the 2022 season? “He knows the guys’ names,” Shanahan added, referencing to McCaffrey’s arrival two days earlier via trade from Carolina. “He understands the runs we’re calling, rather than folks pointing him in the appropriate direction. That was great. We hadn’t planned on playing him at all.
“I guess he arrived on a Friday afternoon. The way he was talking to me, I told him we should send him a playbook because he might be playing because he’s so confident he can do it. When we played him, he was clearly right. That was indicative of what we had. He was incredible in that game, and he’s been the same guy ever since.”
Tight end George Kittle did not practice due to a toe issue, the severity of which Shanahan did not specify when asked if it was “turf toe,” or a hyperextension. Cornerback Ambry Thomas and linebacker Oren Burks were both limited in practice due to injuries. Defensive tackles Arik Armstead (knee, foot) and Kalia Davis (ankle) were full participants.
The only Chiefs to miss practice were defensive end Charles Omenihu (knee) and guard Joe Thuney (pectoral). Limited were defensive end Chris Jones (quadriceps), running back Isaiah Pacheco (toe, ankle), and wide receiver Skyy Moore (knee).