The San Francisco 49ers are in the midst of preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs for the upcoming Super Bowl. We’ll have extensive coverage next week when the media availability starts Monday night. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner was on NFL Network’s Rich Eisen’s podcast to discuss the matchup and had a few interesting quotes. The interview starts with Eisen trying to convince Buckner that the 49ers defensive line’s nickname should be the “Gold crush.” The Denver Broncos defense in the late 70s and early 80s was known as the “Orange Crush,” so Eisen loses out on creativity points. Eisen tried to push the nickname on Dee Ford last week, but it didn’t stick. Buckner said he has to pass the nickname with “the board,” otherwise known as the rest of the Niners defensive line. Eisen, a Michigan graduate, said he’s screwed because Nick Bosa isn’t going to go for a Wolverine. Buckner was asked what Bosa has added to the mix:
He’s been phenomenal. You forget that he’s a rookie the way he carries himself and prepares himself for the game. He’s a true pro. It’s great because I can still learn things from him on a daily basis. We like to run ideas by each other. He’s an open book, but so is everyone else on the d-line. To have a player like him and his caliber in our group. Him, Dee, Arik, Solomon, you can go through a whole group of names on the line. It’s a great group, all-around.
“The guy’s a superstar,” Buckner said. “He has a cannon for an arm, really accurate, obviously can throw anywhere on the field. His ability to extend plays is on a whole other level. As a group, we’ve got to do a really good job of containing him in the pocket, and really getting after him early and also rallying to all the screens and the quick game that they do.”
The screens would be my biggest worry. The 49ers haven’t been great all year against screens, and that’s something Andy Reid specializes in. Add in the speed factor, and that will be a problem for the 49ers. Buckner has a good point in rallying to the ball as a unit. One area that has been impressive for San Francisco over the past few games has been their open-field tackling. That will be a significant factor in this game. Here’s more Buckner on Mahomes and what the 49ers need to do on defense to stop the Chiefs:
“We just need to be on our Ps and our Qs and also just contain the speed they have at receiver, obviously they have a lot of weapons on the outside and at running back. We just have to do a really good overall job of containing their speed.”
You think Robert Saleh has been preaching about the team speed of Kansas City? DeForest ended with a slight jab at Mahomes:
“Hopefully as he watches film ... leading up to the game, he can see we’re a very fast defense and we like to swarm. Watching the film he would take a financial decision in running out of bounds or sliding.”
A smart financial decision.