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Dee Ford: I’m not who I am without great teammates

Ford was a great interview on Tuessday

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San Francisco 49ers defensive end is a fascinating person. He plays guitar and the piano. In December, Ford bought a guitar for a young, aspiring guitar player. Ford is soft-spoken, but when he speaks, there is plenty of substance coming from the star defensive end. During Ford’s media availability on Tuesday, he discussed how excited he was once he found out that San Francisco was one of the trade possibilities. Ford also discussed how the 49er’s defensive line makes each other better.

Ford was asked how the trade process came about. He was granted permission to seek a trade, and he said once San Francisco became a possibility, that’s when Ford started to make a push to get the deal done. Ford is known around the building for being a big film guy. He studies tape and helps out other defensive linemen on the team. Ford said he was familiar already with DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, and D.J. Jones from watching them on film and knew the talent that was on the roster. “As soon as I heard ‘San Francisco,’ I’m like, ‘That’s definitely a place that I can go. I would love to play in The Bay.”

Ford gushed about his teammates:

“I’m not who I am without great teammates. This is not a one-man sport. I’m not able to do what I do unless I have three other rushers that are cohesive with me, and we all correlate and rush off of each other. I’m able to use what I do best in relation to what they do best. So the fact that they show up, we hold each other accountable, and we trust one another, and we all show up, that’s what makes this thing so special.”

My follow-up question to Ford was if he was more impressed with Buckner and Ford after a season of playing next to them:

Seeing anything in person, whether it’s seeing it on tape, you’re going to be in awe. I just admire his [Armstead’s] process and watching them get better, and I got better with them. We all got better together. That was the beautiful thing about watching Arik, watching Buckner, watching Nick [Bosa]. We’ve all gotten better. A lot of things that we didn’t do well, you’ve seen us get better at areas that we weren’t so good at.

Here is the video:

For whatever reason, Kansas City Chiefs edge rusher Frank Clark continues to talk negatively about Ford:

It’s weird at this point.

Clark doubled down by responding because why not. If the 49ers are talking crap about someone, it’s about themselves. The team has let their play do the talking all season, and that won’t change this week.