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Thursday’s media availability was full of laughs as Javon Kinlaw, a man of few words, refuses to give himself credit for how he’s play this year. Kinlaw was asked to assess his performance through three games, and said he’s played “average.” Kinlaw also added that he doesn’t get excited, when asked about playing a primetime game without any fans in the stands. “I’m not excited when I play. I’m angry.”

George Kittle confirmed he is playing this Sunday. He also added, “I feel like I could have played against the Jets, but that’s just me.”

49ers news: Steve Young feels Nick Mullens hasn’t shown an obvious ceiling

“I would not say no,” Young responded. “He’d have to go prove it to everybody, like everyone does. But I don’t see a reason why not. From my perspective, what I’ve seen of Nick and what Kyle (Shanahan) does, I feel if that happened, I wouldn’t say, ‘Oh well, we’re dead.’ No, I would not say we’re dead. I would want to go see it, but I don’t believe he’s got a ceiling that’s obvious right now.”

Did the 49ers Win or Lose the Trade for Dee Ford?

Consider this. The Chiefs had a choice of coughing up money to retain Ford, a player who has been in their camp since his rookie season and they elected to ship him off. That is NEVER a good sign, or at least something that should never be overlooked. Teams do not let valued players out of their ranks, so this trade was always met with an eyebrow raise.

I will say this. While the trade should be viewed as a loss, it definitely was worth the gamble for what I mentioned earlier. There is a reason why Bosa excelled so much whenever Ford was on the field. Bosa tallied the vast majority of his sacks with Ford, so Bosa definitely benefitted from Ford. That alone may be viewed as worth it because now Bosa is setup for massive success for the future. Or at least, that is what it looked like before his torn ACL in Week 2.

Photos: Former 49ers head coach selling beach house for $8.7M

Ex-San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci is selling his Del Mar, Calif. beach house for $8.699 million, reports

The 3,200-square-foot Craftsman-style property has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It features open-concept and open-air living: patios and decks are attached to almost every room. Many have ocean views.

Brian Guiltinan and Ryan White with The Guiltinan Group are the listing agents.

49ers’ Ahkello Witherspoon talks MetLife turf, advice from Richard Sherman, turning his back on the Raiders

“The worst turf I played on, 100%. It was super thick. There were those little rubber pellets everywhere. It felt like some thick and tall grass got converted to turf. Usually, turf is thin and fast, but this was real sticky.”

49ers Week 3 Film Breakdown: Good Nick and Bad Nick Mullens


10:34 First Quarter. Second and 19 at NYG 48.

Throws a long sideline pass across the field to Kendrick Bourne and the ball dies. Bourne has to run back three yards to catch it, so he can’t gain yards after the catch. This was the main example in the game of Mullens’ suspect arm strength. On other plays, he showed lots of zip.

1:27 First Quarter. Second and goal at NYG 4.

A play-action rollout pass near the goal line. Mullens rolls to his right and Aiyuk runs a crossing route in the same direction and is open instantly. But Mullens doesn’t see him until a few second into the play, and fires a late pass that’s behind Aiyuk which gets broken up. Should have been a touchdown.

49ers’ secondary facing more pressure with pass rush ailing

“The media kind of talked trash about us last year, if you remember,” Ward said. “And this year, they still don’t talk about the DBs. So I just feel like every game is pressure. Because at the end of the day, when you watch the film, a lot of guys don’t just sit there and watch the D-line until they make a play. You watch the DBs. You watch the quarterback. You watch the wide receivers. You watch the running backs.

“I feel like we’re always in open space, so DBs are going to be the most-talked-about and will always have the most pressure on them.”