The San Francisco 49ers have a logjam at running back. Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, and Jeff Wilson. Each running back offers a different trait they can bring to the team, and that’s likely why they’re all still on the roster. Breida was on KNBR Wednesday, discussing the rumors about himself and the depth at the running back. Breida, on the rumors:
“I heard about it a little bit. But also, I try to keep my mind off that stuff, you know? I feel like God has a plan, the Niners have a plan. I think everything is going to work out. I think they want a lot of the guys back, so they’re going to do whatever they can to keep everyone back. I’m just going to sit here, wait, and see what happens. But I’ve got a good feeling we’re all going to be back.”
Breida said coming back to the 49ers felt right, and he wants another crack at the big game:
“[My agent and I] just felt it was right to come back to San Fran. I love the coaching staff. I love my teammates. I’ve been here since the start of my career, and like I said, I feel like we have unfinished business that we have to handle and settle. I just want to get another crack at the Super Bowl.”
The 49ers’ job has done a great job of rebuilding their culture, and Breida’s answer is proof. Winning certainly helps. I’m curious, especially if the 49ers continue to sustain success, if we see more free agents try and come to the Bay Area, or if we see players like Breida who are talented and can get more opportunities elsewhere, stay put for less money. Think about it, Breida didn’t touch the ball in the Super Bowl, and, instead, watched Jeff Wilson take the field over him. That doesn’t take away from his love for the organization.
Breida touched on being a team player:
“To me, it’s a team effort, and you can’t be selfish. Even before that, I wasn’t getting the ball much, and it wasn’t bothering me because Raheem was hot, and we’ve got a great group of running backs, and we’re all happy for each other. And that’s one thing you’ll see throughout the season, last year, that each of us had our different moments, and every one of us was happy for each other. So, it didn’t bother me at all because I just wanted to win the game, and I feel like a big reason why we got to the Super Bowl (is) because we just wanted to win.”
We’ll see if Breida sticks around after this weekend. He seems to think so.