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Kilgore: Everyone pulls together - for the first time in a long time (Feb. 15, 2018)

The 49ers' offense line was definitely not the showpiece of the past season, but the 49ers decided to reward one of their own free agents - Center Daniel Kilgore - with a new contract.

Kilgore and Jimmy Garoppolo developed a good relationship very quickly and the new franchise quarterback of the 49ers made it clear that he wanted Kilgore to return.

After trying in vain in the off-season to strengthen the position through the trade from Jeremay Zuttah, Kilgore was able to earn the trust of the coaches. "The coaches and I had a good relationship throughout the season," Kilgore said in a conference call on Wednesday. "We talked a lot and I met several coaches regularly for one-to-one talks. I had a good feeling for the future."

More interesting, however, is the following statement by Kilgore: "But that [note: the relationship with the coaches] is one thing. Coaches have a clear opinion of a player, but then there is the front office. There are two completely different worlds. And I have the feeling that for the first time in a long time the coaches and the front office are pulling together. "

The 49ers then sent him a first draft contract during the season. The negotiations only took place after the last game. Now he signed a new 3-year contract in his home town of Tennessee, the exact terms of which are not yet known.

The 49ers therefore have the winner of this year's Bobb McKittrick Award on their team and hope that he can further improve his performance. Kilgore started all 29 games he was active in, including all 16 last season.

Nevertheless, the 49ers are likely to critically question the center position again in the off-season and Kilgore will face competition in one way or another.

Source: CSNBayArea (Matt Maiocco)

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  1. reagan - The Left Hand (Feb. 15, 2018)

    A very telling statement.
  2. MaybeDavis (Feb. 17, 2018)


    Nevertheless the 49ers are likely to do the same Center position in the Off-season Critically question again and Kilgore will face competition in one way or another.

    I am not a fan of DK67 so I hope for competition
    The thing about Kilgore is that he is not one of the top liners in the NFL in terms of performance, athleticism and strength. So I can understand your skepticism about it.
    But I think he has other attributes that are very important for NFL players and especially for the center. He's a hard worker, has a good understanding of the game, is intelligent and has good chemistry with Garoppolo.

    If we look to get good guards around him now, I think he will do a good job and function well in the system.
    Because the problem as a center (and also as a guard) is that if the two to your left and right are not doing their job well, you automatically start to want to help them at some point and your own game then suffers as well.
  3. SpeedySantana (Feb. 18, 2018)


    Nevertheless the 49ers are likely to do the same Center position in the Off-season Ask again critically and Kilgore will face competition in one way or another.

    I am not a fan of DK67 so I hope for competition
    The thing about Kilgore is that he is not one of the top liners in the NFL in terms of performance, athleticism and strength. So I can understand your skepticism about it.
    But I think he has other attributes that are very important for NFL players and especially for the center. He's a hard worker, has a good understanding of the game, is intelligent and has good chemistry with Garoppolo.

    If we look to get good guards around him now, I think he will do a good job and function well in the system.
    Because the problem as a center (and also as a guard) is that if the two to your left and right are not doing their job well, you automatically start to want to help them at some point and your own game then suffers as well.

    Competition is of course very important, but you can find it in the FA!
    In the draft, the need positions are more important and that is clearly Guard and CB!
    I totally agree if the guards can do their job properly, DK67 will take care of its job and do it properly!

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