George Kittle sees a silver lining in the possibility of games without fans

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49ers tight end George Kittle feeds off the energy of a home crowd like few other football players. But if 2020 proceeds without fans due to the ongoing pandemic, Kittle sees a silver lining.

“Home games will definitely be weird but if I can go into Seattle or New Orleans without fans there, that will make my job at lot easier,” Kittle told #PFTPM on Friday. “I wouldn’t have to listen to anything. No more silent counts, nothing like that. That would make my life really easy.  Hey, I’ll play on the road. That’s fine. No worries with that.”

The 49ers won close games last year in Seattle and in New Orleans even with deafening crowds supporting the home teams. Without either of those two victories, the 49ers would have had a much harder path to the Super Bowl.

“[T]he fans are what makes the game so much fun, whether it’s winning a game and your stadium is going ballistic or you win a game on the road and the crowd goes silent,” Kittle said. “Both of those are some of the pinnacles of football for me, just hearing that. So it will be definitely different if that’s what happens. Like I said, I’m just going to focus on what I can control, and if I can just go play football then I’ll be pretty happy.”

Fan-free football definitely would require an adjustment for everyone, and it would hurt the teams that have the best home-field advantages due to playing in the loudest stadiums. Which would create a very real advantage for teams like the Chargers, who have grown accustomed to performing before hostile crowds both on the road and at home.

17 responses to “George Kittle sees a silver lining in the possibility of games without fans

  1. It shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine an empty Levi Stadium. Bandwagon Santa Clara fans don’t support their team unless they’re winning. Until last year, when Clueless Mode ownership accidentally put together that Superbowl losing team, Levi was a ghost town anyway, and it will be again when Clara 9ers mis-management creates another implosion. Clock is ticking.

  2. Short time processing test availability, will determine if the CDC will even allow team sports to be played on the field because of the close contact necessary.Those test are not now available in large numbers and until they are, folks, you are not going to see teams playing on the field. It is just too difficult to survey the activity of this virus without extensive short term resultant reliable testing..A virus..which has the potential to kill..anyone of us !

  3. I hope we get a medical handle on Covid-19 before this fall. Not just so we can fill stadiums, but for so many other, more important reasons. Stay safe everyone.

  4. The best we can hope for is that football returns in 2021. There is no way that it can happen this year.

    I wish that all of the very rich teams and owners are donating to the creation of effective vaccines and treatments. That is their best hope for the return of football.

  5. Football! It would be a great game if it weren’t for the fans! (I’ve heard that before.)

  6. If they decide to play games with no fans in the stands, there’s no reason to play in those cavernous stadiums. Find a high school field somewhere and let’s go.

  7. Niners are reigning NFC champs, my fellow Seahawks fans might bear that in mind

  8. Seahawks are to the Niners, what the Rams are to the Seahawks….their ktypronite. Then Arizona went and did a very smart thing by taking Murray last season after already drafting Rosen. This division will be a dog fight, I see a 12-4, an 11-5, and a possible 10-6 in the future for the the first 3 teams with the Rams back to 6-10.

  9. “Seahawks are to the Niners, what the Rams are to the Seahawks….their ktypronite.”

    Not anymore. The Niners went into the link and beat Seattle to take first place in the NFC.

  10. “and Seattle will STILL have the loudest stadium in the league. lol”

    It’s not because of the fans. That stadium was designed to direct crowd noise back onto the field. Big deal.

  11. obviously nfl players can’t catch covid19 if no fans are there! Great idea to play without fans, guys. Great one.

  12. bsandersupthesidelinecutsbackinside says:
    April 11, 2020 at 11:51 am
    George Kittle is milking his 15 minutes of fame.

    I despise the 49ers with a passion…but Kittle is 26 years old and is already at worst the 2nd best TE in the NFL. If he annoys you now…get comfy, because he’s going to be around a long time.

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