George Kittle, the 49ers game-wrecking tight end, joined Sean Salisbury and Nick Friedell on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday to discuss what has been a far from optimal season for the club, discussing an array of topics, including the oft-debated future of one Jimmy Garoppolo.
Asked, jokingly, how much money he would have if given a quarter for each question he fields about Jimmy G, Kittle quipped he’d have more money than he’s made with his contract. The tight end, echoing head coach Kyle Shanahan, then insisted that he thinks Garoppolo will be the starter next season.
FRIEDELL: Do you expect Jimmy to be the Niners quarterback when next season starts?
KITTLE: Are you paying me for this?
FRIEDELL: Yea, I’ll throw you a couple bucks
KITTLE: Oh yea. I like that. I like that. Yes. I do believe that
Pressed on fans who want fresh start at the position, Kittle offered the following,
“Well, my answer as a football player is, that’s why we’re football players and the people watching aren’t," Kittle said. "And, I think, just the fact he went to the Super Bowl the year after tearing his ACL and played the way he did and the level he played at…”