San Fransisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s leadership will be the glue that not only holds the defense together, but also keeps the team and coaching staff as a whole sticking together through ups and downs, within the season.
The overall consensus is that going into year two of being removed from his devastating knee injury he suffered in 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game is that NaVorro Bowman is expected to build on last season’s production.
Important to note: In 2015, Bowman led the NFL with 154 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and earned a trip to the pro bowl and was voted amongst his peers 61st on the top 100 list.
But to a motivated Bowman, that still wasn’t enough respect in his eyes considering that he had to bounce back from not just his physical injury, but the mental hurdles as well. Bowman has gone through a lot in the last couple of years trying to regain his form, while getting and staying healthy as a football player.
We’ve expected, and quite frankly most of the 49ers fan base and the sports world included, for Bowman to be that same sideline-to-sideline player he once was while blanketing tight ends in coverage.
And he could very well bounce back to his true form of a few years ago as the top elite middle linebacker in the game playing at a DPOY level.
This 49ers team needs production without question and doubt. Why? Well, this team is lacking an abundance of proven, experienced playmakers on both sides of the ball.
However, it’s not just all about production; other intangibles can play a major factor in winning and keeping a team together like “leadership,” which we will get into now.
49ers Need NaVorro Bowman’s Leadership:
The 49ers have a very young team, one of the youngest teams in the league, and a new coaching staff; that’s a mix of experience and inexperience.
There is also the loss of defensive tackle Ian Williams for the season due to his hurt ankle early in the off-season. Via Matt Maiocco Of CSN BayArea.com. Williams was a leader on the field and in the locker room; it won’t be easy to replace his leadership and production.
The suspension of pass-rusher Arron Lynch the first four games affects the whole team, not just the defense. A young Eli Harold will need continuous mentorship and direction while trying to fill the void left by Lynch. Per the team’s website.
Head coach Chip Kelly will need to rely on the leadership of NaVorro Bowman more now than ever. Especially during challenging times of the season so he can have the right pulse and temperature on the team moving forward.
The Arik Armsteads ,DeForest Buckners, Mike Purcells, Jimmy Wards, Cornellius Carradines, and Jaquiski Tartts of the world, to name a few, are all stepping into new roles this year and being asked to contribute at a high level and be productive.
They’ll all be looking for NaVorro Bowman to lead and guide them throughout the season. There’s no other player on the team more established and well-respected around the league on the 49ers team then Bowman.
— Navorro Bowman (@NBowman53) August 4, 2016
Bowman recently signed a new contract extension, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, a four-year extension worth $44 million, including $20 million guaranteed, well-deserved #53.