49ers Committed To Moving Slowly With Kwon

July 27th, 2019

His Tampa return could be in jeopardy

One giant reason ex-Buc Pro Bowler Kwon Alexander will play for the team visiting the Bucs on opening day is because he had major ACL knee surgery in November.

And it appears there will be no incredibly fast return for Kwon as a member of the 49ers.

Joe would even wager a few bucks that Kwon skips the season opener against his former team.

ProFootballTalk.com shared comments from Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan about how their organization as a whole is shifting toward a slower approach to bringing players back from injury, noting Shanahan basically said publicly that Kwon would sit out the preseason.

Of course, Joe’s paying attention because the Bucs desperately — with a capital D — need to beat San Francisco on opening day.

Perhaps the football gods will shine of the Bucs and RB Jerick McKinnon and QB Jimmy Garoppolo also will need more time to get back from their knee injuries. The Niners are stocked at running back, so Joe doesn’t consider McKinnon’s status to be much of a factor.

If Kwon does come back to play against the Bucs, Joe expects Bucco Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich to craft some plays designed to take advantage of an extremely overhyped Kwon playing on a repairing knee.

25 Responses to “49ers Committed To Moving Slowly With Kwon”

  1. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    We Cannot lose the opener! What is BA record in openers ?

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    I still can’t believe Lynch thought Kwon was worth $13.5M per year.

    Especially with Alexander having to come back this first year of his big contract from a major knee injury.


  3. tickrdr Says:

    Agree, Joe. The Niners game is a must win.
    BTW, Jimmy G has already been declared a “full go” for training camp, but McKinnon has started on the PUP list.


  4. Cobraboy Says:

    Did I read that correctly?

    A Joe referring to the Red Rooster as “overhyped?”

  5. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Niners have best DL in NFL, im guessing any LB will shine behind those guys

  6. PSLBob Says:

    Please, let’s not start this hoping key players on other teams are not healthy enough to play when they come up against the Bucs. Put your best stuff on the field. If we can’t beat a healthy 49ers team, how the hell are we going to beat any of the better teams. Bring it on. We either have it or we don’t! Besides, hoping other players have injuries that prevent them from playing lays down some really bad karma.

  7. Kobe Faker Says:


    The Redheaded Matador

    How did Lynch ever get that GM gig?

    Yikes the most overrated player in the NFL


    Charles Barkley

  8. Race to 10 Says:

    Its it joe pray for the main guys to have slow recovery not to actually field a better team than opponents. Even if kwon was fully recovered he is not one to be feared and kinda weak to be worked about that team. It appears their first pick is holding out like a fool anyway.

  9. Rayjay1122 Says:

    We will beat the 49ers at home. We will also beat the Giants. Mark it down.

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    Huge mistake by Matt Millen aka john lynch for over paying a fragile loud mouth who can’t tackle…. watching lynch fail will be fun the excuses will be as entertaining as the justification for the 8 basement titles free pass cancer93 earned but was not responsible for in anyway shape or form.

  11. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I am goung to the game in Nola. I may employ some voodoo for a win there and we split with the Stinking Panthers. That would be a strong start.

  12. PriMech54 Says:

    Another thing that moves pretty slowly is Kwon’s ability to read his run fits. No idea how people went almost 5 years thinking this dude was better than Lavonte.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Overhyped Kwon? Ugh… The guy is a very good player and flies all over the field. The weakness on Kwon was wrapping up on his tackles and being too aggressive, but he’d also make many remarkable plays. Considering the absolute trash that was playing behind him, he had to be able to cover a huge area and make plays everywhere, and he did. The guy isn’t overhyped because you think he makes too much money – that’s what the market is. He’s better than Barr who got only slightly less money – which means he’s right where he should be on the market. Nothing against Kwon, except for when he stupidly was dismissive of Sapp and didn’t seem to know his Bucs history, but outside of that I wish him the best – except when playing us.

  14. Jean Lafitte Says:

    ..and as far as the 9ers run game goes at least we have Suh and Vea clogging the middle unlike the invisible Batman who had only 17 tackles for the entire season last year.

  15. Rob Tanner Says:

    Rayjay1122 Says:
    July 27th, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    We will beat the 49ers at home. We will also beat the Giants. Mark it down.

    You think we’ll beat the reciever-less giants? 🙄

  16. SenileSenior Says:

    PSLBob Says:
    July 27th, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    “Either we have it or we don’t.”
    We always want to beat any opponent when they are bringing their best. In order to bring home championships you must beat the best of the best.

    Championships are why you play the games. Set your standards high!
    Go Bucs!!! Win Now! Win Every Game!

  17. PriMech54 Says:

    Hey Rod – Public Service Announcement. Kwon is not better than Anthony Barr. No idea where you’re getting that from. Per PFF Barr has graded out at a 70 or above every season of his career with the exception of one, and his career high was an elite 90. He is a stalwart on a top notch playoff defense. Kwon has never graded out above even a 68.5……….not even once. Kwon is horribly undisciplined in the running game, undersized, not consistent at all in coverage and, like you mentioned, pretty bad tackling form. Don’t get me wrong, I like him because he plays with his head on fire but let’s not mistake that for being more than it is.

    It’s funny, because I agree with probably upwards of 90% of all your posts. But this one….. not even close dude.

  18. PriMech54 Says:

    Not to mention, had Kwon stayed in Tampa for this contract, his salary would have been pretty similar to what Barr received to stay with the Vikings. You typically have to overpay a free agent to lure him across the country. Their respective salaries mean nothing when you apply context. It doesn’t mean Kwon is a slightly better linebaker because his contract is slightly more.

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    I don’t think the Bucs wanted Alexander back very much.

    He was the “heart” of one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL.

    Missed tackles, poor reads, terrible pursuit angles and overrunning plays out-of-control. Then crowing and chest-thumping after making a routine play.

    Someone please explain what kind of “bold leader” let Swaggy Baker get away with his crap for 15.5 games?

    Addition by subtraction. The Bucs are a better team without Kwon Alexander.

  20. PriMech54 Says:


    …mic-drop, sir.

  21. WestChap Says:

    @tmaxcon You are confusing. Even with joe pumping him up for years you correctly call out Kwon as a “loud mouth who can’t tackle”… but in another chain call Brooks a “garbage nobody”. So do you know a good LB when you see one or not? Hmm.

  22. pick6 Says:

    Kwon playing would be a gift. Play action and cutback runs all day.

  23. Buczilla Says:

    Kwon seems to be a good person and losing a young brother when you yourself are young is a tough thing to go through. As a football player, he just isn’t anywhere near as good as the hype and his “leadership” is questionable as well. Nickerson would have never tolerated tree molester and baby cry wr. There’s only one Hardy but damn, a real leader would have done more.

  24. adam from ny Says:

    a lot of players get better year by year over the first 4-5 years…

    kwon was the exact opposite…came on like a house of fire as a rookie and each year thereafter his play slightly diminished…to what you have now…a dancer with red and gold 9er hair…

    i do wish him well tho – he was really good as a buc…good luck kwon in your recovery, and may your best years have been with the bucs…not the 9ers

  25. adam from ny Says:

    red hair don’t care…

    #RedHeadStepchildOfJohnLynch (kwon)