George Kittle: "We are going to bounce back and ball out next game.”

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs with the ball after making a catch against the New York Giants in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium.Photo: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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Obviously, the record is not what you guys wanted. You lost your starting quarterback and starting running back at the beginning of the season. Can you give us an assessment of the season as a whole and how you guys have done going into this bye week?

“We are 2-8. Obviously, we could be better. This loss stings. It is not fun losing at home on Monday Night and going into a bye. Adversity is what brings a team together. I know how cliché that sounds, but it is true. We are going to bounce back and ball out next game.”

You mentioned adversity, tonight is the first time that 49ers QB Nick Mullens had some of that. How do you think he handled that?

“Nick is a stud. He was great. He is a great voice. I love playing with him. I have nothing negative to say about Nick. He has done everything that we have asked of him and more. He is going to keep doing that and keep proving people wrong. He is going to keep slinging it.”

With games that you could have won and didn’t, what is the level of frustration with this team?

“Having a lead in the fourth quarter, we were up 20-10 in the second half, we had multiple opportunities to end it and we didn’t. That is something that we have to figure out. It has happened multiple times this season in big games. It we don’t figure it out, it is not going to be a fun season. I think we can figure it out. I love everyone in the locker room. We have a tight locker room. I love playing for coach Shanahan. We are going to fix this and we have the right guys to do it.”


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