49ers’ NaVorro Bowman ‘all in’ on Kelly’s relentless fashion

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:16 AM

That’s something the 49ers’ defense, twenty-ninth in the NFL in yards allowed latest season, didn’t always do. The incoming coaches have pointed that out, and Bowman said he’s happy they did.“I was the first person to consent with it,” Bowman said.

49ers’ NaVorro Bowman ‘all in’ on Kelly’s relentless fashion

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman said he likes the message Chip Kelly and his new 49ers coaching staff is sending: play relentlessly at all times.

That’s something the 49ers’ defense, twenty-ninth in the NFL in yards allowed latest season, didn’t always do. The incoming coaches have pointed that out, and Bowman said he’s happy they did.

“I was the first person to consent with it,” Bowman said. “Because we've to play a certain way to obtain to (where) we wish to obtain to.”

Bowman is one of the few multiyear veterans on the defense and is the unit’s unquestioned leader. He missed the two thousand fourteen season while recovering from a devastating knee injury, but gritted his way through sixteen games latest year and led the league in tackles.

One of the critiques of Kelly is that his up-tempo offense, by getting off the field quickly, puts too much of a burden on his defense. After he left the Eagles latest season, some Philadelphia defenders griped that they played the equivalent of three additional games. Indeed, the Eagles led the NFL in defensive snaps each of the three seasons Kelly coached there.

Bowman, however, declared himself “all in” when it came to Kelly’s approach. And he reinforced that by showing up for the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program on Monday.

Bowman well-known that most teams don’t start their offseason programs for another two weeks and that veteran players frequently stay far from the sessions.

“But I wanted to obtain here and let the guys know that I’m in it, I’m not bigger than the team at all,” he said. “I think the guys see that.”

The team’s biggest offseason storyline has been the status of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who asked for a trade but who, along with nearly every other 49er, has been on hand this week in Santa Clara. Kaepernick hasn't spoken with the media since the finish of the two thousand fifteen season.

Bowman said the Kaepernick saga isn't a distraction, but only because it’s early April.

“Yeah, when the season rolls around, I think it'll be (a distraction),” Bowman said. “But right presently guys are just focused on what we've to do to get to that point. And I’m sure upstairs (the 49ers’ front office) and Colin are trying to obtain everything right. But the guys that are out there on the field putting the work in, that’s the guys that we’re going to continue working with and attempt to make better.”

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