49ers news: 4 takeaways from 2021 State of the Franchise

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Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers had their State of the Franchise on Wednesday. It was entertaining to say the least, and here are four takeaways to bring into 2021.

On Wednesday night, the San Francisco 49ers held their annual State of the Franchise event to preview the upcoming season and make some important announcements.

Appearances were made by 49ers president Al Guido, linebacker Fred Warner, tight end George Kittle, head coach Kyle Shanahan, CEO Jed York, and some other notable Niner favorites.

While there was a lot to dive into, and you can check out the entirety of the event in the video linked here, let’s break down the specifics and key takeaways fans will want to know.

Takeaway No. 1: 49ers are ready to make fans a priority, players are ready to win

Last year, because of COVID-19, fans were not allowed to enter Levi’s Stadium.

After watching the State of the Franchise, it was clear the 49ers missed the energy the Faithful brings to both home and away games. A standout moment from the interview with coach Shanahan was his reflection on the 49ers’ last-minute thriller against the New Orleans Saints back in 2019.

He remembered how the Faithful shut down Bourbon Street after the win. It was clear to see the excitement on Shanahan’s face for the future and the 75th anniversary of the franchise.

The other standout moment Shanahan had was when he said, “I’ve had the same goal my whole life, all I’ve wanted to do is win a Super Bowl.”

The drive and the determination is there to see. The Niners do a lot for Bay Area youth and education. They will also be able to allow fans and students back in the stadium classrooms as well.

The team is beyond ready to have fans walk through the door of Levi’s again.

Warner was great to see on the State of the Franchise, too. With new defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, it was amazing to see the support from the clear leader of the 49ers defense. The fact Warner was on the State of the Franchise without a contract extension speaks volumes. He has that confidence knowing he will get that contract when the time is right.

Warner and Kittle touched on the offense and defense. But what caught me off guard leads to the second takeaway from the state of the franchise.

Where were the quarterback discussions?