Vikings head coach complains about 49ers holding, George Kittle responds

Who doesn’t like some excellent post-game media sniping in between 2 groups that simply played a football video game versus one another? A remark by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer after the video game suggested the 49ers’ effective day on the ground came as an outcome of some lax officiating. That remark triggered a reaction from 49ers tight end George Kittle.

Among the secrets to the 49ers’ success on the ground was pass receiver Deebo Samuel’s efficiency as a runner. He brought 6 times for 66 lawns and 2 goals. As a group San Francisco acquired 208 hurrying lawns and 3 ratings on 39 brings. Zimmer in his post-game interview was inquired about those runs by Samuel and rather of crediting his challenger, blamed the officiating.

“The other ones were the fact these guys hold all the time, so they are grabbing us around the waist, grabbing our backs, and you know officials, they don’t want to call it every play. Until they start calling it every play, they’re not going to stop doing it.”

The 49ers and Vikings were both flagged 5 times. Minnesota drew 38 charge lawns compared to 57 for San Francisco.

One gamer who complained Zimmer’s post-game remark was 49ers tight end George Kittle. Here’s his action by means of ESPN’s Nick Wagoner:

“I think if you’re running your feet and hands inside, just because a guy spins and flails his arms, it’s not holding … If you’re gonna sit on the sideline and complain about holding the whole time, tell your guys to make better plays.”

It’s reasonable why Zimmer may be annoyed. In his last 2 video games versus the 49ers, both losses, Zimmer’s defense has actually enabled 394 hurrying lawns and 5 goals on 86 brings.

Whatever San Francisco is doing on the ground it’s been working this season. They’ve gone 42, 42 and 39 brings in each of their last 3 video games and appear to have actually re-established themselves as one of the NFL’s premier hurrying attacks. On the other hand, the Vikings’ defense was 27th in Football Outsiders’ run defense DVOA going into Sunday, and is enabling 4.8 lawns per bring – second-worst in the NFL.

If the 49ers did escape with some holding, it’s since the authorities offered an excellent running group the advantage of the doubt versus perhaps the worst run defense in the NFL.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.