The San Francisco 49ers recently traded for Chase Young at the league’s deadline.
This was viewed as one of, if not the biggest move during this time given Young’s on-field track record.
Young won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2020 but has struggled to stay on the field in the following years due to health concerns.
When Kyle Shanahan brought him in, he recognized the risk associated with Young but also knew the type of impact he could have.
Young is expected to perform well alongside Nick Bosa, the Defensive Rookie of the Year from 2019.
Shanahan recently spoke about the potential dynamic between these two given their history as teammates at Ohio State.
“You want someone you know prior and show you the ropes,” Shanahan said of Young entering a new team via Matt Lively.
Kyle Shanahan on relationship between Nick Bosa and Chase Young.
“Anytime you go to a new place, it’s weird for anyone. You wanna go in there and meet everyone and stuff you want someone you know prior and show you the ropes.”
— Matt Lively (@mattblively) November 8, 2023
While it might be strange to enter a new team mid-season, Shanahan hopes the built-in rapport between Young and Bosa will help him acclimate quickly.
The 49ers have lost three games in a row, something that hadn’t yet happened in the Brock Purdy quarterback era.
As a team competing for one of the top spots in the NFC, this losing skid needs to end, and it needs to end quickly.
Hopefully, by adding Young, the 49ers can do just that.
Their roster is already seen as one of the best in the league, especially on defense.
If Young is anywhere close to the player he was during the 2020 season, the 49ers might just be able to get back on track.NEXT: 49ers Are Making A Coaching Adjustment This Week