The San Francisco 49ers find themselves in a challenging situation heading into the 2024 season. The Niners have sky high expectations and a thin margin for error as they seek to do what they could not in 2023-2024: win the Super Bowl.

Recently, George Kittle took note of running back Christian McCaffrey's new deal and offered a subtle demand to him on the Dan Patrick Show in light of the 49ers legend's gift of golf clubs to the team's offense.

Kittle's request came amid McCaffrey's vocalization of the “Madden curse” after his recent selection. Kittle also spoke about his relative lack of involvement in the passing game, which improved come playoff time.

For Kittle and McCaffrey, the plot is clear: let each man's play on the field speak for itself, and continue to make waves in pursuit of the franchise's sixth Super Bowl crown.

Kittle's request for Run CMC 

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) makes a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium.
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Kittle spoke on the Dan Patrick Show during which he brought back memories of CMC's gift for the 49ers' offense during the Christmas season. Kittle has a much more simple, or complex depending on how you look at it, request for the former Stanford Cardinal RB.

“Well, he did get the entire offense golf clubs for Christmas, so he's doing all right in that regard,” Kittle said. “They're great clubs.

“Besides that, no, but he'll take care of me by probably having like another 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.”

The Kittle-McCaffrey connection 

With Kittle and McCaffrey in tow, the 49ers' offense is almost certain to remain one of the best in the National Football League next season and beyond.

Kittle and McCaffrey are among the most potent running back-tight end duos in recent NFL history, and the 49ers appear content to ride or die with both of them again next season. A quick glance at the 49ers' depth chart projection heading into next season shows a team that doesn't have a whole lot of new faces among the skill positions.

The 49ers' offense faltered when it mattered most behind Brock Purdy, Deebo Samuel, Branon Aiyuk and the rest of the team's roster, but a three-point Super Bowl loss is nothing to be ashamed of considering the skill and experience of the 49ers' opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs.

For McCaffrey, season-long were never the problem— reeling off big plays in big games should be the main focus. Kittle's request for Run CMC is admirable, but it could be a smokescreen when it's all said an done. Expect the 49ers to do everything in their power to make sure their top guns are healthy and revitalized come playoff time, in anticipation for what could be the mother of all Super Bowl championship runs.