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Robbie Gould has interesting worry about lack of fans in stadiums

Robbie Gould, 49ers

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced NFL games to proceed without the presence of fans. This will be a change of scenery for players who are used to playing in front of tens of thousands on a regular basis in the past. San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould shared his sentiments on the new environment in NFL stadiums in the upcoming season:

“When you do your game planning for the week, you usually watch a lot of the kicks from the stadium specifically so you can figure out on what end how the ball’s moving, how’s it gonna look,” Gould said, via Dalton Johnson of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I think this year, stadiums will definitely be different from a wind perspective, because the fans usually in most stadiums will knock down the wind. . . . Also you’re going to have to watch film on these game when you get a couple games into the season.

“I think the biggest part for us is just going out and getting a good game plan in the pregame. Even if it’s different on film, just go with what we’re feeling that day. But at least we have a feeling of what that might look like.”

The 49ers’ veteran already became a journeyman throughout his 16-year career. After going undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, he went on to have short stints with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots’ practice squads.

His most productive season came in 2006 with the Chicago Bears when he earned his only Pro Bowl appearance and was named as a first-team All-Pro member. He remained with the team until 2015 and proceeded to have a coffee break with the New York Giants in 2016. Gould landed on the 49ers camp in 2017 and seemed to have already found a home with the team.

In last season’s Super Bowl LIV, Gould went to his second Super Bowl and 10th NFL playoff game. He went on to make both of his field goals which raised his career playoff totals to 15-for-15.

Despite the different circumstances, the veteran will still look to go for a perfect tally and contribute to the scoring attack of the 49ers in the upcoming season.