49ers’ Star Says Changes Are Needed In Order To Win Super Bowl

Charvarius Ward, San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl this past February, and if anyone knows how to recover from a Super Bowl loss, it’s cornerback Charvarius Ward.

This marks the second time Ward has been on the losing end of a Super Bowl. The first time it happened to him, he was a member of the Chiefs back in February 2021 when Kansas City lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

So, what do the 49ers need to do in order to avenge their defeat? Ward says the team will be more eager to win, but that changes may be in order to make that happen.

“It [will] make you a little hungrier,” Ward said on the Up & Adams Show. “Obviously you’ve got to change something because you didn’t win the Super Bowl. You can’t go in there and be the exact same team and do the exact same stuff and expect to win the Super Bowl the next year.”

San Francisco went 12-5 and notched the No. 1 seed in the NFC this past season. The Niners gave the Chiefs a great fight, but ultimately fell in overtime.

“So I think the losses, they make you stronger, they make you go harder, they challenge you to be better at something,” added Ward. “Maybe we don’t know what we got to be better at yet, but obviously got to go in there and work, and figure it out to dethrone the champions.”

Ward won a Super Bowl in Kansas City back in February 2020, so he also knows what winning feels like.

The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Middle Tennessee State, signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

He spent the first four years of his career in Kansas City before signing with the 49ers in March 2022.

Ward enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in San Francisco, playing in every game and registering 87 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 11 passes defended.

Then, in 2023, Ward broke out, racking up 72 tackles, five picks, a forced fumble, 23 passes defended and a defensive touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Ward underwent surgery to repair a groin injury after last season and said he expects to be ready for training camp in July.

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