Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Why you shouldn’t lose hope in the San Francisco 49ers

Bobby Horne
Sep 24, 2018 at 3:19 PM


This past Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs was a day to forget for 49er fans.

Hotshot Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was rolling, throwing all over the 49ers defense at ease. The 49ers' first half was some of the worst football played during the Kyle Shanahan era as they went into halftime down 35-10 with slim hopes of a comeback.

The second half was another story. The 49ers came out looking like a different team, the defense was holding, and QB Jimmy Garoppolo was leading them back. They drove down the field and Garoppolo was putting them in position to score, which would have left them within one score of a tie.

49er fans watching were telling themselves, "This is why he was brought here. This is a guy who can bring back the culture of winning with the 49ers."

After being sacked on consecutive plays, Garoppolo was flushed out on third-and-goal from the 20-yard line, sprinted left towards the sideline, and then it happened.

Garoppolo cut inside towards the goal line and collapsed. He laid on the ground clutching at his left knee, and everyone feared the worst. The instant replay from behind the play only further confirmed what we were all thinking. Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers' franchise QB, tore his ACL, ending his season and the hopes of all 49er fans.

We must all remember, building a successful football team is a long process that will certainly have its hurdles along the way. It may be that the 49ers are faced with their biggest hurdle in only year two of the Kyle Shanahan era.

Believe it or not, there is always a bright side to things. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have turned around a team that saw four different coaches in as many years. A team that went to three straight NFC championship games only to win 16 games combined in the following three years. A team that saw one of the worst offseasons in league history in 2015, losing head coach Jim Harbaugh who led the team to a 44-19 record in his four seasons and nine starters to retirement and cuts that included All-Pro and Pro Bowl caliber players.

In Shanahan's 19th game as head coach, the 49er fans have that expectation of winning again. That alone is something to be happy about. The reason Garoppolo's injury is such a big loss is because we as fans had that expectation. Something we haven't had in a long time.

The 49ers rushing attack has been phenomenal, and it currently has the NFL's leading rusher in Matt Breida. Late round draft picks like tight end George Kittle, wide receiver Trent Taylor, and safety Adrian Colbert have all been key additions to the 49ers and were all drafted in the 5th round or later. Breida was signed as an undrafted free agent. These players aren't going anywhere.

Marquise Goodwin has evolved as an up and coming No. 1 wide receiver under Shanahan, and linebackers Reuben Foster and rookie Fred Warner have already established themselves as one of the most feared duos in the league. Not to mention DeForest Buckner is emerging as a true All-Pro talent.

The moral of this story is that the 49ers under Lynch and Shanahan have put this team in a position that is — heading towards success. They have done it faster than most thought they could and have set a foundation for years to come. They have established a culture of winning in which the players believe as well as the fans.

Yes, we all wanted it to be "our" year. We all wanted Garoppolo to be a top quarterback and take the league by storm. Unfortunately, it will have to wait.

But this isn't the end of the 49ers, and their season isn't over.

It's just a hurdle.
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



'I hope Trey is going after Jimmy's job': 49ers' George Kittle says Garoppolo thrives on competition

By David Bonilla
Jul 23, 2021

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle spoke with Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group this week. In what was probably some prep-work for the likely-to-be top discussion topic once training camp kicks off next week, the All-Pro player was asked about the upcoming training camp quarterback battle ... which may or may not be an actual battle. Players may be tired of discussing Jimmy Garoppolo's job. It has been a big storyline the past two offseasons. Last year, the focus was around the 49ers possibly replacing their quarterback, who had just helped guide the team to a Super Bowl, with future Hall of Famer Tom



Jim Trotter breaks down why 49ers are high on DeMeco Ryans

By David Bonilla
Jul 20, 2021

The San Francisco 49ers promoted DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator after Robert Saleh left to become the head coach of the New York Jets. Ryans was asked in June what fans can expect to see from his defense this season. Was he planning to follow the same blueprint that Saleh laid out, or were some bigger changes on the horizon? "Our defense will be a fast, attacking, aggressive defense," Ryans responded. "I want guys to play fast. I want guys who are smart. I want guys who are going to play physical. That's one thing for me is just growing up, watching the 49ers play defense. The defense has always stood out here. This has been a defensive organization. They



Why analyst doubts 49ers QB Trey Lance's chances for Offensive Rookie of the Year

By David Bonilla
Jul 26, 2021

Right now, DraftKings has San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance tied with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris for the third-best odds (+800) to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors during the upcoming season. Only Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (+300) and Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (+750) own better odds. While NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein is high on the No. 3 overall pick, he isn't buying into the hype when it comes to the quarterback's chances to be named the NFL's best rookie. Any 49ers fans who have been listening to what the team has said this offseason will certainly



2019 49ers vs. 2021 49ers, Part 1 (Offense)

By Marc Adams
Jul 23, 2021

How well do the 2021 49ers stack up to the 2019 team? Lately I have listened to some podcasts and read some tweets comparing the current San Francisco 49ers team (2021) to the 2019 team that fell just short of winning the Super Bowl. I find the comparison interesting. And since many people quickly assume the 2021 49ers are not as good as the 2019 team, I wanted to take a look for myself. So as we prepare for the team to report on Tuesday, let's compare the two teams, position by position. For the purpose of this very scientific experiment, we will assume everyone is healthy (even though that never happens). Let's start on offense. The defensive comparison is coming soon. Offense Quarterback:


Featured

More by Bobby Horne

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone