Travel back in time with me, if you will. It’s 1989, and 49ers head coach George Seifert is preparing his team to play their third straight road game to start the season. This was the last time the 49ers began a season with two consecutive road victories.
Now fast forward to 2012, the last time the 49ers stayed in Youngstown, Ohio in between back-to-back road games. That East Coast layover resulted in a 34-0 rout of the New York Jets, improving their record to 3-1.
Now, here we are, two weeks into the 2019 season. The 49ers are 2-0 after two road games to start the season for the first time since the famed 1989 campaign. They have seemingly taken pages from both the 1989 and 2012 seasons.
There are no two ways about it, the 49ers succeed when they stay in Youngstown between East Coast games. The players and coaches have time to acclimate to the time change, and their bodies are all the better for it.
This has shown to be such a recipe for success, so Kyle Shanahan has decided the team will likely stay in Youngstown again this season when they travel to New Orleans and Baltimore in early December.