No. 1: Head Coach Kyle Shanahan
Here is the biggest reason the 49ers will beat the Rams Sunday: head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Shanahan has finally grown into the coach he was purported to be when the 49ers hired him in 2017: an offensive genius who could scheme his way to wins.
After two seasons plagued by injuries, Shanahan is having a chance to finally show his genius. And, man, is he showing it.
His offensive scheme has been a major factor in the 49ers’ success on offense this season. His ability is the main reason one should be unconcerned about injuries diminishing the Niners’ running ability Sunday. He should be able to find creative ways to run the ball, despite the injuries.
Shanahan has been on fire this season, and he knows it too. Check out this story from last week’s game against the Browns:
Man, that is bada**.
Shanahan has confidence and is coaching aggressively with a chip on his shoulder. And he should have an even bigger chip on his shoulder this week against the Rams.
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The reason? Rams head coach Sean McVay.
Shanahan and McVay come from the same coaching tree: Mike Shanahan’s, Kyle’s father. They were even once on the same staff with the Washington Redskins. They both became head coaches in the same season. In that time, McVay has been everything Kyle Shanahan was supposed to be.
McVay immediately turned his team around, leading them to the Super Bowl last season. Shanhan will be hungry to prove he is better than his younger former coworker, and that he was simply hindered by injuries in the past two seasons.
Expect Shanahan to coach aggressively, as he works to prove that he is better than McVay. Keep an eye out for ingenious coaching and trick plays, too. Shanahan will be pulling out all the stops, and it will lead to a 49ers victory in the City of Angels.
With all three of these factors, the Niners will beat the Rams this weekend, cementing themselves as the best team in the NFC, and a serious contender to win the Super Bowl this season.