San Francisco 49ers fans can surely be thankful their team is 10-1 at the 2019 Thanksgiving mark. And here are 10 other reasons why being thankful is good for the Faithful this year.
First, to all you San Francisco 49ers fans, everyone here at Niner Noise would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
And it’s been a very happy one, indeed, especially when considering the 10-1 start the 2019 Niners have enjoyed so far this season. This time a year or two ago, most 49ers Faithful were merely happy the team seemed to be moving in the right direction, even though the records weren’t exactly justifying a lot of celebrations and thankfulness.
This year, however, those efforts the last two seasons have started to pay off. Head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad is dominating on the defensive side of the ball, while the offense has overcome numerous challenges over the course of the year.
All told, it’s pretty easy for fans to be thankful about San Francisco’s 10-1 start, current top seed in the NFC playoff picture and so much more.
But let’s look at 10 other reasons why the 49ers Faithful can be Thankful this Thanksgiving Day holiday, starting off with the architects who helped engineer the Niners success this season: head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.
No. 10: Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch
Remember back when 49ers fans were bummed now-New York Jets head coach Adam Gase was hired on by the Miami Dolphins back in 2015, and the Niners went with Jim Tomsula instead? Remember how fans wanted then-Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson?
It took some patience, but San Francisco landing Shanahan and bringing aboard Lynch has worked wonders. Sure, the first two years of the tenure were tough. But it was the rebuild, and both Shanahan and Lynch were aggressive in handling the pertinent details of it all.
One could go into the numbers, especially this season, the offensive schemes, Lynch’s exceptional up-front personality and all that.
But here are two specific reasons why fans should be thankful of this tandem.
First, consider the roller-coaster rides both Gase and Jackson went through, and Gase is on one now. For the first time in a while, the 49ers are devoid of coach/GM hot-seat talk. And there are plenty of other organizations out there, let’s just say the Washington Redskins as an example, whose front offices are completely dysfunctional.
No longer the case in San Francisco.
Second, even when the 49ers were losing games, the locker room didn’t fall apart. And there haven’t been all those crazy leaks and reports of finger pointing.
Lynch and Shanahan have a lot to do with all that.