The SF 49ers pulled off an improbable win over the LA Rams on Sunday night, which surely will prompt some overreactions from the fanbase.
One week has sure made a huge difference in the SF 49ers‘ general outlook thus far in 2020.
Last week, following the Niners’ 43-17 drubbing at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, the simplest and most understandable overreaction was the team might not win but one or two more games this season. Fans could justifiably argue benching quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo more, perhaps even moving on from him in 2021. Head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t a good coach. And that was only the surface.
Following San Francisco’s 24-16 upset win over the LA Rams on Sunday Night Football in Week 6, the overreactions have shifted back into the overly positive category.
Nothing wrong with those, right? Positive overreactions are usually fun.
True, the SF 49ers outplayed their NFC West division rivals on all three phases. Shanahan’s offense was far more efficient and effective than that of L.A., particularly in the first half, while coordinator Robert Saleh’s defense did more than enough to frustrate Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Co. Even the Niners’ special teams were better.
San Francisco got the much-needed win to improve to 3-3 on the season. But one of the better things to do in the wake of a crucial win or a crushing loss is to proverbially “level the ship.” It’s important to take a cooler look at what transpired after a game, regardless of its outcome, and look at some of those overreactions and why it might be wise to curb some enthusiasm after a critical victory.
No, we’re not being negative. Just a little cautious breaking down these three biggest overreactions.