Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers sees a matchup between two head coaches who are regarded amongst the most innovative and exciting offensive play callers in the league.
Everyone expected the Niners to be better this year, especially with the return of Jimmy Garoppolo under centre. No one expected them to be amongst the league’s elite though at this point in the year.
After the events of Week Nine in the NFL, there remains only one undefeated team. The 8-0 San Francisco 49ers. Coming into the season, many predicted the Niners to be a frisky, wildcard type team despite the disappointing 4-12 2018 season.
The San Francisco 49ers have taken the league by storm this season. The Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch project has finally gotten off the ground following two long disappointing seasons. Although the Niners did struggle the previous two seasons, avid watchers of the NFL could see that there was something special brewing in Santa Clara.
This most recent edition of Monday Night Football presented a fascinating match-up between two of the NFL's most intriguing teams. Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns kicked off on Monday night following a win and eager to prove to the rest of the NFL that they're not pretenders.
49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh had arrived with Shanahan in 2017. Since then the SF defence has been historically bad. However, through two weeks in the NFL, the San Francisco defence looks revitalised.
Leaving this season preview on a positive note, a lot of older Niner fans will have the memories of Bill Walsh and Joe Montana lifting Lombardi's echoing around in their minds when looking at Shanahan and Garoppolo.
The one word that comes to mind when describing the 49ers last year is ‘unlucky’. Jimmy Garoppolo’s innocuous injury, accomplished attempting to rush for an additional yard, ended his season and consequently the 49ers hopes.
The loyal Packer fanbase will be pulling for their new head coach, but expectations will undoubtedly remain sky high.