While San Francisco is more commonly known around the world for its fantastic range of bars, clubs, and lounges, as well as being a very cultural city that features many different themes of museums, one name is renowned throughout the world of sport, the 49ers. 73 years ago, the San Francisco 49ers became the first major sports team in the great city, and one of the first on the Pacific coast. Playing every year from 1946 to 2017 – joining the NFL when the All-America Football Conference merged with the National Football League – the 49ers have brought unrivaled joy to sports fans in the Bay Area since their inception, and also to their avid supporters stationed abroad. Now, after some years of mediocrity, the San Francisco 49ers look poised to become the main attraction once again in 2018, and for the remainder of this season.
A Team Ready to be Great Again
Being great is in the foundations of the San Francisco 49ers, as you would assume from their namesake. When Yerba Buena was acquired by the United States of America in 1846, they had no idea that it would soon turn into a literal gold mine. In 1849, gold dust was discovered in Yerba Buena – now known as San Francisco – resulting in over 50,000 flocking to the area to strike it rich. The name of the professional football team, the San Francisco 49ers, derives from the prospectors who came in 1849 in search of gold in the area; that's why gold lines their red jerseys.
Since commencing play in 1946, the San Francisco 49ers have brought about many memorable moments in the NFL, which includes numerous Super Bowl wins and incredible playoff battles. In the 1981 season, the 49ers won their first Super Bowl in Michigan, with their second Super Bowl win coming just three years later in the 1984 season at Stanford Stadium, California. The win on January 20, 1985, Super Bowl XIX, witnessed two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Dan Marino and Joe Montana battle it out, with Montana coming out on top. The Montana era lifted the 49ers to four Super Bowl wins in nine years, winning it all in the 1981, 1984, 1988, and 1989 seasons. Then, Montana’s successor, Steve Young, corralled their most recent Super Bowl win in the 1994 season. The 49ers returned to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season but came up short in a heated 31-34 battle in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens. In 2013 they made it to the NFC Championship but the 23-17 loss to the eventual champions, the Seattle Seahawks, ushered in a new era of San Francisco football, with a rebuild undertaken.
Finally Getting their Staff
The San Francisco 49ers had been on the hunt to sign former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for some time, as reported by ESPN, before they finally got their man in February 2017. In the offseason, the 49ers also added a new general manager in John Lynch to get their new coach-GM combination rolling. But it didn’t all start off so sunny for the new-look backroom of the Red and Gold. They inherited a team poised to succeed thanks to years of preparing a strong team and then rebuilding with new pieces. In fact, the 49ers have even utilized the expertise of blackjack legend Jeff Ma as a consultant, according to Forbes. Using his skills of statistical analysis and probability, which he cultured and perfected through the use of blackjack strategy in Las Vegas in the mid-1990s, Ma was able to point the football franchise in the best direction when it came to acquiring players, particularly in the entry draft. Making the most of such an intelligent person despite their lack of direct experience and training in the field helped the 49ers to cultivate a team that would eventually succeed.
Finishing 2017: A New Era is on the Horizon
#49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan met with the team’s quarterbacks today and informed them that Jimmy Garoppolo will start this Sunday in Chicago. Shanahan will meet with the media next on Wednesday afternoon. #SFvsCHI pic.twitter.com/JM7BXPwhoH— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 28, 2017
As explained by The Athletic, the 49ers finally have a quarterback capable of fulfilling the new head coach’s game plans. At the start of the season, Brian Hoyer was unable to make the most of what Kyle Shanahan had created for him on offense, and neither could C.J. Beathard, but then they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo, and that all changed. The 49ers were 1-10 with one of the worst offenses in the league before ‘Jimmy G’ was given his first start under center but, with his sniper-like passing, San Francisco has suddenly won two games in a row – coinciding with Garoppolo’s first two starts for his new team. Now, the 49ers and Garoppolo must face a tough run to the finish line but, with two wins in two games thus far, the 49ers have become somewhat of a wild card in their upcoming games.
When the Titans come to Levi's Stadium on December 17, the fans will be able to look forward to seeing two of the NFL's best young quarterbacks duel as the traveling team seeks to reclaim the top spot in the AFC South - so look for big performances from both Marcus Mariota and Garoppolo. Then, for their last home game of the season, the 49ers will welcome another AFC South powerhouse in the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose defense has been making all of the headlines this season. They too will be after the division title, with the likes of Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey ready to give San Francisco's new star quarterback a hard time. To close out the season, the 49ers will travel to Los Angeles to face the high-flying Rams, who have actually been weaker on home turf than on the road. So, the 49ers may not win any of their remaining games, but the ever-improving offense will certainly give the Titans, Jaguars, and Rams more to think about than it would have done a few weeks ago.Facebook Tweet Linkedin Pinterest Google + Interested in becoming a Contributor?