While the the San Francisco 49ers remain 0-4, thus far, they have shown stronger mental fortitude than they did last season. At this point last year, they even had one win under their belts. Three of the 49ers games have been winnable but they have also been heartbreakers. How long can they maintain the fight? How much longer will they care if they don’t get at least one win?
A complete overhaul and a successful draft during the off season gave hope to the 2-14 squad. It’s a young team that is learning a new scheme but their potential seemed unlimited before the season began. The most significant difference from last year is the player’s belief in head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch as well as themselves.
Getting a win during October is vital to maintaining a positive attitude. While everyone is aware that this is a rebuilding year, how much more is in the tank will be determined by the team’s success during “Roadtober” where the team travels four out of five weekends.
Here are a few quotes from the 49ers heart breaking loss in Arizona. The emotions are palpable. You can be the judge of how much longer the 49ers can keep this up without a win.
“It’s sickening. It hurts so bad. That Seattle game, I never felt so bad after a game in my life. Last week, I never felt so bad after a game in my life. Now, I’ve never felt so bad after a game in my life. It hurts. It really does. No one feels good, but all we can do is attack next week and try to steal one on the road. That’s the ultimate goal. We try to go 1-0 every week. We didn’t go 1-0 this week, so next week we’ll try to go 1-0.”
“All your guys are giving it their all, and to come up short like that, it’s always going to hurt. At the end of the day, if you don’t win, then you don’t win, and you have to find a way to fix it and find a way to get better.”
“It’s tough. It’s a sucky feeling. It sucks. You losing these games when it’s coming down to the wire, and you’re so close. It pisses you off, but you have to go out there and stick together as a team.”
“Whenever a game ends the way that it did today, it’s going to sting a little bit more. Just the fact that you still haven’t gotten that first win yet, that’s something that you’re working on. You just have to dig down deeper and find a way.”
“It sucks. We’ve put the work in, we just have to finish. We relayed the message to the guys. I strongly believe that we have more in the tank, we’ve yet to reach our full potential and I’ve stressed to them that I’m excited to get back to work because we’re letting teams off the hook. We definitely can play a full a 60-minute game and could have won a few of these games that we let slip by. I just stressed to them to get over it, get back to work because there’s more in the tank.”