Speaking to KNBR on Friday, San Francisco 49ers head coach talked about his optimism for the season. It’s no surprise that a young first-time head coach is excited about his football team, but Shanahan did also offer a measured comment about the team’s potential, which I found to be refreshing.
“By no means do I think we’ve arrived, but I think we’ve put ourselves in a position to really improve and give ourselves a chance to win every game,” Shanahan said. “That’s how you want to feel as a coach going in.”
Shanahan went on to say that both he and the 49ers don’t know for sure how it’s all going to look until they actually get on the field for a regular season game. It’s a scary thought, but an honest one at the very least.
“And then you've got to go out and play well,” Shanahan said. “You gotta see how the ball bounces, you've got to take care of the ball, and you've gotta get turnovers. But I think we've given ourselves a position to be in each game and I'd be surprised if we don't go out there and play well."
It would do a lot for a very young team and a young coach for things to get off on the right foot against the Carolina Panthers. Shanahan seems measured enough to know that a bad game right out of the gate won’t be the end of the world, but with so many rookies, doing well would be huge.