“Drew Brees is hurt.”
“Dallas had an off game.”
“Wade Phillips will figure it out.”
These are all
excuses phrases I’ve heard this week. You can pet your mortgage that whenever the Niners lose all you’ll hear is, “see, they haven’t played anybody!”
Here is how I look at it: The 49ers will be respected once they’re in the spotlight, aka Monday Night. Each of their games has been afterthoughts. Week 1 came down to the final possession, but the only part the majority of fans saw was Jameis Winston throwing a game-sealing interception. Nobody watched the Niners beat up on the other AFC North teams, and I don’t blame them. We understand that this team is legit, but we have also watched them play close-up. Think about how much you really know about a team like the Bills, for example. You’re not going out of your way to watch Buffalo, just like the majority of east coast fans aren’t lining up to see the 49ers.
Beat the Browns on national TV, and I promise the narrative will change from, “who have they played?” to “they really might win the division.” Kyle Shanahan said that 3-0 doesn’t mean anything. In 2018, the Miami Dolphins started the season 3-0. It happens each year. Is this situation different? Anyone with eyes will say yes. But when you haven’t been in the spotlight for years, it’s easy to forget about you. That’s the case with the 49ers. That’ll change soon enough.
Onto some links:
5 reasons Cleveland Browns will hand San Francisco 49ers first loss in Week 5 (Factory of Sadness)
Cleveland Browns: 3 matchups to watch vs the 49ers (Dawg Pound Daily)
Photos: Ex-49ers star sells Santa Clara home (Mercury News)