We’ll have a lot to go over with the San Francisco 49ers victory over the Cleveland Browns, but one of the things that I always find fascinating is the victory speech (or what the 49ers will let us see) after the game.
Well, this one is a bit briefer, but it at least came up Monday evening. Some of these don’t come out until Thursday. But we got Shanahan, and he gives the boys a cool three hours to enjoy the victory and then it’s back to work:
There might be a longer victory speech later as the 49ers usually have some after-game content come filtering out as the week goes on.
But back to Shanahan’s time off. He’s not messing around. The 49ers are 4-0, and the moment they let up, they could get eaten alive. Shanahan is trying to keep the team grounded and going one game at a time and not to get caught up in the moment that they are one of two undefeated teams left in the league.
How does he handle 4-0? I think his answer in the post-game sums it up best:
“The same way you handle 0-5. You don’t pay attention and you just go to work. I think we’ve got the right guys. I think today was a little lopsided game, but the league is too hard to be overconfident. Every week is a tough week and we’ve got a lot of work to do. Still got some guys who are waiting to get back from injury and that game by no means was perfect. I thought our defense played four great quarters, from the first play to the last play. I think our special teams, obviously struggled. I was real disappointed how the offense finished in the fourth quarter.”
Call me crazy, but after that three hour was up, I doubt there wasn’t much relaxation going on in that locker room at all.
Kyle Shanahan had managed to keep a team together and playing hard for him when they had nothing to play for (2017, 2018)—and that’s no easy feat. Look at how many teams quit on their coaches as the season wears on. Now Shanahan has a new challenge: Making sure they stick together and not get too confident when they have something to play for.