And just like that, the San Francisco 49ers are a game out of the final wild-card spot after a win and losses by the Cardinals and Bucs. What a turn of events.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan ‘disappointed’ by Santa Clara COVID-19 restrictions
“It was a very disappointing thing what we got yesterday,” Shanahan said, via ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. “For us to be find that out while we’re getting on a plane ... it was extremely disappointing.”
Shanahan added the team was not warned ahead of time of the impending ban, finding out via social media and receiving little additional information from county officials on the reasoning behind the decision or how the 49ers’ situation might negatively affect the county’s COVID-19 issues, per Wagoner and The Athletic’s David Lomardi.
Man, if only the NFL had months to prepare for something like this. The contingency plans that would allow them to push the Super Bowl back up to a month has still not been triggered despite the fact that the Baltimore Ravens are in the middle of a huge outbreak that might cause them to cancel games and the Broncos are about to play a game without an actual quarterback.
The fact that each individual team did not have multiple possible contingencies prepared for the possibility that something like this could happen is insane. What did they do while the NBA was on television for two months showing them the kind of steps that had to be taken to complete a season safely? The NFL really thought they could just put their heads down and QB sneak their way through a pandemic and now they are left scrambling to figure out something they should have been planning for since April.
Mostert gets emotional about missing family for 49ers season
“It’s been a struggle not having my little family,” Mostert told reporters following Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. “It’s really tough, and I miss them so much, and it’s a fight out here every day, you’re fighting for your life. I just want people to understand that, it’s just not football players, it’s the whole organization, it’s everybody. People have to make sacrifices out here, I sacrificed to leave my family behind so that way I can make a living for them.”
“We’ve been working with them as a partner, just trying to figure it out,” Shanahan said. “For us to be heading out here yesterday and the relationship we have with them, for all of our players and coaches and everyone on that plane and our wives to find that out while we’re getting on a plane and no one to tell us. It was just extremely disappointing.”
A county spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Along with banning contact sports, the new rules also require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days. The 49ers were set to return from the trip Sunday night just hours before the rules go into effect.
Aaron Donald: Game-wrecker
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is on the shortlist of the NFL’s best players. And it has been that way for a while.
In 2018, then-49ers left tackle Joe Staley said of Donald, “I don’t think there’s anybody that’s been like him in the NFL. He’s in a class of his own.”
Nothing has changed. The 49ers did a good job against Donald when the clubs met in Week 6. But he was a wrecking ball on Sunday. He took over the game in the third quarter to enable the Rams to rally back from a 14-point deficit.
Donald found success against 49ers’ right tackle Mike McGlinchey.
He split McGlinchey and right guard Colton McKivitz and forced a Mostert fumble. Cornerback Troy Hill scooped it up and returned the fumble 20 yards for a touchdown to pull the Rams within 17-13.