Later today, the 49ers are going to pack their bags and head to Arizona for what is going to be the most bizarre end to a season this franchise has ever had. In the midst of a global pandemic that has altered everyday life for every single person in the country, San Francisco is leaving a place with less COVID-19 to go to a place with more COVID-19. What is that like, exactly?
Kyle Shanahan laid it out pretty clearly in his press conference yesterday.
“We’ll get there Wednesday night and then we’ll start Thursday. Since it’s a Monday night game, our Thursday we’ll just treat like a normal Wednesday. So, we should get a normal week of practice and stuff once we get there. Right now, we know the restrictions say until the 21st, so we’ve got to plan for about three weeks, at least.”
Players don’t know how they’ll see their family, when they’ll see their family, or how long they’ll be in Arizona. And, oh yeah, they also have to play a game against a good team with their playoff hopes essentially on the line.
Welcome to the new normal in 2020.
To hear the rest of what Kyle Shanahan had to say, including why the trip to Arizona won’t result in more team bonding, check out today’s Stats & Eggs Podcast. Find it here, or wherever you get your awesomely informative and entertaining podcasts.