We are a couple of days removed Super Bowl LIV, and the takes from some San Francisco 49ers fans are only getting worse. It’s unfortunate because the majority of comments and discussion is level-headed. It’s the 15-20% that makes you want to poke your eyes out. Saying fire Kyle Shanahan or cut Jimmy Garoppolo is a peak prisoner of the moment comment and expecting fans not to be emotional after a difficult loss isn’t fair or expected. It’s natural to get everything you were mad about the past three hours off your chest.
What I’ll never understand are @’ing players and coaches. They are the best in the world at what they do and put in upwards to 14 hours a day. If you read our article on the 49ers players tweets and quotes after the Super Bowl, check the comments out.
Player: We fell short of our goal, and we can’t wait to get back to work. Thanks for all your support.
Fan reply: You suck and cost us the game — your* terrible at your job.
It’s tiring, and it’s easy to understand why coaches and players are so closed off at times. Sowers thanked the fellow 49ers faithful around midnight of the Super Bowl. Six hours later, Sowers said:
I wanted this so bad for my guys... for my dad. Congrats to the @Chiefs
... please as you comment to my players or staff members, remember we are all human. As @TheEllenShow
says, Be Kind. This loss has unfortunately reminded me of the hatred in this world
Naturally, some comments didn’t heed to Sower’s advice. This isn’t an attempt to come off as a pity party. If you tweet a lot and are worth anything, the odds are high; you will receive hate online. This is an attempt for anyone reading this if you reach out to a player or coach and say something you know you wouldn’t say it to their face, then don’t do it on the internet. Crazy concept, I know. You can be anything on the internet, unfortunately. Choose not to be stupid. Then again, some fans are still calling for Shanahan’s head.
Sowers became the first woman and first openly gay coach ever to be in the Super Bowl. She’s proven herself to be a valuable asset to the team, and everyone from the receivers to Kyle Shanahan to Richard Sherman has voiced such. The season didn’t end the way the 49ers wanted it to, but the foundation is in place for the Niners to be successful for the foreseeable future.