The minute Kyle Shanahan stepped in Santa Clara there was a sense of hope the 49ers haven't seen in years. The young offensive guru with deep coaching bloodlines erased a dark cloud left behind by Chip Kelly and Jim Tomsula. Swagger, moxie, hype or whatever you want to call it, Shanahan had enough of it to inspire belief.
When the 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the hype grew around what the 49ers could be, but they never answered the bell. Injuries and underwhelming rosters derailed the 49ers immediate plan, but each offseason, the tandem of Garoppolo and Shanahan still brought hope.
After two-straight road victories to start 2019, for the first time, we can officially buy the hype. The 49ers 41-17 win in Cincinnati was their best performance in the Shanahan era.
Shanahan finally lived up to his "offensive guru" mantra. We’ve seen flashes, but haven’t seen a complete game like today's bout.
It looks like he finally has confidence in the team he has on the field. The 49ers performance in Cincinnatti should be a tipping point for not only the team but Shanahan himself. Shanahan, similar to the rest of the 49ers needed a game like this to build confidence that they’re worthy of the hype.
Many national analysts and 95.7 The Game insiders labeled the 49ers as a team to take the next step. On the opening road trip of the 2019 season, they took that step.
With each prediction, there was a stipulation— Garoppolo needed to bounce back, the rookie wide receivers needed to step up and the defense needed to hold their own. All those boxes were checked in Cincinnati.
If you have your doubts about Garoppolo or the 49ers offense there’s nothing you can say about the 49ers defense. They're legit.
After two games Robert Saleh’s group looks like one of the best in the league. It’s simple— if this unit continues to play this way the 49ers should be in every game they play.
The 49ers now head to Santa Clara for their home opener with a 2-0 record. It’s the first the 49ers first 2-0 start since 2012. Levi’s Stadium should be on a level we’ve never seen before.