Kyle Shanahan: No one wanted to go home after Week 17

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Finishing with a 6-10 record is rarely a cause for smiles in the NFL, but the 2017 49ers were one of the rare exceptions.

It helps to start 1-10 and it helps even more when that five-game winning streak is led by the quarterback you traded for during the season. Jimmy Garoppolo‘s arrival changed the outlook for the 49ers dramatically in the final weeks of the season and coach Kyle Shanahan on PFT Live that the team didn’t want to wrap things up after Week 17 as a result.

“It was cool to be a 6-10 team, come in on a Monday when the season’s over and no one wanted to leave because we didn’t want that feeling to end,” Shanahan said. 

Shanahan credited that late run to having “the right type of people” and shared a story about safety Eric Reid suffering a knee injury in the final weekend of the season to illustrate that point. Shanahan said “we didn’t have anything to play for” and that he wasn’t expecting Reid to return to the game with free agency on the horizon, but Reid was back on the field a series later and closed out the game.

The same record would obviously draw a different response in 2018, but continuing to bring in the right people should help the 49ers’ chances of playing beyond Week 17 for the first time since 2013.

14 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: No one wanted to go home after Week 17

  1. I don’t mean to be a killjoy, but those wins were hardly impressive. Week 17 was against the Rams second string, a 2 point win over the worst team in the playoffs (Titans), Bears and Texans who no one is confusing for good, especially the Texans without Watson, Watt, and Merciless. The only quality win in there was JAX, and people were more wondering what happened to JAX than what SF did right. I think JAX wrongly overlooked SF (SF was in more games in 2017 than they were out of it, even without JG). So while I am glad there is a renewed spirit of competition in that building, let’s put it in perspective.

  2. reddzen says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:58 am
    I don’t mean to be a killjoy, but those wins were hardly impressive. Week 17 was against the Rams second string, a 2 point win over the worst team in the playoffs (Titans), Bears and Texans who no one is confusing for good, especially the Texans without Watson, Watt, and Merciless. The only quality win in there was JAX, and people were more wondering what happened to JAX than what SF did right. I think JAX wrongly overlooked SF (SF was in more games in 2017 than they were out of it, even without JG). So while I am glad there is a renewed spirit of competition in that building, let’s put it in perspective
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    Go back and watch the games. Jax was ranked #1 in defense and the Niners, who were playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers hung 40+ on the Jags. They beat the playoff bound Titans with, once again, 2nd and 3rd stringers. The Niners were decimated by injuries last year and Jimmy G made those 2nd and 3rd stringers look like pro bowlers. The throws Jimmy G made and the time management was phenomenal. It wasn’t about who they played, it was the change of culture Jimmy G made instantly. Jimmy flourished in Kyles system and its just getting started. The Niners have the 3rd most cap room and free agents want to come to San Fran. Kyle and John are going to surround Jimmy with talent and you’ll see first hand how good Jimmy G and the Niners are going to be.

  3. I remember Drew Bledsoe’s rookie year. The Pats started out 1-10 or 1-11, and won their remaining games. It gave some excitement to the fan base. Well, since then they have had the best record in the NFL, no losing seasons 18 division titles, and nine Super Bowl trips. I think the SF fan base would be happy with a third of that.

  4. Jimmy G has looked good so far but Matt Cassel looked good his first year in KC, so let’s not get to excited just yet.

  5. .
    As Belichick once said, “It’s hard to win a game in the NFL”. Winning five games in a row is always impressive.
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  6. @reddzen
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    6-2 final 8 games regardless of the opponents is pretty good. Very few teams did that. Undefeated in December. Not to shabby. Beat 3 playoff teams, 2 of which still had something to play for when SF beat them.

  7. 9ers were a late season feel-good story. Going from the pits to playing really good football. I could see why the team would be optimistic heading into the offseason.

  8. The only impressive win was against Jags,who didn’t take them seriously. Rams gave them that win playing their 2nd,3rd stringers. Titans really had no reason to be in the playoffs. Dont overhype the Whiners,who have a long way to overtake the Rams.

  9. I am getting a little sick of all this over-hype for the Niners and especially Jimmy G, teams will watch film from all of his few starts and will figure them out BIG TIME!

  10. Lots of jealousy here from fans from other teams that have a right to be worried.

    I can’t wait to see your noses rubbed in your sniveling snowflake behavior.

  11. Tape don’t lie. Shout sample size all you want. All the samples screamed special. In the NFL when you get a chance at a special QB you take it. Period.

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