49ers are now happy they went 4-12 a year ago

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Tanks for nothing? Tanks for everything!

Although the 49ers didn’t try to earn the second overall pick in the 2019 draft by going 4-12 in 2018, it happened naturally. And it allowed them to selected defensive end Nick Bosa. And Bosa has helped fuel the 49ers to the No. 1 seed and, as of Sunday, hosting the NFC Championship.

“Things have a way of working out,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters on Wednesday regarding his ACL tear that sparked San Francisco’s not-so-special season. “I always told myself it was a blessing in disguise, the ACL and everything, and yeah we got Bosa out of it. That’s a pretty good trade-off I guess. Things have a way of working out I guess. This ride is crazy. You’ve just got to roll with the punches.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan agreed with the idea that the injury to Jimmy G in 2018 helped lay the foundation for a special team in 2019, and likely beyond.

“It’s definitely helped,” Shanahan told reporters. “Everything happens for a reason, and you need to get good players in, some difference-makers, and Bosa has definitely been a difference-maker. I’m very glad we have him. I don’t wish 4-12 on anybody, but after going through it, it was nice what it brought us.”

Although Shanahan surely didn’t intend to make a commercial for tanking, San Francisco’s experience underscores how losing can become #winning. So the next time your favorite team naturally or artificially falls apart in a given season, take heart. By the next season, your favorite team could be on the brink of the Super Bowl.

47 responses to “49ers are now happy they went 4-12 a year ago

  1. I was down voted last year when I said Garrapolo’s injury last year was a “blessing in disguise”.

    Allowing the 9ERS another year to build depth and drafting key contributors this past draft in Bosa, Greenlaw, Wishnowski, Samuel.

    Funny how Jimmy G made the same comment to reporters today.

  2. Only the players still on the team most likely.
    I am fairly sure the players who are no longer on the 49ers are not happy that they went 4-12.

    The NFC West has been weird lately with teams getting super high draft picks for being so bad or very late draft picks for being in the playoffs/SuperBowl.

  3. Any team can own the top pick in the draft, if they are bad or lucky enough, but only a good front office can make a good use of it. The St. Louis Lambs traded away their early picks for more picks but it did not get them anything. Lynch thought that Solomon Thomas would be his elite pass rusher, but it did not turn out that way. He was pretty lucky he got a second chance. Some teams, like Seattle, do not even have a first round pick most of the last decade.

  4. I think a team is going to be better off to have a tank year, vs. staying average. If a team is average every year they are going to draft in the middle range on every round, now you are doomed to average. If a coach or G.M. is on the bubble they will trade away the team’s future to acquire top talent in an attempt to not get canned.The 49ers lucked out getting Jimmy for a second round pick and there was a new coach and G.M., so no pressure on the management . If your really need a Q.B. you need the first few top picks. Every now and then a Cinderella Story ,out of nowhere,star player is drafted. The law of averages is you are better off to be drafting number one in each round.

  5. Jalen Hurd is a good looking rookie yet to see regular season action yet. Bosa was a gift from football heaven given to the Niners to make up for the Aldon Smith and Ruben Foster debacles.

  6. #Dolphins. If they can draft even the league average as far as hitting on draft picks starting in the next couple of years, they have the potential to be very good.

  7. 49ers have the best defense ever in NFL History way better then the seahawks back when they won the superbowl…. Richard Sherman is a shutdown Corner the best in the league!!!!!! Kyle Shanahan is a better coach then anybody in the league for sure!!!!

  8. Jimmy G is the most overrated qb in the league. The guys stat line mostly looks like 201yds 1td 2ints and 2FL week in week out. That run game, and defense has carried him all year. Shanahan has done a nice job scheming for him, but how long can jet sweeps, reverses, and dump offs work?

  9. Does Jimmy G really think he’s a 9 win difference maker? At least a few times this year (last weekend included) this team won despite Jimmy G.
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    You have no argument here. 2 years ago he took over a 1-10 team and went 5-0 and beat 2 teams that made the playoffs. All the evidence would show that he does make that big of a difference. In the last 3 years, the Niners are 4-20 without him and 20-5 with him.

  10. mjclementz says:
    January 15, 2020 at 8:25 pm
    Does Jimmy G really think he’s a 9 win difference maker? At least a few times this year (last weekend included) this team won despite Jimmy G.
    **************

    Just look at the 49er’s record with and without Jimmy G. He came to 1-9 team and won the last 6. He was lost for the season in 2018 and they went 4-12 and with him they’re 12-4. It’s hard to argue.

  11. Shanahan’s big ego cost long-cursed Atlanta a SB title because running the damn ball & burning clock wasn’t good enough–he kept calling pass plays so he could be the young “genius” who blew out Belichick. We in Atlanta hope Einstein never wins the big one.

  12. It the same way they’ve been adding talent for the past 6 or 8 years. Be a bottom dweller, and amass high draft picks.

  13. Cool. I don’t think my Bears will be doing that. I could be wrong, but their bottom-of-the-barrel coaching changes and lackluster draft record under Pace don’t provide much hope.

  14. daysend564 says:
    January 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm
    It means that Seattle was about the only team with a winning record that the 49ers beat.

    I hope that was sarcasm, otherwise that was straight up sour grapes. They beat both the Packers and the Saints in regular season (who were the #2 and #3 seeds going into the playoffs). Their only 3 losses came while we were down both Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander. One was a loss to the Seahawks in which we were also down Kittle and E Sanders (and it was both left and right tackles first game back since weeks 2 & 3) and another was to Baltimore, in their home stadium and it terrible weather (and again, defense was down players still). The only surprising loss was to Atlanta but every team usually has one, so I will take it. Even that Atlanta loss was only due to a TD at the very end.

  15. californianewton says:
    January 15, 2020 at 9:17 pm
    Any team can own the top pick in the draft, if they are bad or lucky enough, but only a good front office can make a good use of it. The St. Louis Lambs traded away their early picks for more picks but it did not get them anything. Lynch thought that Solomon Thomas would be his elite pass rusher, but it did not turn out that way. He was pretty lucky he got a second chance. Some teams, like Seattle, do not even have a first round pick most of the last decade.
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    Lol yup…and some teams…like Seattle, enjoy consistent success despite it.

  16. nyctraffic says:

    “Shanahan’s big ego cost long-cursed Atlanta a SB title because running the damn ball & burning clock wasn’t good enough–he kept calling pass plays so he could be the young “genius” who blew out Belichick. We in Atlanta hope Einstein never wins the big one.”

    That’s when the Head Coach has to step in.

  17. jefflocc says:
    January 15, 2020 at 10:03 pm
    49ers have the best defense ever in NFL History way better then the seahawks back when they won the superbowl…. Richard Sherman is a shutdown Corner the best in the league!!!!!! Kyle Shanahan is a better coach then anybody in the league for sure!!!!
    +++
    No he isn’t. He only plays one side of the field. Holds on every play, and hardly covers the other teams best receiver.

    Signed,
    All Niner fans prior to Sherman joining their team.

  18. It was more than just Jimmy who got hurt last year. Half of the D was injured, among other’s on the O not named Jimmy.

    Is Jimmy a game changer? Absolutely. Because he took advantage of the down-time and thoroughly learned the play-book. Couple that with an amazing draft class, some savvy FA moves, and here you go.

  19. Geoffrey Mendoza says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:32 am
    Romo being hurt helped dallas get Zeke. This happens if you know how to draft

    Yes and that was to their advantage for 3 years while on his rookie contract.
    Not a good draft pick now with that bloated contract and a huge drop-off with his production, this year.
    And that was with him having the best O-line in FB, above avg QB along with other talent.
    Paying Zeke and soon elite QB pay(to an above avg QB). Doesn’t matter how well they draft, over paying these 2 will sink the franchise for years.

    Get use to more yrs of 8-8 or 9-7. Cowboys just making the playoffs…is the same as my Niners making the NFC title game or super bowl.
    Guess when your team hasn’t done crap in 25 years..then this is as good as it gets for Cowboy fans lol

  20. It worked for them no doubt. Team has sucked for years and all those high 1st round choices have panned out. This is their year to win it all. If they don’t, there’s some players wanting to get paid big dollars. They can’t pay them all and team will start experiencing what every other winning club does … losing top notch players without replacing them. This, death and taxes are a constant.

  21. Another part of this story: the Niners haven’t picked a QB in the 1st round in the last 15 years and only two in the last 40 years. By not trying to hit the QB lottery every season (AZ, Cleveland) and getting talent everywhere else they were able to actually build a decent team around Garoppolo.

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