The San Francisco 49ers were just in the Super Bowl back in February, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in heartbreaking fashion. As the 49ers prepare to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6, Kyle Shanahan says the team is still dealing with the Super Bowl hangover.
“I think it’s frustrating,” Shanahan said, “I mean, just like you said, the Super Bowl hanging over, is just the big questions you’ve got to answer all the time and especially when you don’t have any offseason [program], so it kind of lingers even longer because I mean, the first time we came back after the Super Bowl was training camp. So it was kind of right there with the questions and stuff.
A season ago, everything went smoothly for San Francisco as they posted a 13-3 record and advanced to the Super Bowl. Fast forward to the 2020 campaign and the 49ers already have as many losses as they had in 2019, currently boasting a 2-3 record.
We’ve seen plenty of teams struggle to return to the Super Bowl after making it the year before. For instance, the Rams — who San Francisco ironically squares off against on Sunday night — had a Super Bowl hangover of their own in 2019, missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record after making the Super Bowl in 2018.
In San Francisco’s defense, due to COVID-19, they weren’t able to get together as a team until training camp. Plus, early in the 2020 season, the 49ers have dealt with a slew of injuries to vital members of their roster.
While Shanahan doesn’t want to make excuses, he realizes that his team is still overcoming the proverbial hangover that comes with appearing in a Super Bowl.