Kyle Shanahan’s team won its final five games in 2017 after a 1-10 start. Are the San Francisco 49ers ready to take another step forward?
Led by their fourth different head coach in as many years, the San Francisco 49ers struggled out of the gate this past season. With new sideline boss Kyle Shanahan at the helm, it took the club quite a while to win one game. But the team also made an aggressive move near the trade deadline and acquired promising quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots. He made his first start in Week 13 at Chicago and spearheaded a season-ending five-game winning streak.
Now the Niners are one of those teams that is suddenly on a lot of people’s radars. Can they live up to these new expectations?
Here is how the complete schedule, week-by-week, lays out for the up-and-coming Niners. All times ET.
Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions, 4:05 p.m.
Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Week 4: at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Week 6: at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (MNF)
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (SNF)
Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (TNF)
Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (MNF)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (SNF)
Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears, 4:05 p.m.
Week 17: at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
General manager John Lynch has once again been busy in free agency. Only this offseason there have far fewer moves than a year ago. Of course, the club made headlines when longtime adversary Richard Sherman was signed after he was cut loose by the rival Seattle Seahawks.
The Niners have missed the postseason each of the past four years and own a combined 21-43 over that span. But things are looking up for a franchise that appears to be back on track thanks to the current regime.