When you start 0-9 – and five of those wins come by three points or fewer – it’s frustrating. That’s why San Francisco’s 31-21 Week 10 win over the Giants was so cathartic.
“It was pure pandemonium,” Niners defensive lineman Leger Douzable said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “To get over that hump, it took us this long to get the win, but we’re building something special here. It felt just amazing to get the first one out of the way and get John Lynch and Coach Shanahan their first win.”
Shanahan, especially. No first-year head coach wants to start 0-9, especially one year after OC’ing a team to the Super Bowl.
“We’ve put in a lot of work this season,” Douzable said. “Every Wednesday, we come out ready to work. A lot of people don’t understand that the thing that’s so great about Kyle, I know it’s had to have affected him losing all these games, especially coming from a winning program like Atlanta. But every Wednesday he comes in ready to work, has a lot of energy and it just feeds the rest of the team.”
From Week 2 to Week 6, San Francisco lost five straight games by a combined 13 points, including a pair of three-point losses on the road in overtime in Arizona and Indianapolis.
“We’ve lost so many close games,” Douzable said. “Our record could be something else. It’s not, but guys still come in every week ready to work and they’re ready to put the effort in.”
The Niners, who are coming off a bye, will go for their second straight win this Sunday against Seattle. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. ET.