Fans of the San Francisco 49ers know that they have a bright future.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent parts of four seasons with New England as Brady's backup prior to the trade, as the Pats selected him with the No. 62 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft out of Eastern Illinois.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde was feeling very confident. He was feeling so confident, he offered the boldest statement for what the future holds for the San Francisco 49ers:
Minus our record, we’re a really good football team. Next year we’re going to win the Super Bowl.”
A pending free agent, Hyde said: “I feel we’ve got a chance to go the Super Bowl next year and I don’t want to go to another team.”
An 0-9 start saw San Francisco set an NFL record by losing five consecutive games by three points or fewer. Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer was benched in favor of rookie C.J. Beathard.
Given all of that, a win or two in the first year under coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch seemed like a reasonable goal for what figured to be a massive rebuild.
During the interview, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed his belief that developing in the Patriots system helped prepare Garoppolo for success with the Niners:
"It's really a credit to him. You do what you can with the opportunities you get. I think it is great for any player and anyone who has been in the Patriots system to watch how the coaches prepare the players. There is obviously a high standard and high expectations for us every time we take the field.
Anytime you're in a winning environment, that definitely helps and I think guys really enjoy that. You take what you can and use that in other places if that is where you go. Like I said, what they are doing is a credit to them.
I don't think anyone should take credit for what those guys have accomplished."