Shanahan swaps hat vs. Rams, but red trucker still retired originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
After two straight losses, Kyle Shanahan is doing what he can to change the 49ers' luck.
That includes changing up his headwear, but it stops short of him wearing the one that some 49ers fans would like to see him wear.
As many 49ers reporters observed ahead of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, Shanahan is not wearing the same grey hat he wore during the 49ers' first five games. They went 2-3 during that stretch.
Hatwatch: Kyle Shanahan has changed hats ... but it's a black hat, not the red one he wore last year.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 18, 2020
#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not back in the red hat, as he said this week. However, he has switched it up. Tonight's hat is black with the red logo on it instead of the gray he's been wearing.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 18, 2020
Important update: Kyle Shanahan is wearing a new black hat tonight. Had been wearing a grey one during the first five games.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) October 18, 2020
Oh, this isn’t just any black cap. It’s the best possible black cap Kyle Shanahan could’ve chosen pic.twitter.com/8ntD8zZLXE— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) October 19, 2020
They don’t call it the best beat in the NFL for nothing, folks. pic.twitter.com/XgLBNRLriP— Kyle Maskson (@KyleAMadson) October 18, 2020
Shanahan told reporters in the lead-up to Week 6 that he hadn't considered changing up his hat this season. To borrow a phrase from a certain regional manager at a paper company: Shanahan didn't sound superstitious, but he seemed a little stitious.
"If I thought the color of my hat would help us play better football, I promise you, I'd never take that off," Shanahan said. "So, I understand the question, but I live a little more in reality than that."
Rick James would be envious of Shanahan's restraint in changing his mind.
On Sunday, Shanahan's reality included wearing a hat of a different color. If the black hat does the trick and the 49ers win, it sounds like he will have a new, permanent staple in his wardrobe.
If it doesn't, maybe he could try a fedora?