49ers are now happy they went 4-12 a year ago

Mike Florio
ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports

Tanks for nothing? Tanks for everything!

Although the 49ers didn’t try to earn the second overall pick in the 2019 draft by going 4-12 in 2018, it happened naturally. And it allowed them to selected defensive end Nick Bosa. And Bosa has helped fuel the 49ers to the No. 1 seed and, as of Sunday, hosting the NFC Championship.

“Things have a way of working out,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters on Wednesday regarding his ACL tear that sparked San Francisco’s not-so-special season. “I always told myself it was a blessing in disguise, the ACL and everything, and yeah we got Bosa out of it. That’s a pretty good trade-off I guess. Things have a way of working out I guess. This ride is crazy. You’ve just got to roll with the punches.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan agreed with the idea that the injury to Jimmy G in 2018 helped lay the foundation for a special team in 2019, and likely beyond.

“It’s definitely helped,” Shanahan told reporters. “Everything happens for a reason, and you need to get good players in, some difference-makers, and Bosa has definitely been a difference-maker. I’m very glad we have him. I don’t wish 4-12 on anybody, but after going through it, it was nice what it brought us.”

Although Shanahan surely didn’t intend to make a commercial for tanking, San Francisco’s experience underscores how losing can become #winning. So the next time your favorite team naturally or artificially falls apart in a given season, take heart. By the next season, your favorite team could be on the brink of the Super Bowl.

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