The San Francisco 49ers are off to a hot start for the 2019 season, one of the “surprises” of the season so far. And they’re doing it with an openly gay coach on the staff.
Katie Sowers came out publicly in 2017 after she had been hired by the 49ers. In “rebuilding” mode, the team had flashes of success late that season, but last year they struggled with their starting quarterback out with an injury.
This season they were one of eight undefeated teams headed into Week 4 (that number now stands at seven after the Green Bay Packers’ home loss Thursday night).
Despite years of nonsense about how out LGBTQ people are a “distraction” in men’s sports, the 49ers have soared this season with Sowers on the staff. Their +42 point differential is fourth in the league this season, and the team’s 96 points scored is fifth in the league. Given that Sowers is an offensive assistant coach, it doesn’t seem like she’s much of a “distraction.”
Sowers has had it doubly hard, as she’s had to deal with more nonsense about some NFL teams not being “ready” to have a female coach.
Of course we know that’s a complete joke given the success of LGBTQ athletes and their teams, like Robbie Rogers, Jason Collins and Scott Frantz. But the nonsense persists.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s long been a favorite of many Outsports readers, is now 9-2 as a starter for San Francisco. He and the 49ers will try to keep it going this weekend the 49ers host the Cleveland Browns, who were supposed to be the hot, young team in the league this season. While it may seem like this will be an automatic win for San Francisco, this is exactly the kind of game a team like the Browns could pull a surprise win.