• Safa Shooshtry

The Armchair Quarterback Volume 17: The Rebuild Year Three, A Playlist

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For NFL fans April 17, 2019 was very much like Christmas morning. Fans waited in anticipation all offseason for the 2019 NFL schedule to be released. Then, finally at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time on the 17th, the gift of knowledge was finally unwrapped.

If the San Francisco 49ers’ 2019 season were a playlist its title would likely be “The Rebuild Year Three.” But what if each week of the season were represented by a song? What songs would they be? Let’s examine.

Week 1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sweet Revenge, by John Prine

The title of Sweet Revenge says it all! This track by John Prine emphasizes what Kwon Alexander will be wanting to get on his former team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Alexander suffered a torn ACL during the 2018 season, which was the final year of his rookie contract, and the Buccaneers chose not to extend him. The 49ers saw him as an upgrade to their linebacking corps and offered him a deal. He should be ready to go for the season opener, and if he’s active he’ll absolutely be looking for “Sweet Revenge”!

Week 2 @ Cincinnati Bengals - Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor

The 49ers have back to back road games to kick off the 2019 season for the first time since 1997. In Week 2 they will travel to the “Eye of the Tiger” to do battle with the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. They will look to move the ball across the field while the eye of the tiger stares at them from the sideline.

Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Lights Out, by Westside Connection

The last time the 49ers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers was back at Candlestick Park in 2011 on Monday Night Football. 49er Faithful will remember that game as a victory, and as the time the stadium lights went out twice due to a blown transformer. In 2019 though, they will battle with the Steelers in the afternoon. So hopefully the only “Lights Out” we see will be the play of the 49ers defense!

Week 4 Bye - Bye Bye Bye, by *NSYNC

It’s the bye week. This song is necessary. Don’t hate me…

Week 5 vs. Cleveland Browns - Reckoning Song (One Day), by Asaf Avidan & the Mojos

In Week 5 the 49ers will play host to the Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr., their newly acquired wide receiver. Beckham was a player of interest to 49ers in the offseason, but ultimately no deal was worked up and he ended up going to the Browns via trade with the New York Giants. “Reckoning Song (One Day)” by Asaf Avidan & the Mojos tells a story of the one that got away. The Faithful are left to imagine the stories that the 49ers and Beckham could’ve told together!

Week 6 @ Los Angeles Rams - Welcome to L.A., by King Lil G

In Week 6 the 49ers travel to the City of Angels to battle the Rams. It’s only fitting they get a welcome song courtesy of King Lil G!

Week 7 @ The Washington Football Team - D.C. or Nothing, by Wale

The 49ers head to the nation’s capital to play the Washington Football Team in Week 7. Yes, the Washington Football Team. Their goal for the week is to conquer “D.C. or Nothing”!

Week 8 vs. Carolina Panthers - Raise Up, by Petey Pablo

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers travel to Levi’s Stadium in Week 8 to face the 49ers. “Raise Up” by Petey Pablo is a song that encapsulates the essence of North Carolina. And it is also what the 49ers need to do as a team to beat the Panthers.

Week 9 @ Arizona Cardinals - Arizona Skies, by Los Lobos

“Arizona Skies” by Los Lobos is a great instrumental track to ride out on as the 49ers travel there in Week 9 to clash with the Arizona Cardinals.

Week 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks - 50 Thousand Deep, by The Blue Scholars

The Week 10 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks can best be described by a track from Seattle hip hop duo, The Blue Scholars. Their track “50 Thousand Deep” is a good description of how deep 49er Faithful will be at this game. Look for 50,000 plus in attendance.

Week 11 vs. Arizona Cardinals – Arizona, by Kings of Leon

In the Week 11 matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals the 49ers will need the mantra “Now go/Stand up to a giant/Said that I’m a fighter.” That mantra is from the song “Arizona” by Kings of Leon. And that giant is the ageless wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has been bullying defenses for over a decade. Here is where they stand up, say enough, and shut him down.

Week 12 vs. Green Bay Packers - The Block is Hot, by Lil Wayne

For the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers, a song by Packer enthusiast and rapper Lil Wayne was necessary. After forgettable 2018 seasons for both the Packers and the 49ers, the “block will be hot” in this rematch of a game from last season that went down to the wire.

Week 13 @ Baltimore Ravens - Quote the Raven, by Bruse Wane

A song that references the ever-famous poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a fitting track for a Week 13 meeting between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, the team named after that poem!

Week 14 @ New Orleans Saints - The Battle of New Orleans, by Johnny Horton

Week 14 will see the 49ers travel down south to take on the New Orleans Saints. It will truly be a “Battle of New Orleans” in the bayou!

Week 15 vs. Atlanta Falcons - Hello Old Friend, by Eric Clapton

The Atlanta Falcons visit Levi’s Stadium in Week 15. This will be the first time that head coach Kyle Shanahan gets a chance to coach against his former team. He served as their offensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016. Running back Tevin Coleman, who is in his first year with the 49ers, also gets a chance to play against his former team, whom he was with from 2015-2018. They both will be sure to say “Hello Old Friend” to their former teammates as the song by Eric Clapton suggests.

Week 16 vs. Los Angeles Rams - We’re Almost There, by Michael Jackson

Week 16 of the NFL season is the home stretch, close but not quite the end. When the Rams come to the Bay Area to face off against the 49ers, the Red and Gold will need to hear the King of Pop’s voice saying to them “We’re Almost There” and fight to the end.

Week 17 @ Seattle Seahawks - Closing Time, by Semisonic

The 49ers finish their 2019 regular season against the Seahawks. The song “Closing Time” by Semisonic is the iconic “get your business done and go home” theme. And just remember “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” like the playoffs for example!

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