Not old hat for 49ers coach: Shanahan says he won’t bring back famed red cap to break skid

Legendary Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Bear Bryant’s houndstooth hat became an iconic part of his wardrobe.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has turned a newsboy cap into a sideline staple.

Last season, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan designed and wore a custom bright red trucker hat with a small, black 49ers logo, but the hat is nowhere to be found this year.

Neither are all the wins the 49ers expected to rack up.

Football coaches aren’t always the most fashion-forward people, but the red hat Shanahan wore throughout the 49ers’ run to an NFC Championship caught on with the team’s fans and reportedly sold out in the week leading up to the team’s Super Bowl appearance against the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the 49ers struggling to a 2-3 start in 2020, some fans are wondering if a superstitious Shanahan might ditch the new gray hat he’s worn this season in favor of the red trucker hat that reminds them of better days.

“Winning games comes to playing good football and we’ve got to play better football,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “If I thought the color of my hat would help us play better football, I promise you I would never take that off.”

Shanahan is convinced the 49ers’ shaky pass defense and leaky offensive line won’t suddenly improve if he reverts to his old hat, but he might face pressure from within his own family to give the red hat another shot. When the 49ers were preparing for the Super Bowl, the head coach told multiple outlets that he considered the idea of wearing a different hat on the sidelines before his wife Mandy convinced him otherwise.

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“I would like to change my outfit up,” Shanahan told ESPN last January. “My wife will not let me. I wore a red hat earlier in the year, and now she’s so superstitious that if I take that off, I may lose. It will only be because of that, according to her. So I’m usually going with my red hat and my white shirt.”

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan walks onto the field before the NFC Championship game versus the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group) 

When it comes to selecting clothes for the sideline, Shanahan has attempted to find a sweet spot somewhere between Bill Belichick’s casual hooded sweatshirt look and former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan’s full gameday suit. His players have expressed an appreciation for Shanahan’s style, with former wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders announcing last year that he couldn’t wait to tell his wife that his new head coach wore Yeezys to work.

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