The San Francisco 49ers have another reason to be angry this week. A fire alarm at their hotel woke up the players at 6 a.m. local time, forcing them out of bed.
While no one was compelled to evacuate, and the hotel declared it a false alarm, 49ers players believe it was not an accident.
Running back Christian McCaffrey, the NFL’s offensive player of the year, said there is no chance it was random and that it only adds “more wood to the fire.” Defensive end Nick Bosa compared it to the care they had at their Philadelphia hotel during construction.
“I’m sure somebody did it,” Bosa replied. “It reminded me of Philadelphia, where they were doing work outdoors. It was early in the morning, and they were really dismantling a bridge right outside our hotel. We haven’t had great luck. But there are no excuses.
The problem with his “no excuses” mantra is that the 49ers are constantly making excuses or complaining about something. This is only the latest example.
They spent the entire offseason talking about how they would have been in the Super Bowl a year ago had it not been for Brock Purdy’s injury in the NFC Championship game. They have been unhappy with their practice field situation this week going into the Super Bowl and have not been shy about letting everybody know about it. Now they seem convinced somebody was trying to wake them up — only a few minutes early, for what it is worth — at their hotel.
They would not be the first team to have somebody pull a fire alarm at their hotel, but this wasn’t even the night before the game. It also wasn’t even at an unreasonable hour in the middle of the night. If somebody was going to try and throw them off, 2 a.m. the night before the Super Bowl would have been a far more logical and effective time to strike.
If the 49ers do not win on Sunday there is a good chance you’ll be hearing them talk about fire alarms or their Super Bowl week practice field for most of the offseason.