Earlier this offseason we broke down why Hyde was a beautiful mesh with the Niners' new stretch-zone running scheme. Part of that optimism stemmed from Hyde's familiarity with the system from his college days as a Buckeye. For anyone who watches Big Ten football, they'd seen this version of Carlos Hyde before.
"It felt like I was back at Ohio State," he said of his performance Monday night.
"Silence the doubters, man," Hyde told NFL Media's Omar Ruiz about what the 49ers proved. "Whoever doubted us, we are going to silence you. We are going to stay together as a group, just get stronger, believe in one another and, you know, the sky is the limit for us."
"I think it showed that we blocked out all those distractions," Hyde later added. "We came together as a group and as a team. There's a good bond in that locker room -- a bunch of guys that believe in each other. That's all you need."
Now they need it for 15 more games to completely wipe out the offseason narratives.