The San Francisco 49ers are off to a hot start for the 2019 season, the most positive “surprise” 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.

They are now the NFL’s only undefeated team headed into Week 10, after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sunday, 37-20.

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. Halfway through the season their +133 point differential is second in the league, and the team’s averaging almost 30 points per game. 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 was once a Patriot and who’s long been a favorite of many Outsports readers, is now 14-2 as a starter for San Francisco. After their win against the Arizona Cardinals on the road Thursday night, their next game is on Monday Night Football, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, hosting the Seattle Seahawks.