The 49ers had an embarrassing 27-6 loss to the depleted Cardinals, giving up 31 points in the first half. The game was lost before it started for Kyle Shanahan but Trey Lance got some good news after his second tryout of the season.
The 49ers lost to the Cardinals, their third straight game with a final score of at least 40 points. The loss was embarrassing and will only make it more difficult for Kyle Shanahan in his quest to lead the team out of its slump.The “49ers head coach” is a position that has been in flux for the past few years. The last two seasons, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch have failed to make the playoffs. In 2018, they will be looking towards Trey Lance as their new head coach.
In an already perplexing NFL season, Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers have been a mixed bag. However, Sunday’s defeat to a weakened Arizona Cardinals squad sheds a light on the Bay Area’s approach.
Arizona was without Kyler Murray, AJ Green, and DeAndre Hopkins, while Chase Edmonds departed the game early due to an injury. It didn’t make a difference.
The 49ers fell flat on their faces and lost a game they should have won, particularly when the Cardinals were missing important players and had to rely on Colt McCoy as quarterback. In the chilly, dismal streets of San Francisco, Shanahan’s seat may be blazing hot, and Trey Lance’s turn may be coming sooner than he had planned.
Kyle Shanahan’s weak track record is terrible news for the 49ers, who may have to look for a new head coach.
Kyle Shanahan has a 32-40 record as the 49ers’ head coach. Some argue that his record is skewed since he took over a dormant squad. Others claim Shanahan’s overall record is 19-37 if you exclude the 13-3 season. There is no strong take. It was just a tweet.
November 8, 2021 — Matt Steinmetz (@SteinmetzNBA)
Yes, the 49ers did make it to the Super Bowl a few years ago. However, it was a long time ago. This squad is a shell of what it once was, and it all begins with Shanahan.
Shanahan’s tenure seems to be significantly worse if the 13-3 year is excluded. Despite his 13 wins, he is still below.500, and there are no excuses.
The defense is led by Nick Bosa, and Shanahan has plenty of offensive tools to work with. So, what’s going on here?
Who knows, but John Lynch isn’t going to keep kicking the tires on Shanahan for much longer, particularly after picking a rookie quarterback who has yet to play this season. The head coach of the 49ers is shouldering the bulk of the burden, as he should. (NBC Sports’ Jennifer Lee Chan contributed this).
“I feel we can be a better team than that record suggests, and I know it begins with me.”
Kyle Shanahan discusses the 49ers’ 3-5 start to the season.
Nobody anticipated the 49ers to finish last in the NFC West with three wins, five defeats, and last place. Things seem to be dismal in San Francisco, and Shanahan isn’t helping himself. After Robert Saleh resigned to become the head coach of the New York Jets, stripping Shanahan of his responsibilities might force the 49ers to go outside the organization for their next head coach if things don’t improve immediately.
Trey Lance, where are you?
Trey Lance hasn’t played since Week 5 of the season.
November 8, 2021 — Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL)
This season, the 49er rookie has battled to get on the field. Before being injured, Jimmy Garoppolo walked away with the starting position. Garoppolo took up the role once he was well and has kept it ever since.
It’s not that the incumbent hasn’t done a good job. In truth, Garoppolo has performed well – not outstanding, but adequate. Lance, on the other hand, is just sitting on the bench, waiting for his chance.
With the 49ers’ season winding down, and the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals looming ahead, why not turn to Lance? What do you have to lose, after all? Maybe Shanahan should heed to the legendary Jerry Rice’s suggestion. It’s also not only Lance. Shanahan’s treatment of the rookies has been abysmal.
Total offensive/defensive snaps played in the last three games by the #49ers’ first four draft selections — Trey Lance, Aaron Banks, Trey Sermon, and Ambry Thomas: 0
November 10, 2021 — Eric Branch (@Eric Branch)
All season, the North Dakota State product had just 25 completions on 48 attempts with three touchdowns. He has 27 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Lance’s performance against the Seattle Seahawks, however, will live in infamy.
While Garoppolo isn’t the 49ers’ issue, they may as well see what they have in Lance, especially if they continue to lose games and jeopardize their postseason prospects.
The whole time, Shanahan’s handling of the Garoppolo-Lance situation has been questioned. At this rate, playing Lance will at the very least instill confidence in the rookie quarterback and provide the 49ers front staff with an up-close view at their coveted young quarterback and possible franchise face.
If we’re being honest, it’s long overdue. Just hand the keys over to Lance.
The schedule for the 49ers does not bode well for their chances of making the playoffs.
49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Trey Lance | Getty Images/Thearon W. Henderson
Will the 49ers be able to turn things around? Perhaps.
The 49ers meet the Rams twice more this season, as well as the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans. They also have to contend with the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings.
Sure, the NFC’s bottom tier is in disarray right now, with the Atlanta Falcons (another 49ers opponent) clinging on to the last Wild Card slot with a 4-4 record. Things are so jumbled up right now, but the simple fact is that the 49ers haven’t been playing decent football in any shape or form.
Shanahan’s tenure as 49ers head coach might be coming to an end if things don’t improve immediately.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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