49ers Kyle Shanahan: Savior or Bust?

When NFL fans normally read 51 pass attempts in a game, they probably assume the team was involved in an offensive shootout with lofty statistics.

That team is not the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite working without arguably their two best offensive players, Pierre Garcon (broken bone in his neck) and Joe Staley (broken orbital bone), head coach Kyle Shanahan asked Beathard to throw 51 passes.

How many did he complete? According to the Sacramento Bee, he completed just 47 percent of his throws. Pitiful. For the fifth time in eight games, the 49ers offense scored 10 points or less. But, apparently that wasn’t the plan heading into the game.

“If you would have told me after the game that we were in the 50s, I would say, ‘How much did we get killed by?’ ” Shanahan said in a press conference on Monday. “That’s definitely not the goal going in. We want to be balanced – always is our goal – especially in a situation that we were in.”

According to 49ers Press Democrat, Beathard was hit 16 times and sacked five times. Yet, 49ers RB Carlos Hyde was effective with 41 rushing yards in only 12 carries. It’s perplexing as to why Shanahan abandoned the run in favor of an inept passing attack.

Keeping the team disciplined

The 49ers currently lead the NFL in penalties. The ability to keep a team from beating themselves separates coordinators from head coaches. Shanahan will need to improve in this area to succeed in his 49ers tenure.

To be fair, Shanahan is struggling to even put a team on the field. The 49ers have a league-leading 23 players who have gone on injured reserve. Yet, these are the players Shanahan hand-picked. He wanted QB Brian Hoyer over Colin Kaepernick. He got rid of WR Jeremy Kerley in favor of rookie WR Trent Taylor. This is Shanahan’s team.

Over the course of the season, our genius needs to perform at a much higher level. Perhaps after the season would be a good time to question if he needs an offensive coordinator. Yet, for now, there needs to be signs of progress. And Shanahan believes there will be. In reference to his conversations with 49ers owner Jed York, the coach was solemn and honest.

“I wish I could make this look better for him (Jed York) right now. I know it isn’t there right now, but I know it will be,” said Shanahan.

We hope so, too. Excellence requires talent which only comes in time.  But you know all this Kyle. You’re an offensive mastermind. One of these days this season, 49ers fans might actually like to see it.

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