Kyle Shanahan using last four games to evaluate for 2019

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When you’re 2-10 and choosing between Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard to start at quarterback, it’s hard to sell hope in December.

So with no playoffs in their near future, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is serving up a hot dish of early evaluations on the 2019 season, with a side of expectation-dampening.

Via Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area, Shanahan said this year’s injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo obviously changed things, but made sure to point out the rebuild is still ongoing.

“I think we came here knowing that it was going to take some time,” Shanahan said. “I think the way we finished last year definitely accelerates everyone’s feelings and what they thought.

“But, by no means did I think we were coming into it this year and it was just going to be easy. I knew it was going to be extremely hard. The way it started off, it definitely made it a lot harder.”

At the moment, the 49ers are on pace to pick first in next year’s draft, which should help. And assuming Garoppolo returns to full health, and plays the way he did the end of last year, they should be optimistic about the future. But Shanahan also noted that these last four gams will be an important part of their grades on individual players.

“We’ve had some close ones that I believe we should have won,” Shanahan said. “That’s why I believe our record should be better than it is. But, by no means just because our record isn’t better than what it was last year does that change how I feel.

“We did some good things at the end of last year. We’ve had a number of setbacks. But, I think this is a necessary process to where we are going to go and some of the tough decisions that we have to make going into year three.”

And there are still plenty of those to make.

12 responses to “Kyle Shanahan using last four games to evaluate for 2019

  1. Kyle and John know this – it’s a bottom line business, close but no cigar only gets you fired.
    Next year, there are no more excuses.
    And oh, John Lynch – please stay away from draft reaches and injury prone players. Maybe hire a strength and conditioning coach that can actually, you know, condition players?

  2. Shouldn’t someone be evaluating Shanahan? There is no question he is a fine OC, but as a HC, the dude lets his emotions get the better of him during the game and aside from a late season stretch last year against mostly doormats, they’ve never been competitive. Exhibit A is week 1 of this season. And don’t give me that McKinnon was injured nonsense, he was a backup and in a timeshare in Minny for a reason.

  3. we need to start spending money on quality picks and quality FA’s and or trades, we haven’t invested in any of that, just hoping to draft into these guys. Secondary, O-line, WR, and a bunch of luck with injuries next year versus the hand we’ve been dealt.

  4. I think Garoppolo getting hurt will be the best thing that happened to this team in the long run, because his success masked how talent deficient the roster really is. It’s clear as day now.

    They need a #1 AND a #2 WR. Pettis is a good #3, and Garcon and Goodwin aren’t starting caliber. They need help across the board on defense, and should consider an eventual transition for Sherman from CB to Free Safety and draft replacement corners. Their top 2 running backs are the same type of player, they need a guy who can pound it between the tackles without relying on gameplan to fool the defense.

    Hopefully with the draft capital they have, they can trade down from #1 and acquire more value in the 1st round, as that spot is typically for a QB.

  5. Move Sherman to F safety? That would be a weird transition. His style is jam at the line and force to the outside then use his reach to disrupt passes. Not sure he’s fast enough to play center field. He is a good tackler.

  6. Wasn’t Jimmy G supposed to be the last piece of the puzzle to put this team over the top? Looks like they still have a ton of work to do just to compete for a wild-card over the next few years.

  7. Ignorant Leftist says:
    December 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Shouldn’t someone be evaluating Shanahan? There is no question he is a fine OC, but as a HC, the dude lets his emotions get the better of him during the game and aside from a late season stretch last year against mostly doormats, they’ve never been competitive. Exhibit A is week 1 of this season. And don’t give me that McKinnon was injured nonsense, he was a backup and in a timeshare in Minny for a reason
    ——-
    They beat 3 playoff teams in their last 5 games last year. This is why you should actually watch football.

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