Kyle Shanahan: I think our defense is just getting started

AP

The 49ers won four games all of last season, but Sunday’s 20-7 victory over the Rams means they’ve already surpassed that total this season.

At 5-0, the 49ers are one of only two undefeated teams in the league and the biggest driver in the last two victories has been the defense. They’ve allowed 10 points and 345 yards while beating the Browns and Rams and head coach Kyle Shanahan thinks things can get even better on that side of the ball.

“I’m very happy with how we played,” Shanahan said in his postgame press conference. “We’re 5-0, which is a great thing, but we’re not playing our best ball. We can do a lot of things better than that. It seemed like our defense played at an extremely high level, obviously minus the first drive. We can continue to get better on offense. We can continue to get better on special teams. I also think our defense is just getting started, too.”

The Rams opened the game by running seven straight times on a 56-yard touchdown drive, but the 49ers defense dominated the rest of the way and it’s not hard to share Shanahan’s feeling that there will be a lot more highlight reel performances to come from the unit.

30 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: I think our defense is just getting started

  1. The Rams, Cowboys, and Chiefs are suddenly in real trouble. The Rams had a chance to keep San Fran in its place as an up-and-coming-but-not-ready-for-primetime franchise. The home loss gave San Fran a real confidence booster and put them basically 3.5 games out of the division lead with two teams ahead of them. And Arizona just won 2 straight.

    Are the Rams and Chiefs that inflexible that once someone figures out how to gameplan for them, that’s it. It’s over. They can’t adjust? They can’t morph into a new nonster with all the talent? I thought Sean McVay was supposed to be a genius.

  2. Maybe you can play a non-bottom dwelling team eventually and we can see if you are even a WC round quality team— jury is out so far.

  3. Maybe you can play a non-bottom dwelling team eventually and we can see if you are even a WC round quality team— jury is out so far
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    Yeah test your metal against my 1-5 Skins next week! 🙂

  4. Love the niners defense and they are playing simply outstanding. But I can’t help to feel that that defensive line is loaded with top 1st round picks. Now they have to pan out to so give the niners credit but getting all those bites at the apple picking in the top ten you better come out with some talent:

  5. So the 49ers are for real and the Rams aren’t! WOW that SF defense made the Rams look like a bad HS team. KUDOS

  6. I especially enjoyed the first commenter refusing to name the Seahawks as a contender.

    …..but he names the Cowboys who lost to the Jets today.

    The San Francisco 49ers fan base has so much hate for the Seattle Seahawks it’s not even funny and I’m glad you guys are finally back.

    If you haven’t seen Jim Harbaugh sitting in the front row of Judge Judy yet make sure you check that out on yt it’s hilarious.

  7. Hate Seattle? Lol. Seattle thinks there is a rivalry. Win 4 more then come see us. We are on a quest for our 6th Lombardi, not division titles. Our rivals are the Steelers and Patriots. Enjoy your recent division trophies, I’m sure they look great…. The best thing Seattle ever did was hit Pete the Cheat in his face with the football.

  8. TribeOfOne says:
    October 13, 2019 at 10:43 pm
    Hate Seattle? Lol. Seattle thinks there is a rivalry. Win 4 more then come see us. We are on a quest for our 6th Lombardi, not division titles. Our rivals are the Steelers and Patriots. Enjoy your recent division trophies, I’m sure they look great…. The best thing Seattle ever did was hit Pete the Cheat in his face with the football.

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    Nobody with a lick of sense in Seattle thinks there’s a rivalry. If the 9ers were to ever have a couple of winning years then maybe there could start tobe one but until that happens, there’s nothing to talk about. But you can still dream or go ahead living in your fantasy.

  9. Running the ball 7 straight times is an attempt to fool the defense with trick plays because the LAmbs have been passing the ball a lot even when Todd Gurley was healthy. It worked on the first drive, but the defense adjusted.

  10. The vile and hatred in the comments proves there is a rivalry. I would say though, as a Seahawk fan, the 49ers probably hate Dallas more and Seahawk fans the Rams more … and for people like me who remember the AFC West… we still hate the Raiders.

    The best rivalries though live in the NFC North.

  11. The Rams haven’t really “had Gurley” since midway through last year. Something is wrong with that cat. If it can’t be fixed then he needs to retire before it gets worse.

    As for the Seahawks….. I don’t feel the need to denigrate them. They are who they are and the 9ers are who they are. The fun part is that they’ll get to settle it on the football field one way or the other.

    Sooner or later people will have to take notice that the 49ers are for real. That defense is ferocious and Jimmy G is making his way back from that knee injury last year and looks more comfortable every game. Teams look good the week before and the week after they play against us, but not when they play us…..hmmmmmm……

  12. The 0-line has really struggled for LA. The loss of Sullivan (released) and Saffold (free agency) cannot be overstated. Now Wentworth has slipped and the right guard is injured! Teams are able to get great pressure up the middle and get in Goff’s face. The Rams management made the classic mistake of thinking that the replacements are comparable to the departing starters because they drafted them, so we have to be right!

  13. The writing is on the wall haters it looks like it’s gonna be a Brady Jimmy G Superbowl. The Master against his former apprentice oh it’s a Hollywood script if there ever was one, and my money will be on the Master who will then retire with 7 Rings…Deal with it people

  14. jackedupboonie says:
    October 14, 2019 at 9:14 am
    Clara fans out in full force I see. What have you won lately?
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    Come to the 49ers Museum in “Clara”. You can see FIVE gleaming Lombardi’s. Some of us didn’t start watching football just recently.

  15. dfwhawkguy says:
    October 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm
    Maybe you can play a non-bottom dwelling team eventually and we can see if you are even a WC round quality team— jury is out so far.
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    Shouldn’t you be saying the same thing about the Hawks? We’ve actually played 4 of the same teams so far. You beat the Bengals by 1, we beat them by 24. You beat the Steelers by 2, we beat them by 4. You beat the Rams by 1 (and you got lucky) and we beat them by 13. You beat the Browns by 4, and we beat them by 28.

  16. jackedupboonie says:
    October 14, 2019 at 9:14 am
    Clara fans out in full force I see. What have you won lately?

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    What have YOU won lately? The hawks one and only superbowl win was SiX years ago. To put it in perspective, the Patriots have won 3 more since then. Including the SB with my favorite play ever. Should have run the ball.

  17. Richard sherman and the rest of the latte 49ers Bandwagon need to wait until they play Green Bay and New Orleans with Brees.

    Rams are not the same team which is evidenced by a horrible Bucs team laying 55 points on them last week.

  18. The Jimmy G FUPs will eventually catch up to them. The D can’t overcome his incompetence indefinitely …even a good ‘game manager’ can’t get away with these terrible throws/decisions each and every week. Rams loss was a 14 point swing based on two fluke plays….otherwise pretty close game, which says a lot for the niner D…biggest surprise of the season.

  19. Last season the defense was terrible. It could not stop Kirk Cousins and it could not stop Patrick Mahomes. That was why Jimmy G. was 1-2 as starter last season before getting hurt. This season, the D stopped Dak Prescott and Mahomes in preseason games. That was when I realized that they are much improved and a lot better than many pundits had ranked them.

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