Shanahan: “Very easy” to prepare 49ers for potential trap against the Falcons

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The 11-2 49ers host the 4-9 Falcons on Sunday, in what will be the only “easy” game among San Francisco’s final six of the season.

And it’s those “easy” games that can be a trap. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan knows it.

“You want to address it, but it’s been very easy for me,” Shanahan told reporters on Friday. “The way these guys have looked on tape these last five weeks, how hard they’ve played, the coaches that they have, the players that they have, and then when you turn on the tape and watch how hard they’ve been going, it hasn’t been hard at all for me to tell the guys. As soon as they saw the tape they could see that.

“These guys have won three out of their last five games. They beat a very good team in New Orleans. It wasn’t a close game, they beat them with ease. Beat Carolina last week by a lot. It’s not just luck. You turn on the tape and you can see why. Everyone knows the names that they have over there, the team is playing at a very high level right now.”

The 49ers have provided no reason to think that they won’t be able to pivot to preparing for playing a team like the Falcons after running the Packers-Ravens-Saints gauntlet and before ending the season with games against the Rams and Seahawks. Besides, to the extent that Shanahan needs a little extra motivation, he’s surely aware of the flak he took from the Falcons for the playcalling at the end of the 28-3 Super Bowl LI debacle.

So the 49ers, who still have everything they’ve been playing for in front of them as the postseason appoaches, should be fine for the one late-season game that won’t be one of their toughest games of the year.

7 responses to “Shanahan: “Very easy” to prepare 49ers for potential trap against the Falcons

  1. SaintsGotRobbed says:
    December 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    Niners beat the saints in new Orleans. Not easy. Kudoz…won’t beat em again. That is all.
    Take your L like a man. You’re about as bad as Seahawks fans.

  2. Aints fans still can’t get over the fact, that they lost to a BETTER TEAM. Atlanta is a spoiler team right now, but SF will be ready. Garappolo is hitting his stride right now and we will pull off the win at home.

  3. My biggest pet-peeve in NFL football today is that players don’t/can’t tackle, they go for the strip instead of tackling and they’ll let the ball-carrier get an extra 10-15-20yr or even score a TD like the two Saints players did on that Sanders 75yr TD! Two players had the opportunity to tackle Sanders, one on the 15yd line and one on the 4yd line, but NO they both went for the strip, missed and GAVE Sanders the TD! If they’d have tackled Sanders and held SF to a FG there the 49ers would have had to score a TD at the end of the game, a FG would have been meaningless.

    The game at this level has gotten so sloppy its almost impossible to watch, HS players put forth more effort and its one of the reasons there are currently 18 teams BELOW .500 in the NFL. All the money they’re making and for what? Half-ass play and almost no effort!

    Just think now there are a lot of people who want to pay the college players and it’ll ruin the sport at that level also!

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