Kyle Shanahan: Knew it would be a challenge, thought we’d play better

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With Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle and other players missing due to injury, the 49ers would have been shorthanded Thursday night even if Kendrick Bourne didn’t test positive for COVID-19.

Bourne did, however, and the wideout’s result led to left tackle Trent Williams and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk being ruled out as close contacts. After the 34-17 loss to Green Bay, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged the difficulty of playing without so many guys while saying he expected more from the team.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge,” Shanahan said at his press conference. “We knew at the start of the week it was going to be a challenge and then losing those three guys yesterday was obviously a bigger challenge, but I still thought we could have a game and still thought we could play better than we did tonight. Being down like that and not being at our best and going against a good team like that, usually that’s usually what happens, but I know we could have done better.”

The loss drops the 49ers to 4-5 with a trip to the Saints on deck before a bye week. The 49ers should have some players back for that game, but many will remain out and the challenge may remain too great for last season’s NFC champs as a result.

8 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Knew it would be a challenge, thought we’d play better

  1. Do you know why this guy lost two Super Bowls? Bc he doesn’t see the big picture. Still trying to score and running screens with a minute left down 24 while his whole team is on IR last night. Those aren’t reps. That’s ego. And what happens? Loses another OL. He is a play caller, not a head coach. He only cares about scoring on a drive, not actually managing the game and the team. Otherwise, he’d have two rings right now and one less guy on the injury report from last night.

  2. He’s still been to 2 SBs, thats a lot more than most NFL coaches can say. Plus, he just played a 1st place team and he had half a team of back upa. Nothing to be ashamed of.

  3. Another snoozer of a game and were packer fans. Sure glad I decided to not renew the Sunday Football Ticker from DTV for 300 bucks. Havent missed a thing this year. Too many crummy teams. Match ups are like, who cares who wins this stinker?
    16 teams make the playoffs? Why not all the teams and then we can whittle it down to Pittsburg and KC. MO money for the nfl.

  4. The Packers had several players out and several got hurt during the game. The offensive line was in flux the whole game and still performed well. Bakh out and then Ricky Wagner got hurt. Billy Turner, Elgton Jenkins and Jon Runyan played well considering all the injuries on the line. The Packers 2 top CB’s were out, and top 2 ILB’s out. With Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon out, they had to depend on Tyler Ervin and he played well.

    Depth really shows on SOME teams this season.

    The Packers are 6-2 and now get a few days to get a little healthier and then the focus all goes on the Jags for the Nov. 15th game.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  5. The offensive genius needs good players after all.
    T.Aikman should have remembered the Mike d’Antoni rule: don’t get too excited by a team with an offensive genius as head coach.

  6. Waiting for the mouth that roared, Richard Sherman, to chime in on the 49rs woes.
    He sure has been quiet.

  7. Sherman is a has-been. Now that he’s lost his speed he’ll be gone next season. Don’t get me wrong, he had a nice run. That’s why the Seahawks dumped him.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer fellow.

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