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INSANITY, California The San Francisco 49ers were facing challenges leading up to their bye week at this same time last year.
They were just defeated handily at Levi’s Stadium by the Kansas City Chiefs, who now have a 3-4 record. But the building itself held the key to solving that team’s biggest problem. A few days prior, the Niners made a blockbuster trade to acquire running back Christian McCaffrey, hoping he would ignite a second-half comeback. When he did, the Niners ended the season with ten straight victories and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.
The Niners enter their bye week and Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline with a little over a year aftermuch better record, but following Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, there is even more pressure to turn things around. San Francisco lost to the Bengals for the third time straight after starting the season 5-0; as a result, they are now 5-3 and out of first place in the NFC West division.
While the Niners will probably actively seek outside assistance, head coach Kyle Shanahan made it apparent on Sunday afternoon that another McCaffrey will not be entering through that door. Therefore, the majority of improvement must come from within. This process will start with a lot of introspection during the week off before the Niners’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 12.
“No, none of this changes anything with the trade deadline,” said Shanahan. “I think we have the answers in our building based on how we played today and how we played the previous three weeks. We have good players, in my opinion. We have good coaches, in my opinion. My job is to motivate them to perform better.
“I felt like we got off to a good start, but there’s some things that we haven’t been able to hide here these last few weeks and that’s why we’ve got to continue to push them in every aspect because some people do go on these losing streaks and they don’t have those answers and you’re just living in hope.”
After winning 15 straight regular-season games (tied for a franchise record) and defeating their first five opponents of the season by an average of 19.8 points per game, the Niners suffered their first three-game losing run since the 2021 campaign.
Shanahan had made repeated references to his team’s mistakes early in the season, which they were able to get away with because they had jumped out to big leads. Red zone issues and penalties had been issues, but the Niners made up for a lot of those with big offensive plays (their 21 plays of 20 yards or more were sixth most in the NFL) and few defensive plays (10 plays of 20 yards or more).allowed were fewest in the NFL). They’d also been dominant in the turnover battle, going plus-7 with a league-low two giveaways.
For the majority of those categories, the last three weeks have brought about a significant change in the opposite direction. The Niners have allowed 15 plays of 20 yards or more (the second most in the NFL during that time), have been outgained by an average of 62 yards per game, and have been outscored by 7 points per game. In addition, the Niners are tied for fourth worst in turnover margin (minus 3) and have turned the ball over seven times, which is tied for the fourth most.
Niners quarterback Brock Purdy has thrown five interceptions in the last three games, including four in opposition territory, one of which occurred inside Cincinnati’s 10 on Sunday, after not throwing one in the first five weeks. The accumulating errors
have also made it more difficult for the Niners to run the ball frequently or successfully.
“All I know is that it’s hard to win football games when you lose the turnover battle which we’ve done two weeks in a row,” George Kittle, the tight end, said. “And we obviously just have to play better and we have to put ourselves in situations where we can run the football more and we don’t have to throw the ball so many times.”
The defensive issues have been the most unexpected, even though many of those have been concerning. Even after DeMeco Ryans (who later joined the Houston Texans) was replaced as coordinator by Steve Wilks, the Niners have consistently fielded one of the best defenses in the league in recent years.
Although it wasn’t the case recently, it was during the first five weeks. The Niners have allowed nearly 70 extra passing yards per game through the air as the schedule and quarterbacks they face have gotten harder, and over the last three weeks, the QBR of opposing quarterbacks has increased by nearly 16 points.
Wilks has been under intense scrutiny as a result of these problems, his pass rush’s inability to get to the end zone, and the contentious blitz call that occurred just before halftime of the team’s defeat to the Minnesota Vikings last week. Shanahan, however, asserted on Sunday that everyone is equally responsible.
“This isn’t on any one coach or any one side of the ball,” said Shanahan. “We also haven’t scored more than 20 points in this place in three weeks.
Thus, I believe that we need to improve our defense. Our offense needs to improve, in my opinion. I think we need to perform better as a team. When I refer to “our team,” I mean each and every player as well as, I believe, each coach.”
The 49ers will now have a lengthy layoff to allow Deebo Samuel’s injured shoulder and left tackle Trent Williams’ sprained right ankle to heal. That should help, but the Niners will need to do much more to win as they go into a stretch of games against Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Seattle once more in the five weeks following their bye.
“To deal with this feeling that, we must sit here and wait for roughly fourteen daysNobody wants what we have, but I believe we should,” Shanahan remarked. “I believe that our guys should be a little bit irate. It hasn’t been enough, and we haven’t been finishing it, so I believe we should return with a little more focus..
San Francisco 49ers Respond to Their 2023 Season Slump with Determination
San Francisco, CA – October 30, 2023
The San Francisco 49ers are facing a challenging season in 2023, and the team is not shying away from addressing their recent struggles. With a series of disappointing performances, the 49ers are making it clear that they are determined to turn the tide and reclaim their position as NFL contenders.
The 2023 season began with high hopes for the 49ers, but the team has experienced a slide that has left fans and analysts alike scratching their heads. As of now, the team boasts a less-than-stellar record, far from the dominant force they were in previous seasons. With the playoffs looking like a distant dream, the 49ers’ response has been swift and purposeful.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan, known for his tactical expertise, has been at the forefront of addressing the team’s shortcomings. In a recent press conference, Shanahan admitted that the 2023 season had not gone as planned and that there were areas that needed immediate improvement.
“Our fans deserve better, and our team knows that. We’re all disappointed with the way things have been going, but we are committed to turning this around,” said Shanahan.
One of the major concerns for the 49ers has been their offense, which has struggled to find consistency. Star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has faced criticism for his recent performances, remains confident in the team’s ability to bounce back.
“We’re going through a tough phase, but we’ve got the talent and the resilience to get back on track,” Garoppolo stated. “We need to execute better, make fewer mistakes, and stay focused on the next game.”
The 49ers’ defense, once known as one of the league’s best, has also shown vulnerabilities this season. Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans has emphasized the need to regroup and work on fundamentals to address this issue.
The team’s ownership and management have shown their support for the coaching staff and players during these challenging times. Jed York, CEO of the 49ers, released a statement saying, “We believe in our team’s ability to overcome adversity. We’re all in this together and will continue to support the 49ers in their quest to get back on track.”
The fans, despite the disappointment, have also rallied behind the team, demonstrating their unwavering support both on and off the field. The 49ers’ faithful continue to fill Levi’s Stadium, and social media is abuzz with messages of encouragement.
As the 49ers enter the second half of the 2023 season, they face a critical period that will determine whether they can salvage their year. With determination, hard work, and the support of their loyal fan base, the team hopes to reverse their fortunes and prove that the 2023 season is not lost, but merely a temporary setback.
The 49ers will next face a tough test against a formidable opponent, and all eyes will be on their response to this pivotal moment in their season. Only time will tell if they can indeed rise from their current slump and make a run for the playoffs.