Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports


John Lynch ‘fully confident’ 49ers can rebound from 3-game losing streak

Oct 15, 2021 at 11:21 AM--


The San Francisco 49ers started 2-0 but have since lost three consecutive games. No one inside the organization is panicking, though. Instead, the focus remains on one game at a time. That means looking toward the Indianapolis Colts, not backward at the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals.

At 2-3, San Francisco sits in last place within the NFC West. However, general manager John Lynch is confident he and head coach Kyle Shanahan have built a roster that can rebound. The 49ers are in their bye week, and a lot of football remains in this 17-game season.

"I'm fully confident [the pieces are in place to turn things around] because of the people in our room and the character of the people in our room, because of the people we have in leadership positions," Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area this week. "And I do think, when you say, 'What needs to take place?' I think, in a hurry, we've got to find out who [we are] as a team."

The 49ers have lost each of the past three games by seven or fewer points. Each was winnable, but the team failed to capitalize on several opportunities.

"Not that we have been making excuses, but there are no excuses. We've got to find a way to win football games," Lynch continued. "And when you have Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers down with 37 seconds left, find a way to close it out. Find a way not to start in a 17-0 hole, such that we're in that position in the first place."

While the 49ers defense did an impressive job of slowing the high-powered Cardinals offense in Week 5, San Francisco has just two takeaways this season — one interception and one fumble recovery. Only the winless Jacksonville Jaguars have fewer, with one. In addition, the Niners have given the football away seven times, giving them a turnover differential of -5.

By comparison, the Buffalo Bills lead the league with 15 takeaways and a turnover differential of +11.

"Our defense is playing really good football, but find a way, when the ball is in the air, take it away," Lynch added. "Those are things that translate to wins and losses. I think as we start to do those things, we'll get a little momentum going, and it needs to start when we get back off this by with the Indianapolis Colts. And I have full confidence that it will."



Related News







More San Francisco 49ers News



Confident 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. could start vs. Jaguars, discusses return from 'freak accident'

By David Bonilla
Nov 19

Jeff Wilson Jr. looks on track to start his first game since last season. Now a veteran in the running back room, Wilson is ready for whatever the San Francisco 49ers demand of him against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. "Whatever they ask [of] me," Wilson said after Friday's practice. "That's been the thing since Day 1. So whatever you're called upon, that's what you're called upon to do. So, if that was the case, that's what I'll do. If it was for me to get only a couple of carries, be a blocker, then that's what I'll do. Whatever the task is, that's what I'll do." The 49ers figured on Wilson being a key contributor in the team's rushing attack this season. However, the running back underwent surgery in May to repair a torn meniscus. The injury didn't



49ers' Jeff Wilson ready to fill in for Elijah Mitchell, if needed, says John Lynch

By David Bonilla
Nov 19

No one is really sure exactly when Elijah Mitchell fractured his finger on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams, but the San Francisco 49ers running back played through it. Then he had surgery to repair the break on Tuesday. He hasn't practiced yet this week, but his potential availability for this weekend's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars hasn't been eliminated. Mitchell is a tough player. He played through rib injuries earlier this season. He endured a shoulder injury before that. Could Mitchell be ready for Sunday? "We will see," 49ers general manager John Lynch said on KNBR's Murph & Mac show. "I think the challenge is he had a type of break that [created] some encouragement that he would be able to function with it. But you never know



'We understand we've got to bring it': John Lynch explains why the 49ers aren't taking the Jaguars lightly

By David Bonilla
Nov 19

The San Francisco 49ers experienced the high of beating a tough division rival on Monday night, routing the Los Angeles Rams 31-10 at Levi's Stadium. The upset victory was the 49ers' first at home in over a year. The Rams were 7-2 entering that game. The 49ers' next opponent owns the opposite record. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-7. San Francisco is in no position to take them lightly, though. "We kind of backed ourselves into a corner, and it's not like we're a team that's 8-2," 49ers general manager John Lynch explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac show. "We're 4-5, so we've backed ourselves in a corner where we just don't have that margin for error. And so, I think [we have] the level of urgency. I also believe, coming off a game where we finally put it



49ers' John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan believe a now-healthy Jimmy Garoppolo is 'functioning at a high level'

By David Bonilla
Nov 19

Maybe we won't see much of Trey Lance this season. That was, after all, the San Francisco 49ers' plan upon making the rookie quarterback the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft. Garoppolo has earned his three highest overall Pro Football Focus grades this season (80.2, 79.6, 82.1) over the last three games. That comes after recording his lowest mark of the season (47.1) against the Indianapolis Colts. The lull from Week 2 to his recent hot streak led to fans advocating for more of Lance. Over the past three weeks, Garoppolo's 109.8 passer rating leads all NFL quarterbacks. His 69.0 completion percentage ranks No. 4 during that span. His 80.2 adjusted completion percentage (completion percentage of aimed passes thrown on target) is second only to Tom Brady of the


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone