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Kyle Shanahan admits he expects and deserves scrutiny for 49ers’ four-game losing streak

Oct 24, 2021 at 9:07 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers' 2021 campaign is spiraling out of control. As a result, there is a lot of blame to spread around. While quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is receiving his fair share of it, so is head coach Kyle Shanahan. As the leader of the football team, he is responsible for preparing his players for game days, and the players have looked anything but prepared during this four-game losing streak.

After the game, Shanahan did his best to hide his frustration resulting from his squad's latest defeat, a 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. There will be a lot to assess tomorrow morning. The coach was asked if he is deserving of the scrutiny that is being piled on him.

"Yeah, you lose four games in a row, I'm the head coach of this team, I expect it, and I deserve it," Shanahan responded.

The 49ers put together good drives here and there. Against the Colts, San Francisco's offense put together an impressive-looking 10-play, 78-yard opening scoring drive. In the fourth quarter, they went on a four-play, 70-yard scoring drive. Everything else was a bit of a mess.

Shanahan was asked if he feels like he's gotten into a play-calling rhythm for an entire game this season.

"I don't think I've gotten into a great rhythm," Shanahan answered. "I think we've done it on a couple of drives, but we have not sustained that, and I know I have not felt comfortable with it."

Garoppolo was also asked about dealing with the criticisms directed at himself.

"We're a tight team right now, I think," the quarterback responded. "So, it starts with me, no doubt about it, but I think we've got a good group of guys, and, like I said, we've got to go back to work now."

The 49ers, once considered a championship contender, will try to end their embarrassing losing streak next weekend on the road against the Chicago Bears.

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