49ers news: 3 biggest headaches team has had in 2021

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Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers’ 2021 season has gotten off to a rocky start, and there are plenty of reasons to complain about these three big headaches.

It’s been an awfully frustrating start to the San Francisco 49ers‘ 2021 campaign.

After kicking off the year 2-0, the Niners have since suffered a three-game losing streak and find themselves at the very bottom of the NFC West amid their Week 6 bye, which arguably couldn’t have come at a better time.

Now, with San Francisco currently below the .500 mark with a record of 2-3, the hope is head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. can fix the wrongs and take some proverbial medicine for the headaches they’ve experienced up to this point.

While the season is far from over, let’s break down three of those specific headaches the 49ers have dealt with up to this point.

 

49ers coaching isn’t getting the job done

For all the grief and performance-bashing players tend to receive, it’s only fair to dish out the same amount of criticism for coaches where applicable.

After three demoralizing losses, which could’ve/should’ve easily been wins, it’s time to shift some of the blame to Shanahan and the coaching staff.

San Francisco has looked like a shell of its former championship-self lately, and many sports enthusiasts around the globe are beginning to wonder if the wheels are slowly falling apart. After a somewhat peculiar offseason filled with cryptic interviews, followed by a preseason that featured rotating quarterbacks, Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, every play, we’re now in a regular-season mode which consists of discombobulation and disappointment.

This was supposed to be thee year! You know, the infamous “Revenge Tour” campaign that was only set back a year because of all those injuries in 2020.

Yeah, well, sorry to burst the bubble of many members of the Faithful out there, but if things don’t drastically improve after the bye, it’ll soon be time to start talking about 2022 NFL Draft prospects.

The team has failed to put together a complete game because they’re not quite playing their best complementary football. Two out of the last three losses fall on the shoulders of a stagnant offense that is ranked 22nd in league passing and 11th overall in rushing. Shanahan is now in his fifth year as head coach, but watching the team perform lately is more indicative of a rookie coach thrown into a rebuilding situation.

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