49ers offensive guru: Kyle Shanahan
Kyle Shanahan is unquestionably an offensive wizard. Leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2019, Shanahan has designed an offensive scheme that when it is working simply dominates.
The problem is, at least in 2021, his offensive game plans have not generated the effective performances that many assumed. There is also no real reason why the offensive has not produced like it did in 2019. The team is manned by an elite cast of offensive weapons, many of whom ranked at the top of their positions and even played for Shanahan in 2019.
Heading into the season, many were more concerned with how the defense would play in the absence of the former defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, who left to become the head coach for the New York Jets during the offseason, leaving the largely untested defensive coach, DeMeco Ryans, to lead the defense as the new coordinator.
Ryans, so far, has more than exceeded expectations, fielding a defense that no one wants to play against.
Can Shanahan finally get the offensive side of the ball to match the exploits of their defense? Up to now, the answer has been a disappointing no. As the 49ers enter their Week 6 bye, now is the time for Shanahan to finally devise an offensive scheme that can compete in the ultra-competitive NFC West.