No. 3: Kyle Shanahan, 49ers coaches are lacking preparation
What makes the Week 7 loss even tougher to absorb, just like the rain pouring over Levi’s Stadium Sunday night, is the fact San Francisco had a full two weeks to prepare for the game.
And in nearly every facet, it faltered.
True, the weather didn’t make things easier for either team, and much of the sloppy play on both sides can be attributed to the deluge that poured down over northern California. Yet the Colts seemed to manage the shoddy weather much more effectively, so that excuse only goes so far.
What’s more telling, however, is Kyle Shanahan not having an adequate game plan, particularly getting away from what was turning into a successful running attack early on that could have built up effective play action for Jimmy Garoppolo. That approach all but evaporated in the second quarter, and it was even more frustrating to see Shanahan not go for it with three timeouts late in the first half and trailing only by a single point with just over a minute to go.
Beyond that, though, the bigger issue has to be the fact the 49ers were flagged seven times for a whopping 122 yards. Sure, the defensive pass-interference calls fall on defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, too, but the overwhelming question here is just how undisciplined the Niners were as a team.
Ultimately, that falls upon Shanahan at the very top, and he was unequal to the challenge of preparing his team for Week 7.