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A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Monday, September 11th, 2017 edition.

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The dawn of the Shanahan era came and went, and left us with few positive takeaways and more questions than we had just a day ago. Many of the things we learned on Sunday can be defended and argued (it took the Falcons until year two to find success, etc.), but one major, undeniable truth came out: this roster is awful. Kerry Crowley of KNBR argues that the high number of 4th down conversion attempts, and at points where most coaches wouldn’t take the risk, confirm that Kyle Shanahan too realizes that he is in charge of a bad roster, and must take unnecessary risks to gain a competitive edge. It makes sense to me, what do you think?

There are enough articles today that will dissect how badly we performed in Sunday’s blowout, and I’m sure the upcoming week will provide many more, so I’d like to focus on the good things. Brian Hoyer didn’t have a great game, but he was able to spread the ball around and give his receivers a chance to make something happen - Carlos Hyde, George Kittle, and Pierre Garçon all had 5 or more receptions, although Hyde and Kittle managed a pedestrian YPC of roughly five and a half yards each. Speaking of Hyde, he didn’t have many opportunities on the ground, but managed five yards per carry nevertheless.

Last, but not least, the defense has seemingly made some important strides from the historically bad unit they fielded in 2016. For what it’s worth, the Carolina Panthers racked up a little less than 300 yards throughout the game, had a 3.1 yard per carry average (over 38 carries), and only 171 passing yards. They had two touchdown drives of less than 50 yards due to turnover, and their offense never had to race the 49ers offense, so those factors may have slanted the total, but I’m still counting this one as a positive.

Shanahan has a ton of work to do, that much is obvious. If I’m going to complain about one thing identify one item for improvement, it would be execution on conversion downs. The 49ers were just 2 for 11 on 3rd down, and 1 for 4 on 4th down.

On to the good stuff-

49ers resemble 2016 team in 2017 opener | Branch, SF Gate

Stats & Facts from game 1 | SF Gate Staff

Reuben Foster injures leg, walks without crutches | Branch, SF Gate

On Kyle Shanahan’s aggressive nature | Pashelka, Mercury

Regarding Foster’s injury | Inman, Mercury

Impressions on game 1 performance | Inman, Mercury

49ers system requires better players | Kurtenbach, Mercury

Instant analysis from game 1 | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area

Three things to consider after ugly loss | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area

On Shanahan’s 4th down attempts | Crowley, KNBR

Shanahan’s HC debut smudged with failure | Crowley, KNBR

Signs of progress hidden under pile of mistakes | Barrows, Sac Bee

Report card from game 1 | Barrows, Sac Bee

Sunday’s blowout clarifies team’s progress | Wagoner, ESPN

Winners and losers from game 1 | Lowder, Ninerswire

Hidden positives: defense wasn’t horrible | Biderman, Ninerswire

Analysis of game 1 | Biderman, Ninerswire

Takeaways from game 1 | Lowder, Ninerswire