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Kyle Shanahan admits: ‘I have a lot of things to figure out’

Niners head coach addresses four-game losing streak

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Dee Ford was evaluated for a head injury at the end of the game, per Kyle Shanahan. Emmanuel Moseley has a back injury while Jaquiski Tartt has a knee injury. Tartt did not return to the game.

Shanahan spoke about his challenge:

“That was a mess up by us ... we knew there was a fumble... it was very weird, but the headsets completely went out... they were gonna give [the flag] back to me, but the NFL said they couldn’t.”

You can’t blame the refs for that challenge.

Shanahan said “I would guess so” when asked whether Jimmy Garoppolo would remain the starter. He added that he has to watch the tape and “see if guys are healthy.” That’s not a ringing endorsement for Jimmy G after a three-turnover game where he took a sack on the final play of the game.

Shanahan said “I didn’t think it was a bad game. Just missed some throws.” The biggest difference in this game was Carson Wentz made plays or gave his receivers opportunities to make plays while Garoppolo failed to pull the trigger and do the same.

If Lance is recovered from his left knee sprain, it’d be tough to continue to roll with Jimmy after he continually makes rookie mistakes. Aside from the scoring drive in the second half, the offense was putrid. Shanahan deserves some of the blame but it’s evident he doesn’t have any confidence in his quarterback.

Shanahan, on whether Elijah Mitchell should have received more touches: “When you go three and out, there’s going to be a lot you wish you did more. We couldn’t make big plays on first or second down but got to move chains on third and we didn’t do that.”

Shanahan admitted that he deserves criticism: “We’ve lost four games in a row, and I’m the head coach of this team. I expect it and I deserve it.” He also added that he’s been in a play-calling funk. “I haven’t gotten in a great rhythm... I haven’t felt comfortable with it.”

Shanahan said the offensive struggles were “a combination of everything” and ended his press conference with, “I have a lot of things to figure out.” Indeed you do, coach. Indeed you do.