The humiliation of getting steamrolled by a Cardinals team without Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, and JJ Watt should be punishment enough for the 49ers, but Joe Staley added a bit more after the game.
In today’s 49ers in Five podcast, we listened to the former 49ers' left tackle take the team to task for their poor performance on NBC Sports Bay Area.
“They looked absolutely shell-shocked that the Cardinals were going to come out and fight in this game. You know, if you go in there with the wrong mentality - it’s the NFL. If you don’t take care of business and get on the details and play complimentary football, a game like this happens.
I thought they got out-physicaled on both sides of the ball. Getting run over time and time again, breaking tackles, missed tackles on the defense. And then the offensive line...they had their best game last week. They got completely manhandled by the guys up front for the Arizona Cardinals today. It allowed Jimmy to not feel comfortable in the pocket back there. He was constantly under pressure so, a lot of things to clean up, and they don’t have time to clean it up. It has to get done now.”
After the game, Kyle Shanahan said that the coaches talked to the team about not exhaling once they found out that Murray and company weren’t going to play. However, given that Arizona racked up 437 yards of total offense on Sunday, it doesn’t seem like that particular coaching point took hold.
Shanahan was also asked why, after five losses in the last six games and 11 losses in the previous 12 games at Levi’s, 49ers fans should be optimistic about the direction the team is heading going forward. Kyle said it was “unnecessary” to make a big statement about the direction of the franchise.
The team’s season is circling the drain. A fourth season of 10+ losses under Kyle Shanahan’s leadership is looking more and more likely. Many would say it’s becoming more necessary by the day.