So far this season, the 49ers have three losses where they’ve lost to teams with a combined record of 4-11 (outside of when they play San Francisco).
In those losses, the 49ers have averaged 11.3 points per game while only putting up six total points in the second halves of those three games.
Ultimately, the offense hasn’t been executing and putting points on the board when it matters, and that’s a reflection of the offensive designer in Kyle Shanahan.
Beyond this, the 49ers’ struggles can be pointed directly back to their inefficiencies in the run game.
Despite their struggles, Shanahan refuses to go away from the run game. On early downs, the 49ers run the ball 55 percent of the time, which is the third-highest rate in the NFL. Despite the fact that the 49ers are bottom-5 in rushing efficiency, Shanahan still wants to continue to try and run the ball.
Kyle Shanahan’s known to be stubborn as a head coach, but if the 49ers want to realize their potential this season, the offensive genius is going to have to do some soul-searching and do what’s best for his team rather than try and fit a square peg into a round hole.
As Bill Belichick once said, “you’re either coaching it or allowing it to happen.”