SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Kyle Shanahan’s teaching tenure hasn’t fairly gotten off to the best begin in San Francisco.
He misplaced his first 9 video games with the 49ers final yr earlier than the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo offered a late-season spark with 5 straight wins to shut a 6-10 marketing campaign.
With Garoppolo sidelined by a season-ending knee damage in Week Three this yr, the Niners have began the season 2-10 for the second straight yr beneath Shanahan.
Shanahan is simply the fifth coach to start his tenure with a staff by going 2-10 or worse in every of his first two seasons. Cleveland’s Hue Jackson (2016-17), Detroit’s Jim Schwartz (2009-10), Tampa Bay’s Leeman Bennett (1985-86) and Tampa’s John McKay (1976-77) are the others.
Bennett obtained fired after his second season and Jackson didn’t make it via his third with the Browns. Schwartz and McKay stayed lengthy sufficient to guide their groups into the playoffs, progress Shanahan hopes to have the ability to make with the 49ers.
“I’d like it to be much more apparent and lots simpler,” he mentioned. “We completed 6-10 final yr and I’d like to be enhancing from this yr. I additionally understand it was onerous work to get to 6-10, particularly beginning 0-9. I feel we got here on this yr with a franchise quarterback and we misplaced him early within the season, which positively makes that a lot tougher.
“I feel we got here right here figuring out that it was going to take a while. I feel the way in which we completed final yr positively excels everybody’s feeling and what they thought. However, in no way did I feel we have been coming into it this yr and it was simply going to be straightforward. I knew it was going to be extraordinarily onerous.”
Right here’s a glance inside some extra attention-grabbing numbers heading into Week 13:
ELITE COMPANY: Todd Gurley of the Rams finds himself in unique firm. He has gained 1,649 yards from scrimmage and scored 19 TDs to date this season. Solely six gamers have topped these marks within the first 12 video games, together with Corridor of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), Emmitt Smith (1995), Eric Dickerson (1983), O.J. Simpson (1975), Jim Brown (1965). Priest Holmes is the opposite, doing it in 2002.
TOUCHDOWN TOM: Tom Brady’s subsequent landing move will transfer him previous a few all-time greats. Brady is at the moment tied with Brett Favre for third place for essentially the most regular-season TD passes with 508. Brady can be tied with Peyton Manning for essentially the most ever mixed within the common season and playoffs with 579.
PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes is becoming a member of some particular firm in his first season as a beginning quarterback. He joined Brady and Manning as the one gamers to throw a minimum of 40 TD passes within the first 12 video games of the season. Manning and Brady every gained the MVP within the seasons they completed the feat.
Mahomes additionally simply had his seventh sport of the season with a minimum of 4 TD passes, a mark topped solely by Manning when he had 9 within the 2013 season.
DOUBLE THREAT: Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is proving to be nearly adept throwing TD passes as he’s catching them. Beckham threw a 49-yard TD move and caught a 1-yarder towards Chicago final week, the second time this season he has caught and thrown for a TD move in the identical sport. The one different time somebody did that twice in a season was 1924, when Eddie Kaw and Benny Boynton did it for the Buffalo Bisons.
Beckham additionally threw a 57-yard TD this season and has as many TD passes of a minimum of 49 yards as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Jared Goff this season.
DOUBLE THREAT PART II: Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey had 55 yards receiving and 106 yards speeding final week in a loss to Tampa Bay. That marked his fifth straight sport with a minimum of 50 yards on the bottom and as a receiver, the longest streak in NFL historical past.
NO TAKEAWAYS: The 49ers have gone 4 straight video games with out producing a takeaway, one shy of the post-merger file completed eight instances beforehand, together with the Jets this season. San Francisco has simply 5 takeaways via 12 video games, the fewest for the reason that merger after 12 video games. The earlier low was seven for Jacksonville in 2016.
RARE BLOWN LEAD: Steelers followers could possibly be forgiven for feeling fairly assured with a 23-7 halftime lead final week towards the Chargers. Pittsburgh had been 174-0-1 all-time at dwelling when main a sport by 16 factors. The Steelers had misplaced solely two street video games when main by a minimum of 14 at halftime, blowing a 21-7 result in Dan Marino and the Dolphins on Nov. 1, 1987, and a 20-Three result in the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 13, 1963. Jackie Smith caught a 55-yard TD move in that comeback for St. Louis. Smith could be remembered extra for an additional play towards the Steelers – a dropped TD move for Dallas in his closing profession sport within the Tremendous Bowl in 1979.
HIGH-SCORING LOSSES: The Raiders and Steelers turned the most recent groups to finish up on the dropping finish of a sport when scoring a minimum of 30 factors. In all, 20 groups have misplaced this season regardless of that prime level complete, one wanting the post-merger file for a season set in 2013. Atlanta, Indianapolis, Kansas Metropolis, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tampa Bay all have two losses when scoring 30 or extra factors.
TRIPLE CROWN: Oakland spent a fifth-round choose on punter Johnny Townsend, considered one of simply 20 punters taken within the first 5 rounds this century. The transfer isn’t paying dividends as Townsend is on tempo for a not-so-spectacular Triple Crown. He ranks final amongst all qualifying punters in gross common (43 yards), internet common (37.four yards) and share of punts downed contained in the 20 (19.6 %).
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