The San Francisco 49ers hired Kyle Shanahan as head coach and John Lynch as general manager in an effort to make the 49ers competitive and, eventually, a Super Bowl team. 49er faithful knew it would take some time, as the roster was not up to standards and ex-GM Trent Baalke did not do a good job with some of his draft picks. Lynch got off to a fast start, racking up several draft picks from the Chicago Bears just to move down to the three pick from the two pick. The 49ers still ended up getting who they wanted, Stanford defensive lineman, Solomon Thomas. The draft went on and Lynch surprised many by trading to the 31st pick, and stealing Alabama linebacker, Reuben Foster.
Solomon Thomas is learning the defense and making strides, while Reuben Foster looked great against Carolina until his unfortunate injury. Foster is itching to get back on the field with his teammates, but doctors still need to clear him. One aspect that is remarkably better this year than previous years is the run defense. Ex-Oregon defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead have really shown great progress, but 49ers got hit with some unexpected news against the Washington Redskins, as Armstead has a broken hand and may land on the injured reserve.
Buckner, Thomas, and the rest of the 49er defense will have to step up on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, who have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and though Ezekiel Elliott’s case got reopened, he is still eligible to play Sunday in Santa Clara. Fortunately, for the 49ers’ sake, head coach Kyle Shanahan is optimistic linebacker Reuben Foster will return, having missed the last five games.
The San Francisco 49ers may be 0-6, but as Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins explained after Sunday’s win over the 49ers, the 49ers could be 5-1 right now. The defense is clicking and holding opponents to mostly field goals and punts, and with Foster potentially back, one can only wonder how many games the 49ers will lose by less than three points before the first win finally comes along.
Brian Hoyer out. Hello, C.J. Beathard. The rookie out of the University of Iowa was a spark plug Sunday, having the poise and leadership that does not yell rookie. Beathard got the game down to a ten point deficit at half, and tied it up going into the fourth quarter. Completing 19 passes for 245 yards, Beathard did what he had to do to give the 49ers a chance to win the ballgame. Unfortunately, one of the refs made a terrible offensive pass interference call on wide receiver Pierre Garcon, costing the 49ers field goal range, leading to a 4th and 20 pass that got picked off. Regardless of the outcome, Beathard looks like someone Shanahan may trust and can open the play book a little more to get the offense going, especially the run game.
Dak Prescott had an unbelievable rookie campaign last season. Prescott’s forte is being a game manager and not losing the game for his team. Prescott is relatively doing that this year, having a quarterback rating of 93.1 and passing for 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Reuben Foster’s possibility for Sunday’s game would be huge for the 49ers’ defense, having already played well this season, and now become a defense that could force turnovers. Ezekiel Elliott has not had a season Cowboys fans have been hoping for, most likely due to the distractions from the court case battles against him. The San Francisco 49ers have played in so many tight games this year, and Kyle Shanahan’s first win finally comes on Sunday at home, beating the Cowboys 27-23.
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