49ers' Kyle Shanahan explains why Dante Pettis barely played vs. Bucs

49ers' Kyle Shanahan explains why Dante Pettis barely played vs. Bucs

BOARDMAN, Ohio — 49ers' second-year receiver Dante Pettis was only on the field for two snaps in the team's 31-17 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, and coach Kyle Shanahan admitted that was a slight oversight on his part. 

Looking at the snap count, it would appear that rookie Deebo Samuel and veteran Marquise Goodwin had been tapped for the starting roles, but Shanahan said that is not the case. 

“It’s definitely not Deebo’s job,” Shanahan said. “It’s not anyone’s right now. That's something I kind of talked about all preseason. No one has really taken that role. Dante had a set back with his groin injury where he missed some time in practice. That gave him a little set back leading into Week 1 which made it easier for Deebo to start over him.

"We went in knowing Deebo was going to get more playing time but I definitely didn’t only plan on Dante only getting two reps. He should have been in more than that and that starts with me and I’ll make sure to not let that happen again.” 

Here are the wide receiver snap counts against the Bucs:

Deebo Samuel 60
Marquise Goodwin 50
Richie James 26 
Kendrick Bourne 17
Dante Pettis 2

Each of the young receivers has flashed during training camp and the preseason, making standout plays. The word that Shanahan has emphasized, however, is consistency. He has been waiting for someone in the group to emerge as a consistent playmaker. 

Shanahan might be concerned about the performance of his young receiving group but he isn’t concerned about their potential. He also knows it’s his job, along with the coaching staff, to bring the best out in his players.

“What I’m excited about is that I know we have the answers in our building and it’s taken us a while to do that,” Shanahan said. “But we have guys that are young. We have guys that are very young. We also have guys that are injured so we are working through that right now which is always concerning. 

“Whenever you have a young group, you got to play young guys but you don’t want to put that pressure on those guys who aren’t quite ready. We dealt with that years previously also.” 

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Most players, including tight end George Kittle receiver Trent Taylor, have spoken about how it can take a full season to wrap your head around Shanahan’s complex offensive playbook. While they are able to get onto the field and make some plays, inevitable mistakes eventually occur. Taylor had become a go-to target for Jimmy Garoppolo before being sidelined with a foot injury

"I feel that way about our rookies that we’ve added, but they are rookies also, and if we can get some of these guys back healthy that will help,” Shanahan said. “I don’t feel like we have to go outside or anything like that so we have to continue testing these guys real hard, putting pressure on them and we need them to respond.” 

“I get to see these guys everyday I get to talk to them all the time, I really believe we have the right men in our room. We have guys that can handle coaching, that work hard and this is important to them. And they know that I’m going to be testing them but it’s because I believe in them. We need them to come through, and I know they will.” 

Chase McLaughlin shanks potential winning kick for 49ers into tunnel


Chase McLaughlin shanks potential winning kick for 49ers into tunnel

The 49ers suffered their first loss of the season Monday night with a 27-24 overtime loss to the Seahawks, but were one play away from staying undefeated.

With just over three minutes left in overtime and the score tied at 24, San Francisco put the game in the hands of their rookie kicker, Chase McLaughlin, who was signed earlier in the week to replace the injured Robbie Gould. 

McLaughlin had a chance to put himself in 49ers lore forever with a game-winning kick over their NFC West rivals.

He put himself in 49ers lore alright -- but not in the way he envisioned.

The 23-year-old shanked the kick so far wide that the ball bounced into the tunnel … nowhere near the uprights.

Not ideal.

McLaughlin, who split the uprights with a clutch field goal at the end of regulation to force overtime, went from potential hero to goat in a heartbeat. 

After both teams exchanged punts, Seattle’s kicker, Jason Myers, did what McLaughlin could not and sunk the game-winning field goal as time expired in overtime to give the Seahawks the win. 

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With Gould expected back next Sunday against the Cardinals, McLaughlin’s 49ers tenure might be over after just one week.

At least it was memorable.

NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in top-seed chase after first loss


NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in top-seed chase after first loss

The 49ers missed an opportunity Monday night to give themselves wiggle room as the NFC's top playoff seed.

They lost to the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks 27-24 at Levi's Stadium, falling to 8-1 on the season. They couldn't strengthen their position in the driver's seat for the NFC's No. 1 spot, but they still control their own destiny.

With only one loss, the 49ers have a slight edge over the NFC's second and third seeds -- the Green Bay Packers (8-2) and New Orleans Saints (7-2). San Francisco plays both Green Bay (Week 12) and New Orleans (Week 14) down the stretch, and wins over both teams could be enough for the 49ers to lock up home-field advantage in the NFC bracket, assuming they take care of business against the remainder of their schedule. 

Had the 49ers won Monday, they would've had two fewer losses than the Packers and the Saints. The Week 17 matchup with the Seahawks takes on extra importance now, as Seattle remains within striking distance of the top seed, too.

The 49ers haven't made the playoffs since 2013 and haven't been the NFC's top seed since 1997. But here's how the 2019 NFC playoff picture looks, assuming the season ended today.

  1. San Francisco 49ers (8-1)
  2. Green Bay Packers (8-2)
  3. New Orleans Saints (7-2)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (7-3)

As the top seed, the 49ers would play the lowest remaining team following wild-card weekend. That, assuming the playoff picture doesn't change between now and January, would ensure San Francisco hosts either a division champion (Cowboys), a team boasting NFL leading rusher Dalvin Cook (Vikings) or division rivals with revenge on their minds (Seahawks).

Even with a bye and home-field advantage, the 49ers would have a perilous playoff path to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.