Five takeaways from Kelly's presser after 49ers' 31-24 loss in Miami
Top takeaways from Chip Kelly's press conference
The 49ers came up two yards short of the opportunity to force overtime Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was stopped short of the goal line as time expired, and the 49ers were 31-24 losers to the Dolphins.
The 2016 49ers stand alone with a 10-game losing streak, the longest skid in franchise history. On Monday, coach Chip Kelly reflected on the team’s latest game and looked ahead to the final five games of the season.
Here are the top five takeaways from his session with reporters...
5. Aaron Lynch a non-factor in 2016
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has been available for only three games this season. Lynch tied for the team lead in sacks with Ahmad Brooks in his first two seasons. Lynch recorded six sacks as a rookie in 2014 and 6.5 sacks last year.
But Lynch has not been a factor this year. He served a four-game suspension to open the season for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. Lynch missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain. The 49ers’ pass rush has been virtually non-existent, but Kelly said the team is getting about what he expected from fill-ins Eli Harold and Tank Carradine.
“We’re getting good effort from the guys we have,” Kelly said.
4. Not happy with scoring output
The 49ers’ offense has totaled more than 475 yards of offense in two of the past four weeks, which suggests things are getting a lot better on that side of the ball. While the 49ers are doing a better job of moving the ball, the results are not what Kelly wants to see from his unit.
The 49ers had two turnovers and other costly mistakes.
“A couple times penalties put us in long-yardage situations,” Kelly said. “The offense did a nice job. (But) with 475 yards of offense, we should have more than 24 points.”
3. Streater emerges
Wide receiver Quinton Patton sustained a concussion that forced him out of action after the first play of the second half. With Patton sidelined, the 49ers turned to veteran receiver Rod Streater for the first time in an extended role.
Streater, one of the fastest players on the team, caught four of the five passes thrown his way for a season-high 46 yards. Kelly said he was pleased with the job Streater did with run-after-the-catch opportunities. He should have an expanded role even after Patton is cleared to return to action.
2. Defensive ups and downs
The 49ers’ run defense, which has been the biggest weakness this season, put together a strong showing, holding Miami running back Jay Ajayi to 45 yards on 18 rushing attempts.
But the pass defense did not hold up its end of the bargain.
“We have to do a better job of contesting balls,” Kelly said.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 285 yards, and oftentimes 49ers defenders in coverage did not turn for the ball to break up passes down the field.
1. Colin Kaepernick improving
Kaepernick did something on Sunday that had been accomplished only four other times since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Kaepernick joined Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick, Cam Newton and Marcus Mariota with a game that included 100 yards rushing and three TD passes.
Kaepernick completed 63 percent of his attempts and threw for 296 yards against the Dolphins, who entered Sunday’s game with the league’s No. 3-ranked defense. Kelly said he sees improvement in all areas of Kaepernick’s game, including pocket presence, accuracy and knowledge of the team’s pass protections.