Is the 2020 NFL Season Already Over for Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers?

November 4, 2020 7:05 am

A starry-eyed San Francisco 49ers outfit came back to ‘The Bay’ from last year’s Super Bowl with a bit of regret and a lot of hope.

Under Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers almost laid their hands on that elusive 6th Lombardi Trophy. However, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs arrived right on cue to ruin the 49ers’ party in the 4th quarter.

The Red and Gold started the 2020 season stronger than last year, with a well-rounded squad. However, injuries and a spell of poor results have led to an abysmal outing in the league thus far.

Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

At the halfway stage of the 2020 NFL season, Kyle Shanahan’s boys find themselves at the bottom of the NFC West Division behind the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers were already playing without starting DE Nick Bosa and experienced RB Raheem Mostert.

But they’ve been hit by a fresh set of long-term injuries to QB Jimmy Garoppolo and TE George Kittle. One can’t help but wonder, is the 2020 season all but finished for the Niners?

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San Francisco 49ers dealing with major injury pile-up

With Jimmy Garoppolo out for an estimated 6 weeks, the 49ers find themselves in murky waters at the quarterback position. Nonetheless, backup quarterback Nick Mullens is all set to step in and take over for the second half of the season.

The 49ers schedule for the next 8 weeks includes games against the likes of the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, and the New Orleans Saints.

They will also play the rest of the NFC West teams before the season ends. It will be interesting to see if Shanahan can orchestrate a miraculous comeback and turn the 2020 season on its heels.

Kyle Shanahan offers George Kittle injury update

Coach Shanahan will obviously be under immense stress at the moment. Especially with the loss of George Kittle adding to his woes of losing Nick Bosa, Raheem Mostert, and Jimmy G.

Here’s the latest update regarding star tight end, George Kittle.

“They told me eight weeks. Kittle says two, but that’s how he rolls. That’s why he’ll go on IR and if it’s better than what they’re saying, he’ll have a chance to come back this year, but eight weeks is eight weeks,” Shanahan said via Adam Schefter.

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs against Philadelphia Eagles safety K’Von Wallace (42) during the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The coming 8 weeks will arguably be the toughest spell of his tenure as Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers secondary will have to step up in the absence of their usual stars. Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner will have to slot in for Kittle, who will most likely miss the rest of the season.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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