SANTA CLARA — 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan often explains how complex his offense is.
When explaining why his offense has struggled this season, Shanahan reminds people the Falcons offense struggled during his first season in Atlanta, then took off during Year 2.
And when asked why he kept quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the bench for a month after the 49ers acquired him in a trade, Shanahan said his complex offense takes a long time to learn and Garoppolo wouldn’t be fully comfortable with it until next season. If Shanahan had simplified the offense for Garoppolo and played him sooner, the 49ers might have won another game or two.
Shanahan discussed the complexity of his offense Friday during a press conference in the 49ers auditorium. Although he prefers to describe it as detailed instead of complex, his players consider it complex.
“It’s definitely a complex offense,” said wide receiver Louis Murphy.
“Yeah, there are a lot of moving parts,” said fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
“It’s Week 14 — you’re just now asking that?” said center Daniel Kilgore with a laugh.
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