The 49ers must win this game.
Kyle Shanahan must win this game.
The 49ers’ season pretty much is over. Beating the Arizona Cardinals Sunday won’t change that. I fully expect the 49ers to win.
But if they lose, Shanahan will be on the hot seat. Yes, the hot seat. He must beat this awful team.
For now, he has excuses. You’ve heard them. Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season. The 49ers have injuries. They’re rebuilding, and it’s only Year 2 of the process. Shanahan has a long-term plan.
Fair enough. But Shanahan may not get to his long-term plan if he doesn’t take care of short-term business.
The long-term plan did not consist of losing twice this season to the Arizona Cardinals. The long-term plan did not consist of losing almost every game without Garoppolo. The long-term plan did not involve the 49ers getting worse the longer Shanahan coaches.
He needs to win Sunday. Otherwise, the perception of him will change from a promising young head coach to a bad young head coach.