How Kyle Shanahan has kept the 49ers from falling apart

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Make no mistake, the San Francisco 49ers are a team in crisis.

Less than 10 months after coming up just short in Super Bowl LIV, the Niners’ issues are all encompassing.

San Francisco has been battered by injuries. The offense has had little rhythm behind a line that has struggled to find cohesion and a rotating cast of skill position players. The defense has been decimated at edge rusher, misses the defensive tackle who was traded in the offseason and is digging deep into the practice squad to have enough cornerbacks on Sundays.

In their next seven games, the Niners will play the Rams twice, the Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Bills, all of whom are legitimate playoff contenders.

If all of that wasn’t enough for the 2-3 Niners, consider that they’re coming off a 26-point loss to the Miami Dolphins, the third-largest defeat by a defending conference champion to an under .500 team in the Super Bowl era. If this season isn’t going to slip away before the calendar turns to November, the 49ers must find answers in a hurry.

As the Niners prepare for the Rams on Sunday Night Football

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