49ers coach Kyle Shanahan reacts to 4-0 start after win vs. Browns
The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL over the first five weeks of the season, getting off to a 4-0 start following their 31-3 win over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
So, how is 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan handling his team’s early success?
“The same way you handle 0-5. You don’t pay attention. You go to work,” said Shanahan, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic.
Well, that’s blunt.
Most around the country were not yet ready to buy into San Francisco after it had defeated the Buccaneers, Bengals and Steelers over its first three games of the season, as everyone cited the softness of the schedule.
But now that the Niners have rocked a Browns team that many had pegged as a Super Bowl contender going into the season, they have finally got people’s attention.
The 49ers held Cleveland’s vaunted offense to just 180 total yards, forcing four turnovers. They also bottled up Baker Mayfield, as the second-year quarterback completed just eight of his 22 passes for 100 yards and a couple of interceptions.
Meanwhile, San Francisco racked up 446 yards of total offense, with 275 of those yards coming via the ground attack. The Niners did not log a single turnover and averaged 6.3 yards per play, as opposed to the Browns, who posted just 3.9 yards per play.
With the win, the 49ers maintained their grasp of sole possession of first place in the NFC West and will now head on the road for a divisional showdown with the Los Angeles Rams next weekend.