Kyle Shanahan Aug 18, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan reacts during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe it’s not fair to blame head coach Kyle Shanahan for the San Francisco 49ers getting demolished by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship.

Guess what? Life isn’t fair. So in that spirit, many 49ers fans and NFL observers were out to blame someone for the 49ers‘ dismal 31-7 loss. Shanahan was as good a target as any. Never mind that starting quarterback Brock Purdy and then backup Josh Johnson went down with injuries, leaving the team without a healthy QB. Some fans blamed Shanahan for the 49ers’ QB injury woes in the first place, dating to when Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance got hurt earlier this season.

Beyond that, they blamed Shanahan for … everything. Judging by the harsh comments on social media, you would never know they came into the day riding a 12-game winning streak.

Evan Scales tweeted, “Star QBs matter. Kyle Shanahan wants to be the smartest guy in the room and that’s why 49ers won’t get over the hump.”

“Kyle Shanahan is just Jason Garrett with a famous dad,” tweeted Anthony Nash, referencing the ill-fated former Dallas Cowboys head coach.


Not everyone was on the Shanahan-bashing bandwagon. Football Talk tweeted, “I actually can’t believe a portion of the 49ers twitter community is actually blaming Kyle Shanahan for the loss. Y’all been too accustomed to him winning with random dudes at QB.”

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