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How can Shanahan fix the 49ers? | PFT on Yahoo Sports

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Peter King thinks the 49ers need to do "everything humanly possible" to beat the Bears on Halloween, because while nothing is guaranteed for the future, San Francisco needs to beat a bad team to climb out of a hole. Meanwhile, Mike Florio believes the seat may start to get hot underneath Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch.

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MIKE FLORIO: Time now for more PFT on Yahoo Sports. Peter King, Mike Florio. All the big stories in the National Football League. And shockingly, the San Francisco 49ers, a team with Super Bowl aspirations-- they were just there a couple of years ago-- now they are two and four after their first games. What can coach Kyle Shanahan do in your opinion, Peter, to turn this thing around?

PETER KING: Mike, I think it's as simple as pulling out every stop. Doing everything humanly possible to win one game, just one game, at Chicago on Sunday. And the reason why I say that is that nothing at all is promised to the San Francisco 49ers this year. They have no idea what the short or long term future is. The only thing that they know is that they got to get out of this hole.

And so, in order to get out of this hole, they have to do whatever they need to do to win a game against a bad team on Sunday. Now Mike, you know and I know that both quarterbacks have fallen short for San Francisco this year. But in my opinion, giving Jimmy Garoppolo even a condensed game plan with things that Shanahan is optimistic and positive that he can pull off in this game, that is the way to go.

And then running a back like Elijah Mitchell as much as you have to, to have long drives to just keep moving the chains. And again, I can't emphasize enough. This game, I think, is one of the most important games in the Shanahan Lynch tenure. They're eight games under 500 in their tenure in the regular season.

And three of four previous years have been losing, non-playoff years. This can't continue. And I'm not saying they're in trouble, because I don't think they are. But obviously this can't go on.

MIKE FLORIO: Well, and they desperately need this one because their next two games both at home against the Cardinals and the Rams. The Rams game, a Monday night game, they're going to need to win one of those two to re-establish themselves, assuming they can even beat the Bears. They lose to the Bears and it could all fall apart.

And you mentioned the record. You know, other than 2019, this five year tenure of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch has been a major disappointment. And I can't help but wonder at what point seats begin to heat up. And because Kyle runs the show, I think maybe he'd get a chance to hire a second GM.

Usually, it's the GM who gets the chance to hire a second coach. I think the first guy to go would be Lynch, if it gets to that, with Kyle getting a shot to have someone else to come sit at the table. But at some point, somebody's got to be accountable for the fact that the team isn't getting it done.

PETER KING: I agree, Mike. And I think that they have a lot of promise. They have a lot of players in that-- in that building who are better than what they've shown in starting two and four.

But I also think, if you look at some of the draft choices that have not panned out-- and I'm looking at you, Brandon Aiyuk-- you know, I think it was Al Michaels, Mike, the other day who said Brandon Aiyuk just has to grind a little more. You know, he's got to work harder. And you know, I think that was Al Michaels who said that.

MIKE FLORIO: Yes.

PETER KING: And look, if Kyle Shanahan feels that way about Brandon Aiyuk, it doesn't necessarily say that these are bad coaches or whatever. But you know what it says to me? How did they draft a guy so high out of Arizona State with apparently some questions about either his character or his work ethic?

That is the thing that would bother me right now, when I look back. And look, at the end of this year, everything has to be on the table, open for discussion, if it's a losing season.

MIKE FLORIO: I think back to the first draft they had together in 2017, when they flip flopped with the Bears, and the Bears took Mitchell Trubisky. If the Bears had taken their guy, Solomon Thomas, remember who they were going to take with the third overall pick? They were going to take Rueben Foster.

PETER KING: Rueben Foster. They wrote it.

MIKE FLORIO: Yeah, who ended up taken with the 31st pick. Yeah, you were there, they told you, and I mean, he-- he was a major disappointment at the bottom of the round. Just imagine if they had taken him third overall.

PETER KING: Yeah. Look, they have to just go down to bare bones and examine everything about their scouting process this off season, Mike.

MIKE FLORIO: And it may require a new general manager, a new scouting department, a new whatever. I think Kyle Shanahan is safe, but you really have to wonder where those seats may heat up to the point where they make some changes.

That's it for this edition of PFT on Yahoo Sports. We'll see you next time.