Kyle Shanahan reveals why 49ers didn't bench Brian Allen sooner vs. Dolphins
Shanahan reveals why he didn't bank Allen earlier than the 49ers loss originally made on NBC Sports Bayarea
SANTA CLARA - Starting with his first gaffe Sunday, it seemed inevitable that the 49ers would immediately replace newly promoted cornerback Brian Allen with backup Ken Webster or veteran Ahkello Witherspoon.
That was not the case.
In the 49ers' 43:17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Levi's Stadium, coach Kyle Shanahan suffered four defensive streaks before putting Allen on the bench.
Not only did Allen allow four of the Dolphins' ten biggest games (including a touchdown), the 26-year-old also imposed two very costly penalties - a tackle on the horse collar and a defensive pass disruption - on Miami Scoring Drives.
Injuries across the board in secondary school influenced Shanahan's decision not to play Witherspoon.
"Just because we got into the game so badly," Shanahan said in a video conference with reporters after the game. “We took [everyone] off the training team this week because of the injuries. Webster was his support. Ahkello tried to walk this week but it was too tight to walk.
“Because of our small number, we still put it on for emergencies. So we tried to see how long we could go through this. "
The 49ers are without Richard Sherman (calf), Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and K'Waun Williams (hip, knee). Witherspoon has sustained a hamstring injury for weeks but saw what was happening on the field and felt the need to do his part.
"Since Allen was struggling a little, we wanted to go with Webster," Shanahan said. "That was the plan, but Ahkello went to the defensive staff at some point in the second quarter and told them he was feeling good, ready and willing to take on the challenge."
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Shanahan said Witherspoon wasn't feeling 100 percent, but the coach was grateful that the cornerback assisted the defense when needed.
The 49ers Defense should have reinforcements on the way. Sherman will likely be ready to return to training this week, as will Moseley, who recently saw a specialist on his head injury. Though nothing is confirmed, Shanahan hopes to have both back in the office while the 49ers prepare to visit the up and coming Los Angeles Rams.
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