Starter for the 49ers struggled following a painkiller injection: “No excuses”

Starter for the 49ers struggled following a painkiller injection: "No excuses"
Starter for the 49ers struggled following a painkiller injection: “No excuses”

Dre Greenlaw of the 49ers was clearly struggling in Week 8 against the Bengals, even without the NFL’s advanced stats. The linebacker had multiple ankle and shoulder injuries, and he frequently had trouble standing back up after a play. Nevertheless, he played 60 snaps, or 95 percent of the 49ers‘ defensive plays, on the field.

He claimed that because he was receiving shots to relieve his pain, he believed he could play through it. However, there was an issue with the shots for Greenlaw: they were ineffective.

Looking back, Greenlaw admitted he probably did more harm than good, even though he felt he was doing the right thing by playing through pain against Cincinnati.

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Greenlaw stated, “I thought maybe if I got the shots, I’d feel better.” And the sensation changed. No justifications exist.

You have to leave the field once you enter it. It is knowledge.

Knowledge gained. You cannot go if you are unable to go.

My attitude is that I’ll always try to do what I can to support the team.

However, I did not assist the team in any way.

Numbers Show Dre Greenlaw’s Struggles with the 49ers

Despite not having any sacks, tackles for a loss, or quarterback hits, Dre Greenlaw did manage eight tackles in the Bengals game.

Pro Football Reference reports that he missed three tackles during the game, bringing his season total of missed tackles to four.

QB Joe Burrow targeted Greenlaw six times while he was in coverage; as a result of his tackling errors, Greenlaw gave up five catches, a season-high 28 air yards, and an additional 43 yards after the catch.

His grade of just 51 at Pro Football Focus was far lower than the 67 he had against Minnesota in Week 7 and much lower than the 87 he had against Dallas in Week 5.

Greenlaw was absent from Week 6 due to

Naturally, the 49ers’ defensive effort against Cincinnati was the worst of the season.

In that game, the team gave up 400 yards for the second straight game and set season highs in points (31) and first downs (29).

This was the 49ers’ worst defensive performance since Week 7, 2017, Kyle Shanahan’s first game as a 49er.

Hopefully, Additional Sacks Will Be Acquired.

Dre Greenlaw of the 49ers has not performed badly thus far, but a string of injuries has hindered what he had anticipated would be a breakthrough season under new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

Although he is getting more opportunities to get after the quarterback and is blitzing more, he is not producing particularly high pressure numbers.

Greenlaw expressed optimism before the season that Wilks’ defense would present him with opportunities.

Greenlaw stated, via 49ers Web Zone, “I do hope so.” I spoke with him as well, and based on our recent activities, I think there are numerous ways for him to simply match us up on running backs. And he will undoubtedly be sending us a lot more, regardless of whether he calls it, whether we run back hugging him, or anything else.

That ought to be enjoyable.

Thus, hopefully, this year will bring us some additional sacks.

Just 18 sacks have been received through eight games, compared to 44 last year. Greenlaw has received one sack per person. This week, however, he participated fully in practice, taking advantage of the bye to take care of his health. Hopefully, we perform better when we play Jacksonville this week.






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