Coach Lynn: "We've got our work cut out for us.”

Coach Lynn press conference previewing 49ers vs Chargers

Opening statement:

"Watching this team and looking at their situations, it seems very similar to us. They finished the season last year pretty hot. They're 1-2 right now. They've lost to pretty good football teams. They have a lot of weapons. You look at their offensive line, their left tackle Joe Staley is one of the best in the game, and they're doing a hell of a job running the football. I think they're number two in the league in rushing right now. They have the leading rusher in the backfield. Their wide receivers and those guys, they can play football. We have a lot of challenges in front of us, and we've got our work cut out for us.”

On the San Francisco secondary:

“I'm not sure how vulnerable the secondary is. It depends on how well the defensive line plays to be honest with you. They have a whole host up front, but if [49ers CB] Richard [Sherman] doesn't play, I'm sure they have a quality backup and he's good in their system. 

On the San Francisco offense with 49ers QB C.J. Beathard:

“[C.J.] is more than capable of running this offense. He played in six games last year. He beat the Giants. I'm sure he learned from his rookie season. They took him in the third round for a reason. He'll move around a little bit. They do more things with him as far as quarterback-driven runs and things like that. I believe he can function well within that offense.”

On if the offensive scheme will be similar to the Rams from last week:

“Very similar, very similar and that's the pro side of this. We saw a lot of it last week, we've got some reps. There are some tweaks here and there, but they're an up-tempo offense. They like to move — move and shift — and try to create matchups that way. They're going to bootleg it all day, and change the launch point for the quarterback, which makes it harder to get to them — and the running game is clicking right now, so it makes them really dangerous.”

On the San Francisco defensive line:

“Yeah, they've got their defense. They've got three first-round picks just up front. I saw those boys a couple years ago when they were puppies and now they're grown men — and they're playing like it. They're really stingy against the run right now.”

On the success of the offensive scheme San Francisco uses:

“Yeah, it always has been very complementary. It always starts with the wide-zone scheme and all the run actions that come off of that. It's really hard to stop them. It puts linebackers in a bind. You're downhill too far, the ball is behind if he's not down there fast enough to run the ball in, so it's a challenging scheme.”

On if the two losses have been moral victories:

“No, it's not easy. Not at all. We never expected to lose those games to be honest with you. So hopefully we learned from it and we get better, but, no, it's not easy.”

On teams blitzing less this season:

“I'm not sure why. [Rams Defensive Coordinator] Wade [Phillips] has never been a big blitzer, to be honest with you. He's always had the guys up front to get after you, to play cover and play to the outside, but I'm not sure what's going on around the league. I know our team, we mix it in here and there, but that really hasn't been our handle in the past. We may do some things differently just to mix it a little bit more.”

On the benefits and drawbacks to blitzing:

“When you start blitzing people, yeah, you can speed up the game and make the quarterback make quicker decisions, but you leave certain positions vulnerable and you have to look at the matchups that are on the field.”

On more teams utilizing run-pass options:

“Well, speaking of RPOs, that is something that can slow you down because the ball's coming out quick. The quarterback isn't holding on to it. It can slow you down.”

On the similarities between 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and his father Mike Shanahan:

“Like I said, I've known both of those guys all my life. Mike is a mentor of mine. I played for him, he hired me as a coach. I've known Kyle. Like I said, he's very detailed and very strategic in his thinking. He's a hard worker and he can relate to his players and get the most out of them — heck of a football coach.”

On if he could tell Kyle Shanahan had the makings of a coach in his youth:

“Oh, yeah, you saw it all along.”

On G Forrest Lamp:

“We'll see at the end of the week. Our time and situation have kind of dictated that. We brought in [T] Trent Scott because of our situation last week, but we'll see at the end of the week how that goes.”

On DE Joey Bosa:

“Joey will not practice today. You can go ahead and rule him out this week.”

On S Derwin James being just the second DB in the last 30 years with two sacks and an interception in his first three games:

“That doesn't surprise me. He's a good football player and he's still learning. He's still growing. I love his demeanor on game day. I'm glad he's a Charger.”

On what aspects of Derwin James could improve:

“He's still learning our system. We're moving him different places and we have different run fits and different coverages. He's just a baby right now, but he's growing like a weed.”

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