Ratto: Bad luck, or style points? You be the judge

Ratto: Bad luck, or style points? You be the judge

Kyle Shanahan made his reputation as a subtle, even ingenious, coach and thinker, so it seems odd to see him playing this season like an Adam Sandler movie — the punch line gets delivered in the opening credits and remains the core of the movie until you start fishing for your car keys about half an hour in. As for Shanahan, the narrative of his team's season is already there for all to see. It's in seeing if he can supervise more wins than he can endure more critical injuries. And because this is not a clever plot line, he is already behind, 8-1. Now, it isn't his score alone. Nothing about football is done alone. But as the public face of the company, he gets to own the fact that he is entering Week 3 of this remake of 1917 without his: # Second- (or third-) best running back. Plus the usual injury bits and bobs that all football teams have after two weeks. Frankly, if I were Trent Williams or Fred Warner, I think I'd stay in bed all week with "DO NOT DISTURB" carved into the headboard. See, it isn't just that they have guys in dry dock, it's the quality and import of the guys they have in dry dock. It's not just that they started the season a little on the thin side, it's that they keep adding names every week. It isn't that they're unlucky, it's that they maintain their ...
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