Kyle Shanahan assures that the 49ers arrive at their best moment to face the best Cowboys of recent years in the Playoffs

Kyle Shanahan, head coach of the 49ers, pointed out that the Cowboys’ strengths stem from their quarterback Dak Prescott and the work of their coaching staff.

“Anybody can see why they’re in this position,” Shanahan said of the Texan team in a news conference call. “You have to see their offense, their defense and special teams. Their numbers are out of proportion in all three phases. They are a team full of talent, with very good schemes.

“You have to see the defense of Dan Quinn (defensive coordinator). The system and coverage have changed a lot throughout the season. It’s no coincidence that they lead the league in fumble recovery. His offense, starting with the quarterback, is explosive. The quarterback is a great player,” he added.

Shanahan stressed that the Cowboys’ offensive line, in addition to talent and physical play, has the experience of playing together for several years and is healthy at this point in the season.

Instead, the 49ers remain ill with seven players who worked on a limited basis in Wednesday’s practice, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (right thumb) and safety Jacquiski Tartt. Also, running back Elijah Mitchell and offensive tackle Trent Williams did not practice while recovering from knee and elbow injuries, respectively.

“Elijah is in the same situation as last week,” Shanahan lamented about the running back, who despite training on a limited basis last week, played in the game against the Los Angeles Rams. “Trent is in better shape today than he was on Sunday. I hope he’s ready to play.”

Defensive end Nick Bosa, tight end George Kittle and center Alex Mack did not practice, but for rest.

Shanahan noted that this Sunday’s matchup at AT&T Stadium in the NFC Wild Card Round will feature two different teams than the ones that collided in the 2020 regular season and in which the Cowboys took a clear 41-33 victory. .

“It’s going to be fun to play against them, we haven’t done that since last year. Both teams are different, but a game between San Francisco and Cowboys in the Playoffs is always going to demand everything from you,” he reiterated.

Shanahan said the matchup will be a good opportunity to say hello to Quinn, for whom he worked as an offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons, leading them to a Super Bowl appearance.

“(Dan) is very good and very difficult to fight. He’s a motivator and his guys always know how to pressure the quarterback to force him to make mistakes. His players always play hard for him and that team is very difficult to beat, “said the 49ers coach.