Kelly: Can’t pinpoint one area that 49ers need to clean up

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser (27) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser (27) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco coach Chip Kelly said Monday that the most disheartening part of losing games at a historic rate is that he can’t pinpoint one area that the 49ers need to clean up.

“It flows depending on the game you’re playing, who you’re playing with,” Kelly said. “As I talked to the guys yesterday after the game, it was about finishing.”

The 49ers lost 30-17 to the Patriots on Sunday, giving them a ninth straight loss to tie the longest losing skid in franchise history. They also lost nine straight in 1978.

Asked Monday if he’s received assurances from management that he’ll return in 2017, Kelly said he hadn’t.

“We haven’t had any conversations about that at all, about anybody’s job security,” Kelly said.

The 49ers hired Kelly to replace Jim Tomsula, who finished 5-11 in 2015 in his only season as head coach. Kelly’s team is 1-9 so far.

San Francisco next travels to play the Dolphins (6-4), who have won five straight. Kelly will bring the league’s last-ranked defense and 29th-ranked offense to Miami.

The 49ers entered the fourth quarter against the heavily favored Patriots (8-2) down just 13-10 before Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes and led a drive that culminated in a field goal. Brady finished with 280 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Brady sealed the win with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell with 10:06 remaining, getting the throw off a split second before getting hit from behind by Ahmad Brooks.

“We’re a half a second away, or even closer than that, to getting (Brady) down and finishing the play,” Kelly said. “And I think that’s what you have to do against a good quarterback and we didn’t do it.”

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