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Geep Chryst Responds to Mike Pettine's Comments Regarding 49ers' Effort

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 18, 2015

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, center, before an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst saw his unit struggle facing a favorable matchup during Week 14's 24-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

When Browns head coach Mike Pettine commented on the 49ers' collective effort, Chryst got fired up and responded Thursday, per CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco:

Well, [Pettine]'s shining his star, saying that, 'Even though we lost seven in a row, look how we showed up. We're a team that fights and does not quit.' I do know if they had 10's across the board on all the things he cited, and we were at 1 across the board, then I don't think they would've had a field goal blocked. I don't think they would've had (an interception), which is critical to the game. I don't think they would've had a fumble. I don't think they would've allowed a punt to come back (36 yards).

As Chryst observed, the Browns made their fair share of errors in Sunday's contest at FirstEnergy Stadium, but the visiting 49ers didn't make them pay. A big reason why was terrible execution by an anemic offense quarterbacked by Blaine Gabbert.    

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News didn't hold back in his analysis, implying Chryst may be out after one year:

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

That game was bad the Yorks might have to invest in a lacrosse team and "reassign" Geep Chryst there.

Nine of Cleveland's 26 sacks on the season came against the Niners in Week 14. The hosts were evidently fired up and weren't quitting on Pettine, even when it seemed so amid a seven-game losing streak coming in.

Pettine initially said Wednesday, per Maiocco, "I thought you saw one team that wanted to be out there and wanted to compete and wanted to win a football game, and I don't know if I sensed that same attitude from the other side."

There is some bad blood boiling between these two proud franchises who are destined to choose near the top of the 2016 NFL draft. They may struggle to do business in the event of a potential trade if tensions are high between these two coaches—presuming Chryst and Pettine are still around for next season.

The Browns benefited from facing a San Francisco offense ravaged by injury and a QB in Gabbert who's often not responded well when he's under heavy pressure from the opposing pass rush.

It's possible Chryst will find solace in the fact that Cleveland has to travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in Week 15. Browns signal-caller Johnny Manziel has a dearth of receivers to work with in facing Seattle's Legion of Boom secondary and could be in for his roughest outing of the 2015 season.

Critical as he was for Cleveland's losing ways, Chryst didn't have much room to talk considering his offense is last in the NFL in points per game (14.5) and total yardage (289.4 YPG). The play-caller faces an even greater challenge in preparing for the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.

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