After our divisional season review podcasts, we are now looking to the future and asking where each franchise goes from here. We put ourselves in the chair of being GM or the owner and going over what moves we would make in order to win a Superbowl, make the playoffs or just regain some pride…
Today we take a look at the San Francisco 49ers.
Don’t forget to check out the podcast where we talked to Mia and got their thoughts on them!
How Did Last Season Go?
All eyes were on Jimmy G and Jerick McKinnon coming in to the season. Seemingly the weight from those collective eyes caused them to both buckle. McKinnon went down with ACL tear prior to the season starting. Furthermore, the winning streak was lost in week 1 at Minnesota (played well though). Things just got worse from there; A close fought win vs the Lions followed by a season ending injury on an innocuous play made by the QB at Kansas killed the 49ers season.
From then on, it was QBs CJ Beathard, Nick Mullens who collectively had about as much presence as Stephen Mulhern in the green room of Britain’s Got Talent. To be fair, Mullens did his future aspirations no harms with some of the performances he put including a beatdown bestoweth on the Oakland Raiders on the tellybox.
Matt Breida was questionable to play more times than Darren Anderton was in his career and you can understand why the 49ers were sniffing around AB and OBJ this offseason with George Kittle, the Tight end almost having half of the teams receiving yards of the teams pass catchers (not including RBs here, wanted to make it sound amazing…). WR with the most receiving yards was Kendrick Bourne, a guy no one has on their fantasy rosters with 487. Dante Pettis had himself a few highlight reel games and catches though.
On the defence, Buckner had a 12 sack season, but this was a pass defence ranked top 5 worst in the league in terms of points allowed and worst in turnovers created.
All in all, too many holes on both sides of the ball meant a 4-12 record and an early draft pick in a few days time.
49ers pick from the 2 spot and have a decent amount of cap space with around $34m at this precise moment.
Not too many casulaties due to the lack in depth of this squad. Pierre Garcon will not be bringing his zimmer frame back to the Bay Area. Some are surprised they hold all of these Rbs but I would expect 1 to get cut at least.
Whole lotta shake up here! Some splash signings makes you wonder how they still have cap space left but Linebacker Kwon Alexander comes over from the Bucs, Defensive Lineman Dee Ford comes over from the Chiefs, Jason Verrett will hope for a better bill of health coming over from LA which could be a nice compliment to Sherman on the back end and Tevin Coleman is 2019’s Jerick McKinnon signing in the backfield, albeit for a lot less.
Outlook for Next Year
With it looking likely Nick Bosa or a stud defensive lineman will be joining them, there is plenty of optimism in San Francisco, but I think there could be a lot of pressure on this team despite not getting the rub of the green with injuries.
Kyle Shanahan will be expected to submit a decent return this year so it will be interesting to see if all things are as rosy as they seem on the west coast. The NFC West will be as tough as it usually is (except the Cardinals, obviously) and the 49ers face the AFC North and NFC South, not the easiest of divisions to negotiate.
They need to sort out their backfield depth chart and acquire someone to add to the WR core because Kittle can’t (well he probably can) do it all on his own again.
The defence shouldn’t be too far away with the addition of a stud from pick 2 in the draft and should be competitive in most games.
Kyle Shanahan will have his work cut out trying to muster a winning season but will probably end up with about 7 or 8 wins.
Jimmy G will be an above average quarterback and I can’t see the 49ers losing many games by more than a score. Whether that will be good enough for Shanahan to keep the job it remains to be seen. 4 of their first 6 games away from home and a week 4 is not the easiest of starts either. Neither is the run in of Packers, Ravens, Saints, Falcons, Rams and Seahawks. Yikes.
Jimmy Garoppolo – later round QB – low QB 1
Tevin Coleman/Matt Breida/Jerick McKinnon/Jeff Wilson/Colonel Mostert – Yeah, good luck with that. Get a pin, close your eyes and pick one.
Marquise Goodwin – many burnt hands here from last year – double digit rounds, if that. WR4 at best
Dante Pettis – will be a hipster pick this year and probably overdrafted in redraft leagues- mid rounds WR 2 upside perhaps?
Richie James – No
Kendrick Bourne – Close, but still no
George Kittle – back of 2nd round – TE1 if not THE TE1