Oh how the mighty have fallen. Once the chosen team to bring the NFC another dynasty, the 49ers have fallen on hard times since they made three straight NFC Championship game appearances and one Super Bowl from 2011-13. San Francisco featured one of the most dynamic offenses in the game, spearheaded by dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Though the University of Nevada product is still with the team, Kap’s time with the 49ers came under fire during the offseason when he was nearly traded to Denver.
He will have a lot of ground to make up in new head coach Chip Kelly’s spread offense (which actually suits him well), but still needs to win the fans back over.
At his best, Kaepernick is one of the most versatile and athletic quarterbacks. Able to outrun safeties and employing a cannon for an arm, Kap is a dangerous weapon when he is engaged. On the flip side, he is prone to making rash decisions and not always utilizing the most efficient means of generating consistent drives. If Kelly and Kap can find common ground in 2016, then the 49ers have a chance at a Wild Card spot.
Joining Kap in the backfield is running back Carlos Hyde, one of the brighter spots on the offense. The Ohio State product had some flashes of brilliance in 2015, but his year was cut short by injuries. Hyde is a bruising running back who also has some surprising quickness. He should be a workhorse back that the 49ers have lacked since Frank Gore was in his prime.
Though a resurgence from Kaepernick (or a breakout year from fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert) will be the key for the 49ers to the return to the playoffs, their receiving corps needs to pick up the slack.
Veteran Torrey Smith will need to be a pivotal figure in mentoring the younger crew. Jerome Simpson, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington could also make an impact this year, but they have all been fringe players in recent seasons. Tight end Vance McDonald is a reliable target and a solid receiver.
Along the offense line, the 49ers have lost a lot of their stars from their glory years of the early 2010’s, but still retain All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Staley. He is joined by sturdy guards Zane Beadles and Erik Pears.
Who Does San Francisco 49ers Play Next
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San Francisco 49ers Game Schedule
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San Francisco 49ers Standings Today
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No collective defensive unit in football has been rocked more by retirements and free agency departures than the 49ers over the last couple of seasons. Gone are the likes of stalwart linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland and in are first round defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead.
Though San Francisco still retains the services of All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman and the steady Ahmad Brooks, the 49ers are a shell of their former selves. The San Francisco defense will be better than it was during the 5-11 season a year ago, but how far Armstead and Buckner have progressed is crucial to their success.
Though San Francisco is in dire need of more results now, the 49ers feature some holdover playmakers from earlier this decade. Safety Antoine Bethea is a former All-Pro, but is aging quickly.
Linebacker Aaron Lynch is one of the fastest players at his position and free agent addition Ray-Ray Armstrong will be be given the chance to start almost immediately. The defensive backfield is actually a solid unit with Bethea, free safety Eric Reid and cornerbacks Jimmie Ward and Tramaine Brock.
San Francisco also features former Charger Marcus Cromartie, who was a solid, albeit inconsistent, performer for the Bolts during his time in San Diego.
The 49ers have the pieces to do some damage in their conference, but the NFC West is one of the most, if not the most, loaded divisions in all of football. The pairing of Kap and Kelly will be the prime indicator if this year is a return to glory.
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