3. San Francisco 49ers
August 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Levi
Key Additions: Reggie Bush, Torrey Smith, Shareece Wright, Darnell Dockett
Key Losses: Mike Iupati, Chris Borland, Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, Chris Culliver
The San Francisco 49ers had a disastrous offseason, and that’s probably a huge understatement.
I shouldn’t have to go over the litany of errors that the front office made, but I’ll beat the dead horse one more time, I guess.
Mike Iupati, who has been a huge staple for the SF offensive line left for division rival Arizona, and it puts that unit in a state of flux. That isn’t a good sign, as the 49ers already had the seventh worst scoring offense in the NFL, behind a shaky quarterback in Colin Kaepernick who greatly regressed last season.
Michael Crabtree, the 49ers’ number one receiver, will likely leave in free agency. Frank Gore, a locker room leader and steady presence in the backfield, left to sign with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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The Two Stooges… I mean, Jed York and Trent Baalke, tried to rectify the 49ers offense by surrounding Kaepernick with a declining Reggie Bush and Torrey Smith, who has only topped 1,000 yards receiving once in his career.
But people already knew that the San Francisco offense was going to be suspect.
After a slew of departures and injuries, it is the defense that San Francisco fans need to worry about.
Patrick Willis is no longer the stabilizing force roaming the middle for the 49ers, as he retired earlier this month. His supposed replacement, Chris Borland, retired after his rookie season because of repeated head trauma concerns. Workhorse defensive end Justin Smith is reportedly prepared to retire and top cornerback Chris Culliver left for the nation’s capital.
On top of all that, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio left the organization after the mass amount of turnover in the 49ers organization.
The 49ers definitely have some pieces left, but the Two Stooges’ master plan to show the world that they, not Jim Harbaugh, were the driving force for the Niners’ success in the last three years have left the storied franchise in no-man’s land.
Projected record: 4-12
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