2015 San Francisco Predictions
The San Francisco 49ers enter the 2015-16 NFL Season as the big losers of the offseason. The hope following the conclusion of 2014-15 was that an 8-8 season was going to be an anomaly of a down year, but there’s virtually no scenario where you can make the case a bounce-back year is in order for this group from the Bay Area.
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2014 Record: 8-8 – 49ers
49ers Odds to win the 2016 NFC West Division: +800
49ers Odds to win the 2016 NFC Conference: 18/1
49ers Odds to win the 2016 Super Bowl: 33/1
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh is gone, and while many saw that move taking place, so is offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. To make matters worse, Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis all retired. Mike Iupati, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox, Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore have all departed through free agency.
That is an unreal list of departures, and it’s going to make for a tough transition in 2014-15.
Offensively, Colin Kaepernick looks as if he’ll be most affected by Harbaugh’s departure, and that’s an even bigger problem than it seems consider the down year Kaep had in 2014-15. This team really can’t afford to have its lead man behind center take another step in the wrong direction, but barring an unforeseen improvement, that’s exactly what will happen.
The good news for Kaepernick is that Torrey Smith has made his way to the Bay to step in for Crabtree, so not all hope is lost on that side of the ball. Unfortunately, Smith was second in the NFL last year in dropped passes. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis likely need to step up to make up the difference there — or, ya know: Smith could just not drop as many balls this season. San Francisco fans everywhere would welcome that concept with open arms.
On the ground, Reggie Bush is set to play in the backfield with Carlos Hyde. But like just about everything else on this side of the ball, the rushing game has a question mark at the end of it.
Defensively, this group doesn’t resemble anything close to the squad that earned elite status really not all that long ago. The 49ers have lost six starters from this side of the ball from last season.
Another departure not mentioned above is Ray McDonald. He was let go from the roster after his third arrest for domestic violence. The release was necessary for PR (and other moral) reasons, but you can’t deny the hit this team has taken by letting yet another player go this offseason.
49ers Betting Outlook:
Bovada has San Francisco at 7.5 wins this next season, but that just seems high at this point in the process. Five or six wins seems more reasonable, as does a last-place finish in a division housing the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and the improving St. Louis Rams.
Any time your defense takes a step down, that’s a problem. Same story on offense. When both fall back, there’s little reason to have much faith.
A new coaching staff doesn’t help either, so the only hope now is that this team can begin to rebuild itself from the ground up, establishing a new identity to hang its hat on in the coming seasons.
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