2015 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
A year after finishing just shy of the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers floundered in 2014, losing 4 of their last 5 games to miss the playoffs. As a result of the late season collapse, the 49ers let head coach Jim Harbaugh leave, and promoted offensive coordinator Jim Tomsula. San Francisco also saw defensive lineman Justin Smith retire unexpectedly, and wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson leave in free agency. Despite the turnover, the 49ers come into 2015 with one of the most talented offenses in the NFL, behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick and receivers Anquan Bolden, and Torrey Smith. Running back Carlos Hyde had a breakout season in 2014 and should continue this rise as one of the top big play running backs in the NFL. The NFC West is without a doubt the top division in the NFC heading into the 2015 season, with the 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals all having legitimate shots at making the playoffs. Look for the 49ers to rebound in 2015 and be back in the title hunt once again. Top non-division games on the San Francisco 49ers 2015 schedule include home games against the Cowboys, Packers, and Ravens.
2014 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
It was a single play that ended the 49ers season last year and a single play that has provided fuel to the team’s off-season. With the 49ers offense looking to have a healthy Kaepernick and Crabtree, it’s the defense that hit a wall in the off-season. In a newly rebuilt secondary that features Eric Reid, a 2013 draft pick, as the most tenured defensive back, San Francisco will need some play-makers to step up in 2014. To add insult to injury, Bowman and Dorsey will start the year injured while Aldon Smith remains in limbo with a possible NFL suspension. Offensively the 49ers have gone all in with Colin Kaepernick by way of offering Blaine Gabbert as his only sign of relief. In the backfield, South Carolina hopeful Marcus Lattimore will be out once again leaving Gore’s relief to come from San Francisco’s first round draft pick Carlos Hyde. Hyde’s NFL debut in the preseason left many fans and critics with high hopes as the 2nd string running back will provide some much needed help behind Gore. This new era of Niners will get a taste of an old NFC rivalry as they open up the season in Dallas against the Cowboys before heading back to their new home, Levi’s Stadium, to host the Chicago Bears in week 2. As always, San Francisco’s biggest threat, the Seattle Seahawks, will make the west coast trip in November before hosting the 49ers on December 14.
2013 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
The 49ers have plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2013 season—quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s first full season as a starter. Though wide receiver Michael Crabtree will miss a majority of the season at best, San Francisco offset that loss by adding Baltimore Ravens’ star receiver Anquan Boldin. With Frank Gore returning as the starting tailback and Vernon Davis locked in at tight end, the ‘Niners should posses a very potent offense. Defensively, the 49ers return stars Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Carlos Rogers. In the NFL Draft, San Francisco added LSU safety Eric Reid to bolster the secondary and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who could emerge as the steal of the draft if he recovers from the serious knee injury he suffered last season. San Francisco has the fire power on both sides of the ball to make a return to the playoffs.
2011 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
Despite completing his job with intensity unmatched by any coach in the NFL, Mike Singletary was fired by the San Francisco 49ers after another disappointing season. Now, former Stanford head coach Jim Harbuagh will take over and look to right the ship of a team that is looking for its first playoff berth since 2002.
The offense has suffered greatly from lack of consistency at quarterback, and that may not change his year. Alex Smith is once again under center, and though he possesses a great skill set, he has yet to show that in the pros. However, he will be helped by the acquisition of wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who joins an already-solid receiving corps that features Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis.
Despite the offensive struggles, the 49ers defense has some of the best young talent in the league. Linebacker Patrick Willis is among the best at his position, and helps pace a solid linebacking corps. Up front, the 49ers are led by defensive end Justin Smith, who brings a great deal of experience to this squad. They will have to deal with the loss of tackle Aubrayo Franklin to New Orleans, but the new coaching staff will be proficient in molding the defense in their image and what they have rostered.
2010 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
The San Francisco 49ers have been a team on the rise over the last several years, but have failed to make the playoffs since 2002. The Mike Singletary-lead 49ers came close last year, finishing second in the NFC West behind a young quarterback and a solid running game, and fans are expecting them to take the next step in 2010.
The offense is lead by running back Frank Gore, who has emerged as one of the most potent offensive threats in the NFL. While quarterback Alex Smith has yet to live up to the hype when he was drafted out of Utah, he has been given full control of the team this year - it could be a make or break season for him. He will be joined by several explosive receivers, particularly second-year man Michael Crabtree, who impressed in his limited time last season. Crabtree will be joined by tight end Vernon Davis, who is one of the most athletic players in the league and reeled in 13 touchdown catches a season ago.
The 49ers will likely be a defensive-minded team with Singletary at the the helm, and will be looking to build off a season where they ranked 6th in the league against the run, but just 21st against the pass. Linebackers Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis will patrol the middle and will play a central role in the potential success of San Francisco's defensive squad.
2009 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
2009 could be a banner year for the San Francisco 49ers and their Head Coach Mike Singletary. The 49ers head into the season with talent all over their roster. One of the few question marks for San Fran will be the quarterback position where a slew of players will compete for the signal caller job. The QB position will eventually get settled, but what is not in dispute is who will tote the rock for the Niners. Frank Gore returns from his injury and should once again emerge as one of the best backs in the NFC. On defense the 49ers will count on stud linebacker Patrick Willis and emerging LB Manny Lawson. If Singletary can get his defense playing great ball and Gore carries the offense then San Fran fans might start thinking about having a miracle season like the Arizona Cardinals did in 2008.
20008 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview
This San Francisco 49ers team is gong to be an exciting one to watch over the years in the NFL, but with the loss of offensive lineman Larry Allen and successive unproductive seasons from Alex Smith, this team really needs some new talent to boost its rank. After a disappointing 2007 showing, the team appears to be in a full-blown rebuilding mode. The beauty of the NFL, however, is how quickly teams can turn things around through free agency and the draft. Some players to watch on this 49ers team this season are: Justin Smith, Isaac Bruce and DeShaun Foster. It will be exciting to watch the 49ers regain their stature as one of the most storied and successful franchises in NFL history. Fans will fill historic and picturesque Candlestick Park to peek into the future of their team and the future of the NFL.