This has been a deep roster for a few years now, and they used the draft this year to continue with that depth nicely. They needed help at safety and selected Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois. They also needed some help at running back so with their second selection they chose Carlos Hyde out of Ohio State. Hyde is a big strong powerful man who fits in with the 49ers aggressive physical style perfectly. They also improved their already strong offensive line by adding Marcus Martin the center out of USC in round three. Chris Borland, their second selection in the third round, could be the next good 49ers linebacker to succeed under Jim Harbaugh. Bruce Ellington will provide the a sneaky and fast target for Kaepernick to throw to.
49ers Football Through The Years
The San Francisco 49ers began play in 1946 in the old All-America football conference. They played in the All-America football conference from 1946 to 1949 before moving to the NFL in 1950. From 1946-1970 they played at Kezar Stadium before moving into Candlestick Park in 1971. In 2014 they will move into brand new Levi's Stadium. In terms of the on the field product, the 49ers are one of the most successful teams in the history of American professional football. They have made the playoffs 26 times, won their division 19 times, won their conference six times, and won the Super Bowl five times, most recently in 1994 when quarterback Steve Young threw five touchdown passes putting together one of the greatest individual performances in NFL history.
The 49ers have been so close to the Super Bowl three years in row. In fact, if it weren't for one or two plays all three years, they may be the NFL's three time defending champions. However cracks are beginning to become noticeable in the 49ers wall of power. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being looked at as somewhat of a wild card. After seeing a full season of scrambling and passing, teams are beginning to Colin out. Unless he can take that next big step, then he will ultimately fail. There is also the troubling trend developing with all-pro linebacker Aldon Smith. Aldon Smith has gotten into some major trouble over the last year with the law on several occasions, and if he can't get himself cleaned up personally, then he is destined to become a sad story of a talent gone wasted. These are just the little things that would help propel the 49ers to greatness, once they get resolved.
The San Francisco 49ers entered 2014 with high expectations and Super Bowl aspirations. The result was the exact opposite. The 49ers finished 8-8 on the season, and were not really as good as their record said they were. The 49ers crashed and burned by the end of the season. This was highlighted by how the team fumbled the decision of whether to keep Jim Harbaugh around. This is not a statement about whether or not they made the right decision. Rather the overwhelming opinion is that they could have gone about it in a more efficient, and more professional manner.
The results of last season led to an “abandon ship” mindset this offseason in the Bay Area. Chris Boreland, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, and Anthony Davis all retired. Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Chris Culliver, Frank Gore, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan Martin all left town. New head coach Jim Tomsula's first task will be to win over the support of his players, as at this moment, he very clearly does not have that.