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2014 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 25, 2014
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2014 San Francisco 49ers football preview

San Francisco 49ers (2009 - Pres)

 

The 49ers have come so close in the last three years and yet have not made that next step to a Super Bowl championship. Last season San Francisco loss to Seattle in the NFC championship game 23 – 17.

Two years ago the 49ers loss to Baltimore 34 to 31 in the Super Bowl. It was three years ago the 49ers made it to the NFC championship game but lost to the New York Giants in overtime 20 – 17. Now the question is can the 49ers keep things together after an off-season that saw turmoil in the front office, several off the field incidents, a feud between their head coach and general manager and the loss of some key players from last year’s team.

San Francisco 49ers (2009 - Pres)

 

If the 49ers plan on making another run at the Super Bowl the passing attack must improve on its 30th ranking in the NFL. QB Colin Kaepernick threw for only 199.8 yards per game in 2013. There is no doubt he has one of the best arms in the NFL and is a very dangerous running quarterback but he must improve his accuracy and he must be able to read defenses better in order to become a top level quarterback. The 49ers improved their receiving corps by signing free-agent Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd will give the 49ers more experience and added speed to stretch the field. San Francisco also re-signed Anquan Boldin who led the team with 85 receptions for 1179 yards and seven touchdowns. Michael Crabtree missed 11 games last year with a torn Achilles tendon. If Crabtree is healthy and if tight and Vernon Davis signs a new contract the 49ers could have a very explosive passing attack.

 

The running game should be healthy once again with Frank Gore returning after rushing for over 1000 yards last year but he averaged a career low 4.1 yards per carry. San Francisco would like to lessen his load to make sure he is fresh during the playoffs. In order to do that the 49ers will have to give more carries to Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore. Rookie Carlos Hyde out of Ohio State could also be in the mix. The offensive line is one of the best in the NFL returning for starters including tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis and guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone. Center Jonathan Goodwin will be replaced by Daniel Kilgore.

San Francisco 49ers (2009 - Pres)

San Francisco’s defense was one of the best in the National Football League led by Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis and lineman Justin Smith. Losing defensive backs Donte Whitner, Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers will be difficult. Whitner signed with Cleveland, Brown and Rogers signed with the Raiders in the off-season. The 49ers signed ex-Colts strong safety Antoine Bethea to replace Whitner. Free safety Eric Reid is coming off a Pro Bowl rookie season and Tramaine Brock should open the season as a starter. There are some question marks opposite Brock and right now it appears Chris Culliver is the leading candidate to win the starting cornerback job going into camp. Safety Jimmie Ward was the team’s number one draft pick out of Northern Illinois and will likely fill the role as the nickel back and will cover receivers in the slot. With Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Pro Bowl linebacker Ahmad Brooks the 49ers ranked fourth against the run in 2013. Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a knee injury in the NFC title game and right now the 49ers are not sure if he’ll return as the dominant linebacker he has been over the last three seasons. Until Bowman is healthy, Michael Wilhoite will step in as the starter. One of the biggest concerns during the off-season was the arrest of outside linebacker Aldon Smith. Smith could face suspension from the NFL after two DUI arrests as well as a felony weapons charge and an arrest at the Los Angeles international Airport. Smith last year entered a facility for substance abuse.

 

San Francisco has enough talent to make a strong run at another Super Bowl. But there is also plenty of concern after losing several to free agency and the off-season turmoil that hit the club very hard. They must find a way to unseat NFC West champion and Super Bowl champion Seattle. If they can’t the 49ers will have to battle for a wild-card playoff berth and fight their way to the Super Bowl.


San Francisco 49ers (2009 - Pres)


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  Acker, Kenneth CB 6-0 190 22 R SMU
82 Baldwin, Jon WR 6-4 230 24 4 Pittsburgh
24 Bethea, Antoine S 5-11 206 29 9 Howard
5 Bethel-Thompson, McLeod QB 6-3 230 25 3 Sacramento State
81 Boldin, Anquan WR 6-1 220 33 12 Florida St.
75 Boone, Alex G 6-8 300 27 5 Ohio St.
50 Borland, Chris LB 5-11 248 23 R Wisconsin
53 Bowman, NaVorro LB 6-0 242 26 5 Penn St.
26 Brock, Tramaine CB 5-10 197 25 5 Belhaven
55 Brooks, Ahmad LB 6-3 259 30 9 Virginia
69 Bykowski, Carter T 6-7 306 23 1 Iowa State
45 Campbell, D.J. S 6-0 205 24 2 California
95 Carradine, Tank DT 6-4 273 25 2 Florida State
46 Carrier, Derek TE 6-4 241 23 2 Beloit
88 Celek, Garrett TE 6-5 252 26 3 Michigan St.
  Cleveland, Asante TE 6-5 260 22 R Miami
22 Cook, Chris CB 6-2 212 27 5 Virginia
  Costanzo, Blake LB 6-1 235 30 8 Lafayette
20 Cox, Perrish CB 6-0 198 27 4 Oklahoma St.
15 Crabtree, Michael WR 6-1 214 26 6 Texas Tech
29 Culliver, Chris CB 6-0 199 25 4 South Carolina
43 Dahl, Craig S 6-1 212 29 7 North Dakota State
76 Davis, Anthony T 6-5 323 24 5 Rutgers
85 Davis, Vernon TE 6-3 250 30 9 Maryland
9 Dawson, Phil K 5-11 200 39 16 Texas
92 Dial, Quinton DT 6-5 318 23 2 Alabama
83 Dobbs, Demarcus TE/DT 6-2 275 26 4 Georgia
90 Dorsey, Glenn DL 6-1 297 28 7 LSU
  Ellington, Bruce WR 5-9 197 22 R South Carolina
  Farrell, Dillon G/C 6-5 303 23 R New Mexico
18 Faulkner, Kory QB 6-4 227 23 R Southern Illinois
  Fonoti, Fouimalo G 6-4 310 22 R Michigan State
2 Gabbert, Blaine QB 6-4 235 24 4 Missouri
21 Gore, Frank RB 5-9 217 31 10 Miami (Fla.)
  Greene, Kevin TE 6-4 255 24 R USC
33 Hampton, Jewel RB 5-9 210 24 2 Southern Illinois
32 Hunter, Kendall RB 5-7 199 25 4 Oklahoma St.
28 Hyde, Carlos RB 6-0 230 22 R Ohio St.
77 Iupati, Mike G 6-5 331 27 5 Idaho
1 Jacobs, Chuck WR 6-0 178 24 1 Utah State
23 James, LaMichael RB 5-9 195 24 3 Oregon
63 Jerod-Eddie, Tony DT 6-5 301 24 3 Texas A&M
36 Johnson, Dontae CB 6-2 200 22 R N.C. State
  Johnson, Josh QB 6-3 205 28 6 San Diego
13 Johnson, Stevie WR 6-2 207 27 7 Kentucky
7 Kaepernick, Colin QB 6-4 230 26 4 Nevada
67 Kilgore, Daniel G/C 6-3 308 26 4 Appalachian St.
38 Lattimore, Marcus RB 5-11 221 22 2 South Carolina
4 Lee, Andy P 6-2 180 31 11 Pittsburgh
96 Lemonier, Corey LB 6-3 255 22 2 Auburn
84 Lloyd, Brandon WR 6-0 200 32 11 Illinois
78 Looney, Joe G 6-3 315 23 3 Wake Forest
59 Lynch, Aaron LB 6-5 249 21 R South Florida
71 Martin, Jonathan T 6-5 312 24 3 Stanford
66 Martin, Marcus C 6-3 320 20 R USC
46 McCray, James S 6-0 210 23 R Catawba College
47 McDermott, Kevin LS 6-4 234 24 2 UCLA
91 McDonald, Ray DT 6-3 290 29 8 Florida
89 McDonald, Vance TE 6-4 267 24 2 Rice
  Millard, Trey FB 6-2 247 22 R Oklahoma
49 Miller, Bruce FB 6-2 248 26 4 Central Florida
54 Moody, Nick LB 6-1 236 24 2 Florida State
40 Morris, Darryl CB 5-10 188 23 2 Texas State
98 Okoye, Lawrence DL 6-6 304 22 2  
14 Osgood, Kassim WR 6-5 220 34 12 San Diego State
11 Patton, Quinton WR 6-0 204 23 2 Louisiana Tech
64 Purcell, Mike DT 6-3 303 23 1 Wyoming
  Ramsey, Kaleb DT 6-3 293 25 R Boston College
31 Reaser, Keith CB 5-10 189 22 R Florida Atlantic
10 Reed, David WR 6-0 190 27 5 Utah
35 Reid, Eric S 6-1 213 22 2 LSU
6 Schmidt, Colton P 5-11 220 23 1 UC-Davis
62 Seymour, Ryan G 6-4 301 24 2 Vanderbilt
  Skov, Shayne LB 6-3 247 23 R Stanford
51 Skuta, Dan LB 6-2 250 28 6 Grand Valley St.
99 Smith, Aldon LB 6-4 265 24 4 Missouri
94 Smith, Justin DT 6-4 285 34 14 Missouri
68 Snyder, Adam G 6-6 325 32 10 Oregon
27 Spillman, C.J. S 6-0 199 28 6 Marshall
74 Staley, Joe T 6-5 315 29 8 Central Michigan
60 Thomas, Brandon G 6-3 317 23 R Clemson
  Thomas, Chase LB 6-3 242 25 R Stanford
48 Tukuafu, Will FB 6-4 293 30 4 Oregon
41 Ventrone, Bubba S 5-10 200 31 9 Villanova
25 Ward, Jimmie DB 5-10 193 22 R Northern Illinois
57 Wilhoite, Michael LB 6-0 240 27 3 Washburn
93 Williams, Ian NT 6-1 305 24 4 Notre Dame
52 Willis, Patrick LB 6-1 240 29 8 Mississippi
19 Wylie, Devon WR 5-9 187 25 3 Fresno State



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