2014 Offense: 19.1 PTS/G (25th)
2014 Defense: 21.3 PTS/G (10th)
Key Additions: Torrey Smith (WR), Darnell Dockett (DT), Philip Wheeler (LB), Shareece Wright (CB), Reggie Bush (RB)
Key Losses: Anthony Davis (OT), Aldon Smith (LB), Frank Gore (RB), Justin Smith (DE), Patrick Willis (LB), Chris Borland (LB), Michael Crabtree (WR), Stevie Johnson (WR), Mike Iupati (G), Chris Culliver (CB), Perrish Cox (CB), Andy Lee (P)
Top Three Draft Picks: Arik Armstead (DE), Jaquiski Tartt (S), Eli Harold (OLB)
That looks like a nice free agent haul for the Niners. Will they be back in the playoffs next year? Who did they lose though? Almost everybody it looks like. Their team was decimated by retirements and free agent departures. The offense sucked last year and now it has lost two offensive lineman, two receivers, and the starting running back. It could actually be better next year though. The offense is not the problem.
They almost lost an entire team on defense. Really, the guys they lost would make for a solid defense by themselves. Patrick Willis and promising rookie Chris Borland retired leaving a huge hole in the middle of their defense. I can’t blame them for leaving the game though. They might have made the right decision. Justin Smith also retired but that was less shocking. He will still be tough to replace. Aldon Smith couldn’t stay out of trouble and the 49ers were left with no choice but to release him. To top all of that off they also lost a pair of decent corners.
It’s sad to see what happened to this franchise. After that Super Bowl loss it looked like they were set for years of success. You just never know in football. I don’t blame the front office. Some of their good players stopped being good, some retired early, and some kept getting arrested. I think it was all just really bad luck. It sucks for their fans because the Niners are going to be bad.