Double K’s Take: The Sadness that is the 2014-15 San Francisco 49ers…


                                                                                   This is a subject that hits close to home for me, since I am a lifelong Niners fan. This has been one of those years that makes it hard to be a fan of any football team. The team came into the season with high hopes after reaching the NFC Championship game and losing to Seattle. When the experts looked at the NFC West they saw the 49ers right in the thick of it. I saw that too I had the team at worst finishing behind Seattle but in the playoffs. Early in the season they showed signs of struggling on the offensive side of the ball, the defense seemed to be in place and all they needed was for the offense to click and at times it did. Then came the stretch in which I thought the 49ers could win 2 out of 3 games during the stretch in which they played Seattle twice and faced the hapless Raiders in Oakland. Alas the actual result was a 3 game losing streak that makes the next couple of weeks of football for nothing more than morale. There were a couple of reasons I feel that this team failed this season….


1.       Offensive/Defensive Injuries – Now most people including me believe in the next man up theory, this season has been just brutal on this team losing offensive lineman Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati for extended periods of time. The defense was hit with injuries and suspensions early in the season and was hit with so much injury that the starting linebackers were a 2nd year player and a rookie who played very admirably in place of the best backing core in the NFL today. This did not allow the team to get into sink and find a rhythm or consistency. So as much as its next man up a human body can only lose so much blood before it dies. So it will have to be next year that this defense shows what it can do. The offense on the other hand needs more work than just getting healthy they need some more aggressive and smart play calling to make it more efficient that it was this season…


2.       Offensive Play Calling – I would say that is was conservative at best and I think that is what cost them the most. Colin Kapernick seemed to have a regression of sorts. Last year he seemed to be inching forward in reading progressions and hitting the open receiver. This year he confirmed the “one step forward, two steps back” theory , this kid has a long way to go before he reaches his potential. So he came in highly touted and failed to live up to the hype he isn’t the 1st won’t be the last to do this. If they manage to keep the coaching staff mostly in place I believe he will progress to fit into his skin so to speak. Now onto the play calling I personally don’t think we saw enough Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde as we could have this season. If greg roman is around next season he needs to remember that these two guys are his bread and butter not Kapernick. If he can realize this he can lead another team to the super bowl…

Now that as far as the playoffs are concerned that much is over for this season. But the team still has two games left so let’s do what good fans do and root on the 49ers in these two games and hope that they can finish 9-7. If they can’t then I think there will be a lot of changes in the 49ers coaching staff and possibly the loss of a really good coach. But like the saying goes “Win, Lose or Tie, Niners till I die!!”

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