We are nearly three months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams get ready for mini-camps and OTAs, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Now it’s time to check out the San Francisco 49ers.
Following a forgettable 2016 season which saw the team finish with a 2-14 record, the statistics say that the San Francisco 49ers could opt for a different numeral in their name. All kidding aside, this past season’s version of the club (under the command of head coach Chip Kelly) ranked dead last in the NFL in passing offense, total defense and rushing defense. Also, San Francisco permitted the most points in the league this past season (480). At least the Niners didn’t finish 32nd in the league in total yards per game. Unfortunately, they were next-to-last in that category just head of the rival Los Angeles Rams.
In 2014, then-head coach Jim Harbaugh was in the midst of what would be his final season at the helm of the club. It proved to be a disappointing 8-8 finish for the club, not a shock considering the offseason saw a slew of free-agent defections, trades and retirements severely depleted the talent base. Things went from worse to horrendous these past two seasons as the Niners have combined for just seven wins in their 32 games from 2015-16. And yes, three of those victories have come against the Rams.
It wasn’t long ago that the San Francisco 49ers and Harbaugh were busy making the NFC title game an annual event. They fell one win short of the Super Bowl in 2011, losing in overtime to the New York Giants. The club reached the Big Game in ’12 (a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans) and then fell one victory away from defending their conference title via a 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Now with the hiring of Kyle Shanahan, the franchise will open a season with a different head coach for the fourth straight year (Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula, Kelly and Shanahan).