Four Reasons The 49ers Won’t Make The Playoffs

The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the top teams in the NFL for the past three years. It seems as though Jim Harbaugh turned the ship around once he was hired going to three straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. The Defense has been one of the best, and the offense has been able to put up some points. Even with this great turnaround, It seems as though the 49ers aren’t meant to make the playoffs this season and here are four reasons why:

Missing to many starters

The 49ers have been hit with too many injuries. Navarro Bowman suffered a massive knee injury in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks and will be out until about midseason. Kendall Hunter tore his ACL. LaMichael James, Brandon Lloyd, and Michael Crabtree are all dealing with leg injuries that could linger all season if they don’t rehab correctly. And just this past weekend run stuffer Glenn Dorsey tore his bicep tendon and is out for the season. Also, Aldon Smith will be facing league discipline soon for his numerous off field incidents he has had this offseason and could be suspended for a large chunk of the season. Missing key players like this will test a teams depth, and will also show if they can gel with so many new starters in the lineup.

The NFC West is the toughest division in football

There haven’t been too many divisions ever in the NFL that were better than the NFC West right now. Every defense is tough and violent. The offenses are bruising and steadily move the ball. These teams they play twice a year will take a physical toll on their already injury ridden roster. The Seahawks are the Super Bowl champions, and the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams are looking really good this year after a strong 2013 season.

There is division in the organization

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This offseason there were reports that the 49ers were trying to trade Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh came out and said that was completely false, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It seems as though the 49ers organization isn’t happy Harbaugh can’t win the big game, and that Harbaugh isn’t sold on staying in San Francisco. He had ties to wanting to go to the Cleveland Browns, and the Texas Longhorns. Now they say they are on the same page, but contract talks are on hold until the end of the upcoming season. Maybe so they can both see what year four will bring. Either way, there is tension here.

Lack of offense

Frank Gore will be 31 this season. Can he really carry the load for 16+ games? Colin Kaepernick isn’t as good as fans think, and only Anquan Boldin is a proven receiver. Michael Crabtree hasn’t had more than one 1,000 yard receiving season since he was drafted in 2009. Numbers don’t lie no matter how good you think he can be. If Kaepernick gets hurt then guess who backs him up… Blaine Gabbert. That’s right, the worst QB drafted in the first round since Jamarcus Russell. Things just aren’t looking to good for the 49ers this upcoming season.

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About the author  ⁄ Chris Ehorn Jr

“I don’t know it all. I’m just a fanatic.”

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Poop
    August 6, 2014

    You must be a Seahawk Fan. There is now way they miss the playoffs. And to say Kaepernick and Crabtree aren’t good, or as you say overrated, you’re kidding right?

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      Chris Ehorn Jr Author
      August 6, 2014

      Actually I’m not a Seahawks fan. Crabtree isn’t a #1 receiver. Over his career he has averaged 55.8 receptions a year, but let’s round up and say 56 a year, 725.8 receiving yards a year but again I will round up so 726. And 4.4 TDs a year. Hope you don’t mind but I’m going to round down on that so 4 TDs a year. 56 receptions a year for 726 yards and 4 TDs a year. Defenses watch out. Colin Kaepernick isn’t bad. He was ranked the #10 QB last year right behind Tony Romo and Big Ben. He also had the lowest completion % of the top 26 QBs.

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        ninernation10
        August 6, 2014

        I hate when people with little knowledge of the real game of football get position that allow them to mislead the general public and they get paid to do it. You throw out useless stats that dont really mean anything. Your averages included a shorten rookie season and a 5 game season last year due to injury. I know injuries are apart of football but there is no denying the fact that when Michael Crabtree is healthy, he is elite. Let me throw some stats your way that are a little more accurate. If you take an average and spread them out to a 16 game season, minuse the pre-harbaugh years, you get 1005 yards/78 receptions/6 touchdowns. Also, Colin’s total quarterback rating ranks him #7 last year which is a better indications of a quarterbacks play then qb rating. Not bad when you only had two targets to throw to, Davis and Boldin, for most of the season

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          Chris Ehorn Jr Author
          August 6, 2014

          1,105 yards and 9 TDs actually, and is that elite? His best year he was 14th in yards tied for 9th in TDs and tied for 14th in receptions.

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          whinernation
          August 7, 2014

          You know what a useless stat is? Extrapulated data that you projected over a 16 game season. Its production that didnt actually happen.

          Crabtree is above average, to call him elite is laughable. I guess even Peyton Hillis is elite for having ONE productive year…

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      Scooper
      August 6, 2014

      Lol for all of Kaepernick’s “explosiveness and game changing ability” he is barely a good game manager. Seriously in more than %50 of Kapernick’s games last year he was under 200 yards passing or under %60 accuracy.

      He’s also proven himself to be a choke artist. Look at the final drives of the he SB lost, the lost to Carolina, New Orleans, and Seattle. Kid is a good athlete, he starts to have problems when he tries to be a QB.

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    pat gennaro
    September 14, 2014

    WOW, that is like saying that the Patriots wont win because Brady has a bas season. Mot very insightful.

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      Chris Ehorn Jr Author
      September 14, 2014

      That’s probably true. Thank you.

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