NFL Update: The San Francisco 49ers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
Can The San Francisco 49ers Win The Super Bowl?
2014 NFL Off-Season
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2013 Recap: The San Francisco 49ers made the made the playoffs for the third straight season with a 12-4 record and lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Conference championship. With a defense that was top 10 against both the run and pass, the 49ers were one of the tougher teams in the league and finished the regular season with six straight victories. Frank Gore led the way with more than 1,000 rushing yards, giving the 49ers the third best rushing attack in the NFL. The 49ers have yet to miss the playoffs with Jim Harbaugh as head coach.
Key Losses: The 49ers did a great job of holding onto pretty much every key player, however, they did lose Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers on the defensive side. Whitner had two interceptions last season, while Rogers started every game at corner and also had two interceptions and 47 tackles.
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Key Additions: The 49ers bolstered their defense by adding veteran defensive back Antoine Bethea, who has 14 career interceptions and 569 tackles. Offensively, the 49ers added wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Lloyd has had more than 900 receiving yards in three straight seasons and Martin was a starter for the Miami Dolphins.
Draft: The 49ers had a ton of draft picks, but the three guys that stand out to me are running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Bruce Ellington and defensive end Aaron Lynch. Hyde is a younger version of Frank Gore, Ellington is a speedy receiver who can stretch the field and Lynch is a monster off the edge when motivated. All three players were steals at the round San Fran got them at, and they should all play a key role as soon as this season.
2014 Outlook, So Far: The 49ers are the only team that can keep up with the Seattle Seahawks from a physical standpoint, and honestly, that’s the only way you’re going to beat the defending champs. San Fran was a play away from going to the Super Bowl last season and with everybody returning for another season, there’s no reason why this team can’t get back to the big game. I still give the Seahawks the slight edge in the NFC West, but the 49ers are still legit Super Bowl contenders and should make the playoffs for a fourth straight year.
Sept. 7 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25
Sept. 14 Chicago Bears, 8:30
Sept. 21 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05
Sept. 28 Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25
Oct. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25
Oct. 13 at St. Louis Rams (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 19 at Denver Broncos, 8:30*
Oct. 26 BYE
Nov. 2 St. Louis Rams, 4:05
Nov. 9 at New Orleans Saints, 1
Nov. 16 at New York Giants, 1
Nov. 23 Washington Redskins, 4:25
Nov. 27 Seattle Seahawks (Thu), 8:30
Dec. 7 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Dec. 14 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25
Dec. 20 San Diego Chargers (Sat), TBD
Dec. 28 Arizona Cardinals, 4:25