The USB’s 2017 NFL Preview rolls along with a look at the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s been a difficult last few seasons for fans of the 49ers. After a nice run with Jim Harbaugh that looked like the 49ers were set to be one of the best NFL teams for years to come, everything went to shit real fast and the 49ers are a dumpster fire.

But for how long though? Can the 49ers actually compete this year or should their fans just skip the season?







2017 NFL Preview





Record Last Five Seasons: 11-4-1 (2012), 12-4 (2013), 8-8 (2014), 5-11 (2015), 2-14 (2016)

Last Playoff Win: 2013 Divisional vs. Carolina

Last Playoff Appearance: 2013 NFC Championship vs. Seattle

Super Bowl Wins: Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl XIX, Super Bowl XXIII, Super Bowl XXIV, Super Bowl XXIX

Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XXIX vs. Los Angeles Chargers


The Head Coach:

Kyle Shanahan

Coaching Record: 0-0

Playoff Record: 0-0

Grade: Incomplete


2016-17 Team Leaders:

Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Colin Kaepernick (2,241), Colin Kaepernick (16)

Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Carlos Hyde (998), Carlos Hyde (6)

Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Jeremy Kerley (667), Vance McDonald (4)

Tackles: Antoine Bethea (110)

Interceptions: Gerald Hodges (2)


2017 Projected Starters:

Grade Key:

  • GOOD


QB: Brian Hoyer

RB: Carlos Hyde

WR: Pierre Garcon

WR: Marquise Goodwin

WR: Jeremy Kerley

TE: Vance McDonald

LT: Joe Staley

RT: Trent Brown

RG: Brandon Fusco

LG: Zane Beadles

OC: Daniel Kilgore


DE: Arik Armstead

DE: Solomon Thomas

DT: DeForest Buckner

DT: Earl Mitchell

LB: NaVorro Bowman

LB: Reuben Foster

LB: Ahmad Brooks

CB: Rashard Robinson

CB: Dontae Johnson

FS: Jimmie Ward

SS: Eric Reid


The Schedule:

vs. Carolina Panthers (September 10)

vs. @ Seattle Seahawks (September 17)

vs. Los Angeles Rams (September 21)

vs. @ Arizona Cardinals (October 1)

vs. @ Indianapolis Colts (October 8)

vs. @ Washington Redskins (October 15)

vs. Dallas Cowboys (October 22)

vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (October 29)

vs. Arizona Cardinals (November 5)

vs. New York Giants (November 12)


vs. Seattle Seahawks (November 26)

vs. @ Chicago Bears (December 3)

vs. @ Houston Texans (December 10)

vs. Tennessee Titans (December 17)

vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (December 24)

vs. @ Los Angeles Rams (December 31)


Three Things I Like About The 49ers This Season:

-Kyle Shanahan: Kyle Shanahan has been patiently waiting for his first NFL head coaching gig for over 13 NFL seasons now. He’s 37 years old and is coming off arguably his best season ever as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, where that team was one-quarter away from a Super Bowl victory. Shanahan has a difficult task in front of him as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but I think he’s the right man for the job. Once this guy finds his QB, 49ers fans will start to see why Shanahan is widely regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the NFL.

-Loaded QB NFL Draft: The 49ers likely don’t have their QB of the future on the roster right now. Thankfully for them, next year’s NFL Draft is set to be absolutely loaded at the QB position. If Sam Darnold turns pro, he could become the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck. If Darnold stays in school, Wyoming’s Josh Allen is a hell of a consolation prize for the 49ers if they end up with the #1 overall pick. Plus, there are plenty of other guys who are set to potentially jump up into the conversation as well. If you’re going to suck for a top pick, this could be the year to do it. Teams like the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets have seemingly put that together. I’m betting the 49ers will as well.

-C.J. Beathard: If there is a QB on the 49ers roster who could surprise some people, it’s C.J. Beathard. Beathard saw a lot of action while playing at Iowa and was a pretty effective QB overall. Every now and then there’s a QB that comes around that totally surprises people. It really wouldn’t shock me to see the 49ers give Beathard some starts this season and for him to look like a decent NFL QB in those starts.


Three Things I Hate About The 49ers This Season:

-Roster Stinks: From top-to-bottom the 49ers aren’t a very good team. Sorry to break it to you 49ers fans, but it’s the truth. Yes, there are a few players I would definitely welcome on my team (Pierre Garcon, DeForest Buckner, NaVorro Bowman, and Joe Staley) but outside of those guys, it’s pretty disgusting. Arik Armstead had a good rookie year, but his play dropped off last season. The 49ers don’t have a cornerback on their roster who is worth a damn. Eric Reid used to be good, but something happened to him. Luckily the 49ers have some rookies on the defensive side of the ball (Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster) who should make immediate impacts on the field this season. Things are looking up 49ers fans. You just have to be patient.

-QB Situation: The 49ers QB situation is a disaster. Brian Hoyer is currently set to be their starter this season, but we all know what he is. You aren’t going to get very far with Hoyer as your signal caller. Hoyer’s current back-up is Matt Barkley, who actually played decent in spots last year for the Chicago Bears. If Hoyer starts to struggle (and he will), how long will it be before the 49ers fans are begging to see Barkley? Not only that, but behind Barkley you have C.J. Beathard, who is a rookie who has looked decent in pre-season this season. Who’s going to end up with the 49ers QB job by the end of the season? Does it really matter though?

-Tough Schedule: Going through the 49ers schedule, it’s extremely hard to find any wins. They aren’t winning any of their road games. Not even the one against the Bears. I honestly think their chances of a win this season are against the Rams at home and against the Jaguars at home. Outside of those two games, I think there’s a chance this team goes winless this season. 0-16 isn’t so bad when you remember the grand prize is a QB in the NFL Draft.


The Prediction: