49ers have lost more playing time than any other team

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No team has lost more than the 49ers this year.

In an offseason that started with the departure of Jim Harbaugh and most of his staff, the 49ers have also lost more contributions from players than any other team. According to ESPN, the players who left the 49ers this offseason played a whopping 37 percent of the team’s total snaps last year. That’s the most snaps lost of any team in the NFL.

Among the players who were significant contributors for the 49ers last year and won’t be on the team this year are:

Left guard Mike Iupati (1,003 snaps)
Cornerback Perrish Cox (1,003 snaps)
Cornerback Chris Culliver (821 snaps)
Defensive lineman Ray McDonald (724 snaps)
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (722 snaps)
Defensive lineman Justin Smith (701 snaps)
Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin (685 snaps)
Running back Frank Gore (647 snaps)
Linebacker Chris Borland (608 snaps)
Linebacker Dan Skuta (572 snaps)
Right tackle Anthony Davis (456 snaps)
Linebacker Patrick Willis (366 snaps)
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (335 snaps)
Special teamer Kassim Osgood (254 snaps)
Punter Andy Lee (145 snaps)
Safety Bubba Ventrone (139 snaps)

(Snap counts via Football Outsiders)

The 49ers added players in the draft and free agency, but it’s hard to believe those additions will be enough to make up for the losses. Which means the 49ers, who took a step backward from 12-4 in 2013 to 8-8 in 2014, are probably going to take another step backward in 2015.

55 responses to “49ers have lost more playing time than any other team

  1. Want to know why Chris Culliver left to come to Washington DC? Because he got tired of relying on the RGIIIWannabe at QB there and decided he wants to win SUPERBOWLS with the real deal. Thank GOD I’m a Redskin fan! #HTTR

  2. The biggest losers in San Francisco are the people who invested in Personal Seat Licenses @ Levi Stadium a couple of years ago. The greedy NFL strikes another community.

  3. Every year,Belichick trades away expensive vets to keep his roster young, fresh, and most importantly HUNGRY. And by doing this, he receives assets in return to strengthen for the current year and build for the future…..and the result is 14 years of winning teams.
    Then there are teams like San Francisco without a plan and their vets just walked away……and the 49ers have nothing to show for it. Massive rebuild ahead.
    The formula is simple…..do what Belichick does. His consistency is amazing. Even great franchises like Pittsburg and Baltimore have had to endure downward cycles as they reload for their next three run. Not New England……every year is their run. The Hoodie has mastered the NFL formula. And for those that want to give Brady all the credit for New England’s success, ask yourself why teams like Green Bay and New Orleans with their great QBs can’t sustain long periods of success but New England can…..Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the NFL

  4. Low expectations this year for my Niners, yes. We can at least hope for the implosion of the Shehawks soon facilitated by Russell Wilson’s contract….

  5. Patience people. Just part of York’s master plan to get first pick in the draft and get a true qb.

  6. Just stop with this nonsense. Its July and according to the media and new fans, they are already 0-16. If you actually did your research you would know that the Niners upgraded more than downgraded. Where they downgraded was the secondary, which was suspect last year, but they’ll be okay. If you think losing Willis was a downgrade you’re wrong. Bowman will be back and was playing better. Gore was great but was going to be replaced anyways. Hyde is a beast. Smith is better than Crabtree. We still have Boldin. Ellington and Patton will break out. Kaepernick looks better. Go check out his new mechanics if you want to see. Harbaugh was great but Tomsula is a player’s coach and the players are motivated to play for him. So you will be eating crow pretty soon and I will be here to make sure to remind you that you were wrong.

  7. logicalvoicepft says:
    Jul 24, 2015 9:50 AM
    Want to know why Chris Culliver left to come to Washington DC? Because he got tired of relying on the RGIIIWannabe at QB there and decided he wants to win SUPERBOWLS with the real deal. Thank GOD I’m a Redskin fan! #HTTR

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    This must be a joke. As much as I hate the 49erz and as bad as they are, the Redskins are even more of a train wreck. RGIII is a bust and he will NEVER win a Super Bowl. Thank God I’m not a Redskin fan!!

  8. One could argue that over half the players on that list were the reason for a vastly underachieving 2014 season, and have now been replaced by more talented players.

  9. As the O-Line goes, so goes our season.

    Aside from Willis, Gore and Smith all of the loses have been made up through the draft or FA. More to the point is that most of those players listed were either marginal players (back ups filling in due to a rash of injuries) or players who were bound to leave for bigger contracts when they hit FA.

    So losing Jonathan “The Human Turnstile” Martin hurts out team, really? The doom and gloom of the media is making the offseason look worse than it is and while I hate Jed York I’ll always support my team. Again the only two question marks I look at for our roster are our CB’s and O-line but we have the pieces to put together a legit team, hopefully Tomsula and co. can execute a winning plan.

  10. Niners are loaded with young studs that will be household names at the end of the year. The only BIG loss on that list is Anthony Davis.

  11. Boy I can not wait to see the 49ers lose game after game this season. Then soap opera and front office leaks that are bound to ensue.

    Look at the bright side though 49er fans. You all will be in position to draft Joey Bosa in next year’s draft.

  12. @logcalvoicepft LMAO NOBODY wants to be RG3 not even RG3

    @redrew I like in Boston, I know what BB does very well. Trent Baalke is doing the same thing. He’s letting the high priced free agents go and drafting guys to take over the guys that leave. Just because the replacements are not big name, high $ players doesn’t make the strategy any worse. People have been predicting the decline of the 49ers since 2011 and they kept winning until last year where injuries and poor performances at the same caught up to them. Nobody can plan for a 24 year old retiring. The roster is still talented and nobody should compare Harbaugh to Belichick. Bill knows how to stay ahead of the NFL, Harbaugh refused to adjust and it cost him his job. Niners are in better shape than people think despite all the losses.

    @PFT Lloyd, Osgood and Ventrone are really worth mentioning? Jonathan Martin was a disaster out there. Some snaps are ok to lose.

  13. Niners816, I thought their secondary played well last season. My concern is the ILB position. Wilhoite is really not starter material, but is an excellent backup. I was just surprised they didn’t address this in the draft.

  14. widerightyouloseagain says:
    Jul 24, 2015 10:19 AM

    The Santa Claries will do good to finish 4-12 this year.

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    When the Raiders move to LA next year will you still root for the Carsies? On that note don’t you find it hilarious that ALL THREE sports teams want to get the hell out of Oakland?

  15. Their new slogan: “Who’s got it worse than WE do?”

    (Well…the Raiders, Jags, Titans, ‘Skins, Bucs.)

  16. Iupati is overrated. Can’t over pay to keep Cox or Culliver because we’ve had success plugging in and letting CBs go, see C Rogers and T Brown. McDonald’s replacement is on the roster already. Torrey Smith > Crabtree. Skuta, Lloyd, Osgood Ventrone…pshhh. RTs are replaceable so Davis doesn’t hurt bad.

    Borland hurts but Bowman is back. Justin Smith hurts but he wasn’t the se 2011 dominant force. Gore was painful but needed to happen. Willis hurts the most.

    Maybe I’m just rationalizing but it’s not as bad as it appears.

  17. As an outsider to NFC West football, it is clear the Seahawks have a cake walk in this division, but I really like the Rams chances of a decent season and getting a Wildcard. The Cardinals will also be competitive. This reminds me of the AFC East… the Patriots walking away year after year, but the other 3 teams are MUCH better now. This is good for the NFL. The Seahawks and Patriots can’t stay on top forever.

  18. Willis last season was a shell of what he used to be. Same with Justin Smith. Gore was mediocre. They will not be hard to replace on the field – they will be missed in the leadership department.

    Coaching staff has been upgraded. The Harbaugh Roman combo had run it’s course. Play calling will improve.

    DL and LB should be fine – Bowman is back (apparently healthy), Aldon Smith is in great shape, and will be there for the entire season this year. (If he stays out of trouble!!!!) OL was poor last year, so that is more likely to improve than not. WR have been upgraded. RB have been upgraded. QB has (based on reports of his off-season work) been upgraded. Vernon Davis is healthy, and in a “contract year.” DBs are the only real question mark.

    They will be better than last season.

  19. Omg look at these haters I mean even a Redskin fan that has most of our players on their team talking smack and the Vikings?Please you will find out soon enough that your team isn’t going to even make the playoffs this year with your first game beat down.I Love the fact that people are underestimating the 9ers .NINER4LIFE

  20. @redrew

    What on earth are you talking about? No Plan!?!

    Cracks me up…The 49ers didn’t lose a single player to Free Agency that they didn’t EXPECT to lose.

    Plan? They’ve been PLANNING for those losses for YEARS.

    Gore? That’s why they’ve been drafting RBs every year for 7 years. Carlos Hyde will likely be the #1 back, but they also have Kendall Hunter and Reggie Bush as compliments.

    Crabtree? That’s why they signed Torrey Smith.

    Iupati? That’s why they drafted Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin last year.

    Cox/Culliver? That’s why they selected FOUR CBs LAST year AND they still have Brock who was SUPPOSED to be the starter before injury last year.

    Justin Smith? That’s why they took Tank Carradine two years ago along with Quentin Dial and signed Glenn Dorsey and Darnell Dockett.

    Who knows how it’s all gonna turn out. Maybe none of those guys are any good, but to say that they have no plan when they selected 23 players between 2014 and 2015….many of whom were injured so they could redshirt them and get value.

    The last THREE DRAFTS have all been about the plan to replace many of the players they lost this year.

    The problem is that they lost a few of the younger guys as well and some who were earmarked to replace some aging vets (like Borland for Willis).

  21. @thvikesarebest

    Um, huh? Laughable receiving corps?

    Boldin/Smith won the SB three years ago.

  22. It’d have been nice to have a percentage for the 2nd highest team for comparison/perspective purposes…

  23. redrew… 14 years for the Pats that’s a good run & Bill Belichick has been a great coach even with the extra he does. SF & Pitt Dynasties are the standard & the Pats dont sit at that big boy table.. Must be young because Bill Walsh created a system that went 5 – 0 in SB’s in 14 years with 2 different Qb’s & coaches. Brady does seem to run a modified version of too tho, just saying.
    The Steelers system has them doing well for half a century now with like only 7 losings seasons & combined with the Ravens have 3 SB wins the last 10 more than the Pats. Bill Belichick is great but that div has been weak for decades up till now & the AFC North has been great. Bad comparison..

  24. dawgman66 says:
    Jul 24, 2015 11:44 AM

    Omg look at these haters I mean even a Redskin fan that has most of our players on their team talking smack and the Vikings?Please you will find out soon enough that your team isn’t going to even make the playoffs this year with your first game beat down.I Love the fact that people are underestimating the 9ers .NINER4LIFE
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    I will concede Redskins, still reeling from losing 2 #1s and a #2 and otherwise poor decisions as well as the #1 they did use didn’t turn out so far (Griffin). As for the Vikings, while not being as good as their fans think they are, they will have something to say about the playoffs in the NFC. Look for them to be close at least when we start seeing playoff scenarios unfolding after Thanksgiving. (injury disclaimer here)

  25. Yeah let’s talk about what we lost. Or better yet, what we gained…

    Get back Aldon, Bowman, Dorsey, Ian Williams and Brock healthy. 5 really good defensive players. Only reason Cox and Skuta played a lot of snaps was because Brock and Aldon were hurt or suspended over half the season. Don’t sleep on our young D Linemen or CB’s. Adding a vet like Dockett to our D line along with Dial, Dorsey, Williams, Carradine will be huge. Plus most people that aren’t Niners fans know nothing of our young CB’s we drafted last year in Teaser, Acker and Johnson. Reaser I’m highest on, I think he will start opposite Brock. Cb with 4.3 speed and had the most reps (22) of any CB at the combine last year. Plus we could have the best group of OLB’s in football with Aldon, Brooks, Lynch and adding Harold to the mix. Our D will be top 10 again and having a Pass rush package of Carradine, Dockett, Aldon and Lynch/Brooks willbe nasty.

    On offense, Gore is being replaced by a future 1,200 yard beast in Hyde who is bigger, younger and faster. Crabtree was garbage and is being replaced by a true deep threat in Smith which we have t had since Moss in 2012. He will stretch the field and open up run lanes and everything underneath for Boldin, Davis, Bush and Simpson. Plus Ellington and Patton have talent and will finally get some playing time. On the OL, Davis and Iupati were great run blockers but horrible in pass protection. Brandon Thomas will be way better at G because he is good at both. RT we will have to see who starts, if it’s Pears or our rookie Trent Brown who looked great in OTA’s. More speed all over our offense with Smith, Simpson, Bush and Hunter. Plus Kilgore back at Center who was playing at a Pro Bowl level before getting hurt. Not to mention that fat like of garbage Greg Roman isn’t calling plays anymore. Good luck with that Bills!

    Mentioning guys like Skuta, Jon Martin, Cox, etc is mentioning backups that played a lot more because of injuries. We had 1/3 of our team on IR at the end of the season. I’m glad people are sleeping on us this year, we are going to shock the hell out of people!

  26. Iupati-Best run blocking guard in the NFL, awful pass blocker. Carson Palmer better stay on his toes.

    Cox-49ers picked him off the scrap heap from Denver, he was cut by both the 49ers and Seattle in 2013. Solid CB that had his best season in a contract year.

    Culliver-Talented young CB but a headcase. 49ers overdrafted CB in 2014 to prepare for his eventual departure.

    Ray McDonald-Good player, cant stay out of trouble. 49ers brought in Darnell Dockett and have Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial and Glenn Dorsey vying for snaps at DE. Arik Armstead could be his eventual longterm replacement.

    Michael Crabtree-Diva of a receiver that often ran his mouth far more than he made plays out on the field. Had to settle for substantially less than he wanted, maybe a reality check will do him good. 49ers upgraded here with Torrey Smith.

    Justin Smith-A true warrior at the end of his career, his leadership will be missed most.

    Jonathan Martin-LOL.

    Frank Gore-See Justin Smith. Still a very good back but struggled mightily versus better run defenses. Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter and Mike Davis still give the 49ers a very nice group of RBs.

    Chris Borland-Surprising retirement, a talented young player but highly injury prone.

    Dan Skuta-Solid spot starter, great special teamer, with the addition of Eli Harold he became expendable, particularly considering how much the Jags gave him.

    Anthony Davis-The biggest loss of all IMO, top notch young right tackle, the guy they will most struggle to replace.

    Patrick Willis-HOF quality player that has struggled with injuries the past few years. Was passed up by Bowman as the best ILB on the team, his struggles with repeated foot injuries made it impossible for him to continue his career. The second biggest loss behind Davis.

    Andy Lee-Awesome, humble guy has been a top notch punter for a long time. Apparently new draft pick Bradley Pinion has bedn impressing the heck out of everyone, also has the ability to kickoff and earning 1/4th the salary of Lee gave him an advantage.

    49ers have lost a lot of talent but they also have a lot of young talent who will now get a chance to play. Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, Brandon Thomas, Marcus Martin, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Trey Millard, Arik Armstead, Jaquiski Tartt and more.

    How these guys perform will determine how the season goes for the 49ers.

  27. er0ck5 says:
    Jul 24, 2015 12:19 PM

    It’d have been nice to have a percentage for the 2nd highest team for comparison/perspective purposes…
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    Not sure what ESPN is up to, but according to Football Outsiders, the bottom 5 in adjusted GAMES lost in 2014 is
    32. NYG-137.1
    31. SD-119.1
    30.IND-104.7
    29. OAK-103.6
    28. SF-101.8
    NFL Average: 67.6

    It leans toward starters, starter replacement, and important situational reserves and accounts that injured active players tend to play at a reduced level of effectiveness.
    I would think ESPN is using gross numbers.

  28. jvibottomline says:
    Jul 24, 2015 10:31 AM
    Niners are loaded with young studs that will be household names at the end of the year. The only BIG loss on that list is Anthony Davis.

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    This, and he will be back or traded next season.

    Big deal. Let the hating continue.

  29. To my niner fans don’t sweat this article, site, or other posters. They have no clue. They are not even considering the fact that all the players who retired were over the hill except Davis and Borland and they are soft as charmin quitting due to headaches. The dbs like Cox was a journeyman who was cut repeatedly. I simply can’t wait until September. Plus how can anyone take this site serious when it deals in conjecture and innuendo 90% of the time regarding anything 49er related. I realize you other posters simply buy into public opinion. But a team like the 9ers who were hurt because of stubborn coaches who only played vets regardless of circumstances until they ran them in the ground. We’ve had at least ten picks the last 4 years in the draft. Watch lynch, dontae, Eli, Amstead, bowman and Aldon dominate this season

  30. Whatever! We are still stacked and will be the surprise of the NFL. Super Bowl champs and Kap MVP. Facial Green Bay we own you and all the rest of you chumps!

  31. @redrew you sound stupid. The only reason the Patriots have been so dominant is because the rest of the division has been just as dysfunctional. Their front office does a good job, so does their coach and their quarterback, but the reason for their sustained success is ONLY due to lack of competition. The Bills, Jets, and Dolphins have been completely irrelevant over the same time frame.
    They get a lot of free wins and end up with a bye in the playoffs. The rest of the AFC has been pretty bad also, they normally have 1 tough game before the super bowl.

  32. Not more than five wins with their schedule, this dumpster fire is only overshadowed by the one across the bay.

  33. “niners816 says:
    Jul 24, 2015 10:14 AM

    Just stop with this nonsense. Its July and according to the media and new fans, they are already 0-16. If you actually did your research you would know that the Niners upgraded more than downgraded. Where they downgraded was the secondary, which was suspect last year, but they’ll be okay. If you think losing Willis was a downgrade you’re wrong. Bowman will be back and was playing better. Gore was great but was going to be replaced anyways. Hyde is a beast. Smith is better than Crabtree. We still have Boldin. Ellington and Patton will break out. Kaepernick looks better. Go check out his new mechanics if you want to see. Harbaugh was great but Tomsula is a player’s coach and the players are motivated to play for him. So you will be eating crow pretty soon and I will be here to make sure to remind you that you were”

    No one is saying 0-16 except you are someone delusional like you from the opposite way. Upgraded more then downgrade? ROFL.

    Bowman back and better then ever? NOPE. Even one of your beat writers said he was having trouble keeping up with anyone in pass protection in minicamps. That’s a far cry from someone who WAS able to cover ANYONE on the field. Thus losing Willis doesn’t hurt? That’s delusional! Besides you USED to have Bowman AND Willis. Now you have basically 1/2 of one and call it better. Wow, simply wow.

    So you downgrade your suspect secondary (which amazingly you admit)…but you’ll be okay? The NFL is a passing league. That rarely means downgrading from crappy will be ‘okay’.

    Gore was great but he was getting replaced anyways? Well you act as if because he eventually needed to be replaced that everything is fine? Sorry, it’s been long known once you have to replace that guy, it was going to be tough, now you CHOSE to, this year of all years. Yes you have Hyde…but is he going to be a 10 year rock back there through thick and thin and nagging injuries? We’ll see. Oh and all those holes that were opened up, aren’t going to be there. Iupati, graded out as the 2nd best run blocking guard and was doing so on a BROKEN FOOT. Kaep runs into sacks, and now you don’t have that guy and your RT to open holes for Hyde. Good luck.

    Torrey Smith is pretty good at getting deep. You 49ers fans called Crabtree ‘the best hands in football’. But now that he’s gone, a deep burner is better. Well maybe, but you still have Kaep throwing to him, so whoops.

    Boldin is a year older. He is a beast, but a year older nonetheless. Banking on him isn’t improvement, it’s just hoping he doesn’t degrade, because if he does, that’s another downward arrow.

    Ellington and Patton will break out? Maybe. Probably not. We’ll see. But you can’t just call it, as neither have really shined yet, and again, you have Kaep throwing to him behind a weaker line.

    Kaep looks better? Well we’ll see, the games haven’t started yet. But it wasn’t good when he worked on ‘touch’ with gurus, like he works with gurus every offseason, and yet one of the first thing you heard from mini-camp is that he was bulleting what should be touch passes to his rb’s and dislocated one of their fingers. Yeah…literally the first few days after all that ‘instruction’ he received about ‘touch passes’. What’s he going to do when he isn’t wearing the yellow practice QB jersey and is facing live bullets?

    You acknowledge Harbaugh was a great coach, but Tomsula is a player’s coach. You do realize that ‘players coaches’ aren’t better, and many coaches are TOO MUCH of a PLAYERS COACH, and then it the problem goes the OTHER WAY, and the coach doesn’t control them at all. He’s never coached as a head coach except one game last year and a stint as an NFL Europe head coach in 2006. Good luck with that. Players WERE motivated with Harbuagh, I’ve yet to see anything but 49ers fans wishful thinking that Tomsula is motivating them to want to play. Looking at the defections on the team, it looks quite the opposite.

    No, more like YOU will be eating crow soon, since you haven’t really done more then hope and pray and overlook reality, and I’m sure you won’t be here to collect it.

    What will the 49ers be? Who knows. 3-13? 6-10? Something in between? Who knows. But with every level of the offense and defense worse, with brand new rookie coaches, while everyone else in the division got better, watch out.

  34. First of all, let me start out by saying that it was fun watching Torrey Smith while he was here in Baltimore. But let’s get real…by the time he left he still had some of the same issues that he had coming out of college:

    1. He does NOT run good routes.
    2. He does not track the ball well on deep passes, and tends to stop running when he should keep ON running (somewhat related to #1)
    3. He drops too many passes for an elite WR.

    On the positive side:

    1. He’s fast.
    2. He’s a great guy.
    3. He got a lot of PI calls with Joe throwing bombs down the field.

    Does CK have the same arm that Joe has? Guess we’ll find out.

    Rarely does Ozzie Newsome miscalculate when it comes to letting players walk. IMO, the Niners overpaid for Torrey Smith. Is Smith better than Crabtree? Not to my eye.

  35. It will take some time to overcome inexperience, but the potential from a talent standpoint is there. It will be exciting to see the young new starters grow, and win. Go Niners!

  36. @sbaltimore

    When Niner fans say Torrey is better than Crab, its not because they think Torrey is an elite player. It’s because Crab isn’t the same guy post Achilles. No separation whatsoever. No explosion.

    Torrey doesn’t need to be elite. 700 yards and 5 or 6 scores would do absolute magic in terms of stretching the field for Boldin, Davis and the younger receivers. With Boldin and Crab at WR and Davis hurt pretty much the entire season, safeties just sat on routes with no fear of being beaten deep.

    Arm? May sound blasphemous to Ravens fans but I think Kap has the best arm in the NFL, but he doesn’t throw that pretty deep ball the way Flacco does. That’s one of the things he was working on this offseason with Kurt Warner. He tends to throw with his arm and there is a disconnect between his upper and lower body. That is also what he’s been working on this offseason. The early video of him is kinda staggering. He looks like a different guy. We’ll have to see though if he reverts back when under pressure.

    If you need a guy to throw a 35 yard frozen rope though? Kaps yer guy.

  37. @marvin49

    Fair enough. And as I said…Torrey’s a great guy and it was fun watching him while he was here. He was really the first guy the Ravens ever had who could fly and cut the top off of D’s. But he was also frustrating to watch at times as well. He didn’t fight for balls and he got jammed at the LOS way too often and totally disappeared from some games. It can happen to any WR, but it seemed to happen to Torrey more than it should have.

    As far as how Crabtree played after the Achilles I’ll have to take your word for it. I know when he was healthy he was better than T Smith, but if his production fell off later on then Torrey could easily be “better”.

    And it’s not like “Oh…since Torrey left I wish him nothing but the worst”. It’s not like that. I — along with most Ravens fans — wish him nothing but the best. But even here he was seen a a great #2 WR, not a great #1 WR. And there’s a difference. That’s all I was pointing out.

  38. @sbaltimore

    No worries.

    Torrey won’t be asked to be a #1 WR. That’s not the role he was signed for. He was signed to take the top off the defense the way the verable Randy Moss did for the 49ers in 2012.

    That year, the THREAT of Randy was FAR, FAR more productive than his actual performance. Torrey is there to be accounted for by the defense just as much as actual production.

    The Niners are still in the market to find Boldins replacement as the #1 WR in the next few years.

  39. Well…then you might just have found your guy. He’s great in the community, and he’s a great team player.

    But help me out here a bit…

    When Crabtree played before his injury, was he considered to be the #1 WR, or was Boldin considered to be the #1 WR? Because to me, Boldin is a great possession type WR who lacks deep speed but can and does hurt you in crossing patterns over the middle and in the short to medium passing game. To me, that’s not a real #1 WR. Boldin is tough as nails, and he fights for every ball, but he rarely gets separation on anything other than a well designed slant. At least he didn’t when he was with the Ravens.

  40. @sbaltimore

    Boldin and Crab never played together before Crab was injured. Crab was going to be the #1 and then Boldin the #2, but then Crab tore his Achilles and has never been the same.

    Boldin has actually been more productive in SF than he was in Baltimore with back to back 1000 yard seasons…something he never had in Baltimore. It would be great if they had someone better to be that #1, but as it stands right now, Boldin is the best WR on the team.

    His lack of speed is precisely why they needed Torrey. Torrey isn’t their first stab at that BTW. They were in the Harvin derby before Seattle traded for him. They drafted AJ Jenkins in round 1 because he was thought to be a speed receiver. They tried to sign Desean Jackson.

    Torrey is just the first guy they were actually able to get, but they’ve been looking for that guy since 2012 and its one of the reasons Kaps effectiveness has faltered. In 2012, they were a run heavy/read option team that played a TON pf Play Action hitting mid to deep receivers all day. He was the highest rated QB in the NFL on passes over 20 yards.

    Did he just start to suck? No. They lost the threat of Moss, the speed of Delanie Walker, and Crab tore his Achilles. It ain’t rocket science.

    THIS is what York meant when he said they needed to get back to what they were good at. He didn’t mean pre-Harbaugh. He meant 2012.

  41. Thanks. That makes perfect sense. Excellent breakdown.

    And all the best this year. I’ll miss the “Harbaugh Bowl” rivalry, but that’s water over the dam now. (I always thought the Niners got the better Harbaugh. Jim at least knew QBs; John, who should have known STs, really never showed that — he mostly showed himself running up and down the sidelines yelling at the refs. And while I know Jim did that too, with John it was like every game. But John did a hell of a job last year keeping the team together through a chit load of injuries, so I had to readjust my assessment a bit.)

  42. With the release of Aldon Smith, it looks like the “37 percent” referenced in this article might have just inched closer to 40 percent.

    The question remains: When 2015 is finished, how will the blame for such an epic collapse be assigned? Trying to ponder how this could happen to a team could leave one with the sensation of a concussion.

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