The San Francisco 49ers arrives for the 2018 season filled with excitement, with Jimmy Garoppolo as home savior, Kyle Shanahan as football genius, former public enemy number 1, Richard Sherman, now the model boy of the Bay Area and expectation of playoffs.
Can I throw a bucket of cold water?
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Performance in 2017: 6-10
We said we would have: 3-13 (give a discount, the Garoppolo exchange changed everything)
Unscientific forecast for 2018: 8-8
Pro Bowl Players in 2017: Kyle Juszczyk and Joe Staley
It is normal to expect Jimmy Garoppolo to continue on his crusade and assassinate rival defenses. But should not we consider the fact that teams now have videos of him playing, taking away the element of surprise that he has been in the final five weeks of the last regular season?
In addition, your body of recipients is not one of the brightest. We always have to consider that Kyle Shanahan really is above average when it comes to thinking the offensive side. But in Atlanta he had the incredible Julio Jones, the excellent Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman and a good offensive line, with center Alex Mack anchor.
Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon may even be improved Taylor Gabriel and Mohamed Sanu, but this attack does not have as many pieces as the Falcons, who won three quarters of the Super Bowl LI until the supreme popcorn roll. You can watch NFL live stream free broadcast match from here.
The Niners lineup is interesting, with Joe Staley looking like wine and Mike Nogers, the ninth pick of the Draft, to play right tackle, even though Trent Brown did well last season and is now a Patriots player.
Weston Richburg, inside the line, needs to stay healthy to anchor the kernels, which did not go as well as the big boys at the tips in 2017.
What makes me smile at the San Francisco 49ers
I told you about the attack, so I’m going to quote DeForest Buckner. Of the three defensive line players that the Niners selected up there, he is shot the best. Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas can still show what they came, of course, but Buckner has everything to be a star.
What makes me cry in the San Francisco 49ers
I’ve said several times that I do not like Richard Sherman talking and teasing, but I like him playing. Unfortunately, I do not think he’ll ever be half of what he was at his peak in the Seahawks.
Earl Thomas’ company was at least 30% of his game, the Achilles tendon injury are brutal and 30 years for a corner back requires adaptations, which we do not know if Sherman could do because he came to be corner back number one.
Ahkello Witherspoon made an excellent freshman season and I think we’ll soon see that he will be the most important CB of the Niners in 2018.
Production, what was that?
Eric Reid became a free agent and so far nobody wanted to touch him. If Colin Kaepernick even argues that it is not a good option for the bank, because it has very specific characteristics for a QB, Reid has not been signed by the Niners and, worse yet, by no team, it makes it difficult to speak which is not because of his protest at the time of the American anthem.
Why did I predict 8 wins for the San Francisco 49ers?
I have great doubts that Jimmy Garoppolo can be even more than he was at the end of last season with the body of recipients he has. Jerick McKinnon was an interesting addition, being a running back that will receive many passes without a doubt. But the attack needed more.
Already the defense has several young values like the mentioned Thomas, Whiterspoon, Reuben Foster and possibly Pro Bowler, DeForest Buckner. Safety Jaquiski Tartt will have to prove his worth since the team no longer has Eric Reid. His past season inspires confidence. You can watch San Francisco 49ers live stream free direct NFL game online on any device.
The team will have an initial half of the brutal schedule. The 49ers will face Vikings, Chiefs, and Chargers away from home in the opening four weeks and more Packers (at Lambeau Field) and Rams in weeks 6 and 7. I like Garoppolo. I like the young parts in defense.
But I think this will be a year to create bark for the San Francisco 49ers, not to dominate the impossible NFC, which already has Vikings, Eagles, Rams, Saints, and Falcons with blood in their eyes.