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The 2016 season is upon us, but, Should 49er fans be excited?

San Francisco had a terrible year last year, finishing 5-11 and firing former Head Coach Jim Tomsula. Anyways, 2016 should be a lot different. They are starting a new era, The Chip Kelly era. Chip Kelly holds a 26-21 record in the NFL, a very good record that sits over the .500 mark. He is taking a team that was playing for an NFC Championship 3 years ago, but also a team that saw important players such as Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Chris Borland leave for different reasons, retirement, free agency, trades, etc.. So, Should the 49ers be excited about the 2016 season?


1.- Chip Kelly- There is not a more fun coach in the NFL (and probably in College Football). As a 49ers fan, I am excited to see how Chip

Photo by: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

Photo by: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

develops young players like Carlos Hyde, Blaine Gabbert, Quinton Patton, etc… In my opinion, the niners could be actually contending for something in late December if Chip gets all out of his players. When he went to coach the Eagles, he turned a very bad team into a playoff 10-6 dangerous team, he is trying to do something similar this year. Now, I am not saying they are going to be in the Super Bowl talk in late January, I am just saying, Kelly did it once, he can definitely do it twice with a much more talented roster. Chip turned Nick Foles into a very reliable starter, Foles is way less talented than Blaine Gabbert. Again, if he gets all out of his players, San Francisco could be dangerous.

2.- Offensive Line upgrade– You have to love the upgrade from 2015 to 2016 offensive lineman. 49ers are projected to start Joe Staley at left tackle (which is definitely a top 5 Tackle), Joshua Garnett at Left Guard, Daniel Kilgore at center (whom you may not know because of injuries, but is an outstanding player), Anthony Davis at Right Guard and Andrew Tiller at Right Tackle. That sound like an outstanding O-line, if Carlos Hyde could run like Adrian Peterson last year without a good offensive line, imagine what could be this year…

3.- Young Defense- This young defense has to be considered one of the most underrated. If they are available in your fantasy league, don’t wait to see them on Monday Night, go pick ’em up and if they play a horrible game, you can blame it on me. This young D lead by Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Navorro Bowman, Quinton Dial and Eric Reid could easily sit at the top for the next 5 or so years, they are a young, growing Defense and they all want to win… NOW.


1.- Toughest schedule in the league, ladies and gentleman. The 49ers have the 2nd hardest schedule of all the NFL teams, this could be a big problem if Chip Kelly doesn’t figure it out quickly. Just facing the NFC West is a tough assignment, they also put us against the NFC South and we have the Patriots with Brady also… If Chip gets his job done, we will stand a chance with all this contenders and big teams, if he doesn’t….ellingtonreturn

2.- WR Corp We have one of the worst Wide Receiving corps and it took a big hit a couple of weeks ago with a season ending injury for Bruce Ellington, which was not the first season ending injury for the niners, as they lost Eric Rogers early in the training camp. Chip is given talented but unproven players such as Quinton Patton, Jeremy Kerley, Quinton Patton, Rod Streater and Aaron Burbridge (which I see as a huge draft bargain). Another hard homework for Mr. Kelly, get all the juice he can out of talented but unsuccessful receivers.


So yes, a lot of ifs for the niners this year, but I honestly believe Chip Kelly is the one who will come and put it all together, also because of the fact that Head Coaches do better in their 2nd team than in their 1st… maybe they learn from their mistakes and work to not commit them again. Not only should 49er fans be excited for the 2016 season, they should be excited for their future altogether. Young Defense and Offense, great Head Coach and most importantly, the best fan base ever!

Worst Record Prediction: 7-9

Best Record Prediction: 11-5

Realistic Record Prediction: 10-6



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