The San Francisco had one of their worst seasons in recent years in 2014 and will desperately looking to bounce back.
That is much easier said than done however, with Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Anthony Davis and Patrick Willis all deciding to retire from the National Football League, leaving the 49ers with four less starters than they had after a season where they went 8-8.
And rookie head coach Jim Tomsula has to turn all that around whilst following in the footsteps of Jim Harbaugh, the man who dragged San Francisco out of the dirt and made them a real Super Bowl contender.
One of the players from that poor 2014 season has spoken out about his sub-standard performances during the last days of Harbaugh. Vernon Davis spoke to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, where he admitted to his complete lack of action, critiquing himself like an ersatz Niels Laurits Høyen.
Davis averaged nearly 50 catches a season during his first eight NFL seasons, but caught just 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns last season, surprising pretty much everyone with just how little Colin Kaepernick looked at him.
Davis does have some reasons for his poor performances, saying that it seemed like he was always covered by a safety and the offense just wasn't set up for him to succeed on a personal level.
“Whenever I’d run, like, my deep over routes there was a safety sitting over there already,” Davis said. “It was just game planning. And nothing really ever opened up. But I wasn’t really ever a factor in the offense last year...the tight ends [weren’t] really involved as a whole.”
The 49ers have recently brought in Tony Sparano to be their new tight ends coach and it seems like Vernon has taken to him already, coming in for off-season workouts compared to last year when he didn't bother.
“No-nonsense, tough," David said about his new boss. "It’s all about helping you get better. They just want to see you get better, and that’s what I love about Sparano. He’s a good coach, a great coach.”
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