After Saturday night’s loss to the Chargers, the San Francisco 49ers are now officially out of the playoffs, ending a 3-season record of making it to the conference championship game. It’s the end of a tumultuous season, and there may be a lot of change coming in the off-season.
Looking back, there’s been a lot of confused disappointment in Colin Kaepernick, who is at once one of the fastest and currently the second-most sacked quarterback in the league (Kaepernick’s 49 sacks is only second only to the Titans’ Blake Bortles 50). When he was signed for a six-year deal, the expectation was that his speed would be a sack-preventer. His completion percentage is 60.5%, putting him dead last in the entire NFL.
What happened? Here we have a quarterback who is capable of excellent play – just take a look at his playoff debut in 2012, when he threw four touchdowns against the Packers. Now he seems hesitant, doubtful.
And so last week’s Sports Illustrated cover was dedicated to the struggles of the team, whose off field problems may have contributed to the poor performance. The article asks, ‘how did it fall apart so quickly?’
Of course, there is plenty of attention given to the behind-the-scenes battle between 49ers ownership and head coach Jim Harbaugh. It’s likely Harbaugh will leave this season, as he has been rumored to be considering a number of other coaching jobs. It’s a shame, as Harbaugh is a great coach who would probably be able to do a lot more with some control over his team’s roster.