After years of success as an offensive mind, the San Francisco 49ers handed the keys to their franchise over to former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the hopes of restoring the once proud franchise to its former glory. After two difficult season have resulted in just 10 wins, the Niners are hoping to become relevant again in 2019.
While Shanahan can be excused for last season’s 4-12 campaign since starting quarterback jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending ACL injury after making just three starts, the clock is ticking in San Francisco and both, Shanahan and the Niners know it.
Whether the NFC West based playoff hopefuls reach their intended goal of a playoff berth or fail to reach the .500 mark at the very least remains to be seen, but there are a bunch of things you need to know about San Francisco before they take to the gridiron for the upcoming 2019 NFL regular season.
San Francisco 49ers 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 4-12 (W-L) / 5-11-0 (ATS) / 3-5-0 (Home) / 2-6-0 (Away) / 5-9-0 (Grass) / 0-2-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 9-7-0 (W-L) / 4-4-0 (Home) / 5-3-0 (Away) / 8-6-0 (Grass) / 1-1-0 (Turf) / 48.6 (Total)
San Francisco finished the 2018 campaign with just four victories after franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was limited to just three games because of a torn ACL. The Niners also went an uninspiring 5-11 ATS while covering the spread just twice on the road and three times at home. Frisco’s lack of defense helped them top the O/U total nine times last season, including five times on the road.
- Total Yards: 306.6 / Rank 16
- Passing Yards: 241.7 / Rank 15
- Rushing Yards: 118.9 /Rank 13
- Points Scored: 21.4 / Rank 21
- Field Goal %: 97.1 / Rank 1
Even without their starting quarterback, San Francisco finished the 2018 season ranked a respectable 16th overall, 15th in passing and 13th in rushing thought they only finished 21st in scoring (21.4 ppg). To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Niners signed former Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and former Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews in free agency before selecting South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel and Baylor wideout Jalen Hurd in the second and third rounds respectively.
- Total Yards: 346.6 / Rank 13
- Passing Yards: 233.2 / Rank 11
- Rushing Yards: 113.4 /Rank 14
- Points Allowed: 27.2 / Rank 28
- Field Goal %: 88.9 / Rank 24
Frisco also had some decent numbers defensively in finishing 13th overall, 11th against the pass and 14th against the run. Unfortunately, they didn’t keep their opponents from getting into the end zone often as they finished a discouraging 28th in points allowed (27.2 ppg). To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, The Niners signed former Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander and former Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett in free agency while re-signing defensive back Jimmie Ward. San Francisco also got what they believe is a franchise star in Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick in the NFL draft.
- Touchdowns: Matt Breida (5)
- Rushing: Matt Breida (814)
- Passing: Nick Mullens (2277)
- Receiving: George Kittle (1377)
- Sacks: DeForest Buckner (12.0)
- Interceptions: Antonio Exum Jr. (1)
The Niners got a fantastic campaign from second-year running back Matt Breida who led the team in touchdowns scored and rushing yards. In addition to that, Frisco also got some eye-opening play from second-year signal-caller Nick Mullens who supplanted former No. 2 C.J. Beathard and went on to complete 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,277 yards. Another second-year performer led the team in receiving yards as George Kittle was virtually a one-man show a year ago. Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner recorded a team-high 12.5 sacks while fourth-year defensive back Antone Exum Jr. had a team-high one interception.
While I am expecting San Francisco to be a lot better in 2019 than they have been in quite some time, it’s kind of difficult to project the Niners having a ton of success simply because they’re so young and inexperienced. I know Jimmy G is widely regarded as a starting quarterback and that he owns an impressive 8-2 record as a starter, but again, think about all of the quarterbacks that now have more than 10 career starts. In addition to that, Garoppolo is coming off an ACL tear so no one really knows how he’s going to look until the lights go on for real in 2019.