Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver (84) Randy Moss runs for a third quarter touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Top Five San Francisco 49ers Who Had Disappointing Seasons in 2012


April 27, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and first round draft pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and general manager Trent Baalke pose for a photo at the 49ers headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

1. A.J. Jenkins- The guy has been an absolute bust this year, despite high-praise coming out of the University of Illinois. The former first-round talent was supposed to be the complimentary deep-threat to WR Michael Crabtree, but instead was mainly a practice squad player watching from the sidelines. Jenkins appeared in only three games during the regular season, making no impact whatsoever. A huge disappointment for a player that was highly praised coming out of the draft. The 49ers regime took a swing and missed on this one, as Jenkins is quickly becoming GM Trent Baalke’s first of potentially many, first-round busts.

Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers (2) reacts after missing a 38-yard field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter of the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2. David Akers- This was a no-brainer choice, as no player had a more disappointing season than Akers. A player that was arguably the team’s MVP in 2011, quickly became the team’s achilles heel in 2012. The player known for his acute accuracy and strong leg was not himself. His confidence wavered and his ability to make the routine chip shot field-goals was always in doubt. Furthermore, although he set the NFL-record for the longest field-goal made of 63 yards, he also led the league in missed field-goals with 13.

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) makes a catch for a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver (29) during the second quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

3. Chris Culliver- The player known as “Cully” played relatively well during the regular season but had a significant drop off in the playoffs. He was consistently beat on double moves and was often picked on. However, despite his poor playoff performance, it was his off-field actions, that garnered headlines. His anti-gay remarks during Super Bowl week were both condescending and inappropriate. I should point out that he did apologize for his words and is taking full responsibility for his actions. Whether the 49ers will retain his services after his rookie contract expires remains to be seen, as he will need to have a huge 2013 season in order to even be considered a contract extension.

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) returns the third quarter kickoff for a touchdown past San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tramaine Brock (26) in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

4. Tramaine Brock- Brock has been nothing more than a special teams plug. A player that is only regulated to special teams duties, does not provide much value for a Super Bowl contender. And 2012 is no different. Although a serviceable backup, Brock should be let go, as his secondary play has been down right awful. His inability to stick with receivers and make plays on the ball is what prompted his demotion in the first place.

5. Randy Moss- The player that was supposed to revive his career in San Francisco and be that missing piece to the offense was sorely missed. Moss was seldom used throughout the year, and never made the splash we all had hoped. His poor play during Super Bowl XLVII was both frustrating and demoralizing. Simply put, a once dominant player that clearly lost a step or two. In his only season as a Niner, Moss racked up 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Although he provided a great locker room presence, Moss will most likely not be retained.

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  • pete c

    Moss was frustrating & demoralizing in the SB?!?!? He was open on a post when V Davis dropped one of his two balls, and open 3 times in the end zone when Kap didn’t throw to him. Let’s get off the 10 foot high pass going 90 mph that steroid freak Romo went off the hook on. Kap gave 80% of his throws to Crabtree since he became QB…just an awful percentage. The O wasn’t the problem in the SB, it was the D. Moss needed to be used and involved more and wasn’t. He can still play, but was the frustrated & demoralized one all year. Tough watching him not be used.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for your feedback Pete. I do agree with you on Moss being under utilized. However, Moss does not attack the ball like he did years ago, making him a liability. If you see Crabtree make plays, he will go across the middle, but the same can not be said of Moss. I’m not saying Moss is no longer a threat, because he still has some left in the tank, but to think he will be the Moss we had all envisioned is wishful thinking.

      • pete c

        Ryan, Thanks for your reply. I agree the second burst isn’t there, but he was getting behind guys this year and is still pretty quick. I heard Moss say years ago he had gone across the middle until the NFL, then the O coordinators wanted him with his speed to stretch the field. If you think about it…why have a 4.2-4.4 guy 6’4″ go over the middle? It makes much more sense to have him open things up for everyone. I think he accomplished that this year. I just don’t think they gave him opportunities to make plays on the long ball or any ball. I also think NE would’ve won a SB in the past 3 yrs with him as all they have is a passing game under 20 yds and the Jets, Gmen, Balt all boxed them in when it mattered. I think Moss would be effective here again, just give him a shot every now and then deep or in the red zone, which is where I thought he’d be utilized. Not what he was I agree, but can be effective.

        • Ryan Sakamoto

          I 100% agree that Moss would have been a greater asset if Harbaugh and G-Ro would have gave him more opportunities. It is hard for a player to get his touches when the game-plan is mainly tailored toward one wide-receiver. However, Moss still has the skill set to be a 1,000 yard receiver in this league, and in all honesty if the 49ers won’t give him his opportunities than someone else will. I would hate to see him go, but he wants the ball and unfortunately the 49ers did an awful job of making that happen.

          • pete c

            I completely agree. At this stage of his career, he wants a ring for sure, but certainly more than 28 catches. He’s capable of lot more or he wouldn’t have come out of retirement. Here’s to bringing him back and getting him more involved, especially in the red zone. Nice talking with you!