San Francisco 49ers: Top 5 Positions Needing Improvement in 2016
By Jerod Brown
The San Francisco 49ers have officially entered their offseason. While other teams are playing in Wild Card games, the 49ers are busy searching for a new head coach. Regardless of who mans the ship in 2016, the 49ers need improvement from multiple positions.
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is knee-deep in a search for the team’s new head coach after the firing of Jim Tomsula following the 49ers’ win over the St. Louis Rams. In the middle of the week, there was wide speculation that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton may be traded to the Niners but that ended when the Saints announced Payton would return to the team in 2016.
Baalke has now turned his focus towards other coaches and many names continue to fly across timelines. Perhaps the two biggest names are Chip Kelly, the polarizing former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Hue Jackson, the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Without knowing who the 49ers new head coach will be, it is difficult to project how players might be used moving forward. Nonetheless, we can certainly review how they did previously and whether or not the team ought to be looking for an upgrade this offseason.
The improvements necessary may come in the form of a draft pick, free agent signing or simply a player performing at a higher level. Often times, the improvements of one player may, in turn, improve the play of others as well.
In ascending order, here are five positions that the 49ers must improve at in 2016.
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