The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2017 season amid a complete changing of the front office and the beginning phases of a roster overhaul. Niner Noise breaks down 10 reasons why fans should be both excited and worried about what’s on the table this year.
2017 certainly can’t get much worse for the San Francisco 49ers after last season.
Finishing last year with a 2-14 record and stat lines that ranked at, or near, the very bottom across the board, the only direction for a once-proud franchise had to be up.
Offseasons inspire hope and confidence. Each team, no matter how bad, starts anew.
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This is especially true for the Niners, who parted ways with a head coach, general manager, numerous assistants and a good chunk of last year’s roster in the process.
In come general manager John Lynch, head coach Kyle Shanahan, fresh faces on the field and a slew of changes ushering in a new era in Santa Clara.
So fans should be excited, right?
Absolutely. But there are also plenty of reasons to curb the enthusiasm.
In all likelihood, the 2017 49ers will be better than last year. Yet they won’t be reaching the Super Bowl. Heck, it’s a long shot to even hope for playoff contention.
Let’s take the even-keel path here and break down 10 reasons (five apiece) why fans should be both hopeful and nervous for San Francisco’s chances this upcoming season.