San Francisco 49ers
How big a liability will the offensive line be in 2017?
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Like the Browns, the 49ers are in the initial phases of a complete rebuild. Fortunately, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have already made numerous strides to vastly improve this woeful team from a year ago.
The defense, especially up front, should be much better. And the Niners improved both their wide receiver crop and have some promising pieces on the ground.
Speaking of offense, little of it will matter if San Francisco can’t get its offensive line into shape. Last year, Football Outsiders ranked the 49ers O-line 30th in pass protection and dead last in run blocking.
Outside of some minor depth changes, this group looks nearly identical entering 2017.
Shanahan’s complex offense requires the O-line to effectively manage its blocks. Based on some preseason observations, the Niners may struggle mightily here this season.