The San Francisco 49ers fell way short of expectations in 2018, meaning a number of things had to go wrong, including these five biggest disappointments this season.
Remember back at the start of the 2018 season how so many of us were thinking the San Francisco 49ers were going to legitimately contend for a playoff berth and possibly a trip to the Super Bowl?
Well, yeah. Those predictions didn’t age well.
At 4-11, the Niners’ season is essentially over. Sure, there’s one more game in Week 17 against the playoff-bound Los Angeles Rams, who’ll need to secure a win to ensure a first-round bye week in the postseason. So they won’t be resting their starters like this time a year ago, and considering how decimated by injury San Francisco is, it might be best to get into the offseason as quickly as possible.
Speaking of injuries, it’s pretty easy to state they were a massive factor in all that transpired for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. this year. If anything, they are the team’s biggest disappointment, especially when you factor in season-ending injuries to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon. The 49ers’ season was essentially awash after both of them went down.
But what else should classify as a disappointment? Sure, most NFL teams would likely fall to the same kind of record the Niners endured if both their starting quarterback and running back went down.
There has to be more setbacks and disappointments, though, right?
Here are the five biggest disappointments from San Francisco’s 2018 campaign not named Garoppolo or McKinnon.