The San Francisco 49ers are having a historic season in 2019 en route to the playoffs, yet there have been a number of notable disappointments this season. Here are 10 cases where a lot was left to be desired.
It seems kind of silly to point out many of the San Francisco 49ers weaknesses and disappointments over the course of 2019. After all, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad is 11-2 and poised to make a deep run in the upcoming postseason.
The Niners own the No. 2 scoring offense, the No. 3 scoring defense, have received outstanding play from players like quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and EDGE Nick Bosa, among others. The team has signature wins over other squads like the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, and it’s more than evident Shanahan has turned what was previously a rebuilding squad into a legitimate contender.
All that said, there have been disappointments.
Some have come by the way of individual players, while other disappointments are based more on an entire unit’s performance, typically in a specific area or two. So, while it’s always fun and good to look at all that’s gone right for San Francisco, Niner Noise dives into the top 10 disappointments from the 2019 campaign.
No. 10: Defensive Back Tarvarius Moore
During training camp and the preseason, the 49ers seemed poised to have their long-term answer at free safety after moving second-year defensive back Tarvarius Moore from corner to safety.
Niner Noise dished out plenty of articles singing Moore’s praises, specifically how he was a natural safety in college and had more than enough speed to range sideline to sideline atop the last level of the defense.
Granted, the long-term prognosis for San Francisco’s former third-round NFL Draft choice is still looking up. But to say Moore shined in the new role in 2019 is anything but the truth.
Moore was soon relegated to backup duty early in the season, and his failure to capitalize on the initial opportunity has been mostly covered up by the exceptional play from the veteran, safety Jimmie Ward, over the rest of the year.
But the Niners would have preferred Moore account for himself better this season, providing a much better long-term option heading into 2020 and beyond.