The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2019 season with a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Here are the 10 standouts from a magnificent season which could launch a new dynasty.
This season, the San Francisco 49ers went from a basement team to one of the best teams in the NFL. Their 13-3 record was easily one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 campaign.
As one would expect from such a sudden reversal of fortunes, quite a lot of players had impressive seasons throughout the year which helped turn the team around.
It makes you wonder, given how many starters had injuries that ruled them out of multiple games or even the season, exactly how good a season the Niners could have had even beyond their 13-3, No. 1-seed status.
Before the countdown begins, it seems only right to list some honorable mentions among the 49ers who had very impressive seasons, but didn’t make the list.
Once again, the dependable fullback was one of the jewels of the 49ers offense. It’s no secret the team moves so much more smoothly on offense with Kyle Juszczyk healthy.
It’s a shame Raheem Mostert only became the lead running back in the second half of the season, or else he would make the top 10 for certain. Mostert has no problems scoring, with eight total touchdowns in the last six games, and is firmly entrenched as the starter of the 49ers running rotation.
While offensive tackle Joe Staley did regress somewhat this season and was banged up to boot, he only allowed seven pressures in 240 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. This 2.9-percent rate was good for third best for left tackles in the league.
It’s a shame EDGE Dee Ford continued to be banged up this season, as he was otherwise well worth the investment in his first year with San Francisco. Ford had 6.5 sacks and five tackles for loss in limited snaps. His return will be big for the 49ers’ Super Bowl chances.
The 49ers just seem to have a knack for fifth-round picks lately, with linebacker Dre Greenlaw the latest to look like a steal. Although it’s hardly the only thing he’s done as he’s been great replacing Kwon Alexander, his tackle to win the game and clinch the top seed against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17 is already down in Niners lore.
Alexander was having a big year, too, as the 49ers’ big free agency signing, and was fast becoming a fan favorite and a team leader. If he returns in the playoffs as rumored, that would be a big boon for the defense.
Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward
They may as well be together as they’re here for the same reason. Both Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward had bounce-back years at safety, but injuries (Ward at the start of the season, Tartt to end the year) keeps them from the top 10.