SF 49ers: 5 most disappointing players from Week 15 vs. Cowboys

Quarterback Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Michael Gallup, Richard Sherman, SF 49ers, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

The SF 49ers lost ugly to the Cowboys in Week 15, falling 41-33, yet these five disappointing players made the loss that much worse.

The SF 49ers‘ margin for error in winning games is so slim, it’s not too shocking why turnovers have been the key difference-makers over the team’s three-game losing streak.

One which now stretches through Week 15 after an ugly 41-33 loss to the lowly Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas scored 24 points off Niners turnovers during the game. And when looking back at the 14 defensive points scored by the Washington Football Team in San Francisco’s Week 14 loss, it’s safe to say head coach Kyle Shanahan can be awfully disappointed with his team’s efforts protecting the ball.

There were some positives, including rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk continuing to converge on a franchise record for rookie receivers. But in losses like these, there are far more disappointments than silver linings.

Especially when the loss effectively removes San Francisco’s already-slim chances of making the postseason.

Still, these five SF 49ers players come away from the game as the most disappointing.

No. 5: SF 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman

Perhaps age is catching up with the Niners’ veteran cornerback, Richard Sherman. Maybe yet another injury-plagued season has taken its toll.

But Sunday’s contest showed why it’s probably best for San Francisco to move on from Sherman, a pending free agent, this offseason. Sherman looked as if he lost multiple steps while in coverage on Sunday, and a key missed tackle on Dallas tight end Dalton Schultz wasn’t a good look either.

Especially when it could have saved a touchdown:

Sherman has already hinted he won’t be back with the SF 49ers next season, and plays like the one above aren’t going to convince the Niners he’s a re-sign must in 2021.

Yes, San Francisco’s cornerback room will look vastly different next year.