13-3, 1st NFC West
Jerick McKinnon - There was a lot of hype coming into the season for Jerick McKinnon, and it was quickly shredded with an ACL tear during a walk through practice just before the season was about to start. This led to San Francisco signing Alfred Morris, although Matt Breida is the more exciting back to consider. This is an offense that will use their running backs in creative ways, and McKinnon’s absence will definitely not shift more towards the passing game.
Kentavius Street - Kentavius Street was drafted in the fourth round, but that is mainly because he suffered a torn ACL early on before the draft. San Francisco took the risk on him, and is a name to keep an eye on moving forward. 2018 won’t record any snaps from Street, but 2019 could be one. He will set and rehab for a year, but learn within the team to help him ramp up for next season. He will have some competition with a few other bodies.
Patrick Willis was one of the most dominating linebackers to play the game over the last ten years. It was later on that he began to suffer injuries, like in 2012 where he had a hamstring injury set him back a few seasons. Two years later he fractured his hand, and then sat again with hamstring problems. 2014 was a bigger year for injuries, eventually having surgery on his toe that led him to miss the rest of the season. Becoming more and more frustrated with injuries, Willis retired from the NFL, and you have to think if these injuries didn’t pile up, he could have played at a high level for many more years than what he ended up finishing at. Novorro Bowman suffered a serious ACL and MCL injury in San Francisco, which cost him the 2014 season, he came back to play all 16 games with over 150 tackles. In 2016 he tore his Achilles tendon, and the hits just keep coming for Bowman. He finds himself a free agent these days, and has definitely lost a step. Reggie Bush never quite lived up to the hype, and when he signed in San Francisco his time there was short-lived. Bush slipped on concrete against the Rams and tore his meniscus. This basically ended Bush’s career, although he signed with Buffalo but not much came about it. Steve Young was free from major injuries, although he had suffered from several concussions, and a couple within the same season. Young played in a different era, and the knowledge of concussions was not there, nor was the league looking into them. This has changed Young’s outlook nowadays, who is trying to help get to the bottom of an injury that many suffer from each season. Young was knocked out of a game, and sat out the rest of a season with something called post-concussion syndrome. Joe Montana had a similar scenario while playing in San Francisco, and then he was later traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.