Although Super Bowl XLVII was an exciting game, it didn’t end the way the Niners hoped it would. After watching the team not follow through with the comeback, I starting thinking about what the 49ers need to fix heading into the 2013-14 season.
1. David Akers
No kicker was as bad as Packers kicker Mason Crosby, but Akers may have been a close second this season, especially down the stretch. Heck, he even missed a field goal in the Super Bowl but was bailed out by a questionable flag. The 49ers tried out several kickers to replace Akers but couldn’t find anyone. The Niners can not go into next season with Akers as their kicker.
2. Randy Moss
It was nice to see Randy Moss back in the league. How much of a threat did he really pose to opposing teams? Not much. Moss finished with only 28 catches for 434 yards. Supplying Kaepernick with an additional offensive threat will be a key factor in getting back to the Super Bowl. Rumors swirling around New York are that Victor Cruz will be a free agent. Crabtree, Davis and “Cruuuuz” doesn’t get any better as far as a set of weapons go.
3. Slow Starts
Through out the playoffs San Francisco found themselves trailing, sometimes trailing by a lot. During the regular season the 49ers were one of, if not the best team in the NFL on both sides of the ball. However in the 2012 playoffs they struggled to start games and had to fight back from a weak position to get the win. Not sure if it was fatigue of the long grind of the season to blame, or the fact that the playoff teams did a great job of preparing for the Niners offense. But slow starts will haunt them in the long run.