10 Problems the San Francisco 49ers Could Face Next Season

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Next season, the San Francisco 49ers will have a very similar team to last year’s NFC Championship team. However, even a Super Bowl contender can face some issues. Here is a list of problems the 49ers could face next season:

Dec 23, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles out of the pocket against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks present the biggest potential problem to the Niners next season. The Niners faced the Seahawks twice last season. The first matchup was in Week 7 when Alex Smith was still starting at quarterback, and the Niners were able to win 13-6. The second matchup was in Week 16 when Colin Kaepernick was starting, and the Niners suffered possibly their worst loss of the season when the Seahawks won 42-13 behind an impressive game from Russell Wilson and a great defensive effort.

In terms of this upcoming season, the Niners and Seahawks are arguably the two best teams in the NFC. The two teams match up extremely well basically at every position, and, during the offseason, the two teams almost seemed to be competing with each other with each trade or acquisition. First, the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin. Soon after, the Niners traded for Anquan Boldin. The Seahawks signed free agent defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and the Niners signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, free safety Craig Dahl, special teams ace Dan Skuta and others. The Niners also traded for QB Colt McCoy to back up Colin Kaepernick. The Seahawks lost their backup QB Matt Flynn to the Raiders in a trade, so they will have to address the backup QB issue as well.

The Seahawks are a serious threat to take the NFC West title from the Niners. Both teams have young, promising quarterbacks, strong rushing attacks, and, arguably, the two best defenses in the NFL. This could easily become the most intense, competitive rivalry in all of the NFL.

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Tags: Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl

  • loverpoint

    Overall Maggie I’d say this was an excellent article one of the better articles I’ve read concerning the 49ers. I have a couple of words of encouragement and one or 2 things you might add to your list of worries.
    1) Technically if there were such a thing as a sophomore slump then 3 of the 49ers opponents would be facing the same thing. Wilson, RG3, and Luck are all sophomores yet no one ever mentions they might go through a sophomore slump. You might say that Kaepernick hasn’t finished his Freshman year, playing half a season or that maybe he is in fact a Junior entering his 3 year in the NFL.
    2) All the teams in the NFC West should not be taken lightly. But if you were to look at the 49ers schedule compared to Seattles then the 49ers schedule is much easier in one sense, all of the 49ers tougher games are at home, whereas Seattle who is a good home field team plays its easier games at home and tougher games on the road. I would also say that playing Green Bay and Washington for the 49ers will be easier than Seattle playing Minnesota and NYG’s.
    3) My main worry is the defensive secondary which is old.
    4) Maggie the thing I think you addressed very well was the 49ers lack of preparedness. This is something were the fingers should be pointed directly at the coaching staff – especially Greg Roman whom I feel should be on the hot seat. Roman is notorious for starting games slow and conservative. The 49ers were pathetic at scoring points in the first halves of games.

    May I suggest you write another article after the draft about pre draft worries and if you think the 49ers addressed some of those worries. Last years draft stunk as far as I’m concerned.

    • Maggie Pilloton

      Thanks for your comments!

      In response to your first point, I just used the phrase sophomore slump to suggest that in Kaepernick’s second season of starting (or first full season), he might not be as effective given opposing teams’ extra knowledge about how to cover him. This is just a potential concern though. Kaepernick could easily still have another great season.

      For your second point, again, the Seahawks are just a potential problem. Coming off of a great season and a big acquisition of Percy Harvin, they are certainly the biggest competition to the Niners in the NFC West.

      I agree with your third point. The secondary is certainly concerning. Thanks for your compliment in point #4. As to writing another article after the draft, I’ll try my best to write one!

      Thanks again for your response.

  • Hawkman54

    Not a bad article- I love the fact all of you are just shakin in your boots over the Hawks! SO COOL !

    • Maggie Pilloton

      Looking forward to the rivalry!

  • ricefield

    How Justin Smith recovers from his injury has to be the #1 concern. After he left the Patriots game the 49ers defense was totally different in a very bad way. Didn’t know about A. Smith’s injury but he disappeared late in the season. It doesn’t appear that the 49ers have addressed the depth problem there. Dorsey has been a washout so far.

    • Maggie Pilloton

      These problems aren’t necessarily in any order, but the defensive line is definitely a big concern for the Niners.

      • ricefield

        Meant to also say love your article. As in depth as I’ve seen. So many are pure love or pure hate, especially from the national media sites.

        • Maggie Pilloton

          Thanks! I appreciate it.