San Francisco 49ers: 5-11
This time last offseason, the San Francisco 49ers were beyond excited to watch Jimmy Garoppolo enter his first full year as the starter after ending 2017 on a hot note with a 5-0 record.
Unfortunately, Garoppolo watched his first full season as the starter end earlier than expected after suffering a torn ACL in September to put the 49ers in a tough position for the rest of the season.
Watching San Francisco earn the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft shows just how rough things got in 2018. But if the team were looking for a positive factor with the situation, at least the 49ers were able to land Ohio State’s Nick Bosa to boost the defense.
While Bosa’s presence alone should result in an immediate impact on the defensive side of the football, everyone knows the deciding factor on how successful San Francisco ends up being in 2019 will come down to the play of Garoppolo under center.
Let’s not forget that San Francisco was viewed as a sleeper in the NFC entering last season on making a run at the Super Bowl. And while the 49ers could end up surprising a lot of teams in 2019, there are no guarantees when it comes to the NFL.
Playing in the same division as the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks was already tough enough for the 49ers, but there are also still questions over what kind of impact Garoppolo is going to make.
Until Garoppolo can prove there are no concerns, expectations shouldn’t be too high surrounding San Francisco.