The San Francisco 49ers have been up 10 factors early on in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, however they may not get the job achieved in the long run.
Brock Purdy, enjoying in his first Tremendous Bowl, couldn’t muster a landing on the 49ers’ additional time drive, as head coach Kyle Shanahan settled for a discipline purpose earlier than Patrick Mahomes took the ball with an opportunity to win it with a landing.
That’s precisely what occurred, as Mahomes drove down the sector and located Mecole Hardman for a brief landing cross to win, 25-22.
The 49ers made it additional than their 2022 marketing campaign, as they fell within the NFC Championship Sport to the Philadelphia Eagles. Nevertheless, the final word purpose of profitable the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time since 1994 didn’t come to fruition, leaving an offseason stuffed with questions.
As Basic Supervisor John Lynch and the remainder of the entrance workplace look to handle them, right here is the place the 49ers might go from right here.
Discover Purdy good competitors
Sam Darnold is among the 21 free brokers the 49ers have hitting the open market this offseason, leaving Purdy and not using a backup with Brandon Allen additionally on that record.
Purdy has confirmed to be the workforce’s franchise quarterback, with Shanahan and the remainder of the offense trusting “Mr. Irrevelant” to make them victory. He has had fairly the 2 years within the NFL, and at his price ticket, the 49ers can proceed bringing in prime expertise elsewhere to encompass him with the items essential to proceed dominating the league.
Nevertheless, who the 49ers deliver within the quarterbacks room needs to be a bit extra than simply the everyday backup quarterback. Whereas the 49ers appear set on Purdy as their starter, ensuring he has good competitors at camp is a win-win, as a strong backup may also pay dividends in a league that noticed many starters misplaced to damage.
Ryan Tannehill, Jacoby Brissett, Gardner Minshew and others can be found for the 49ers to have a look at. That mentioned, they may very nicely deliver Darnold again subsequent season after backing up Purdy all year long.
Re-sign Chase Younger
The 49ers confirmed their want to actually go for it halfway via the season once they struck a commerce with the Washington Commanders to land Chase Younger.
They did so, although, realizing Younger’s rookie contract was set to run out on the finish of the season. The Commanders obtained a compensatory third-round decide in alternate for Younger, so it was not a significant bundle that might warrant a possible re-signing.
Nevertheless, the 49ers ought to discover a method to get below the cap (they’re simply over the cap at $3.7 million, in keeping with Over The Cap) and convey Younger again into the fold.
One cause why is because of Randy Gregory’s cap hit coming off the books at $14 million. The opposite is he performed very nicely.
Younger had 5 sacks, six tackles for loss, 9 quarterback hits and 15 tackles over seven video games, in addition to a sack within the Tremendous Bowl. The 49ers ought to maintain their firepower on the line of defense.
Put money into secondary
If there was a flaw on this 49ers workforce through the season, it was the workforce’s secondary, and that’s stretching it.
As a workforce, the 49ers completed 14th in passing yards allowed per sport, which continues to be above-average. Nevertheless, in comparison with a prime three rush protection, San Fran might spend money on some secondary assist, whether or not it’s free company or the 2024 NFL Draft.
Cornerbacks Deommodore Lenoir and Charvarius Ward are each coming again in 2024, as is security Ji’Ayir Brown. Tashaun Gipson Sr. is a free agent, so maybe drafting a security may very well be the plan for the 49ers, who can be choosing thirty first and 63rd general within the first two rounds.
It’s price nothing, although, that Talanoa Hufanga needs to be returning sooner or later after struggling a torn ACL. He’s a transparent chief on protection and somebody that needs to be within the combine in 2024.
Be aggressive with Dalton Risner
One other weak spot was on the offensive line, particularly on the fitting facet, as Colton McKivitz was a disappointment following the departure of Mike McGlinchey, and Jon Feliciano is headed without cost company.
To shore up that guard place, the 49ers ought to goal Dalton Risner in free company. The second-round decide performed nicely in his first season with the Minnesota Vikings after 4 years in Denver with the Broncos.
San Fran might additionally take a look at Graham Glasgow, who performed on the stout Detroit Lions offensive line this season.