San Francisco 49ers: Three New Year's Resolutions For 2015
1) Get Some Speed on Offense
One of the 49ers' biggest weaknesses this season was their lack of playmaking ability on the offensive side of the ball. Their running game was efficient as always, with Carlos Hyde showing plenty of potential throughout the season. Their passing game, though, has really struggled without a deap threat. Anquan Boldin is still producing, but is 34 years old and never really had too much speed, while immediately behind him there are Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, two under-producing possession receivers. Vernon Davis, who played as their deep threat last year, had just 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
2) Remain Healthy
The 49ers struggled with injuries on both offense and defense, with the most notable losses being Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. You cannot do much to prevent injuries, as they are bound to happen, but the 49ers must hope that the injury bug does not bite them again in 2015. In Jim Harbaugh's first three seasons, where they remained relatively healthy, they had plenty of success, and while you cannot completely blame the injuries for their lack of success this year, it was certainly a big factor. To keep from going back to their losing ways, they will need to stay healthy, especially with first-year head coach Jim Tomsula now leading the team.
3) Resign or Draft Reliable Cornerbacks
Perrish Cox recorded five picks this year after recording zero following his rookie year, while Chris Culliver has a nice season himself with four picks, but neither cornerback is signed through 2015. With a solid safety duo in Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea, this secondary has plenty of potential to be one of the better ones next year. However, the 49ers have plenty of other pending contracts and have cap issues, so it will be difficult to resign both Cox and Culliver.