The 49ers defense ranked 24th last year. 22nd against the pass and 22nd against the run.
The offense was 12th in yards and 20th in points. 9th in passing yards, 21st in rushing yards.
It’s tough to draw too many conclusions about the offense since there were two of them last year. The one quarterbacked by Brian Hoyer/C.J. Beathard and the last six games QBed by Jimmy Garoppolo.
Still, it looks like the team moved the ball fairly well between the 20s and not so well into the end zone. Without a career year from kicker Robbie Gould, the point total would have been among the worst in the league.
The 49ers spent the offseason mostly addressing the offense. They picked up a new center in free agency, a new right tackle in the draft, and added two speedsters — RB Jerick McKinnon in FA and WR Dante Pettis in the draft. McKinnon is more dangerous than Carlos Hyde in the passing game, but it’s hard to see him improving that 21st ranked rushing attack.
The only help the defense has gotten so far is LB Fred Warner and DB Tarvarius Moore, both third round draft picks, and the aging and injured CB Dickhead Sherman via FA. Warner will only play if Reuben Foster can’t and if Moore is playing it will be because our curent DBs are sucking.
The Niners are obviously hoping that DE Arik Armstead will stay healthy in his fourth year and show why he was a number one pick in the 2015 draft. He hasn’t done anything in his first three years, so we’ll see.
The edge pass rushers, which were mediocre to awful last year, remain the same this year. The team did not bring in anybody in FA or the draft to improve this lot.
IOW, DC Robert Saleh will have pretty much the same 22nd ranked crew as he did last year. It was difficult to tell whether last year he achieved more with less, or less with more, or just achieved what any modestly skilled DC would have achieved. We’ll get a better idea of his worth during this coming season.