After a productive nine-week offseason, which thankfully produced no major injuries to report, the 49ers are looking forward to the preseason and the opportunity to begin building toward another run at the NFC West title with an eye on the Super Bowl.
Indeed, the Niners hope to bring another national championship back to the Bay Area after the Warriors defeated the Cavs for their first NBA title in four decades. After a disappointing 2014 third-place 8-8 finish in the NFC West, the Niners are motivated and focused to execute a successful season, and your Central Valley Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram team is ready to cheer them on.
Offseason Highlights: New Leaders, Big Potential
One of the major highlights of the offseason included the arrival of a new quarterbacks coach who promises a more explosive approach to driving the ball down the field this year. With more than 40 years of coaching under his belt, Steve Logan hopes to erase the 49er’s abysmal long ball percentage, which resulted in just five passes of 40 yards or more, ranking them 29th overall in this category.
He plans to capitalize on franchise QB, and former University of Nevada Reno standout, Colin Kaepernick’s strong arm by teaming him with free-agent and deep threat Torrey Smith, who was inked to a five-year deal with the club. He also hopes to use another free-agent addition, Jerome Simpson, to help stretch opposing defenses. Logan is also betting that his emphasizing more explosive plays and deep-ball passes down the field will be more productive; although it will have an effect on completion percentage.
Veteran player and four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, who is entering his ninth season with the team, was pleased with the positive results of this year’s offseason and minicamp. “Personally, I think this has been one of the best off seasons we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Staley said. “Everybody’s very focused and excited. I think with a new coaching staff there is new energy, new ideas. I think that has something to do with it as well.”
Staley also gave high marks to the team’s new Offensive Coordinator Geep Chryst. “Geep has a great understanding of the offense and how everything fits together, Staley remarked. “He understands how the offensive line’s blocking schemes affect what the quarterback does.”
Indeed, most of the Niner’s coaching staff is new, including head coach Jim Tomsula who becomes the 19th head coach in the franchise’s history. He brings an impressive 31-year resume to the job, having coached at the high school, college, and professional levels.
Tomsula is no stranger to the 49er’s organization. He was the defensive line coach for eight years and was interim head coach for the last game of the 2010 season.
During his tenure he helped produce one of the league’s most dominant defenses. He also had a very successful career overseas, where he successfully coached several NFL Europa (NFLE) squads, including the Rhine Fire, and stints with the England Monarchs and Berlin Thunder.
An All-Star Lineup
Other notable changes to this year’s Niner’s roster include the acquisition of free agents Reggie Bush from the Lions, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett from the Cardinals, guard/tackle Erik Pears from the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Jerome Simpson from the Vikings, running back Jarryd Hayes from the Australian Rugby League, linebacker Nick Bellore from the Jets and linebacker Phillip Wheeler from the Dolphins.
Veteran running back Bush, 30, returns to the West Coast to bolster the running game, joining Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter.
In nine NFL seasons, Bush gained 5,465 rushing yards with 35 touchdowns. He also gives the Niner’s additional depth as a punt returner, teaming up with wide receiver Bruce Ellington. In reacting to his new home by the Bay, Bush confidently tweeted: “The best is yet to come.”
The Future Looks Bright for the 49’ers
We can only hope that sentiment holds true for the 49er’s 2015 NFL season as they prepare for their regular season Monday Night Football home opener against the Minnesota Vikings September 14th at the magnificent new $1.2 billion, 68,500-seat Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; the first U.S. football stadium in history to have achieved the coveted LEED Gold certification for environmental sustainability. All of us here at Central Valley Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram wish our Niner’s good luck and best wishes on the upcoming season.
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