2016 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2016 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 67th season in the National Football League, the 71st overall, the third playing its home games at Levi's Stadium, and the only season under head coach Chip Kelly. The season saw the 49ers attempting to rebound from their 5–11 record the previous year. However, this season would prove to be even worse than the previous, as the 49ers finished 2–14, with their only wins coming against their division rival Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers' record was their worst since 2004, when they also finished 2–14 (both wins that season were also against the then St. Louis Rams). The 49ers' 1–7 home record tied the worst home record in franchise history (not including the strike-shortened 1982 season). As a result, the 49ers fired head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke.[1]

The 49ers defense also set an NFL record by allowing a 100 yard rusher in seven straight games and easily finished last in the league in rush defense.

2016 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coachChip Kelly
General managerTrent Baalke
OwnerJed York
Home fieldLevi's Stadium
Results
Record2–14
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone
Uniform
49ers uniforms12

Offseason

Coaching changes

After the 2015 season ended, the 49ers fired Jim Tomsula as head coach.[2] On January 14, 2016, the 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their head coach. Kelly had spent the previous three seasons as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and had been fired after a disappointing 7–9 Eagles season.[3]

Roster changes

Free agency

The 49ers entered free agency with the following:[4]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date Signed 2016 Team Notes
G Alex Boone UFA March 10, 2016 Minnesota Vikings Signed 4-year contract[5]
WR Anquan Boldin UFA July 26, 2016 Detroit Lions -
TE Garrett Celek UFA February 23, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed 4-year extension[6]
DT Ian Williams UFA March 23, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[7]
G Jordan Devey ERFA April 4, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Tendered one-year contract[8][9]
HB Kendall Gaskins ERFA June 20, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed two-year contract
ILB Michael Wilhoite RFA March 8, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Tendered one-year contract[8][10]
K Phil Dawson UFA March 14, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[11]
OLB Ray-Ray Armstrong RFA March 8, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year extension[12]
RB Reggie Bush UFA August 1, 2016 Buffalo Bills Signed 1-year contract
RB Shaun Draughn UFA March 2, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[13]
DE Tony Jerod-Eddie RFA April 4, 2016 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year contract[14]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
LEGEND
 –  Light green background indicates a player has been re-signed by the 49ers.
 –  Light red background indicates a player has departed the 49ers.

Signings

Position Player 2015 Team Date signed Notes
WR Eric Rogers Calgary Stampeders (CFL) January 20, 2016 Signed 2-year[15]
QB Thad Lewis Philadelphia Eagles March 10, 2016 Signed 1-year[16][17]
G Zane Beadles Jacksonville Jaguars March 22, 2016 Signed 3-year[18]
WR Ryan Whalen Minnesota Vikings August 23, 2016 Signed 1-year[19]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2015 season.

Departures

Position Player Date Notes
RB Jarryd Hayne May 15, 2016 Retired[20][21]

Draft

2016 San Francisco 49ers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 7 DeForest Buckner Defensive end Oregon
28 Joshua Garnett Guard Stanford From Chiefs[a]
2 37 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
3 68 Will Redmond Cornerback Mississippi State
4 105 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
133 Rashard Robinson Cornerback LSU Compensatory pick
5 142 Ronald Blair Defensive end Appalachian State From Chargers[b]
145 John Theus Tackle Georgia
174 Fahn Cooper Tackle Ole Miss Compensatory pick
6 178 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a] From Cowboys[c]
207 Jeff Driskel Quarterback Louisiana Tech From Broncos[d]
211 Kelvin Taylor Running back Florida Compensatory pick
213 Aaron Burbridge Wide receiver Michigan State Compensatory pick
7 249 Prince Charles Iworah Cornerback Western Kentucky From Chiefs[a]

Notes

^[a] The 49ers traded their second-, fourth- and sixth-round selection (Nos. 37, 105 and 178 overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for their first- and seventh-round selection (Nos. 28 and 249 overall).[22]
^[b] The 49ers acquired an additional fifth-round selection as part of a trade that sent their 2015 first-round selection to the San Diego Chargers.[23]
^[c] The 49ers acquired a sixth-round selection in a trade that sent their 2015 seventh-round selection to the Dallas Cowboys.
^[d] The 49ers traded tight end Vernon Davis and their 2016 seventh-round selection to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the Broncos' 2016 sixth-round and 2017 sixth-round selections.

Undrafted free agents

Position Player College Notes
DT Darren Lake Alabama released August 27[24]
DT Demetrius Cherry Arizona State released September 3[25]
S Jered Bell Colorado waived August 23[19]
WR Bryce Treggs California released September 3[25]
WR Devon Cajuste Stanford released September 3[25]
LB Kevin Anderson Stanford waived May 12[26]
LB Wynton McManis Memphis released August 27[24][26]
DE Lenny Jones Nevada
DE Jay Fanaika Utah
K John Lunsford Liberty released August 27[24]
OL Blake Muir Baylor released August 27[24]
OL Alex Balducci Oregon released September 3[25]
OL Norman Price Southern Miss released September 3[25]

Staff

2016 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office
  • Co–Chairman – Denise DeBartolo York
  • Co–Chairman – John York
  • Chief Executive Officer – Jed York
  • Co–Owner – Gideon Yu
  • President – Al Guido
  • Chief Strategy Officer/Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Paraag Marathe
  • Chief Operating Officer – Ethan Casson
  • General Manager – Trent Baalke
  • Assistant General Manager – Tom Gamble
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mike Williams
  • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel – Quentus Cumby
  • Director of College Scouting – Matt Malaspina
  • Director of Football Administration & Analytics – Brian Hampton

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Director of Human Performance – Mark Uyeyama
  • Strength, Conditioning & Nutrition Assistant – Kurt Schmidt
  • Assistant Strength & Conditioning – Brian Johnson
  • Strength & Conditioning Assistant – David Young
  • Strength & Conditioning Assistant – Taylor Johnson

Final roster

2016 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 19 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Preseason

The 49ers' preseason opponents and schedule were announced April 7, 2016.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 14 Houston Texans L 13–24 0–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Denver Broncos W 31–24 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 August 26 Green Bay Packers L 10–21 1–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
4 September 1 at San Diego Chargers W 31–21 2–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 12 Los Angeles Rams W 28-0 1-0 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at Carolina Panthers L 27–46 1-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at Seattle Seahawks L 18–37 1–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
4 October 2 Dallas Cowboys L 17–24 1–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
5 October 6 Arizona Cardinals L 21–33 1–4 Levi's Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Buffalo Bills L 16–45 1–5 New Era Field Recap
7 October 23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–34 1–6 Levi's Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 6 New Orleans Saints L 23–41 1–7 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Arizona Cardinals L 20–23 1–8 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
11 November 20 New England Patriots L 17–30 1–9 Levi's Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Miami Dolphins L 24–31 1–10 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
13 December 4 at Chicago Bears L 6–26 1–11 Soldier Field Recap
14 December 11 New York Jets L 17–23 (OT) 1–12 Levi's Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Atlanta Falcons L 13–41 1–13 Georgia Dome Recap
16 December 24 at Los Angeles Rams W 22-21 2-13 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
17 January 1 Seattle Seahawks L 23–25 2-14 Levi's Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals

The 49ers wore their black alternate uniforms for this game as part of Color Rush.

Week 6: at Buffalo Bills

Days prior to Week 6, it was confirmed by Chip Kelly that Colin Kaepernick, will start in place of Blaine Gabbert. This was Kaepernick's first start of the season.

Week 12: at Miami Dolphins

With the loss, the 49ers were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention for the third consecutive season. An attempted rally by the 49ers was stopped short of the end zone in the final seconds.

Week 16: at Los Angeles Rams

With the win, the 49ers snapped their 13-game losing streak and swept the Rams on the season, while going 0–13 against the rest of the league. With the Cleveland Browns standing 0–14 before this week, the 49ers win also ended the possibility of two teams finishing 1–15 for the first time.

Week 17: vs. Seattle Seahawks

With the loss, the 49ers ended their season 2–14, their worst record since 2004. This was Colin Kaepernick's last game as a 49er.

Standings

Division

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Seattle Seahawks 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 354 292 W1
Arizona Cardinals 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 418 362 W2
Los Angeles Rams 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 224 394 L7
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 309 480 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3–3 6–6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .504 .250 L1
Tiebreakers[c]
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

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