How RT Anthony Davis’ Untimely Retirement Impacts 49ers In 2015

Funny to think how a once proud franchise who imposed their will down in the trenches on the offensive side of the ball is now the team’s weakest link. Yes, I’m talking about your beloved San Francisco 49ers.

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Let’s just be honest, the right side of the offensive line is downright awful. They can’t generate any push and none have the skill set to hold up in pass-protection. And while the team is hopeful all will be fine when the season starts– something has to change.

Iupati is drawing interest from WAS, TB, and PHI

Iupati is drawing interest from WAS, TB, and PHI

But how did this madness all unfold? Sure the team was set to move on from G Mike Iupati as his asking price was too rich for GM Trent Baalke’s blood – ultimately the straw that broke the camel’s back was the abrupt retirement of RT Anthony Davis.

It wasn’t so much the retirement that hurt the 49ers, as much as it was the timing of the decision. The 49ers who held three fourth-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft could have packaged a couple to trade up and land RT T.J. Clemmings. After all, the verdict was still out if Pears was capable of making the switch to right tackle after grading out 76 out of 78 in 2014 by Pro Football Focus.

A need that wasn’t a need at the time of May’s draft, left Baalke scrambling in June, as news broke that Davis would not return in 2015. Heck, the team could have even signed undrafted rookie free-agent T La’el Collins, who eventually signed with the Dallas Cowboys after reports surfaced about Collins’ questionable off-field behavior.

However, that’s all for not, and now the 49ers will have to find a way to hide their player’s weaknesses while playing to their strengths. What do you think Forever Faithful? Do you believe the STRUGGLE is REAL for the right-side of the OL or nah?


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