49ers Beat: 'Indecisive' Carlos Hyde doesn't 'have the vision' to succeed in outside-zone running schemeThursday, June 1, 2017, 4:40pm
Carlos Hyde is the slowest and most indecisive running back on the 49ers. I’m not saying he’s bad – he does have quick feet between the tackles, he can bounce inside runs to the outside and he plows through defenders. But he doesn’t seem to have the vision to succeed in Kyle Shanahan’s outside-zone running scheme. Tuesday, he was the only running back who never found a hole to run through. On one stretch play, he missed a cutback lane, tried to bounce around the outside even though the linebacker had set the edge and lost three yards. The Niners should trade him to a team that runs the zone read.
There have been questions about Hyde’s fit in the new offense and Shanahan reportedly coveted Joe Williams above all others as the fourth round of the draft began. He wasn’t on GM John Lynch’s draft board due to character concerns, so Lynch called Williams before the round began and was taken aback by Williams’ explanation for his issues in college. The GM eventually agreed to trade up to nab Williams, so Shanahan got his man. Does it sound like Hyde is safe?
In 20 games over the past two seasons, Hyde has averaged 16.6 carries for 73 yards and 0.45 touchdowns. His 13.9 PPG (PPR) in that span is better than what Frank Gore averaged as the #12 fantasy running back last season. Hyde’s injury history is concerning, but if he’s able to stay upright and play a full season, he has a great chance to finish as a fantasy RB1.
The 49ers added some much-needed depth at running back, agreeing to terms with Tim Hightower, general manager John Lynch announced Saturday. Hightower becomes the second running back to join the Niners this week, along with DuJuan Harris, who re-signed with the team on March 28.
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Hightower will battle Harris for the leftover carries not given to entrenched starter Carlos Hyde, and will be able to look forward to running behind newly acquired fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Some beat writers in New Orleans last year thought HIghtower was the better runner between he and Mark Ingram, but HIghtower will be 31 by the start of the season.
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Smith was a poor fit in San Francisco given the 49ers' QB woes. Prior to leaving Baltimore, Smith was remarkably consistent, finishing in the #23-#30 range in each of his first four seasons. He's only 28, and he can still fly, but it remains to be seen if he's a good fit for Carson Wentz's inconsistent deep ball. One thing's for sure -- he should have plenty of opportunity to play in Philadelphia.
This is a good landing spot for Hoyer, who is a fringe starter in the league at this point in his career. He's playing for a sharp offensive mind (HC Kyle Shanahan) and the 49ers figure to throw a lot as they try to stay competitive during a rebuilding year. In 25 career games where Hoyer has started and attempted at least 25 passes, he has a 12-13 record while averaging 268 yards passing (59.6 Cmp %), 1.48 TD and 0.84 interceptions (or 15.1 fantasy points per game). That's a bit more than what Sam Bradford and Alex Smith averaged last year. If he's the starter, he'll be in the streaming conversation in 2017.
Garcon turns 31 in August, but is coming off a season where he caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. In fact, he has at least 68 catches in four straight seasons. In San Francisco, he’ll be reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. In Shanahan’s last year in Washington, Garcon caught 113 passes for 1,346 yards and five scores. He’s four years older now, but should still see heavy volume playing for Shanahan.
Still just 28 years old, Smith should get a fresh start elsewhere.
Last year, Kerley finished with 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He had at least five catches in eight games. He'll man the slot for new HC Kyle Shanahan.
Kyle Shanahan is expected to be named the 49ers head coach sometime after Super Bowl 51 on February 5 as NFL rules prevent an official hiring of a coach on a playoff team until that team's season is over.
Shanahan has nine years of experience as an offensive coordinator and his offenses have finished in the top 10 in yards gained six times. He is a rising star after guiding the Falcons' offense to a #2 finish in yards gained and #1 overall in points scored this season.
The Washington Redskins have promoted Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator, the team announced on Monday. Additionally, the Redskins have hired Kevin O'Connell to be the team's next quarterbacks coach.
Prior to joining the Redskins’ coaching staff in 2015, Cavanaugh was previously quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals (1994-95), quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers (1996), offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1997-98), offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens (1999-04), quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets (2009-12) and quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears (2013-14).
In eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, Cavanaugh's offenses have never finished higher than 14th in yards gained, with an average ranking of 21.3.
On the heels of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the 49ers fired Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke on Sunday.
Baalke, who served as GM since 2011 and whose firing he confirmed earlier Sunday morning, couldn't reverse a franchise trajectory that has been falling since the team's appearance in Super Bowl XLVII at the end of the 2012 season.
San Francisco will have its fourth coach in five seasons when it opens the 2017 season.
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And now, San Francisco faces an offseason of change with the goal of returning the organization to the upper echelon spot it has held so often in the league's history.
Owner Jed York and the 49ers' key decision-makers are expected to replace both embattled GM Trent Baalke and Kelly, multiple sources say. A full house-cleaning is described as "likely" by several people with knowledge of the situation.
A final decision won't come until after Sunday's game. But it would be a major surprise if either Kelly or Baalke keep their jobs.
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