Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.
Alot has changed in the San Francisco 49res organization in 2015. The euphoria of a playing at new Levi Stadium has given way to a rebuilding process. The 49ers parted way’s with enthusiast head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has been a fixture in the “BAY AREA”. First as the head coach at Stanford and then the challenge of rebuilding the 49ers. Harbaugh was successful in both ventures. The 2015 Houston Texans are in a similar situation. Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien is a tough and hard-nosed football guru, who will not allow his team to be outworked. General Manager Rick Smith embraces O’Briens approach toward regaining an elite status the team had three years ago. The game is at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The San Francisco 49ers are a two and a half-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting odds total is 35 and a half points For Saturday’s game.
The 2015 San Francisco 49ers recently cut All-Pro defensive end Aldon Smith, who has a substance abuse problem. First-year head coach Jim Tomsula embraced the situation instead of running away. Tomsulu let Smith know the organization wants to help him as a human being, not as a football player. San Francisco no longer has veterans Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, or lineman Mike Iupati on offense; all three are in different cities. Defensive star Patrick Willis and Justin Smith have retired from football, as did starting tackle Anthony Davis. The most talked about retirement was first-year linebacker Chris Boreland, who wants to be productive off of the field. San Francisco took massive defensive end Arik Armstead in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. The former Oregon standout has plenty of potential. Tomsula wants to get quarterback Colin Kaepernick back to playing light’s out football at the position. Running backs Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, and free agent Reggie Bush will get carries this season. Veteran wideouts Anquan Boldin and newly acquired Torrey Smith will be weapons in the passing game. All-Pro tight end Vernon Davis will also be featured. The offensive line needs work. Guard Alex Boone and tackle Joe Staley anchor the unit. Former Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is an added addition on the defensive line. Free agent Phillip Wheeler will team with Navarro Bowman and Ahman Brooks at the linebacker position. The 49ers secondary also needs work. Former first round safeties JimmyWard and Eric Reid must step up their production.
Longtime Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson is no longer wearing a Texans uniform. The number-one receiver is former Clemson Tiger DeAndre Hopkins, who is playing like an elite wideout in training camp. Ryan Mallet and Brian Hoyer are battling for the starting quarterback job. O’Brien coached both as one-time members of the New England Patriots. Tackle Duane Brown is a mainstay on the offensive line. Former All-Pro running back Arian Foster has been injury prone the past two season’s, the University of Tennessee product must stay healthy. The strength of the Houston Texans is along the defensive line. J.J. Watt is all you need to say. The reigning defensive MVP of the league has Vince Wilfork and 2014 number-one overall pick Jadeveon Clowney along the front. Linebacker Brian Cushing is the leader of a unit that has young talent. 2015 second round draft pick Benardrick McKinney and Max Bullough has what it takes to play in the NFL. 2015 first round draft choice Kevin Johnson has impressed the coaching staff in training camp. The Texans have two other former early draft choices at the position with Kareen Jackson and Johnathan Joseph.