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    I’m going to put my bold predictions for 2019. If you remember Cheap Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , we did this exercise in 2018, and I went 0 for 10. One big, fat, goose egg. Thanks for nothing 2018. The good part is, I have some faith 2019 will not be near as evil to me. What are your predictions? Put them in the comments. I’ll make sure to reset this article in 2020 so we can look at what all of us thought would happen. I’ll make sure to contact some of you to give me your thoughts on what happened too. 1: C.J. Beathard will not be on the roster by Week 1I wrote on this before saying the 49ers may want to part ways with their backup quarterback. They claim there will be a backup competition, but that’s nonsense. Nick Mullens has shown he’s a much better choice for Kyle Shanahan’s offense and a far capable backup. Given Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, the 49ers will be wise to hold onto Mullens, even if he can bring a haul. That being said: 2: Reports will come that several teams are interested in trading for Mullens prior to the 2019 draftGet your popcorn. Nick Mullens won’t be on the trade block, but there are going to be extensive sources and reports that teams are trying to get a deal going anyways. The 49ers are going to go the Nick Foles route and keep him around. Until Garoppolo shows he’s back at full speed from that knee injury, dealing Mullens, even for first round picks (remember, he’s got a very team-friendly UDFA contract) just wouldn’t be a good idea. Ok, one more QB prediction: 3: There will be a quarterback controversy before the end of the 2019 season , Garoppolo will end the controversyGaroppolo will struggle. Don’t misunderstand, he’s a great quarterback and I think he’s going to take the 49ers places as the starter and stay that way. He’s still going to struggle in a couple games. This will trigger the overreactions and people wondering if Mullens should get a chance. Just as quickly as people wonder if it’s Nick Mullens time, Garoppolo will show everyone he’s Superman and quiet everything. 4: The 49ers will beat the Seahawks in Seattle, by two touchdownsDammit Jimmy G, don’t get injured this time. 49ers, I’m going on a 2018 prediction again. Don’t let me down. 5: Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida will have a near 50/50 split on carries (give or take 10 carries)The one blessing in disguise with McKinnon’s injury is the fact that it let us see Breida in action and realize he’s not just a change of pace back. We have our own Tevin Coleman/Devonta Freeman combo in San Francisco, and it’s even better than that duo Shanahan had in Atlanta (and that’s saying something). McKinnon may be the “starter” but he’s a two headed dragon with Breida. To put it another way, Georgia Southern owns the 49ers’ backfield. 6: DeForest Buckner will finish 2019 with more than 15 sacksHooooo boy. I’m really pushing the chips in on this one. The 49ers need an edge rusher. Get that and Buckner will be able to roam freely. The 49ers defensive line is not near as bad as some would want to believe. I blame some of their issues on recently fired coach Jeff Zgonina and just not having enough talent on the edge. Solomon Thomas also has a chance now with an edge-rusher. Let’s see what that piece does here.7: 49ers will have five or more players with Pro Bowl mentions (starting, alternate, etc.)The 49ers’ roster is much better than their record indicates. This is the offseason where they can be competitive. Having their starting quarterback return will help also. They will turn in some Pro Bowl caliber players this year. Buckner and George Kittle are two of my obvious picks, but I wouldn’t count out Mike McGlinchey. 8: George Kittle will break Zach Ertz’s reception record for at tight end (116)Do that and we aren’t talking about one of the best tight ends in the league, we’re talking about the 49ers having yet another GOAT at a position. This would give him the yardage record and the reception record? Even if those are broken afterwards, in 2019 no less ,the fact Kittle got them says enough.Given how they spread the ball around, I’m not 100 percent confident in this, but I think the only way for Kittle to top what was a coming out season is to get that record. 9: 49ers will turn in a top-10 overall defense at season’s finishThe lack of edge rusher HURT the team this year. Get that and the secondary should be much improved. Fred Warner had a rookie season that gave nothing but improvement as games went on and the defense is his in 2019. Remember, he took Reuben Foster’s role at the MIKE spot long before Foster was released and the coaching staff let him learn by screwing up.I expect Warner will be taking a big leadership role for 2019 and be a focal point of that defense along with Richard Sherman. 10: Fooch will shave his beardFooch has assured me it will not happen and I’m wasting my time. But a man can still predict. Besides, what was it? Ah yes, any idiot can guess a few hundred times and be right once. What are your predictions? Put them in the comments and I’ll be sure to pick some out on who was right/wrong. We’ll revisit this in a year. Hopefully I don’t have a big fat 0 at the end of this. See you all then.3 things we learned in the 49ers loss to the Chiefs (and 2 things I still think about) What a somber, somber day. The 49ers were in what looked like an awful game that turned into a fun game at the half. Now, we may as well just get the black clothes out. The 38-27 loss hurts all the more due to the Jimmy Garoppolo injury. Three games in and the 49ers season may have taken a devastating hit. The Jerick McKinnon injury hurt, the Garoppolo injury could be downright crippling. Regardless, for almost four quarters we had a fun football game until that injury. Here are three things we learned and two things I still think about.Matt Breida is no joke117 yards from scrimmage. 90 yards rushing, 27 yards passing. It’s safe to say Breida is going to have a nice role in the 49ers offense for years to come. There were some concerns he may cool off in the third game, but Breida continues to impress as a running back. Alfred Morris still had the lion’s share of carries (14 to Breida’s 10), but he also only got 67 yards on those carries. Morris does have a touchdown to his credit , but Breida is becoming the more explosive back. It’s a shame that we can’t see what would have been with McKinnon (and possibly Garoppolo)through the entire season. The 49ers defense has severe tackling issuesThe defense’s consistency in not being able to wrap up continued into Week 3 and it’s getting more frustrating by the whiff. The number of times a 3rd down conversion was made because the 49ers couldn’t get their hands on the ball carrier are far more than any defense would want. There were times you’d think the play would be over, only for the 49ers defender to crash on the groundwith a fistful of air. Robert Saleh said last week that things need to get better. The question is how much patience can fans have as they rectify the issue. Given that the tides have turned for the 49ers with their numerous injuries, they may have some time to The 49ers have the tools to go up against the best in the NFL, if they can just executeThe 49ers went from being outplayed against the Chiefs in the first half, to nipping at the Chiefs’ heels and on the verge to get back into things in the second half. Both halves were plagued by penalties and lack of execution (the George Kittle drop to start the day was a great summary of the game), but the 49ers were outplaying the Chiefs (only one field goal makes up the Chiefs’ scoring summary for the third and fourth quarters).The point is, the 49ers can hang in there—if they can play smart and disciplined. I said they could win this game if they played perfect football and what was on the field was far from it—but also a display that the 49ers are not a bad team like so many prior iterations fans have been subjected to. They are a young, albeit undisciplined team.They have the tools they need to go far in this league. Or at least they did. And of course, two things I still think about: What is up with the officiating?Make no mistake, the 49ers were not “screwed” out of this game, but that doesn’t erase the awful officiating. A phantom defensive pass interference call in the first half and a even more egregious phantom offensive PI in the second. The 49ers had 147 yards of penalties called. Winning football games is hard with that number and it doesn’t help when bizarre spot fouls are called along with it. I’ve said several times I’d prefer the NFL to do away with TV timeouts and instead implement review timeouts where officials are encouraged to review penalties, plays etc while the NFL gets those commercials aired. You could have a shorter commercial break of 2.5 minutes and have it happen frequently so the officiating crew can look over everything. This gets the commercials plugged, the officials can check their work Cheap Mike McGlinchey Jersey , people are held accountable and everybody wins. But no, instead we’ll just stop the game for eight minutes to see Toyota troll us three consecutive times while everyone stands around waiting for commercials to end. Wouldn’t it be more productive if that time was a timeout called because the officials want to review what they did?So, what happens to the 49ers’ SNF games against the Rams and Seahawks? If Garoppolo has the torn ACL we all fear he has, the 49ers offense takes a huge hit. C.J. Beathard will be the new signal caller and it’s fair to say he’s not as dynamic as Garoppolo. There might be more losses as a result. The 49ers might be boring. The NFL can start flexing games in Week 5, but only Sunday Night Football can be moved out of its slot. Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football cannot be flexed, so the 49ers two MNF games against the Packers and Giantsand the TNF game against the Raiders will remain in place. But what about the SNF contests against the Rams and Seahawks?The budding rivalry between SF and LA has been temporarily short-circuited without Jimmy Garoppolo. Of course, last season Brian Hoyer engaged the Rams in a TNF shootout, so the NFL might be comfortable keeping the matchup in place.The Seahawks game later in the year will be one to watch for flexing. If Richard Sherman’s injury is anything significant, that doubles the chance they move the 49ers out of prime time for the latter. The whole reason that game was being played up was because Sherman would be returning to Century Link Field. Kind of defeats the purpose if he’s on IR. The one year we get all those prime time games and we may not get to see them all. But that’s the least of our concerns. Let’s see how the injuries pan out.