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Chip's Got His Work Cut Out For Him in San Francisco

NaVorro Bowman San Francisco 49ers NFL

Joe Montana. Steve Young. Jerry Rice. Ronnie Lott. These, and many others from that bygone era, were the San Francisco 49ers legends that I watched each week when I was a kid and the names I called out when I was playing football in the yard. These are the 49ers that I know.

The current edition of this team is a far cry from what I got used to watching in the 1980s and 1990s. Gone are the days of being a perennial Super Bowl favorite as the team now features the second-lowest regular season win total on the board (5.5) entering the new campaign.

In comes new head coach Chip Kelly to replace Jim Tomsula, who guided the Niners to a 5-11 record in 2015. The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach takes over the job with a 26-21 SU career record and has gone 23-24 against the spread over that stretch.

There isn’t much to look forward to in San Francisco this season but the Niners just might be horrible enough to prove to be decent fade material on a weekly basis and could be a pretty good UNDER candidate for those weekly totals.

The futures markets won’t be too kind to this team so weekly capping is going to be the best option.

Here’s a look at their odds for the upcoming season:

Super Bowl +10000

Moving right along…

49ers to Make the Playoffs (Yes +700, No -1400)

”No” is the massive favorite here and deservedly so. The 49ers ply their trade in a very difficult division and are miles behind the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals and even have a lot of work to do to get to the Los Angeles Rams’ level of mediocrity.

Kelly has his work cut out for him with a roster that is razor-thin across the board but does feature a couple of players that could have breakout performances.

Running back Carlos Hyde could really make a name for himself in Kelly’s offensive system while rookie defensive end DeForest Buckner looks to be a potential terror on a defensive line that could be a vital part of an emerging front seven.

NFC West +2000

A win in the hyper-competitive NFC West is just about as much of a pipe dream as the Super Bowl. As mentioned, the Seahawks and Cards are in a class of their own in this group and the Niners are a couple of seasons (at least) from competing.

Only the most diehard of 49ers backers are writing any tickets in these futures markets and if that’s you, I wish you the best of luck.

OVER/UNDER Win Total 5.5

Only the pathetic Cleveland Browns feature a win total lower than this.

Over the past three seasons, the 49ers have gone from 12 wins (2013) to eight wins (2014) to five wins in 2015 and there isn’t much that says this team is going to improve on that 2015 number.

The 49ers have one of the NFL’s toughest schedules this season as teams they will face combined for a record of 142-114 one season ago.

They obviously get six games against their own division, plus four against the AFC East and four more against the NFC South. They could easily lose all six versus the West but the AFC East and NFC South might have a winnable game or two but let’s be honest here, this team is going to struggle to win six games so the UNDER looks like it’s going to be the play here.

Chip Kelly to win Coach of the Year +5000

Almost as depressing as the futures markets are player props for the upcoming season.

Carlos Hyde is on the board for most rushing yards at +1800 but the real value could be with Kelly to win Coach of the Year.

If this group manages to post a record of .500 or better, Kelly will be hailed as a football genius and his name will be among the candidates for this award.

Kelly took over an Eagles team that did go 4-12 and led them to a 10-6 mark and an NFC East division title in his first season at the helm.

If he were to pull that trick in San Francisco, the awards would surely follow.

2016 San Francisco 49ers Futures Odds
Super Bowl+10000
NFC Championship+5000
NFC West+2000
Win Total5.5

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada