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49ers roster turnover since 2012 is not entirely unprecedented

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The San Francisco 49ers have dealt with significant roster turnover since their most recent Super Bowl appearance. Others have dealt with similar turnover, but the context of the 49ers turnover is the big issue.

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The San Francisco 49ers have seen four players retire this offseason, and numerous notable players depart in free agency. As the departures have happened, there has been all kinds of chatter about the significant roster turnover since Super Bowl 47. Since that game, only eight starters remain on the roster.

This tweet, or versions of it, have been floating around at different times this offseason. It crosses off the coaches and players from the roster following the Super Bowl. The remaining starters are Colin Kaepernick, Bruce Miller, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, NaVorro Bowman, and Ahmad Brooks. Daniel Kilgore, Aldon Smith, Tramaine Brock, Ian Williams are all starters now, but were reserves at Super Bowl 47. Fooch's update: Since first writing this, the 49ers traded Andy Lee, so cross his name off, too.

That is certainly a ton of turnover, but you just have to look at their Super Bowl opponent to recognize it is not nearly as crazy as people make it out to be. A Baltimore Ravens fan posted this version of the same roster sheet. The Ravens only have six starters remaining (including their kicker). That group includes Joe Flacco, Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele, Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw and Justin Tucker.

This is not meant to entirely take away from the insanity of this offseason, but it can hopefully add a little perspective. The Ravens departures have come from free agency and trades. They have also lost some players to retirement, but obviously not quite like the 49ers seeing Chris Borland and Anthony Davis retiring this offseason.

The biggest difference is not in the numbers but rather in the context of the departures. Free agent and trades happen, so that's just life, even if it included big names like Frank Gore and Andy Lee. Justin Smith's retirement was not remotely shocking. Patrick Willis was a surprise, but not a shock given the toe injuries he has dealt with in recent years. They both seemed to have something left, but both were also starting to get up there in age a little bit (from an NFL perspective). Chris Borland and Anthony Davis come as both were still in their 20s, with seemingly a lot of playing time in front of them. You can't really plan for those. Jim Tomsula indicated he was not shocked, but considering the 49ers waited until late on day three to add offensive linemen, clearly the team was caught at least a little off guard.

The 49ers were already headed into 2015 with plenty of question marks. Anthony Davis's departure just adds more to it. It will certainly make for a season loaded with storylines.