So with that Super Bowl 50 upset by the Denver Broncos in Levi's Stadium the NFL's 2015 Season officially comes to an end. Perhaps it was fitting that on the 49ers home turf (which was once again had its issues), the Broncos won it with a ferocious defense which is what San Francisco has been known for the past 5+ years. It's quite ironic since The Peyton Manning was at the helm of the offense, but his role was just to manage the game and make sure they didn't turn the ball over too much and capitalize on some points when their defense did grab a turnover.
But now that the new league year is beginning soon, all 32 teams are officially even again and the 49ers once again have to rebuild (not reload as Trent Baalke likes to say) this roster. We do have mostly young talent and a huge number of picks coming up in the next draft (12 to be exact). It's no mystery that Baalke will be in the spotlight more than ever this time, meaning his future job security could hinge on what he is able to accomplish this off-season.
There is a young nucleus (mostly on the defensive side), but Trent needs to get some real impact pieces in the draft which is something that he hasn't really been able to do on his own yet. Aaron Lynch and Carlos Hyde have the potential to be franchise bedrocks, but they will really have to step it up and perform consistently for an entire season moving forward. Hope springs eternal as the Chip Kelly era dawns in San Francisco. Can't wait for the draft.
The Denver D Crushed It (MMQB)
Broncos' defense carries Manning to Super Bowl 50 win (Maiocco)
Audibles at the Line: Super Bowl 50 (FO)
49ers' Torrey Smith goes to Super Bowl - this time as a fan (SacBee)
49ers icon Steve Young marvels at Manning's triumph, Newton's agony (Inman)
Levi's Stadium succeeds in not failing (Killion)
Footing Issues With Levi's Stadium Turf Force Broncos, Panthers Players to Change Cleats (NBC)
Jarryd Hayne dismisses talk of NRL return, but his allegiance still lies with Parramatta Eels (FOX Aus)