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Are the 49ers better, worse, the same in 2016?

You’ll be SHOCKED to know that most voters think the 49ers position groups are improved in 2016.

Over the past two weeks, I have been posting a poll for each position asking if the San Francisco 49ers are better, worse, or the same compared to last season. It is not remotely surprising that people are pretty optimistic about improvement compared to last season. The only position in which most readers did not vote “better” was special teams. As of publishing this article, it is actually dead even between “better” and “same” at 47.16 percent. I voted better because I think having a full year under his belt should help Bradley Pinion in year two. But I get why people voted “same” for this group.

I am not surprised people are fairly optimistic about roster improvement. I myself suggested improvement on most of these, so I certainly can take some blame for people who think this is crazy. And I know there will be people who think this is crazy.

Aside from special teams, the lowest percentage of people thinking a unit was better was for wide receivers, with 48.84 percent suggesting better, 30.64 percent suggesting worse, and 20.52 percent suggesting the same. The next lowest was inside linebackers, with 59.2 percent suggesting better, 35.8 percent suggesting the same, and 5 percent suggesting worse.

All that being said, I thought I would put together another poll asking how many wins people expect from the 2016 San Francisco 49ers. Here’s that poll, and below that is all the positional results from our polls.


Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Outside Linebacker

Inside Linebacker



Special teams