|2009 San Francisco 49ers season|
|Head Coach||Mike Singletary|
|Home Field||Candlestick Park|
|Place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2009 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 64th season, and the first full year with Mike Singletary as head coach after being named interim head coach in 2008. It is the seventh year in which the 49ers have their seventh offensive coordinator. They were looking to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2008 with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft,
The 49ers started the 2009 season hot by winning three of the first four games. Their only loss in that span was against the Minnesota Vikings on a last-second, 32-yard touchdown from QB Brett Favre to WR Greg Lewis. With that, and a week-5 blowout loss against the Atlanta Falcons, the team got a bad omen for the remainder of the year. The 49ers' defense, led by linebacker Patrick Willis, kept the 49ers in games, while their offense was inconsistent. Most of the blame was due to their weak offensive line, namely, the injury of left tackle Joe Staley in a week 7 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The 49ers won a week 12 home game over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20–3. The win helped keep the 49ers' season alive. Going into week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers were heavily favored to win the game; however, critical mistakes in the game cost them the win and gave the team a huge blow of any chances of making the playoffs. The following week on Monday Night Football, the 49ers played the Arizona Cardinals, who were trying to clinch the NFC West. The 49ers' defense came out and exploded on the Cardinals top-ranked offense, causing them to turn over the ball 7 times. This was the first time San Francisco caused 7 or more turnovers in a game since forcing eight against the New Orleans Saints on September 14, 1997. The 49ers won the game 24–9, keeping their very slim playoff hopes alive. The next week they were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles. The loss officially wiped out the 49ers from playoff contention.
Despite being benched for 5 and a half games, Alex Smith came in and threw for a career-best 2,350 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Frank Gore rushed for 1,120 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was awarded his second Pro Bowl appearance. Tight end Vernon Davis turned his career around by leading the team with 965 yards and 13 touchdowns – which tied the single-season record for most touchdowns by a tight end. Rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who held out the first four games of the season, was able to put up solid numbers, with 625 receiving yards, 48 receptions, and 2 touchdowns. On defense, Patrick Willis, for the second time in his first three seasons in the league, led the NFL with 152 tackles and helped the 49ers become one of the best defensive units in the NFL. He was awarded his third straight Pro Bowl appearance.
The 49ers released Mike Martz on December 30, 2008. One day following the firing of Martz, the 49ers released quarterbacks coach Ted Tollner and running backs coach Tony Nathan. "To get where we needed to go, I felt those decisions needed to be made at this time," said Mike Singletary. Tony Nathan's replacement came on January 7, 2009 when former 49ers' fullback Tom Rathman agreed to become the new running backs coach.
Before the 49ers found a new quarterbacks coach, they introduced two new coaching positions on January 12, 2009. Mike Singletary's nephew Vantz Singletary became the 49ers' inside linebackers coach, while Al Harris was signed as the 49ers' pass rush specialist coach.
One month after the firing of Martz, Jimmy Raye was finally hired as offensive coordinator, making him the seventh offensive coordinator in seven years for the 49ers. Along with the hiring of Raye, Ted Tollner's replacement Mike Johnson was signed as the 49ers' quarterback coach.
Offensive coordinator searchEdit
Two days after Mike Singletary was hired as San Francisco's head coach, Singletary fired offensive coordinator Mike Martz. "I am not what he is looking for offensively. I understand that," said Martz in a statement released by the club. With the firing of Martz, the 49ers guaranteed themselves their seventh offensive coordinator in seven years. Possible replacement candidates included Colts wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen, former Rams head coach Scott Linehan, Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. After a second interview with the 49ers, Linehan was offered the position; however, he declined the position stating that it was not right for his family. Soon after, Linehan accepted the offensive coordinator position for the Detroit Lions. Following, the 49ers interviews Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, and Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson. In the same day as the interview with Jackson, the 49ers flew in former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves for an interview for the position. Following the Reeves interview, the 49ers interviewed Hue Jackson a second time.
One day after Jackson was interviewed, former New York Jets' running back coach Jimmy Raye II was interviewed, making him the eighth offensive coordinator candidate to be interviewed by the 49ers. After interviewing with the 49ers, Raye was named the new offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers; coincidentally, Raye’s first NFL job was the wide receivers coach for the 49ers under Ken Meyer in 1977. Raye stated that he and Mike Singletary shared a belief on how football should be played, that being a ground-based, physical football team. Raye has had successful years as a run-based offensive coordinator, namely with the 1984 Los Angeles Rams, when Eric Dickerson rushed for a league-record 2,105 yards. However, his recent success has been questionable. While being the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator from 2004 to 2005, the Raiders were 32nd and 29th in rushing offense, respectively. Nonetheless, while Raye was running backs coach for the New York Jets over the past two years, Jets' running back Thomas Jones has finished each season with over 1,000 yards rushing. In the 2008 season, Jones finished the season with the 5th most rushing yards, behind only Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams, and Clinton Portis.
In 1996 the 49ers changed their uniforms to a darker cardinal red, with the most recent change being updating their pants back to gold in 1998. Eleven years later, the 49ers decided to once again modify their uniform. The uniform change rumors were confirmed by Andy Dolich at the 49ers' State of the Franchise. When asked when they were going to change their uniforms "back to normal", Dolich replied, stating, "Stay tuned. Don’t be surprised if you see championship colors back". The uniforms were revealed on April 25, 2009 during the first day of the draft. 49ers players Patrick Willis, Josh Morgan, Dashon Goldson, Joe Staley, and Moran Norris displayed the new jerseys and pants at the 49ers draft party. The new jerseys are very similar to the classic design, with minor changes to the sleeve stripes, the moving of secondary numerals to the top of the shoulders, and the inclusion of a "49ers" ligature below the neck. The shade of red is also arguably slightly darker than the scarlet of classic jerseys, but significantly lighter than the cardinal red used in the 1996–2008 designs.
The following are players signed by the 49ers in the 2009 off-season:
† College football team
‡ Arena Football League team
The following are players who were released by the 49ers in the 2009 off-season:
|Date Released||Position||Player||Contract left||2009 Team|
|02-10||LB||Tully Banta-Cain||1yr / $1.275 mil||New England Patriots|
|02-10||S||Keith Lewis||1yr / $0.85 mil||Arizona Cardinals|
The following are players whose contracts expired at the end of the 2008 season:
|Position||Player|| Free agency |
|2009 Team||Date Signed||Contract|
|TE||Billy Bajema||UFA||St. Louis Rams||March 30, 2009||TBA|
|T||Damane Duckett||UFA||New England Patriots||March 24, 2009||TBA|
|DL||Ronald Fields||UFA||Denver Broncos||March 3, 2009||2yrs / $5 mil|
|WR||Bryant Johnson||UFA||Detroit Lions||February 28, 2009||3yrs / $9 mil|
|QB||JT O'Sullivan||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||March 6, 2009||2yrs|
|RS||Allen Rossum||UFA||San Francisco 49ers||March 10, 2009||TBA|
|TE||Sean Ryan||UFA||Kansas City Chiefs||April 21, 2009||TBA|
|LB||Takeo Spikes||UFA||San Francisco 49ers||March 4, 2009||2 yrs|
|CB||Donald Strickland||UFA||New York Jets||March 25, 2009||3yrs|
2009 NFL DraftEdit
|Draft order||Player name||Position||Height||Weight||College||Contract||Notes|
|1||10||10||Michael Crabtree||WR||6 ft 2 in||214 lb||Texas Tech||6 yrs|
|2||11||43||Traded||Traded to the Carolina Panthers|
|3||10||74||Glen Coffee||RB||6 ft 0 in||209 lb||Alabama||4 yrs|
|4||11||111||Traded||Traded to the Carolina Panthers|
|5||10||146||Scott McKillop||ILB||6 ft 1 in||244 lb||Pitt||4 yrs|
|35||171||Nate Davis||QB||6 ft 1 in||226 lb||Ball State||4 yrs||Compensatory Pick|
|6||11||184||Bear Pascoe||TE||6 ft 5 in||261 lb||Fresno State||4 yrs|
|7||10||219||Curtis Taylor||S||6 ft 3 in||204 lb||LSU||4 yrs / $1.8 mil|
|35||244||Ricky Jean-Francois||DT||6 ft 3 in||281 lb||LSU||4 yrs||Compensatory Pick|
Surprisingly, the Oakland Raiders opted to choose WR Darrius Heyward-Bey at the 7th pick instead of WR Michael Crabtree, who was considered the top wide receiver in the draft. Because of this, the 49ers were able to pick Crabtree at the 10th selection. "Once we got to 10 and Crabtree was there, it was over," said general manager Scot McCloughan, "... this is great, this is outstanding." Additionally, the 49ers traded their 2009 2nd- and 4th-round picks to the Carolina Panthers for their 2010 1st-round pick.
Starting quarterback searchEdit
At the start of the 2008 season, JT O'Sullivan was named the starting quarterback of the 49ers, beating out the injured Alex Smith and third-string Shaun Hill. However, after a performing poorly for the fist half of the season, O'Sullivan was benched and Hill became the starting quarterback. By the season's end, Hill's numbers were solid; however, even with a career passer rating of 91.6 going into 2009, Mike Singletary has stated that Hill will not be named the starting quarterback for the 49ers. "There’s going to be competition for that spot," said Singletary the 49ers' State of the Franchise Meeting, "If Alex is back, there will be competition for that spot."
Just hours after Kurt Warner decided to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers signed a one-year deal with quarterback Damon Huard. The signing of Huard brings veteran experience to the 49ers' quarterback corp. On March 10, Smith accepted a pay cut to stay with the 49ers. On top of the release of JT O'Sullivan, last year's starting quarterback, to the Cincinnati Bengals, Hill, Smith, Huard, and draft pick Nate Davis will be competing for the starting quarterback position.
Chasing Kurt WarnerEdit
Heading into the 2005 season, Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner became a free agent. After being offered a two-year, $20 million contract by the Cardinals, Warner declined. Following, Warner decided to take a visit to the 49ers on March 2, 2009. The 49ers sent a private jet for Warner and his wife Brenda; a limousine brought the couple to Silicon Valley, where the 49ers' training complex is located. However, on March 4, Warner resigned to the Cardinals for a two-year, $23 million deal. Many believe that the visit to California was a way to gain leverage on the Cardinals in order to raise the contract deal; although Warner and his agent insists that was not the case.
Restructuring Smith's contractEdit
Alex Smith, the number one overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft by the 49ers, was scheduled to make $9.625 million going into the 2009 season. However, with one-and-a-half seasons on the Injured reserve list, the 49ers asked Smith to renegotiate his contract. After returning from his honeymoon in the Maldives, Smith agreed to a pay cut at an undisclosed amount. With the cut, Smith says that he is ready to compete for the starting quarterback spot, primarily against Shaun Hill. "I’m glad it’s against Shaun," Smith said, "He’s a great guy. I can’t think of a better guy to compete against."
On September 11, 2009, head coach Mike Singletary announced the 2009 season captains for the 49ers. They were center Eric Heitmann and tight end Vernon Davis for the offense; linebacker Patrick Willis, linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive end Justin Smith for the defense, and running back Michael Robinson for special teams. The captains were chosen by Singletary himself.
Davis' selection as captain represented a turnaround after he was benched during Singletary's first game as head coach in 2008.
|Week||Date||Kickoff||Opponent||Results||Game Site||TV||NFL Recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||Friday, Aug. 14||7 p.m. PDT||Denver Broncos||W 17–16||1–0||Candlestick Park||KPIX||Recap|
|2||Saturday, Aug. 22||5:15 pm PDT||Oakland Raiders||W 21–20||2–0||Candlestick Park||KPIX||Recap|
|3||Saturday, Aug. 29||5 p.m. PDT||at Dallas Cowboys||W 20–13||3–0||Cowboys Stadium||KPIX||Recap|
|4||Friday, Sept. 4||7 p.m. PDT||at San Diego Chargers||L 7–26||3–1||Qualcomm Stadium||KPIX||Recap|
|Week||Date||Kickoff||Opponent||Results||Game Site||TV||NFL Recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 13||1:15 pm PDT||at Arizona Cardinals||W 20–16||1–0||University of Phoenix Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|2||September 20||1:05 pm PDT||Seattle Seahawks||W 23–10||2–0||Candlestick Park||Fox||Recap|
|3||September 27||10 a.m. PDT||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24–27||2–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Fox||Recap|
|4||October 4||1:15 pm PDT||St. Louis Rams||W 35–0||3–1||Candlestick Park||Fox||Recap|
|5||October 11||1:05 pm PDT||Atlanta Falcons||L 10–45||3–2||Candlestick Park||Fox||Recap|
|7||October 25||10 a.m. PDT||at Houston Texans||L 21–24||3–3||Reliant Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|8||November 1||10 a.m. PST||at Indianapolis Colts||L 14–18||3–4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|9||November 8||1:15 pm PST||Tennessee Titans||L 27–34||3–5||Candlestick Park||CBS||Recap|
|10||Nov. 12 (Thursday)||5:20 pm PST||Chicago Bears||W 10–6||4–5||Candlestick Park||NFLN||Recap|
|11||November 22||10 a.m. PST||at Green Bay Packers||L 24–30||4–6||Lambeau Field||Fox||Recap|
|12||November 29||1:05 pm PST||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 20–3||5–6||Candlestick Park||CBS||Recap|
|13||December 6||1:15 pm PST||at Seattle Seahawks||L 17–20||5–7||Qwest Field||Fox||Recap|
|14||Dec. 14 (Monday)||5:30 pm PST||Arizona Cardinals||W 24–9||6–7||Candlestick Park||ESPN||Recap|
|15||December 20||1:15 pm PST||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 13–27||6–8||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox|
|16||December 27||1:05 pm PST||Detroit Lions||W 20–6||7–8||Candlestick Park||Fox|
|17||January 3, 2010||10 a.m. PST||at St. Louis Rams||W 28–6||8–8||Edward Jones Dome||Fox|
|NOTE: Division games are in bold text.|
|y (4) Arizona Cardinals||10||6||0||.625||4–2||8–4||375||325||L1|
|San Francisco 49ers||8||8||0||.500||5–1||7–5||330||281||W2|
|St. Louis Rams||1||15||0||.063||0–6||1–11||175||436||L8|
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