The San Francisco 49ers are the worst franchise in sports. ESPN ranked the 49ers dead last among 122 qualifying professional sports teams in their annual “Ultimate” rankings. This is a drop of 76 places from a year ago.
The San Francisco 49ers were never going to be good this year. That was obvious even at the end of last season. Without a franchise quarterback, receiving weapons, or a clear vision from the front office, this was going to be a down year.
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But this is bad. Really bad.
ESPN’s “Ultimate” rankings place the 49ers in dead last among 122 qualifying American professional sports teams — not just the NFL, but professional sports! The big drawbacks for the 49ers are ownership (118th out of 122, no surprise there) and, well, just about everything else. Take a look at the rankings for yourself:
Overall: 122 Title track: 51 Ownership: 118 Coaching: 113 Players: 116 Fan relations: 122 Affordability: 117 Stadium experience: 105 Bang for the buck: 113 Change from last year: -76
CThe 49ers are a proud franchise, and this is painful. Though while one might be able to argue a few spots up on these numbers, nothing is that questionable.
The 49ers coaching has been sub-par, whatever you think of Chip Kelly. The fan relations have been awful. (Who fires a coach who makes three consecutive NFC Championship Games?!) And Levi’s Stadium, as nice as it is, proves quite expensive to watch the 49ers lose.
The 49ers do have hope: Chip Kelly has a track record turning teams around. Trent Baalke may finally get fired. The 49ers may finally draft a good quarterback — though this year’s draft class does not have a “sure thing” as of yet.