The San Francisco 49ers may have lost a lot of talent over one of the worst NFL offseasons on record heading into the 2015 season. What they didn’t lose, however, was on-field leadership. That’s because according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, head coach Jim Tomsula has decided to go with nine captains.
On offense, Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Joe Staley will wear the capital “C” on their shoulder pads while NaVorro Bowman, Ian Williams, Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid will serve the same roles on defense. Veteran kicker Phil Dawson will be the special teams captain entering his 17th season.
The Niners lost five first-round picks over the summer, something that has no precedent in league history. The attrition is especially troubling considering Patrick Wills, a clear vocal leader, is among those five. In addition, Aldon Smith leaves a big void in the pass rush in what was once a feared defense. Now, it appears San Francisco is in for a long season.
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