In less than a year, the San Francisco 49ers have gone from being one of the elite teams in the NFL to being one of the most controversial, confusing teams in the league. Behind a new head coach, can the 49ers return to being a successful team in 2015?
Regardless of the sport, a team’s success can be predicated upon the culture surrounding the team. The word “culture” has been used often when discussing the Golden State Warriors’ recent rise in the ranks from being one of the worst teams in the NBA to the 2015 NBA champions.
The San Francisco 49ers will start training camp for this upcoming season with 12 wide receivers on their roster: Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, DeAndre Smelter, Isaac Blakeney, DeAndrew White, Dres Anderson, DiAndre Campbell, Chuck Jacobs, and Mario Hull.
Boldin and Smith will be the two starting receivers, but after that, playing time is up in the air. It still remains unclear who the 49ers’ third receiver will be. The most likely candidates are Simpson, Ellington, and Patton, since the other players are long shots to make the roster (such as White, Anderson, and Jacobs) or have little to no chance at making the roster and could just be added to the 49ers’ practice squad (Blakeney, Campbell, and Hull)
Over the course of three years, Matt Duffy has gone from being an 18th round draft pick (568th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 to being a World Series champion at the end of the of the 2014 season to being a player who had to compete for a roster spot in Spring Training earlier this year to now being the Giants’ everyday third baseman.
The San Francisco Giants are suddenly facing a shortage of outfielders with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki both injured. Because of this, the Giants are in need of an offensive spark, and that spark could end up coming from Andrew Susac, not Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell, who are filling in for those starting roles.
The NBA Finals start today, and the Golden State Warriors are making their first Finals appearance in 40 years. The Warriors will represent the Western Conference in this year’s NBA Finals, and they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors will yet again have homecourt advantage in this series.
Now that the NBA Finals are finally here, we will again ask five of our Warriors writers to answer five questions about the Finals, the Warriors’ matchup with the Cavaliers, and more!
Here are the five questions and the responses from our writers.