|Offense||21st||90.1 (27th)||237.0 (15th)|
|Defense||30th||112.7 (17th)||264.4 (30th)|
Sun Sep 7
|L 23 - 20||BUF|
Sun Sep 14
|W 28 - 20||at SF|
Mon Sep 22
|W 27 - 19||at NYJ|
Sun Sep 28
|L 38 - 17||GB|
Sun Oct 5
|L 31 - 24||at CAR|
Sun Oct 12
|W 27 - 13||at ATL|
Sun Oct 19
|L 27 - 14||MIA|
Sun Oct 26
|L 51 - 23||at NE|
Sun Nov 9
|L 55 - 14||at GB|
Sun Nov 16
|W 21 - 13||MIN|
Sun Nov 23
|W 21 - 13||TB|
Thu Nov 27
|L 34 - 17||at DET|
Thu Dec 4
|L 41 - 28||DAL|
Mon Dec 15
|L 31 - 15||NO|
Sun Dec 21
|L 20 - 14||DET|
Sun Dec 28
|L 13 - 9||at MIN|
Briggs, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has played all 12 of his NFL seasons with the
Briggs appeared in just 17 games during the last two seasons due to various injuries.
The 49ers are looking to replace linebacker
Ball, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, but was limited to only seven games in 2014 due to a biceps injury. He racked up 59 total tackles, 17 passes deflected and three interceptions over that span. He has played eight NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Texans and Jags.
“I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and you are asking me for it two weeks before we can really get anything going, I’d say be [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart, yeah,” Fox said.
“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you what’s happening. If I could I’d be at some race track somewhere.”
"To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily," Fox added. "It takes trust, like any relationship.”
Fox plans to help Cutler, who committed 24 turnovers last season, by building a strong defense and relying more on the running game. Fox praised how the Cowboys used Tony Romo last year in tandem with NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray.
“Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure,” Fox said. “Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. I think there had been different things said. I know Tony personally. He’s a tremendous competitor. I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence.”
The 25-year-old dealt with nagging hamstring problems last year.
“I really liked Alshon coming out [of college],” Fox said at the NFL owners' meetings. “One of the things I’d say is we had a lot of soft-tissue injuries last year as a football team. We’ve kind of changed philosophically in the weight room. I think you’ll see we’re going to do things a lot different from offseason conditioning, the approach to how we handle that. I don’t think we had a soft-tissue injury a year ago in Denver other than one particular guy.”
Jeffery caught 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, his second straight 1,000-yard season.
“I think [the new conditioning approach] will help him,” Fox said. “There have been times in his career when he might have been a little bit overweight, but obviously a beast as far as size, and a guy we’re looking forward to getting to know better.”
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