The 8 Biggest Mistakes in San Francisco 49ers History

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The 8 Biggest Mistakes in San Francisco 49ers History
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It is always humbling to scrutinize one of the most decorated organizations in all of sports and highlight their missteps. Given their iconic status, the San Francisco 49ers are not known as an organization that makes colossal mistakes.

However, like any other franchise or individual in history, they are fallible.

Thanks to Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and various other legendary characters, the 80s and 90s were very good to the 49ers. Although, like all great ventures, it had to come to an end at some point.

As the team transitioned from Steve Young to Jeff Garcia, the franchise began to lose steam in the early 2000s. The coaching changes—as well as personnel changes—began to affect the environment, taking away from what was once established.

After George Seifert left, there were a number of mistakes made under Steve Mariucci, Dennis Erickson and Mike Nolan. In a decade of disarray, most of the blunders were draft-related. 

In the following piece, we’ll take a look at San Francisco’s biggest mistakes in franchise history, with an emphasis on the disorder in the 2000s. 

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