San Francisco 49ers: The All-Bad Team

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San Francisco 49ers: The All-Bad Team
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Quarterback Jim Druckenmiller was supposed to continue in the tradition of Joe Montana and Steve Young.

There is no shortage of San Francisco 49ers all-time greats. 

Whether one wants to cite the accolades of former 49ers like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and a plethora of others, San Francisco has enjoyed some of the greatest athletes to ever play in the NFL.

A short while back, I wrote an article about the all-time 49er greats. San Francisco's all-time team was relatively easy to assemble, the only difficulties coming from the fact that there have been so many greats over the years to don a 49ers uniform. Presented in a historical-fantasy-type of fashion, the all-time team was laid out highlighting the best players at each position along with a number of notable backups.

There is a flip side, however.

While San Francisco has one of the most storied legacies in football, there have also been a significant number of bad players on its roster. 

Some have been overrated, highly touted draft picks who were expected to come in and bolster the franchise. Others were costly trades that never paid dividends. A number of players were never great in the first place and started in positions merely because circumstances dictated the necessity.

Yet contained herein is the San Francisco All-Bad Team dating back to 1970 and the start of the modern era in the NFL.

In order to make this list, players must have some sort of reason to be cited as "bad." Either there were high expectations placed on them in which the players never lived up to, or their performances were simply so atrocious that their mention cannot be avoided.

What makes compiling a list like this difficult is that most "bad" players do not typically wind up staying on the roster for any lengthy period of time. Given that circumstance, there has to be something especially bad that makes any such player stand out.

Certainly there have been some non-noteworthy 49ers over the years who never made an impact. For example, running back Brandon Jacobs played in only two games last year and had only five rushing attempts. Given what he did with the New York Giants in years prior, those stats are pretty bad. Yet Jacobs never had those high hopes placed on him when he became a member of the 49ers, therefore he does not warrant placement on this all-bad team.

No need to worry, however. There are plenty of other disappointments on this list 49er fans would unquestionably like to forget about.

Here it is: the San Francisco 49ers All-Bad team dating back to 1970.

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