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2017 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC West
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Los Angeles Rams run away with NFC West awards

There were plenty of standout performances, players and coaches in the division this season, but the L.A. team and its stars stole the show in 2017.

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3dMike Sando

Re-grading every NFL team's 2017 offseason

Few paid much attention last March when the Minnesota Vikings signed Case Keenum to a one-year contract for $2 million -- but that move became one of the most pivotal of the 2017 season. Here's how every team's offseason acquisitions look now.

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3dBrady Henderson

Norton leaves 49ers to be Seahawks' DC

The Seahawks' coaching changes now feature Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator and Mike Solari as offensive line coach. Norton leaves the 49ers after just one week for the Seattle job.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Ken Norton Jr., who was recently hired as 49ers assistant head coach for defense, is considered a top candidate to become defensive coordinator in Seattle. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan's statement indicates Norton will be allowed to pursue such an opportunity.

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The story behind how 'The New Yorker's' MLK, Kaepernick and Michael Bennett cover was born (2:23)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on Ken Norton Jr.: "Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

So while the final draft order won't be known for a bit, the 49ers do have a bit more clarity on their draft position for 2018. As of now, they have four picks in the first three rounds. Those picks: No. 9/10 (coin flip pending with Oakland), No. 59 (from New Orleans), No. 70 (from Chicago), No. 73/74 (coin flip pending with Oakland).

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The "Minnesota Miracle" actually helped the 49ers a little bit when it comes to the 2018 NFL draft. The Saints' loss to the Niners means that New Orleans lands in the 59th overall position with its second-round pick. That choice belongs to the 49ers, who acquired it in a trade during the 2017 NFL draft. That is currently the only second-round selection the Niners own after they dealt their own choice to New England for QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested on suspicion of second-degree possession of marijuana on Friday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to records from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Foster is being held on $2,500 bond. Foster played his college football at Alabama.

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9dMatt Bowen

Watson or Jimmy G? Ranking new wave of starting QBs to build around

Deshaun Watson carried the Texans at the beginning of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo carried the 49ers at the end of the season. But which QB has the most upside? We ranked from 1 to 7 the guys who established themselves as NFL starters in 2017.

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Brady denies celebrating Garoppolo's trade (1:41)
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10dMike Reiss

Brady: No celebration when Garoppolo traded

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called it a "poor characterization" to say he was excited to see Jimmy Garoppolo traded to the 49ers this season.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to hiring Ken Norton Jr. as assistant head coach/defense, the 49ers also announced that Johnny Holland will move from linebackers coach to run game specialist/outside linebackers coach and Michael Clay will move from assistant strength and conditioning coach to an assistant special teams coach.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers made an addition to their defensive staff on Monday, hiring Ken Norton Jr. as assistant head coach/defense and inside linebackers coach. Norton was previously the Raiders defensive coordinator.“Ken brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our team having spent more than two decades as a NFL player and coach,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Throughout his coaching career, Ken has developed a tremendous understanding of our defensive system, making him a perfect fit for our staff. With four Super Bowl titles on his resume, including one as a 49er, Ken knows firsthand what it takes to become a championship caliber team.”

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.39th
Rushing Yards104.021st
Points For20.720th
Points Against23.925th