The 49ers are coming off two increasingly depressing seasons. Not only have they lost a lot of talent from their once great defense, but their offense has been abysmal despite having a player who was meant to be the next big thing in the NFL: Colin Kaepernick.
Now they have a new coach who supposedly has a very quarterback friendly offense in Chip Kelly. The offense creates big windows for the quarterback to throw into and when you have a mobile quarterback operating it, which Kaepernick and Gabbert are, the windows become even bigger. With that threat, the run game can become wide open, which is great news for third year back Carlos Hyde.
Hyde has been a candidate to break out in every year of his career, and he is yet to have done, but I really think this year will be different. In Chip Kelly’s system the running back can run free and Hyde is unquestionably talented.
There are questions whether he fits the system, I mean he definitely seems more suited to a traditional pro-style offense, not Kelly’s shotgun, up-tempo offense. However, Hyde has demonstrated that he is a lot more versatile than he may seem. He is surprisingly fast and has great power, what’s more, he can make a guy miss and can catch the ball.
Part of the reason he has yet to make an impact is his injury problems. Last year he started relatively hot but an injury cost him the rest of the year. He’s completely healthy now and there is a chance he’ll be used, or at least relied on, a little less as Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn both figure to get snaps.
Mix all of that together and it is the perfect opportunity for a talented running back to thrive and truly break out.