2017 Football Preview – Conference USA – 49ers
Looking for 2017 Charlotte 49ers predictions? The 49ers endured a very brutal 2016 season. They finished with a 4-8 record and in 5th place in the East division of Conference USA. Brad Lambert has the keys of this program for now, but it seems like if the team doesn’t start showing some real results soon, the keys might be taken away and they might move on to someone else to try and turn around the program.
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It’s now or never for the Charlotte 49ers, will they step up for the challenge?
2017 Charlotte 49ers Predictions: Team Strengths
Touch Schedule: Having a tough schedule can be considered a strength or a weakness but I think for this team it is a strength. They need to figure out what they have on this team, and coaching staff, and what better way to figure it out then playing the toughest schedule they have played since moving up to this level.
Six of the opponents that they will be facing this year, went to a bowl game. It starts in the non conference with games against Eastern Michigan and Kansas State.
I think they will find out very early what kind of team they have, and those early two tests will give them good experience for their conference schedule.
Loaded Backfield: This team relied on the running game last year, to have success and I expect much of the same to happen this year.
Last year the wins came when they rushed for 180 yards or more. So this team is going to go again where the running game takes them.
2017 Charlotte 49ers Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Never tasted Success: One of the biggest weaknesses for the 49ers is that they have never tasted success.
This is just the third year that the 49ers have been playing FBS football, and just the fifth year that the 49ers have even had a football team.
Since they introduced the football team they have had many of the same growing pains that most new teams have.
So this culture has always been about losing, and just building on some of the small positives. When a culture is like that is sometimes hard to change to a successful culture, and a winning one.
Struggles at the Quarterback:
The 49ers have their quarterback and his name is Hasaan Klugh, Jr, but that hasn’t ever been the question. But the question has always been how far can he take this team.
He is not much of a down field passes, and the most success for him comes on throws close to the line of scrimmage, which can be a problem when you are trying to be a team that is trying to open up room for your running backs by throwing the ball down the field.
If he can improve his passing down the field, this team can be a lot better, but if that doesn’t happen the defenses can continue to load the box and really focus on slowing down the run.
The one thing he is good at is not throwing interceptions though, and that can be a big positive this year too.
Charlotte 49ers Prediction: 3-9
The 49ers did no favors when they made up their schedule in terms of their wins and losses, but the experience this team is going to go through this year, should be really good for the future of this program.
I think they will struggle right out of the gate and that will cause them a lot of trouble in terms of their wins and losses.
I think they will actually take a step back this year, and only get up to three wins finishing with a 3-9 record.
2017 Charlotte 49ers Football Schedule
- 9/1/17 6:30 PM ET @EMU
- 9/9/17 12:00 PM ET @KSU
- 9/16/17 6:00 PM ET NCAT
- 9/23/17 6:00 PM ET GSU
- 9/30/17 7:00 PM ET @FIU
- 10/7/17 6:00 PM ET MRSH
- 10/14/17 TBD @WKU
- 10/21/17 TBD UAB
- 11/4/17 TBD @ODU
- 11/11/17 TBD MTU
- 11/18/17 TBD @SOMIS
- 11/25/17 TBD FAU
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