At their end-of-year news conference, the 49ers might say that their ship was wracked by unforeseen squalls and punctured by hidden reefs, and in some cases that’s true. It’s also important to remember that San Francisco hasn’t had a high-revving, high-scoring offense since Steve Mariucci was its coach.
Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst began his final news conference of the year by highlighting four players he felt deserved praise in 2015: quarterback Blaine Gabbert, guard Andrew Tiller, tight end Garrett Celek and running back Shaun Draughn.
While simple math reveals a lot – starting with the Kings’ 12-20 record and all those awful defensive stats – the organization’s predicament is significantly more complicated. A team is only as good as its best players, and DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are about as compatible these days as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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Though the goal of winning the regular-season title is unchanged, when Sac State opens Big Sky play Saturday at Portland State, Brian Katz could take a noticeably different approach than in his previous seven years as the Hornets’ coach.
Clemson, a team once known for such inexplicable stumbles that a derisive term was coined for it, pounds Oklahoma 37-17 in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers will play Alabama, which throttled Michigan State 38-0.
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