They have holes on offense and defense that cannot be filled with a first-round draft pick until 2015, because Shanahan traded them away for Griffin.
Their secondary is primarily made up of backups on other NFL rosters. They don’t have a bona fide No. 1 receiver. And even if you believe Pierre Garcon is that guy — and I don’t put him in the class of the best wideouts in the league — he is not healthy enough to prove it. He has played in just three of nine games so far.
Jim Haslett’s job will rightly be up for discussion. Lost in the rhetoric will be that he never wanted to play a 3-4 defense; he had it forced on him by Shanahan, who saw the future of the league moving that way. The problem is, you need four burners at linebacker to make that defense work and Fletcher can’t be that guy anymore.