49ers Seek Solutions for Punt Return Issues

49ers Seek Solutions for Punt Return Issues

The 49ers may have a punt returner problem. Ronnie Bell hit the ball twice in three weeks. Both did not bring turnover. One came out during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles and the other hit his forearm on the ground as the ball came out, saving a fumble for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. Ronnie Bell still has a career to play, but his debut season earnings performance did not get off to a good start.

In fact, his special teams were generally inspired. It’s hardly a sign of success, but two shutouts in three games means immediate change. Yes, both mistakes didn’t cost the 49ers, but they could have. Yes, two snaps when he fills out is a bit harsh, but the 49ers are trying to get their sixth Lombardi, and both of those snaps could have gone the other way. SB NATION latest VIDEO The Dolphins-Cowboys Thanksgiving (1993) is worth rewinding It is November 25, 1993.

It was at Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving between the hometown Dallas Cowboys and the visiting Miami Dolphins. Dallas controls the game with a one-point lead, but Miami sets up a field goal in the final seconds. A strong shot could give the Dolphins a chance to win against the defending Super Bowl champions. There is so much to unpack before we see what happens next.

For that we have to rewind SEE MORE SEE LESS Bell filled in when key returner Ray-Ray McCloud went on IR with a rib injury. McCloud could return, but there are no guarantees, and the 49ers will have to figure out what happens if McCloud’s injury persists deeper into the season. Fortunately, the 49ers seem to be looking for options. One Brandon Aiyuk was seen getting redbacks on a punt returner this week This is one solution.

We won’t really know until the 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens on Christmas Day. From now on, the 49ers must find the answers. If Bell remains a returner, it could lead to something else. Yes, Aiyuki’s return points are risky. Since he is a rookie and punting can be like a car crash during a game, it could cause him injuries, but the 49ers need to find something that at least creates ball security.

If not, they might make a mistake that will cost them. Does anyone remember Kyle Williams? When Ted Ginn Jr. went down for the 2011 season, Williams was the next man up. Williams hit not one, but two punts in the same game. In the end, the 49ers made those two mistakes. Williams really shouldn’t have returned the punt after the first fumble. Do you think the 49ers will have trouble nabbing Bell? Or do you think they should clap with Bell until McCloud comes back?

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