SANTA CLARA — Why did the 49ers bring back the worst secondary in the NFL?
It wasn’t just bad in 2018. It was historically bad. The 49ers intercepted only two passes — a new single-season low for an NFL defense. They also gave up 35 touchdown catches (second-most in the NFL), and broke up just 39 pass attempts — by far the fewest in the league.
After such futility, most franchises would scrap their secondary and find new players.
Not the 49ers.
The biggest addition they made to their secondary was veteran cornerback Jason Verrett, who has missed 43 games due to injury the past three seasons. The 49ers signed him to a one-year deal. He might not even make the final roster.
And yet, despite not making any major changes, the 49ers feel confident their secondary will play well next season. Here is their thought process: