49ers bracing for changes after miserable season

The 49ers players realize significant changes could be coming after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

“You never want to have a situation at the end of the year your record kind of says there’s going to have to be some kind of changes and stuff,” said left tackle Joe Staley, the team’s longest-tenured player. “Whatever that is, I have no idea.”

The first year of coach Chip Kelly’s tenure has not gone according to plan after San Francisco fired two coaches the previous two seasons. Kelly’s team set a franchise record with 13 consecutive losses and will have one of the top picks of the NFL draft.

“When you have a talented locker room like we do, and we have the season that we had, obviously, I think they are going to be changes,” defensive lineman Quinton Dial said. “Where? I can’t say. I’m kind of with Staley.”

General manager Trent Baalke has faced criticism. The talent level on the roster has declined significantly since the 49ers (2-13) went to three straight conference championship games, including a Super Bowl appearance, from 2011 to 2013 with Jim Harbaugh as coach.

Only one of Baalke’s draft picks since he was selected to the position in 2011 has been voted to the Pro Bowl.

That was pass rusher Aldon Smith, who was released before the start of last season after a lengthy string of run-ins with the law, culminated in August 2015 by an arrest for drunk driving, hit-and-run and vandalism. Smith has been suspended for more than a calendar year since he signed with the Raiders.

Baalke was in charge of the draft…

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