did not qualify
| 4th NFC West|
Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.
| Pete McCulley, Fred O'Connor|
1979 San Francisco 49ers season
1978 San Francisco 49ers season Wikipedia
The 1978 San Francisco 49ers season was their 29th season in the National Football League. The team began the season hoping to improve upon their previous output of 5–9. Instead, the team started the season 0–4 for the second straight year. The team also suffered a nine-game losing streak.
During the off-season, the 49ers acquired running back O. J. Simpson from Buffalo. Although Simpson had been one of the best backs in the league over the previous decade, he was in poor physical condition and had recently undergone knee surgery. As a result, his playing ability was limited.
The 49ers finished with the worst record in the league and scored only 219 points the fewest in the league in 1978. The team set an NFL record with 63 turnovers.