Bethea finished the 2016 campaign with 110 tackles (95 solo) and an interception. Bethea had a renaissance year for the 49ers, finishing above 100 tackles for the first time since 2013. Never known for his ball-hawking abilities, the veteran safety brings value through his ability to rack up tackles. The increased tackle total can be attributed to good health (started all 16 games) and opposing teams running the ball heavily against San Francisco. Barring major offseason changes, the 49ers are likely to face a barrage of runs again next season, making Bethea a quality IDP target.
Bethea logged 10 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's loss to Atlanta. With the 49ers being decimated by injuries, Bethea actually logged a handful of snaps at inside linebacker Sunday. While the brief position change may have helped his tackle totals, the veteran safety was doing enough on his own to put up solid IDP totals in 2016. With two games left on the schedule, Bethea needs just four tackles to reach the century mark for the first time in a 49ers' uniform.
Bethea recorded a team-high nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Arizona. Bethea has been eating up tackles while NaVorro Bowman (Achilles) has been sidelined. His 62 tackles through nine games have him on pace to finish above the century mark for the first time in a 49ers' uniform. He currently leads the team in total tackles and ranks in the top 10 among NFL safeties in that category.
Bethea led all 49er defenders with nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. Bethea was cleaning up tackles in the secondary after San Francisco's front seven failed to stop Tampa Bay's collection of free agent running backs. This could be a growing trend heading down the stretch, as the 49ers' defense has surrendered a 100-plus yard rusher in six consecutive games. With 47 tackles through seven games, Bethea could break the 100-tackle mark for the first time in red and gold.
Bethea led the 49ers with 12 tackles (11 solo) in Sunday's loss to Dallas. With Dez Bryant (knee) sidelined, Bethea was used closer to the line of scrimmage and it resulted in a season-high in tackles. He has turned in alternating strong and weak tackle totals through four games, good for 28 tackles and an interception which should be considered solid production from a safety. If Carson Palmer (concussion) does not play this Thursday, then you can expect similar usage from Bethea as the 49ers try to combat David Johnson's heavy usage.