OK, we’re giddy out here. Not really thinking straight.
For starters, we haven’t even put away the newspaper clippings and web articles from July and August that bemoaned the state of the 49ers. You know, the ones about the lockout preventing new coach Jim Harbaugh from having enough time to get to know his team.
About the bad decision in keeping Alex Smith. About the bad decision of making a 21-year-old newbie out of Missouri named Aldon Smith the seventh player taken in the draft.
About how the only way the Niners could get to the playoffs was through the benefit of playing in the weak NFC West, and at that it had to be 9-7. And that was stretching it, because the first free agent the team signed was an old kicker, David Akers.
Well, as a 13-3 record and the No. 2 seed proves, it worked out while popular preseason Super Bowl favorites like Philly, NY Jets and Cowboys are at home. Other playoff contenders like Tampa Bay, Indy and St. Louis have blown up their coaching staffs and/or front offices.
So, yes, giddy is a good word for 49er fans these days. And from that perspective, here’s looking ahead to the 2012 NFL Draft and five out-of-the-box moves aimed at getting a key player that will propel the 49ers to the team’s sixth Lombardi Trophy.