San Francisco 49ers: A Marvelous Season in Review

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San Francisco 49ers: A Marvelous Season in Review
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The 2010-2011 season for the 49ers could be summed up in one word: REVOLTING.  The amount of talent on the team had not translated itself to the field in terms of wins, which was nothing short of disappointing for a team with playoff aspirations.  Teams that go through multiple quarterbacking changes over the course of one season don't generally scream out "Playoff Caliber".  Such was the case for San Fransisco in 2010.  The team was so awful that Mike Singletary was given the dignity of being fired after the season, but with one game to go.  If that isn't the sign of a team in turmoil, then what is?

From top to bottom, the organization had been consistently inconsistent since Steve Mariucci was fired as head coach of the team following a lob-sided playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003.  From the continuous turnover at offensive coordinator, to inability of head coaches Mike Nolan and Singletary to properly develop quarterback Alex Smith, to being a talented, yet largely misguided team on the football field.  Eight consecutive season without posting a winning record for a team that was a perennial Super Bowl contender during the 80s and 90s was just downright terrible.

Fast forward to January of 2011: The San Fransisco 49ers hired former Standford head coach, Jim Harbaugh to coach the much maligned 49ers, in an attempt to bring the team back to relevancy with an offensive minded head coach with a good pedigree.  Granted, the successes of former college head coaches at the pro level have been minute, but Harbaugh was an exception.

With general manager, Trent Baalke, Harbaugh and his coaching staff were able to turn around the culture in San Fransisco, instilling a new identity theme for the team.  In a relentless effort that emphasized team, the talent that the 49ers had teased fans with for years was consistently put on display as the 49ers finished the 2011-2012 season with a 13-3 record, their first winning season since 2002, and best overall record since 1997.

A magical season indeed, many things took place for the 49ers to achieve what they had and the following slideshow will navigate through all key factors.

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