Looking back over the 2011 season, the San Francisco 49ers were limited in scope on offense but effective nonetheless. The offense struggled on third downs and in the Red Zone, yet finished 11th in scoring. Credit a stout defense and superb special teams, as no team had better average starting position than the 49ers.
Of course, a plus 28 turnover ratio doesn’t hurt either.
In retrospect the Niners had a lot to overcome. There was a new coach which means a new system. There was also a lockout, which meant no OTAs or contact prior to the new collective bargaining agreement.
The 2012 season is different. The team has added exciting free agents and draft picks. There’s a normal offseason schedule which means more time for coaches to assess as well as create, and there is the chance to consider four scheme adjustments for this year.