The San Francisco 49ers had a great season last year.
They made a huge improvement from the 2010 season in which they finished 6-10. In 2011, they finished 13-3 in the regular season and made it to the NFC Championship game.
How were the 49ers able to make such a huge turnaround? Well, we could look at a lot of things, but a big part of it could be thanks to new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Alex Smith also had a better year in 2011.
But were the 49ers a one-hit wonder? Will they be able to meet the 2012 season with the same success they had last year?
While Harbaugh may have had people sold on the idea that he was 100 percent behind Alex Smith as their quarterback, don't forget that the 49ers were one of the teams after Manning when he went into free agency.
It was unclear at one point where Alex Smith was going to end up. Do the 49ers still believe Smith is their quarterback?
The 49ers have also had some off-the-field trouble with second year pass-rusher Aldon Smith. Smith was arrested for a DUI back at the end of January, and more recently, he was the victim of a stabbing when he tried to break up a fight at his San Jose residence (Yahoo! Sports).
Now add in some of the choices that the 49ers have made in player signings this offseason. Not only did they sign aged big back Brandon Jacobs, they also signed aged wide receiver Randy Moss.
Why sign Brandon Jacobs, who could easily be considered an older version of Frank Gore? What will they do with Randy Moss now that they have acquired Mario Manningham from the Giants?
Clearly, the 49ers have made some questionable choices during the offseason.
The 49ers need to have a hot start to the 2012 season. They need to prove that they are not a one-hit wonder team, and that the choices they made were in fact the right ones. They need to show that they still believe in Alex Smith and are able to deal with Aldon Smith and his off-the-field issues.
The 49ers need to come out hot and show that they have what it takes to be a Super Bowl team.