San Francisco 49ers

Fulfulling Talent: 2009 San Francisco 49ers Expectations.

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Josh Morgan #84 and Jason Hill #89 both of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate Morgan's touchdown against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 17-16.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Jimi PayneContributor IMay 13, 2009

The 2009 49ers will be the most talented 49ers roster since the 2002 season. The offense(Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley, Marvel Smith), defense(Patrick Willis, Nate Clements, Justin Smith, Takeo Spikes) and special teams(Joe Nedney, Andy Lee, Micheal Robinson, Allen Rossum) have Pro Bowl caliber players.

The talent is there, it's time to put up or shut up.  New head coach Mike Singletary has proved he can motivate this team to play great football, so the sky is the limit for this team in my opinion.

I think that 49ers can win the NFC West and make a run for the Super Bowl.  The 49ers could have beaten the Cardinals twice last season.  The Niners should have won the second contest if wasn't for former offensive coordinator Mike Martz's horrible fullback dive play call with four seconds left in the game. So much for being an offensive genius.

The 2009 49ers can beat any team in the NFL if they can overcome their biggest vice; turnovers.

The defense is going to be beast with Patrick Willis leading the way in his third season. All the offense has to do is control the ball and capitalize on scoring opportunities.  Coach Singletary will not allow this team to,  "Be a charity and give the game away," with turnovers.

Oh, let's not forget "Captain Turnover" J.T. O'Sullivan is not on the team anymore, he was responsible for 17 of the first 20 turnovers last season. I thanked God when Singletary finally benched  him.

Although many fans and critics are worrying about the quarterback position, I think  Shaun Hill or Alex Smith can get the job done.

Hill runs the offense effectively and spreads the ball around to all to his skill players,plus he is 7-3  as a starter.  Smith is young, loaded with talent, bulked up to 221 lbs. and is coming into this season with chip on his shoulder to prove that he is not a bust.

Whoever starts will have an All-Pro tailback in Frank Gore, who will be unleashed under new offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. The team also has jumped on the running back by committee bandwagon, and have depth with Thomas Clayton, Glen Coffee, Michael Robinson and possibly even rookie free agent Kory Sheets.  Remember football fans a quarterback's best friend is a good run game, i.e. Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning.

The starter will also have a plethora of play-makers to throw to, Issac Bruce, Josh Morgan, Vernon Davis, Jason Hill, Delanee Walker, Arnaz Battle, Brandon Jones, Michael Robinson, Gore has hands too, and 1st round pick Micheal Crabtree. Wow, I am getting goose bumps just thinking off all the mix matches this offense will create on every down.

The 2009 49ers have the players and coaches to do some damage next season.  If the team holds onto the ball, the defense continues its progress from the final seven games of the 2008 season and key players stay healthy the 49ers could win their sixth Lombardi Trophy.  

Faithfully Yours,

Jimi Payne

 

 

 

 

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