The 2010 season stands to be a make-or-break year for the San Francisco 49ers.
They managed to escape their seventh straight losing season in 2009, finishing even at 8-8.
Now, with head coach Mike Singletary entering his second full season, the next step NEEDS to be a playoff berth.
The 49ers' offseason moves, and lack thereof, have generated some interesting conversations about whether the team is in better position entering 2010 than they were heading into 2009.
The angst among the 49ers faithful is understandable, but one thing is clear—it could be a WHOLE lot worse.
You would not need to look that far back to find some interesting cases of players who immediately gave the team addition by subtraction when they left, prompting fans to ask why the 49ers stuck with them as long as they did.
Even Scot McCloughan’s recent resignation—which has been classified as everything from a complete non-issue, to a dangerous distraction, to a disaster—looks downright rosy when you consider some former alternatives.
Having no GM at all is still better than having Joe Thomas at the helm (ask your parents, kids).
These examples are in no particular order and are not intended to be a top five or all-time list by any means.
These are just some names that stick out in my mind in 49ers history that show how good we have it now, compared to where we have been, as fans.
So read, learn, and take a moment to enjoy what the 49ers do have going for them headed into 2010.