The San Francisco 49ers, don't you just love the way that sounds? 49ers, a team with arguably the best history of any team in the NFL; five Super Bowl titles, two legendary QBs in Joe Montana & Steve Young, the best receiver to ever play the game in Jerry Rice, and a legendary coach in Bill Walsh.
With all that history, there has to be some disappointing times. Unfortunately, those times have been over the past seven years. Since 2003, the 49ers have not lived up to the lofty expectations set forth by 49er nation.
In the middle of the 2008 season, Mike Nolan was fired and Mike Singletary was given an interim position to lead the team. As he posted a winning record in his time as an interim, Singletary had many question marks surrounding his coaching style.
Singletary had kicked Vernon Davis off the field in the middle of a game, and reportedly pulled his pants down in the locker room during a speech to prove a point. These actions almost led to the team turning to a new coach, thankfully, they gave Singletary the job.
His first full season as head coach, he led the team to a promising 8-8 season, and left me stoked for the next season.
So with that said, lets dive on in!
The Seahawks make me a little nervous. They had what I consider to be the best draft of any team this year. Russell Okung fell into their lap, and Earl Thomas & Golden Tate will have immediate impacts for that organization.
Hasselbeck is aging quickly, and Patrick Willis has a way with injuring Matt almost every game they play. The 49ers' defense will shut down the run again this year and put a lot of pressure on Hasselbeck.
The 49ers' offense comes out pounding the ball, and has a great mix of run and pass. Gore will eclipse the 100 yard mark in his first game, and Alex Smith will throw for a couple scores.
The 49ers get the win on the road, 24-10 and start this season the way they had hoped.
After starting the season with a win, the Saints come marching into town. The high power offense is a lot for any team to handle, even one that doesn't have secondary issues. Once again, the 49ers stop the run, but Drew Brees will be too much for the 49ers to handle.
The 49ers' offense will play an uphill battle all day, and will never really be able to establish the run. Smith performs well, but it wont be enough.
Saints get the win 34-21, putting the 49ers at 1-1.
The Chiefs picked an Ed Reed style safety in Eric Berry, a Jamal Charles look alike in Dexter McCluster, and got the sloppy seconds of the Patriots dynasty. Matt Cassell is an overrated QB and the 49ers' defense will completely shut them down. Charles, Jones, and McCluster will have minimal running room and Cassell will throw a few INT's.
Frank Gore eclipses the 100 yard mark, Alex throws for a couple scores and the 49ers roll, 27-6.
A rematch of the devastating loss to the Falcons last year has the 49ers amp'd for this one. Matt Ryan is coming off of an injury filled season, and the Falcons look to get back to the playoffs.
The 49ers' offense was horrible last season about three and outs, putting alot of pressure on the defense. With the additions of Iupati and Davis, the 49ers control the clock against the Falcons and limit the time Ryan gets on the field.
With the score tied at 17, the 49ers get one last chance. Alex Smith drives them down the field, and Joe Nedney knocks it through for the 20-17 win, moving them to 3-1.
The Kevin Kolb era has begun, unfortunately, not the way Eagles' fans are hoping it will. Patrick Willis and that outstanding front seven shut down LeSean McCoy, and pick off Kolb a few times.
Alex Smith and Vernon Davis continue their great rapport, Gore rushes for 80+ yards and the 49ers get the win, 24-13.
The Oakland Raiders were smart this offseason, but it won't be enough to contend. Jason Campbell needs a good rushing attack to be succuessful, and the 49ers shut down the run as well as any team in the league.
Alex Smith stays away from Asomugha, Gore rushes for 100+ again, and the 49ers roll on to a 5-1 start with a 28-7 win.
Carolina had Jimmy Clausen, considered to be a top five pick, fall right into their lap in the second-round. I see him coming in and starting from day one for them. They have a great two-headed monster in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The loss of Julius Peppers will hurt them, and give Alex Smith time to check his reads.
The 49ers give up the most rushing yards of the season, but still are winners 20-14, improving to 6-1.
The Denver Broncos have traded away their whole team. With an aging defense, Gore is able to rush for close to 80 yards and Smith passes for another 250. Moreno has no running room at all, and whatever QB they put on the field leaves frustrated.
The 49ers are 7-1, with a 24-7 win over the Broncos.
St. Louis Rams
Thank God the Rams didn't take Suh! Frank Gore will have a field day against the Rams' defense (if you even want to call it that) rushing for over 150 yards and two scores. Alex Smith has a good game, passing for 200 completing 70 percent of his passes.
The first overall pick will struggle against the 49ers. Steven Jackson VS Patrick Willis rivalry adds another match-up, with Willis winning again. Sam Bradford has more pressure on him than he should and the 49ers roll 38-14.
The Bucs took two defensive tackles in the draft, which will make it tough on Gore in this game. The 49ers come in hot, and struggle in this one. Josh Freeman has a good game and the 49ers have the pressure on them in the fourth.
Alex Smith also struggles, throwing a couple INT's, and they are down 17-14 late in the fourth. The new Alex Smith, shows his maturity and commands the team down the field for the game winning TD. The 49ers are 9-1, with a 21-17 win.
The Cardinals have lost a lot of players. Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby, and Antrell Rolle are all playing elsewhere this season. Matt Leinart is unproven at QB, which means the 49ers stack the box all day long and force Leinart to beat them.
Alex Smith has his best game to date, surpassing 350 yards and throws for four scores. Leinart struggles, the 49ers force four turnovers and roll on to a 31-10 rout of the former division champs. The 49ers are 10-1
The Packers addressed their biggest need in the draft, offensive line. The Packers will be able to expose the biggest weakness of the 49ers, and Aaron Rodgers will be close to 400 yards passing. (Yeah, the same Aaron Rodgers we passed on, just saying)
The 49ers' offense does enough to keep it close, but in the end, the Packers' passing attack is too much for San Fran, winning 35-24, putting the 49ers at 10-2.
The Seahawks were the only division team to beat the 49ers last season. By now, I predict Charlie Whitehurst has taken over the starting role for the Seahawks. The 49ers will be on a mission to sweep the division and I believe they get one step closer with another big game from Frank Gore.
The defense is phenomenal again, shutting down the running game and allowing the 49ers' offense to control the clock. The Seahawks just don't have the offensive weapons to challenge San Fran's defense, and the 49ers win, 27-13.
For the third time, you will see the 49ers' weakness exposed in an embarrassing fashion. With the addition of Ryan Matthews, defenses can not drop back into coverage as they would with Darren Sproles. Philip Rivers, in my opinion, is a top five caliber QB. In addition, he has the weapons in place that make San Diego a very dangerous attack.
The 49ers stay right with the Chargers, but it just won't be enough in the end. Alex Smith has an average game, and Gore never really had the opportunities as it will be an uphill battle. The Chargers take it 27-20, dropping the 49ers to 11-3
@ St. Louis Rams
The 49ers will continue their divison dominance in St. Louis. It will be pretty much the same story as the first go around, the 49ers roll on 24-13, compiling a record of 12-3.
The 49ers come into this game already having a playoff berth, looking like a two or three seed. The Cardinals are looking to get this season over with, as I see them struggling all season long.
Frank Gore will sit this game. Glen Coffee and Anthony Dixon will share the carries, having medial success. Alex Smith will play three quarters tops to stay fresh for the playoffs. Leinart will struggle once again, Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower will have minimal rushing room, and the 49ers will come out on top by a score of 13-10, ending their regular season at 13-3, good enough for a two seed in the NFC.
Although my predictions for this season may be seen as highly optimistic, I feel the 49ers match up really well against most teams.
For the first time in a while, I have complete confidence in the coaching staff. Mike Singletary is the type of coach that won't allow let down games to happen. He will keep the team hungry week-in and week-out.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to your responses.