With the days dwindling down towards the start of a brand new season, let’s take a look at the New San Francisco Super Niners of the 2010 season. First we will take a quick look at last year’s season before I go on about how we could shock the world of football this year. Last season, The 49ers put up a much more impressive rebound year than we are given credit for. First of all, we all know about how close the Niners were to winning several games last year. With this said, it is important to look at how many snaps the Niners played on the defensive side of the ball. We played enough plays from scrimmage to end up being the fourth ranked team that did it that much last year. The most impressive thing about this is that we were the fourth best team at stopping the opponent from scoring with an average of 17.6 points a game. The next fact to observe is that only 37% of 3rd down attempts succeeded on the Niners and out of the (15) 4th down attempts, only 6 succeeded. Not too shabby. Just imagine what would’ve happened if our offense had stayed on the field a tad bit longer.
Alex, oh ALEX!!!!! I believe in you, but he has to believe in himself. I think he began to do that at the last quarter of the season. His passes gained more confidence and started to take on the shape of those that come from seasoned NFL QBs. Let’s give the man credit as well, I think he did a fine job with the line he had. These issues have been addressed this year however and the only thing Alex Smith has to do this year is to go out and perform on each and every down. That is the 49ers way for our QBs and the Niners Faithful will not tolerate anything less.
LAST YEAR OVERALL
For those who didn’t have the privilege of watching all 20 games last year, they really missed the maturing year of a young squad. With the exception of Atlanta, the 49ers put on one hell of a show each week, either coming back or dominating in a lot of games and even the losses were entertaining in parts. I know for a fact that I bore witness to the rebirth of the Dominate Dynasty of the 80’s and 90’s ( sorry Cowboys fans but we did win more games than anyone in the 90’s). Led by a beast on defense with Patrick Willis along with all his very talented friends, you should really see some real low scores for our opponents. Finishing 8-8 last year actually sets us up with a fair schedule that should be easy to totally own.
INTRODUCING THE 2010 SUPER NINERS
As mentioned earlier, expect a lot of face time from Patrick Willis this year as he will continue to unseat Ray Lewis as King of the Linebackers. Willis will lead a charge coupled with an explosive season by Taylor Mays and Dashon Goldson. This defense is stacked better than I have seen from the Niners in a long, long time. Look for Justin Smith to punish RBs and QBs all year. On the other side, expect to see a lot of Travis LaBoy in full on destroy anyone mode. I anticipate a lot of 3 and outs for our foes. Of course you can not sleep on any of our other worthy defensive men from Sopoaga, Franklin, Lawson, Clements, Brooks,( do I need to go on?) Get used to hearing those names, you will a lot on the NFL network this year.
On the offense, Alex Smith will come out with everything you need to upset some big dogs next year. He has a wall of protection to rival the one in China, and plenty of weapons in Gore, V.Davis, Crabtree, Walker, Morgan and the list goes on. Look for Ted Ginn Jr to shut everyone up as well with a couple Special teams TDS and some spectacular Rice type of after burner speed catch and runs. No one is giving us our fair review or maybe they just don’t want to. I haven’t even touched the coaches and how Sing won’t allow us to NOT win the West. Most importantly, the men who put on the Gold helmets will not allow us to not win the West.
AND THE FIRST UPSET WILL BE…………..
Hate to do this to the “Who DAT” nation but your boys are going to leave Candlestick with a big fat L!!! As we witnessed in the Dallas vs New Orleans game, Brees could not get anything going with the pressure coming his way. Expect Mr.52 to introduce himself to Number 9, quite often. There is just too much pressure period that will be going their way all day from the Niners. Maybe with that win Mr. Faulk, Mr. Dukes, and the rest of the NFL networks’ staff will recognize the third great team to wear the Red and Gold. For all those band wagon people, go on Ebay and get your jerseys now. As our leader Coach Singletary says, “ BE HERE FROM THE BEGINNING!” The only problem with this is, the beginning was really last year.