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The 2010 San Francisco 49ers: Outcoached, Outplayed and Outclassed

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the NFL season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Erik BartlettContributor ISeptember 27, 2010

You know it’s bad when the opposing team can call out all of your offensive plays (pun intended) to perfection.

Or when NFL.com puts a typo under your starting quarterback’s press conference saying “Shaun Hill” and it makes you wish the noodle-armed savior would return.

The 2010 San Francisco 49ers are what we should have thought they were from the beginning—outcoached, outplayed, and outclassed.

To the 49ers faithful looking for silver linings, to the incessant believers that things will change: why?

I can already tell all of you how the rest of the 2010 regular season plays out. You ready?

There’s no way the Niners beat the Falcons next week. That leaves them with an 0-4 record. Next are the Eagles at home on Sunday Night Football? It’s a tossup. Then the Raiders at home the following week? You’d be a fool to take them lightly.

The Niners will most likely go on a late season “hope is not lost!” type of run to close out the season, possibly finishing 8-8 or 9-7 and maybe limping into a playoff berth (and if so, be eliminated accordingly).

But in reality?

Maybe it would be a good thing if they miss the playoffs, get a high draft pick, and hire a proven, experienced NFL head coach such as Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher, or Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh.

Hire a creative offensive coordinator, find a competent quarterback, and all of a sudden the Niners are a Super Bowl contender.

It’s been eight years since the Niners have made the playoffs and 16 since their last Super Bowl appearance. The Bay Area and the 49ers faithful deserve and expect better. In an area known for creativity and success, the Niners are going against everything that made them the dynasty they once were.

The Mike Singletary/Jimmy Raye coach/offensive coordinator combo is one that will only lead to mediocrity at best.

To the 49ers faithful looking for silver linings, there actually is something you can take from the team’s listless march into ineptitude—at least you won’t have your heart ripped out in January.

And if the team actually stumbles into the playoffs, you can’t possibly be disappointed in their sure one-and-done exit.

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