NFL : Owner Jed York Says San Francisco 49ers Are Down but Not Out

Chris FaigCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

San Francisco has not appeared in the playoffs since 2002 and was hoping that this would be the year that they return.  

With an 0-5 start those hopes are quickly diminishing, but don't count out the 49ers yet. They have a team too talented and a coach in Mike Singletary that is too passionate.

Jed York, owner and president of the San Francisco 49ers, sent a text to ESPN on Monday morning, telling the network that his 0-5 Niners team will still win the NFC West. "We're going to win the division," said York.  

If the 49ers were to do so, they would be the first team in the history of the National Football League to make the playoffs after starting off 0-5.

York's prediction is realistic because of the weak NFC West division in which they play, along with the seemingly week remaining schedule. The 49ers still play the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams twice and the Seattle Seahawks once. But they must win every game they play against their division rivals, or else there is no shot.  

The question is, did Jed York make this statement to add relevance to his struggling football team, or was it because he truly believes that this talented squad of 49ers can rise to the challenge?

Only time will tell.