After another San Francisco 49ers' loss last night that kept them amongst the three teams without a win, team President and Owner Jed York hasn't lost faith in his team.
In texts sent to ESPN this morning, York stated that, "We're going to win the division." Considering that no team has ever started a season 0-5 and still made the playoffs, this is a very bold statement. However, is it entirely implausible?
Even though the 49ers have dropped five games, only one of them has been a divisional game, so they still have several chances to make up ground. Also, Arizona is 3-2, Seattle 2-2, and St. Louis 2-3, and all of those teams only have one divisional win. So, in the West, San Francisco isn't necessarily in as unfavorable of a spot as its record may lead one to think.
The 49ers need to start winning immediately though, and that starts with a home game against the Oakland Raiders (2-3). Then it's off to Carolina to play the Panthers (0-5), and then back home again against the Denver Broncos (2-3). Week 9 is the bye, and then five of their last eight games are key divisional bouts.
The other three are home against Tampa Bay (3-1), and away against San Diego (2-3) and Green Bay (3-2). Considering the teams on that list, winning nine or 10 of the games certainly wouldn't be impossible.
To get the wins, San Francisco will probably need to make some changes. I'm not sure exactly what those changes are, but in three of the losses the Niners have lost by three points or less, so they might be rather minor fixes.
Overall, while it is probably still unlikely that San Fransisco will win that division, given the situation they're in they might be the most likely team to rise from the bottom. Only time will tell if Jed York's faith in his team in warranted or not.