San Francisco 49ers: Midseason Grades Report

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San Francisco 49ers: Midseason Grades Report
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Troy Smith Gets The Start In London

The San Francisco 49ers have reached the midpoint of the 2010 season with a 2-6 record.  What started out as a season of optimism and playoff expectations has turned into a nightmare.

The 49ers were picked by the majority of pro football pundits to win the NFC West.  The division looked weaker than in years past, and the 49ers were on the upswing.  They finished the 2009 season at 8-8 and also won five of their last eight games.

Expectations among players, coaches and fans were soaring, as the Niners came out of this preseason undefeated with a 4-0 record.  This should tell you why the preseason means nothing. 

Once the regular season got underway, the Niners have stumbled badly.  The 49ers have a lot of talent, but key breakdowns at inopportune times have doomed the team.

Although the 49ers defeated Denver in London, they have often played just well enough to lose.  The Niners often have found different and more creative ways to lose.

Frankly, the absolute best thing for the 49ers this season has been the success of the San Francisco Giants.  Because the Giants are in the World Series, fans in the San Francisco area have been focused on them.  The Niners have flown under the radar, but the scrutiny will increase soon, as the baseball season will be over very soon.

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