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2010 Record: 6-10
2011 Predicted Record: 9-7
The Niners had a solid draft with Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Kendall Hunter, to name a few.
Jim Harbaugh is a good coach and has a lot of other good coaches around him. I believe the new coaching staff, along with real competition at the quarterback position, will promote strong play from Alex Smith and Kaepernick.
Smith has already started to show more leadership than ever before. His "minicamps" are helping everybody on the team, including his competition. I imagine he will play slightly better under Harbaugh, but Kaepernick's superior skill will push Smith aside by midseason.
The 49ers will beat out the Rams for the NFC West, as the tide is changing in San Francisco.