San Francisco 49ers: 7 Realistic Expectations for the 49ers in 2011

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San Francisco 49ers: 7 Realistic Expectations for the 49ers in 2011
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Looking back at the 2010 San Francisco 49ers, fans see a team that is talented but not living up to its talent. Something was wrong and it all fell flat.

No NFC West title, no winning season, more controversy surrounding quarterback Alex Smith, and more signs that disarray continues within the upper floors of team headquarters.

But change did come. Jim Harbaugh became the coach, and he has changed the staff. Trent Baalke is the general manager, and he has assumed control of the draft. There are hints through Harbaugh’s occasional public proclamations that there seems a little more stability in the organization, though we won’t know until we see the team perform on the field in real games.

That said, expectations remain high for this team. The NFC West may not be as weak as it was last year, thanks to the seemingly improving St. Louis Rams, but it is still considered the weakest sister among all eight of the NFL divisions.

Harbaugh and staff have to make some fixes that can help the team win more games in 2011. And it doesn’t take much to see where he and staff have to start. Here are seven realistic expectations for the 49ers in 2011.

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