The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a disappointing 6-10 season and a third place finish in the NFC West.
The Niners’ biggest point of concern is the team’s quarterback position. Alex Smith, a seven-year veteran, has yet to show why the 49ers picked him No.1 overall in 2005 NFL draft.
Smith’s backup Colin Kaepernick, the team’s second-round draft choice in 2011, is not NFL ready yet and will see only limited playing time during the course of the season.
The new 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh wants to lead this storied franchise back to glory, but without the right man behind the center his chances are more than limited.
On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers will remain one of the top defensive teams against the run. The secondary, on the other hand, is a weak spot that allowed 3,697 yards and 25 passing TDs last season.
Overall, the Niners’ season depends solely on Alex Smith’s performance as the team’s starting QB. The team seems slightly improved compared to last season, but will miss the playoffs for a ninth consecutive year.
NFC West Prediction—2nd Place, 8-8