We've seen it before.
A vanilla, conservative offense that seems strong enough to get by a couple of bad teams in the beginning.
A stout run defense backed by an abysmal pass defense. An iffy quarterback whom the head coach tries to hide behind a run game...and then that one game where the wheels finally come off and the quarterback shuffle begins.
The 2009 49ers? The 2010 49ers? No, the 2011 49ers.
I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.
For once I won't blame Alex Smith, even though he is part of the problem.
The conservative "control the ball and hold them on defense" mentality won't work with the 49ers because they're not built that way, even though they try and wish they were.
Now the Bengals are on the horizon. Most think that they will be a seemingly easy win, but a closer look at the teams might have 49ers set up for a big let-down.