San Francisco 49ers: Top 12 Reasons Why Jim Harbaugh's Team Is for Real

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San Francisco 49ers: Top 12 Reasons Why Jim Harbaugh's Team Is for Real
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The talk in August and September was it will take new coach Jim Harbaugh a while to adjust, that Alex Smith can’t win, that there are no wide receivers, the offensive line couldn’t adjust to the blitz, and the schedule didn’t do them any favors with three of their first six games in the Eastern time zone.

Still, it was thought among the NFL cognoscenti that if the San Francisco 49ers reached their bye week with a 2-4 record, they still had a chance to win the weak NFC West.

We wake in mid-October finding the 49ers at 5-1 with as strong and resilient defense as any in the NFL. Winning the NFC West seems a distinct, if not obvious, outcome. Surprisingly, however, is the realization that Harbaugh and staff have melded psychically and emotionally with this team. They are getting better and there’s the feeling among them that they are gong to continue to get better.

Here are 10 reasons why the San Francisco 49ers are for real.

[All quotes courtesy of transcripts from the 49ers PR office.]

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