San Francisco 49ers: 7 Under the Radar Reasons Behind Their Resurgence

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San Francisco 49ers: 7 Under the Radar Reasons Behind Their Resurgence
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How does a team like the 49ers, out of the playoffs since 2002, go from a woeful 6-10 record in 2010 to a 8-1 start the next? 

Some of the reasons are obvious, like a dynamic new head coach (Jim Harbaugh), a resurrected QB (Alex Smith) and a tough, blue-collar attitude 180 degrees removed from the finesse teams of the Bill Walsh era. 

But other reasons, many hidden and under-the-radar to NFL fans, are equally responsible. 

Let’s take a look at the people and things behind the curtain you may have missed in the 49ers resurgence.

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