Do the 2009 San Francisco 49ers Remind Anyone Else of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens?

Ramone BrownSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2009

Yes I said it. This year's 49ers squad looks very reminiscent of the 2000 Super-Bowl Champion Ravens.

But let me say this I am not making a prediction here. I am not predicting the 49ers to go 12-4 or win the Super Bowl. All I'm doing is comparing two teams who seem to have a lot of parallels.

Both teams boast dominate defenses and snore-fest offenses that heavily rely on the running game and clock management.

Lets take a look at some key positions the two teams had in common starting with the offense


Neither teams QBs are spectacular the Ravens had Trent Dilfer who is the consensus worst QB to ever win the Super Bowl but was a great game manager. The 49ers have Shaun Hill who few have heard of. I would call Shaun Hill a game manager. Currently the 49ers are in a tie at 20th in passing yards

Running Backs

Both teams had very impressive half backs. The Ravens had Jamal Lewis coming into his prime. And the 49ers have another big punishing work horse in Frank Gore, who has been very impressive thus far this season leading the 49ers to a ninth ranked rushing offense.

Tight End

The Ravens had one of the best in the Game in Shannon Sharpe. The 49ers have Vernon Davis. Though his numbers are little to brag about thus far he is a physical freak and can be very dangerous at the tight end position.

Now onto the defenses. Both teams have scary good defenses and both teams are led by the best linebacker of there respective times. Also both teams ran a base 3-4. Let's take a look at some key players on each defense.

Middle Linebacker

Well the Ravens had the best linebacker of the time and possibly the best ever, Ray Lewis. The 49ers have the best linebacker of now Patrick Willis

Defensive Backs

The 2000 Ravens also had one of the best secondaries of the time. They had Chris McAlsiter in his prime and a seasoned Rod Woodson who is now in the Hall of Fame.

The 49ers currently have a very solid corner in Nate Clements as well as some young corners and safeties coming into their own.

So what do you think are the 2009 49ers a reincarnation of the 2000 Ravens?


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