To much dismay for us Rams fans, the 49ers are good, really damn good. That defense is scary. Aldon Smith had 14 sacks....as a backup. Justin Smith may be the best player in the entire division. Our new writer Rick (BTW shoutout to all the new guys! They are killing it!!) said he is the third biggest threat in the NFC West. The best pair of inside linebackers, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, also play in the bay area. The secondary also has good talent with Carlos Rogers and Dashon Goldson.
The 49ers are one of the best teams in the NFL. Hell, they could have gone to the Super Bowl and beat the Patroits if Kyle Williams didn't drop that punt in overtime. The major question for Jim Harbaugh is, can the offense improve enough to make them the best and bring them a sixth Super Bowl title?
They didn't make many moves over the offseason outside of wide receivers, but this is a fully loaded team. They did not need any drastic changes.
The 49ers added a couple of WRs in free agency; Mario Manningham and Randy Moss. Manningham is a good deep threat and he can be inconsistent, but remember that Super Bowl catch? Randy Moss as always is boom or bust. With the proper motivation, Randy Moss is the best player I have ever seen play the game. Without it...well we all know how that goes.
Of course then we have the Peyton Manning situation. You can't blame them for going after Peyton. He is the best QB of his generation. San Francisco would have instantly been everyone's Super Bowl favorites. They lost out on the Manning sweepstakes and there is no shame in that. What there is shame in is lying about it.
Jim Harbaugh recently said that the 49ers never pursued Peyton Manning. Bullshit, Harbaugh. Bullshit. Why are you even lying? Everyone, including Alex Smith, knows you tried to sign Peyton Manning. Lying gets you nothing now, so why do it?
Still, Alex Smith showed everyone last year he is a QB the team can win with at the helm. The 49ers are still in good hands without Peyton Manning.
I don't even want to talk about it! WHY!?!?! JUST WHY!?!?!? Why did they have to pick AJ?!?!? AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
So the 49ers started the draft by picking my favorite player from my school. AJ Jenkins was a controversial pick. He has very good qualities, but he was seen as a major reach by many. The best thing for him is he won't be asked to do much with Michael Crabtree, Moss and Manningham in front of him. He can take his time to adjust to the NFL.
In the second round, they selected LaMichael James from Oregon. He has the skill set to be the next Darren Sproles, but he needs to bulk up. With Frank Gore injuriy history and his mileage, the 49ers needed an upgrade in the backfield. James is the perfect complement.
The rest of the San Francisco draft was about adding prospects. Joe Looney with the right coaching could become a starting offensive guard one day. Darius Fleming had some potential, but sadly he tore his ACL in minicamp. Trenton Robinson was great for the Spartans. He has great speed, but he is small at 5' 10" 195 lbs. He might no be big enough to play safety in the NFL.
Some have speculated the Niners are a one year wonder team. Get that thought out of your head now. This is one of the best teams in the NFL. Yes, Alex Smith might not be the best QB, but he can manage a game and with that defense, that's all you need to do.
I see the 49ers finishing with a record in the ballpark of 12-4 and repeating as NFC West division champs. Right now they are also my Super Bowl favorite for the NFC.