Every season there are a handful of teams that believe they will be able to make some noise in the league. The so-called experts hype these teams, and many of these teams get a lot of early love from pre-season prognosticators. One of these teams is the San Francisco 49ers, and I am most definitely not buying the hype.
The competition is obviously less than stellar in the NFC West. And that was before Kurt Warner retired. Now things appear to be up for grabs as far as the division title goes, with St. Louis just being plain awful. I don’t see how the 49ers are the trendy pick to reach up and grab that title.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a Mike Singletary fan. I love the intensity he brings to the sidelines and the discipline he likes to instill in his players. I appreciate the fact that he wants winners (a very underrated coach’s rant). Look at this team. Does he have winners?
Look at the quarterback, Alex Smith. I wrote recently that he was the quarterback who had the most to prove in the NFL. I stand by that statement. What has he done to prove that he is capable of leading a team to ten wins and into the post-season? His main accomplishment as a football player is what he accomplished as a senior at Utah. Maybe he’ll go out and prove me and all the naysayers wrong by having a Pro-Bowl season. Well, never mind… that’s never going to happen!
When healthy, running back Frank Gore is good and capable. He is, however, inconsistent at times, which is maddening for fantasy football players. He went through a ten game stretch last season where he carried the ball at least twenty times just once. He also tends to get nicked up quite a bit, as he hasn’t played a full 16 game schedule since 2006. That’s begs the question ,“Is Frank Gore durable?”
Vernon Davis is an outstanding tight end and an up and coming star. I also believe that Michael Crabtree has the potential to be an outstanding wide receiver. We all saw what he could do in college. Now in his second season (first full season), we need to see it carry over. But he’s at a disadvantage. For starters, look who his quarterback is. Second, look who the current number two receiver is in the 49ers’ offense? It’s Josh Morgan. Ted Ginn, Jr. may pass him on the depth chart at some point, but that’s how it is right now. Does Josh Morgan strike fear into opposing defenses?
Can someone please explain to me how the San Francisco 49ers are getting all this love? What part of the team screams “playoffs?” I just don’t see it. If you do, by all means, leave me a comment and convince me!