Welcome back 2018 49ers. Much will be expected of you this coming season. The past three years, nothing was expected and that is precisely what you delivered, finishing dead last in the NFC West all three years.
At minimum, the team will be expected to climb out of the bottom third of the league and into the middle third, those teams with 7 to 9 wins. They’ll also be expected to escape the NFC West cellar. Anything short of these expectations and the year will have to be considered a failure. Sorry, but we gotta have some ground rules.
Meeting the minimum would be nice, in a meh sort of way. But hardly anything to brag about. For that, the team would need to step up to the next level and a ten or more win season. Ten will almost always get you into the Wildcard round of the playoffs, with the Divisional round reserved for the 11+ teams.
For the past sixteen years, the NFC West has been owned by the Cardinals and Seahawks, except for the first two years of the Harbaugh Era and last year’s Rams team. That’s a long period of irrelevancy, coinciding roughly with the York’s ownership takeover. The Cardinals have beaten our boys six straight and the Seahawks nine straight.
Obviously, the 49ers will need to find a way to beat these two teams if they hope to crawl up the ladder of success. And the Rams are a bit formidable this year, too. Getting past that meh level could be quite a challenge.
Let’s face it, Niner fans have been abused and insulted by the Yorks since the day these carpetbaggers dorked into town. Counting their paperclips and installing their moron son as the CEO, like the franchise was some toy he could play with while he learned about the real world of money, money, money.
The only reason we have decent coaches now and a chance at some superior football again is because little Jed screwed things up so bad that the upcoming PSL and season ticket renewals were not going to happen and the stadium would continue to be sparsely populated. So, he had to get on his knees, open his wallet, and beg Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch to take over his mess and restore it to credibility in the league.
So good luck, 2018 49ers! Bring the franchise back to glory in spite of the goofballs in the owners’ box.