Now that it appears the NFL will have a full training camp and preseason, perhaps we can begin to realistically discuss the 49ers chances for success in 2011. If not realistically, then at least without the constant parenthetical qualification of IF THERE IS A SEASON.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how the 49ers will do this year. My heart tells me Jim Harbaugh will rejuvenate the team, most especially the offense, and they will win the weak NFC West. With an offense that isn’t utterly predictable, the O-line will finally become a force, instead of a liability. The defense will be no worse than last year, but without the burden of having to win games the offense couldn’t, might even be better. Aldon Smith will finally give us a beastly pass rusher.
However, my head says “I love you, heart. You’re a faithful old dingbat. But this team is one big ass question mark — top to bottom. We don’t know if Harbaugh can transition his college success to the NFL. We have a QB situation that is sometimes not the best. The secondary is still unreliable and the D-line, without Abrayo Franklin in the middle, could easily take a big step backwards. Aldon is a rookie D-lineman. He might not do much at all this year.”
HEART: You are so cynical, Brainiac face. Look at the division. Hello. This is the NFC West. AZ is pitiful, Seattle is worse off at QB and defense than the Niners. And the Rams still don’t have any wide receivers or a reliable secondary. They’re Singletary east. Hahaha.
HEAD: Dream on, Miss Delusional. AZ might not be any good, but Seattle still plays half its games at Qwest Field. Go ask New Orleans if that matters. And the Rams are beginning to look a little scary. Their D-line could be dominant. Their linebackers are good. Sam Bradford is the best QB in the division. This team could be tough to beat this year.
HEART: Brain, brain. You’re so hopelessly stuck in the past. Always fondling the stat sheet. It’s so last year. Bradford has no wide receivers, a new offensive system to learn from a total asshole OC who will probably hurt his feelings and send him into a season long pout. The secondary is worse than the Niners, and if (when) Stephen Jackson goes down, they have no RB to protect Bradford. It was Matt Hasselbeck that made Qwest Field work. He’s one year older, injury prone, not even signed, and Charlie Whitehurst doesn’t scare anybody. When that gutless Pete Carroll looks across the field and sees Harbaugh leering at him, it’s all over.
HEAD: Calm down, peaches. Get a grip. The Niners have a new offensive system, just like the Rams, but Bradford picked up a new system as a rookie. Alex Smith? That’s all I have to say. You can be right about the Seahawks and AZ, but you’ve still got something in St. Louis that is real and will be better this year, not worse. Here? We could be better, but we could be worse, too.
HEART: You just don’t understand the mojo factor.
HEAD: You just don’t understand reality.
HEART: 49ers win the West.
HEAD: Rams win the West.
Let the great 2011 Tomato Fight begin.