For those of you who were born too late to witness first hand the San Francisco 49ers’ glory years in the ’80’s and ’90’s, Sunday’s complete demolishing of the Tampa Bay Bucs was the type of game those earlier years featured on a regular basis. Total dominance.
We are officially at the end of The Dreadful Era of 49er football. What we suddenly have here is an elite NFL team. There’s nothing fluky about them. And they are going to get even better.
The offseason lockout was supposed to hurt the 49ers more than any team in the league. The fact that it hasn’t is obviously a testimony to Jim Harbaugh and his coaches, but also speaks to the intelligence and talent of the players themselves. Very few expected them to get comfortable with the new offensive and defensive schemes until well into the season. But at half time of the Eagles game, Adam Snyder took over at RG from Chilo Rachal, and the offensive line became a sudden powerhouse. It’s no coincidence that the offense has exploded since. This is the offense everyone hoped to see … by next year … with a different QB.
Every move the 49ers made in the offseason has been a winner. From the promotion of Trent Baalke to GM, to the hiring of Harbaugh, to the acquisition of players and the re-signing of Alex Smith. The coaching staff Harbaugh brought in has turned the defense, the offense, and the special teams into potent units.
It was in Pennsylvania in 1981 that the league and the 49er fan base and the 49er players themselves discovered how good the team was. That history appears to have repeated itself this year. And in each case, it was a young 49er owner hiring a brilliant coach from Stanford that sparked the emergence. Spooky shit, baby.
One endless blog question has now been definitely answered. Is it the coaching? ABSOLUTELY!!!
The blogosphere is spinning on its head these days. Those many poisonous entities who have vehemently and endlessly maintained that the 49ers could never win with Alex Smith at QB or with the Yorks as owners have seen their opinions squashed like a Tampa Bay bug. Those who have invested their entire blog IDs on dissing anything and everything about the team will be quietly disappearing from the scene or eating so much crow they will grow beaks for lips. The strident anti-Smith crowd is mingling in the streets in a complete daze. Shell shocked. With a functioning offensive line and imaginative game plans, Smith has skyrocketed into the top ten of NFL QBs.
Are we having fun yet?!
Wow. I’m stoked. I haven’t been a 49er basher by any means, but there have been times in these last few desolate years when I secretly wondered if I would be catching the Al Davis plane to eternity before this franchise ever returned to glory again. I can die in peace now. We are back.
No more laughing stock. No more rolled eyes and sniggering from the national media. No more checking off a win when you see the Niners on your schedule for the coming year. No more jokes from Unca_Chuck about the oil soaked Smith jersey in his garage. No more so many downer items I can’t even think to list them. We’re back. That’s all I know. We are back.