The Franchise “It” Factor

The OTAs this week are demonstrating something not felt or seen in the Bay Area NFL landscape since 2002. The aura of a successful franchise.

It may seem ridiculous for a team coming off its first non-losing season in 8 years, and that just barely with an 8-8 record, to have somehow created this aura, this sense that all is right in 49er land. That this is a winning team, an improving team, a confident team, a playoff contender now and into the future.

How is this aura manifested? By the calmness of the fans, the almost disinterest in the details of the OTA practices. By the lack of any glaring weakness on the team that fans are wringing their hands about. There is no clamor that we must have this player or that skill set in order to contend. Last year, for instance, there were daily lamentations that we did not have a dominant pass rusher or an adequate right tackle.

To some extent, no doubt, this aura is a byproduct of the recent draft. It was a draft that drew almost universal praise, certainly more praise than any draft for the past decade. A rather stunning achievement for an organization that fired its GM, Scot McCloughan, 5 weeks before the draft and gave off the smell of a leaderless franchise in disarray.

To some extent, this aura is a byproduct of the dominance the team displayed last year in twice whipping the division champion Cardinals, and except for a silly loss in Seattle, sweeping the NFC West. The division seems even weaker this coming year, with the retirement of Kurt Warner and the house cleaning in Seattle. The 49ers will be the favorites to win the division in 2010, and with that comes a ticket to the playoffs.

And the aura most certainly is a byproduct of the leadership of Mike Singletary. Singletary seems to have restored the panache, the swagger, the focus, that 49er teams once had in abundance, but have been sorely lacking these past 8 years. The 49ers have clearly regained respect throughout the league, and most critically, with their own fans.

And finally, the aura is a byproduct of five years of rebuilding this franchise from the ground up. Many of the players drafted or brought here during these years are just entering their prime productive years. Stability, competence, and cohesion exist at every level of the organization.

It is not the hopeful optimism and excitement of the 2007 season, which was premature and fragile. It is the quiet confidence that belongs to those who know they have what it takes to win.

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14 comments on “The Franchise “It” Factor
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In 2007 we went through 4 QBs. That would kill any season. NE lost Brady for one year and missed the play-offs. But still, yuo are correct about the over optimism for tht year.
    NoFear- I was just checking to see if your piss and viager level was still up about Smith!LOL
    BTW, thought I would add another paragraph to show the nabisco thng was a joke!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, people could probably remember and correctly implement the “nabisco” instructions better than the other ones. Too bad I can’t create a translator that would seize nabisco and turn it into a paragraph break.

    Did you mean NoFear’s vinegar or his viagra?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My proof reading is not so good lately.

  4. DennisNo Gravatar says:


  5. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    test again


    test again

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You forgot the ending semicolon, Dennis. I just added that reminder to the instrucs at the left of the box.

  7. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    one more time
    did it work?

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  9. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Skeebers. That’s what I did. Added it the last time, A-OK now.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Now I expect you will have a lengthy bit of sarcasm for my post. lol.

  11. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did any of you hear the Kurt Warner coming out of retirement story? I caught it yesterday on ESPN (Around the Horn) and was promptly upset at the very notion. I guess he’s subsequently refuted that idea via a tweet. And BTW, what’s the big deal with all this tweeting, I just don’t get it.
    Anyways, glad it was just that, a silly rumor. The last any of us needs is to see him back in a Cardinals uniform. I like our chances of winning the division a whole lot more with either Anderson or Leinart as their starting quarterback.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tweeting seems to be part of the trend of nano-shrinking the English language. You only get 137 characters per Tweet, which means you don’t ever have to worry about knowing the “nabisco” or how to spell or punctuate. Anybody who’s anybody is tweeting, but the vast majority of Twitter accounts are people like me (@Skeebers) who “follow” people like Maiocco, or whomever (and it’s free!) and hardly ever Tweet themselves. If you are following a lot of guys, it’s like having a constant stream of info popping up all day long – a modern day AP wire service deal.

  13. rob_No Gravatar says:

    tweet tweet tweet

    of course warner is tweeting , he’s a cardinal !

    even if old man warner did come back , with all the offseason losses to the tards , we’re going to kick their asses this year !

  14. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Is this a blog dissertation on proper use of html markup, or are we here to talk about football?

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
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12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17