In a Q&A, Joe Theismann and Merril Hoge of ESPN.com feel that the San Francisco 49ers could be one of the surprise teams of 2007.
Theismann: They played good, hard football all season and upgraded some crucial spots. This team could contend for the division crown next season.
Hoge: San Francisco is my team because I love Frank Gore and I believe he's due for a big season. Alex Smith is only going to get better and the organization made a concerted effort to go out and get some excellent players on the defensive side of the ball.