Originally posted by GNielsen:
Not only is Smith not going into a bad situation, he's got an offensive minded HC who will fashion the offense around him just like Harbaugh did. He's got a much better O-line than he had for his first five years on the Niners and a couple of real good skill players. Plus, they have a pretty good defense - not at the Niners' level, but good. And, that division, with the exception of the Broncos, is nowhere near as tough right now as the NFC West. I think they can win 9 or 10 games and get the Niners a nice second-rounder next year. And, after what they've been going through, 9 or 10 wins is going to make Smith the toast of the town.
9 or 10 wins would be a tremendous jump for them. They were the worst team in football last year and now they have a new coaching staff and a new QB. Plus, they have some youngsters on the Oline. They have some growing pains in their future.
Remember, Reid couldn't win with a very talented Eagles roster. Also, Alex is not the QB you want when playing from behind. He's as conservative as anyone under center. Plus, he still struggles with the deep ball.
If they can go .500 it'll be a huge successful for the organization. I'd give that about a 40% chance. If I had to guess the number of wins they'll finish with and without looking at their schedule, I'll go with 6 or 7 wins.