Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by crake49:I guess my over-arching problem with this line of thinking is that having even the best players doesn't guarantee anything. Do you think this team is "stacked?" I think it's a real good team. But I keep reminding people that the Niners team in 1985, 86 and 87 had the greatest receiver of all time complimented by probably the best #2 the team has ever had, Joe Montana under center, Ronnie Lott in the secondary, two pro-bowl corners, Craig and Rathman at running back, a great offensive line and a great defense - they were one and done in the playoffs every one of those years. And then in 88, they went to 6-5 before they turned it around and went on an awesome run.
So, I just never get this expectation some fans have these days that they somehow SHOULD be winning a championship because it's a good team. But, to answer your question, this year Seattle had one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. They completely shut down the highest scoring offense in the history of the game.
1) The 49ers grotesque underperformance in those years is why Walsh quit. The 9ers easily could have won the super bowl every year from 81 -90 (except 82 and the 49-3 Giants shellacking). Why do you even bring this up? It's rude. For people who remember.
This is simply incorrect. Apart from one or two odd Internet sites, I can see no reputable source. The consensus, and quotations from the man himself support this, is that he was physically worn down and needed a break. The pressure on an NFL head coach is enormous.
He is widely quoted as regretting the decision almost immediately.
But anyway, common sense ought to indicate that having won, why should the man then retire because of the failure of previous years. That just doesn't make sense. No team wins year in year out. The NFL is closer than that.