It would be interesting to know how FO rated the Falcons last year. My guess is they didn't have them reaching the playoffs. Still, if I were just making an objective bet I would have to go with their recommendations. Big turnarounds are possible in the NFL but they are somewhat rare and the smart money is on statistical trends overall.
I hope the niners can make a quantum leap but I am skeptical with the QB situation and the lack of offensive continuity.
The niners of the early 80's had a certifiable genius as their HC and OC, had several years of offensive continuity, and had recently drafted a bunch of guys on both sides of the ball who had amazing talent. We have some talent right now, but I am not sure it is spead evenly enough and is cohesive enough to really make a run at a team like the cardinals (who know have several years continuity and excellent drafting).
I also think trading Mike Martz for Jimmy Raye was a mistake, maybe a big mistake. We'll see if I am right on this soon enough, and I hope I am wrong
[ Edited by Roxy on Jul 14, 2009 at 12:06 PM ]