All this negative energy and views on the niners and smith next year. As bad as last year was, we still came close making the playoffs.
Next year we still play the NFC west teams twice.
We no longer have singletary as our head coach who had no idea how to be a head coach. People underestimate the difference between a team led by a real intelligent coach, and one that was just promoted from within.
We have new offensive minds that can be creative and utilize our offensive weapons, as opposed to running plays where the defense knew what was coming EVERY play.
Smith will finally have a real coach and mentor for the first time in his NFL career. Though he has been horrible I can see this as his best year with the right coaching support. He is still intelligent and has the tools to manage a game. He does not need to take it over himself. He also returns with more chemistry than any other QB with our WR core.
With more RB support I think gore can play with less injuries and stay fresh for the end of the year with less wear and tear.
I believe with the new staff it will be easier to attract good FAs to want to come to play for the 9ers.
Very excited to see our offensive line in year two with a season under their belt. Iupati will be a bigger beast and hopefully Davis had some time to mature a bit.
our special teams will be much improved with ginn and the speedsters we drafted
There are much more reasons to be excited for next year and the playoffs than to be pessimistic.
[ Edited by alwayzA9er on Apr 30, 2011 at 23:24:52 ]