...However, the big enigma is how they will do this year. Unfortunately, there is a chance of stumbling and bumbling as most teams with new head coaches are likely to do due to the nonexistant offseason. But there also could be a very intriguing outlook I could see unfolding. A. Smith will finally have competent offensive coaching while older than the age of 22. Harbaugh will know how to create mismatches, be unpredictable, and keep defenses on their toes. Crabtree could easily blossom into a 1200 yard receiver. Morgan I can see getting 700 yards with the rest of the WR corps good for maybe 600. Davis should be penciled in for a 1000 yard season. Walker and Gore could easily combine for 800+...That's over 4000 yards and obviously all this is dependent on Smith flourishing with Harbaugh coaching him and implementing his system. All this combined with a top 3-5 back like Gore and a rock solid defense that, if we keep Franklin/Spikes/Goldson, should be as good if not better, I think 11-5 is attainable which should easily win the NFC West. Let's hope this lockout doesn't hurt the chances of everyone playing up to their ability. Either way though, in 2012, regardless of who's at QB (either Smith, which would mean he balled in 2011 and should only be better, or Kaepernick, who will have had a year to adapt to the pro game and should be good to go), we should compete for the Lombardi. Also, by then Aldon Smith will be a beast and double digit sackmaster extraordinaire.
Plus, I really only see 4 tough games- @Eagles, Giants, @Ravens, and Steelers
[ Edited by andes14 on Jul 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM ]