Originally posted by Georgetown49er:
Road games against Packers, Saints, Patriots, will be very tough. I think we still make the playoffs but duplicating this year's record will be real tough. And I believe the competition in our division gets tougher. Next year every team we face will know they need to bring their A-game to have a chance to beat us. We will be marked.
I disagree bigtime.
Not a doubt in my mind we make it back to the playoffs, and make just as much noise. I think we could get underestimated by the media next season, as we can see here from 49er fans. But I think with a full offseason and draft (god I hope we big WR in the first round) we are going to be a lot better offensively. Even with a tougher schedule I still think we win 12 or 13 games. I have been saying for years that this team always had the talent to win like this and all we needed was the right coaching staff to put it together. We finally got that coaching staff and look what happened. I have no doubt that there will be a lot more eyes on us next season. But folks, don't you think Harbaugh and company know this? Don't folks think this very tight
locker room know this? Haven't this coaching staff shown at least to the hard core die hard 49er fans by now that they have a really good ability of exploiting what other teams think
they know what we are going to do? The Packers, Saints, and Patriots are all teams that play into the scheme of our defense, and why we beat the Saints. No other team on our 2012 schedule scare me at all. So yes, we are going to get every teams A-game, as we should. But every team is going to get our A-game; and I think our A-game is far better than most elite
teams. BTW, isn't that a good sign when you draw team's best. It says that your good and other teams know it. So I disagree with many here: From what this team and this coaching staff has shown me throughout the season
I fully expect this team to be back next season. Furthermore, I expect a Super Bowl out of this team in the next few
years, if not next season (mark it mods). There's no reason for me to expect a regression out of the 9ers because of a couple of road games against top teams. Those teams have to prove they can beat us as much as we have to prove we can beat them.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Jan 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM ]