Defenses didn't give any respect to our passing game last year, and for good reason. Crabtree wasn't a threat and Davis didn't become a threat until late in the season and playoffs. In the NFC championship game, our WR's were non-existant yet it took deep into OT and a FG to win the game for the Giants. Imagine if we had Moss and Manningham in that game? We win it. Just having those 2 guys on the field, defenses WILL have to account for them and adjust coverages which opens the medium range game tremendously. Now this is of course these guys can stay healthy.
If the defense plays with the same intensity, I don't see how we won't get even farther. Every playoff team in the NFC lost pieces on one or both sides of the ball whether its players or key coaches. For once in almost a decade, the niners did not lose ANYONE (aside from Morgan but not huge) but gained 3 playmakers on offense and the defense remained intact. We've all expressed the need for consistency for years and we finally have it.
I don't see anything wrong with Morts comment.