Originally posted by Joecool:
About as accurate as you can get from any article plus a lot of ore details of most positions.
The 49ers' defense is so physical, talented, and field-position altering that it's probably good for eight wins in and of itself. No one runs on the Niners, and they affect opposing quarterbacks on virtually every dropback.
The offense remains a question mark. There is heavy turnover at the skill positions, and Moss and Manningham are both vertical, stretch-the-field receivers now playing with a quarterback who's struggled to throw the football downfield throughout his career. Harbaugh must scheme to keep Moss and Manningham productive and content. If not, there is some potential for locker-room implosion.
Ultimately, we don't see that happening. We see the Niners as a top-five NFL team that is a quarterback away from a top-three ranking.
But if Smith builds on the progress he made with Harbaugh last year, they won't be a quarterback away at all.
They'll be a Super Bowl team."