Originally posted by dj43:
This is still a very good team. The OL is playing very well. The WRs are better if only marginally so. The RBs and defense are about the same.
The BIG HUGE difference between this year and last is that the turnovers ratio is WAY down from last season. During the off season many writers predicted the 49ers would come down to earth this year with a more normal TO ratio, and that would lead to more losses. They were correct.
The other thing that is very different this season is the special teams. Where last year special teams gave the 49ers the best overall starting field position in the league, this year has been only slightly above average. That difference has had an impact though not as large as the TO ratio.
Take those two things together and you have a very good 4-2 team that will likely wind up 11-5 and get to the NFCC game again where anything can happen.
The D is not as good as last on a consistent basis, it''s only as good now and then against teams that play more into their hands. I saw them hang their heads and hit less hard in the 4th Q, it really took me aback man.. Kickoff 2nd half the ST are only half heartedly doing their Tony Montana thing, then give up a 60yrd return, not good signs.
But hey I'm Scarlet & Gold all the way so hope for the best and a return to dominance, but personally I do not see any road nearly as "easy" as last year. Plus the West is no cakewalk in fact it's a 50-50 I think..NINERS!!!
[ Edited by Bali-Niner on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM ]