I've struggled the last couple of year because I find watching the games so much more stressful now. When we lost almost every game, I just expected it. These days I expect to win and freak out if we don't. I find it helpful to remind myself of the bad old days, to be grateful for what we have now:
* Remember when it seemed like we had safety coverage breakdowns several times a game, with some no name receiver running completely uncovered behind the defense? I can't remember the last time this happened.
* Remember when our pass rushers used to get completely stonewalled at the line almost every play? Even when we do the late-game, three-tired-man pass rushes these days, there's at least some penetration.
* Remember when Singletary would slam Gore into the middle of the line every darn play? I wonder how many rushes that futility took off his career. Gore's vision and burst at the line still make him a great back, but I think those couple of years destroyed the ability he used to have to carry the pile on his back for an extra two yards every play.
* Remember when you used to grimace every time our quarterback tried to throw the ball down the field? I was still doing this most of the way through last year until I finally accepted that the bad old days were gone and downfield passes were more likely to be caught by us than them.
* Remember when our OL had a half dozen total assignment breakdowns every game? This one took a few games into last year to fix, but since then, when's the last time we let someone scott free through the middle with no hot receiver ala the killer sack that injured Alex Smith in 2010?