In 1987 possibly the best team who ever played the sport got ignominiously bundled out of the playoffs by a fairly average Vikings team. They drew on that to go on to win the next two Superbowls and damned nearly the third.
So where are we?
Firstly, the last two seasons have established us in the vanguard of the NFC. May not seem much to the newcomers but its a whole load to those spit when the name TDon is mentioned.
The key non playing positions are strong. Owner, GM and HC are young, settled and committed. Harbaugh still has learning to do, and yesterday should provide the incentive to do it.
The team is generally young, and is widely considered to be one of the deepest in the NFL. On the O we have a stable and improving O line, a franchise quarterback, a # 1 receiver, and a stable of running backs, fullbacks and tight ends to die for. The D, whilst it needs work, is founded on the best bunch of linebackers I have seen.
We are in a reasonable position with the salary cap. No reason to start cutting vets. Baalke has signed some of the core long term and will presumably continue with this.
We have a bucket load of draft picks and a group doing the choosing who have an excellent record. Yes, I hear Jenkins. Well, he isn't down and out and even if he was, even Bill Walsh didn't hit with every one.
And in the future the new stadium will provide a psychological lift as well. Ask yourself this. Right now, would you want to be a Cowboy fan, a Packer fan, an Atlanta fan bearing in mind the position the 49ers are in right now?
[ Edited by English on Feb 4, 2013 at 2:27 AM ]