RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

49ers dynasty of the ‘80s and ‘90s ranks No. 2 all-time by Football Outsiders

May 28, 2020 at 9:05 AM--

Football Outsiders just finished up their ranking of the NFL's all-time greatest dynasties and concluded on Thursday with their top 10 list. There was no doubt that the San Francisco 49ers dynasty of the '80s and '90s that won five Super Bowls in that span would rank pretty high on the list. It landed at the No. 2 spot, with only the New England Patriots of the past two decades ahead of it.

The 49ers went 207-72-1 during those 18 years and featured some of the best ever to play the game — names like Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark, and many, many more.

"I'm unimpressed by barking, scowling coaches; give me the genius psychologist, scripting plays and designing new formations practically every week," writes Bryan Knowles of Football Outsiders. "I still believe Joe Montana is the greatest quarterback of all time, and Steve Young had even better numbers. Jerry Rice is the receiver to whom all others are compared.

"Part of the reason I enjoy watching Christian McCaffrey so much today is his receiving chops, and well, Roger Craig was the first running back in history to pull off the 1,000-yard rushing/1,000-yard receiving combo. Call them a finesse team and take a shot from Ronnie Lott, or Ken Norton, or Charles Haley, or watch Merton Hanks chicken-necking his way into the end zone yet again."

Knowles goes on to point out the succession plans that helped the 49ers succeed for so long. They went from Bill Walsh to George Seifert and Montana to Young.

"The team never skipped a beat," Knowles added.

There is also the dynasty's reach across the NFL. The Walsh coaching tree is massive, with branches spanning the league, and then spawning branches of their own.

Why didn't the 49ers rank No. 1 on the list?

"Their stellar 5-0 record in Super Bowls sort of hides the fact that they only made five Super Bowls," explains Knowles. "Yes, I know, 'only,' but we're talking about the top two dynasties of all time here."

He goes on to break down some of the missed opportunities throughout the years that could have led to more Super Bowls. Plays like Roger Craig's fumble against the New York Giants or games that saw the Dallas Cowboys or Green Bay Packers kill the team's Super Bowl hopes.

Adds Knowles: "The 49ers would have been favored in the Super Bowl each time. Flip a couple of those San Francisco's way, and they're probably still on top of this list."

Click here to read the entire feature from Football Outsiders.

More San Francisco 49ers News

CBS Sports ranks four NFL head coaches ahead of 49ers' Kyle Shanahan

By David Bonilla
Jun 30, 2020

Many consider San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan to be one of the most innovative young minds in football. After a massive rebuild that started in 2017, his squad reached the Super Bowl last season and was a play or two away from potentially winning a championship. The 49ers could be a formidable obstacle to opposing teams for years to come. Or everything could collapse. You never know in the NFL. But Shanahan is amid a championship window, and fans are waiting to see if he can take advantage of it. Writer Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports recently ranked his top 10 NFL head coaches and listed Shanahan at No. 5 (h/t to Peter Panacy of Niner Noise).

Read the Full Article

49ers Have All the Leverage and Should Just Say No to Paying George Kittle What He Wants

By Levin T. Black
Jun 27, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers and star tight end George Kittle are currently working on a contract extension. The two sides have been for awhile. No one outside of the franchise knows how close the two sides are. What is known is the type of money Kittle is seeking. Kittle wants to be paid like a top offensive tackle or wide receiver. His agent went public with this info nearly a month ago. Since then there has been silence from both sides. They could be far apart. Heck, they could have already agreed considering the team managed to keep DeForest Buckner's permission to seek a trade and head coach Kyle Shanahan's extension secrets for MONTHS. It wouldn't be surprising if they aren't close however. This is because the 49ers hold every ounce of leverage in this situation

Read the Full Article

'A very angry football player': Robert Saleh offers scouting report on 49ers rookie Javon Kinlaw

By David Bonilla
Jun 24, 2020

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh spoke with team reporter Keiana Martin for this week's State of the Franchise event and discussed rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. Saleh offered up his scouting report of the team's first-round pick. "He's a very large human being," Saleh shared, "very explosive, very powerful, plays with the mindset that we like, a very angry football player. So he possesses the skill set that we look for, especially at the defensive line spot." As a rookie, Kinlaw will be among the players most impacted by an abnormal offseason limited by the COVID-19 pandemic. Players have yet to meet face-to-face with their coaches. Unlike returning players, though, Kinlaw is trying to pick up a new defense, an NFL-sized

Read the Full Article


More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone