In the 1980s and 1990s, Joe Montana, Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers ruled the NFL.
The 49ers won five Super Bowls and had an amazing offense. They were a threat to win the Super Bowl every year, and I’m sure it felt like they won every year. However, the 49ers struggled for 15 years, and they were absent from the playoffs for eight consecutive years.
Now, they’re back to being regulars in the postseason.
In Jim Harbaugh’s first year coaching the 49ers, his team went 13-3 and was very, very close to reaching the Super Bowl. They took down 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to open up the 2012 season, outplaying the Super Bowl 45 champs in every aspect of the game.
San Francisco has a tough schedule, but their hard-nosed defense has proven they can stop any offense. Alex Smith has been labeled as a game-manager, but he rarely throws interceptions and is a fairly smart quarterback. He has Randy Moss and Vernon Davis to throw to, and a balanced rushing attack with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.
Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman are smart linebackers who rarely miss tackles, Aldon Smith and Justin Smith are great at getting to the quarterback and Carlos Rogers is a great cover corner. During the 2011 regular season, the Niners never allowed more than 30 points in a game. And, they didn’t allow a rushing touchdown until Week 15.
Both of those stats are incredible, and with just about the same team as they had last year, there’s no reason to think the 49ers’ defense won’t get better. They have a lot of young players on both sides of the ball, and the new stadium, winning ways and youth will certainly keep the 49ers’ stars by the Bay.
In my mind, there’s no doubt that the Niners have the best defense and one of the most underrated offenses in the NFL. Smith is a very underrated quarterback, and he proved he could handle the pressure of big games while throwing for the game-winning touchdown in the Niners’ epic playoff win over the Saints.
The young Niners now have experience in the playoffs, but they’re mad about the way last season ended. The Niners are out to take home the Lombardi Trophy, and they certainly can do it. San Francisco has lots of young talent, a great coach in Jim Harbaugh, and a quarterback improving by the day in Alex Smith.
As long as Harbaugh stays in San Francisco and the Niners keep their core together, they will be good for years to come. The Niners have drafted incredibly well recently, and because of that, they don’t have any holes on their team. Don’t expect any of these guys to leave the Niners anytime soon. The new stadium and abundance of wins will certainly keep the team’s core together for years to come.
And that will make the Niners a dynasty again.