Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. The San Francisco 49ers are a little bit of both. They are a very good, if not young team, and they play in a very, very bad division. They get to play the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks a total of six times. Is there any way to count them as less than five victories? They also get a lot of weaker teams in their non division schedule. The 49ers should run away with their division and put up a record that might secure home filed advantage throughout the NFL playoffs.
The offense will be led by QB Alex Smith, and after drafting two offensive lineman early on in the 2010 NFL draft, the team has made a commitment to him and his success. He gets Frank Gore, Glen Coffee, and Anthony Dixon in the backfield behind him. However they may be some strife in their WR corps as some 49ers have grown tired of Michael Crabtree’s diva act. Ted Ginn Jr., Josh Morgan and TE Vernon Davis make up the rest of the receivers and as a whole they look to be very good. The O line is young, but may dominate.
Of course the defense is led by ILB Patrick Willis and they are good all over, especially in the front three. Shwantae Spencer and Nate Clements are the starting corners. If there is a weakness it lies in the secondary at the safety positions. However they did draft Taylor Mays to be a force back there.
On Special Teams Joe Nedney will be the kicker with Andy Lee handling the punting duties. Ginn will likely return kicks, with either Kyle Williams or Mays returning punts.