We all know what happened with the 49ers last year. After a near decade of mediocrity, across several different unsuccessful Head Coaches, the 49ers shocked the league in their 1st year under Head Coach Jim Harbaugh going 13-3 ended up 2 special teams gaffes away from the Super Bowl. The defense was one of, if not the best in the league, ranking tied for 10th against the pass, tied for 1st against the run, and 2nd in total scoring, only .1 points behind league leading Pittsburgh.
However, the big story in San Francisco was a breakout year for Alex Smith. Smith was incredibly mediocre throughout his 6 years in San Francisco. He never lived up to his billing as the #1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, but he was just good enough to keep his job almost every year as the quarterback of a mediocre football club. He went through seemingly a different offensive coordinator every year and had minimal offensive help and he looked like damaged goods.
That all changed...