No I hate their fanbase as well. What I'm wondering is why the falcons are the only "good" team to face criticism for being just "good". Nobody writes off the Brady and the Pats despite them not having won a superbowl in almost a decade. Nobody trashes the Texans even though everyone knew they weren't good enough to win a superbowl this year.
IDK I just get this funny feeling that it is because they are from the NFC South and if we ever overthrow their reign on this division we will be in the same boat.
4 one and done in the playoffs and you start deserving that criticism.
and then they earned a reputation of being barely able to win. 7 of their wins were by 7 points or less. 4 of those were by less than 5 points.
they won more than anyone, but it wasn't convincingly.
You left out a more telling piece form your fluff articles on Harbaugh:
Think about the history with Harbaugh, as a successful man who's also a notable liar. Not a twister of the truth: a liar.
He lied about his interest in Peyton Manning.
He lied about Alex Smith being an elite QB.
He lied about his reasons for sticking with Kaepernick.
Harbaugh may be reaping a lot of credit for his actions now, but how long can his arrogance and lies allow the team to continue to buy in to what he sells? Again, we haven't seen any real struggles for the 49ers, and no test of his mettle in dire situations. It's all come up roses. But I see seeds that have been sown that will reap very dark fruits for Harbaugh in the future, hence my earlier proclamation about him being fired within a few years time.
i left it out because it wasn't important about him running a successful program. i did say that he wasn't liked and he was arrogant, did i not? did i do anything to hide from that.
it has no bearing on his coaching, though. i'm not surprised in your grasping at straw approach to arguing that harbaugh isn't as good as people think that you'd grasp at that one.
he does what it takes to get his team better. he does what it takes to make his team dominant. that's what you look for. i don't care how "smart" or how much of an expert someone is when i'm looking for a leader. i'm looking for someone who makes the people around them the best, and that's exactly what he does.
that "pro-bowl" talent he "inherited"...how many of those guys had been selected to the probowl when he got there? how much more are the achieving as individuals and as a group compared to before he got there?
what were the 49ers before he got there? a non-winning, average at best team looking for their first winning season in 8 years.
he took what was there and provided the leadership, guidance, instruction, management, and motivation necessary for the 49ers to get to the NFCCG twice in his first two years as coach, winning the second.
results are all that matter. would he do as well with lesser talent? probably not, but would he turn that team around completely and make them much better than they have been in years? absolutely.
would he have done better than rivera with the panthers? i have no doubt he would have because he had several things going for him that rivera didn't. he had experience. he had a proven track record. and he had a better staff.
he knew what he was doing when he landed in san fran. rivera here....not so much.
he was also much better prepared for being a HC than rivera, and i don't just mean in 2011.
since rivera left the playing field, his concentration has been on how to make defenses better. something that he has excelled in.
harbaugh, since leaving the playing field, has been concentrating on how to make a whole team better. he's spent more of his post playing career on learning how to to do the job than rivera.
can rivera be a great head coach? i dunno. he's got a lot to prove. harbaugh, though, has done nothing but prove he can be one.
Personally, I want to build up the defense with the first picks so we can compete highly in our division. We have one of the toughest divisions to compete in when you look at their offenses. We need a defense that makes them cringe when they see us on the schedule.
no, we need to be able to score more than them.
that is the key.
you have to be able to win shootouts, because regardless of how good you think your defense is, you're going to be involved in one. and you have to be ready to have them in the playoffs. no team in the games last week scored less than 28 points and there were only 2 who scored 28 and both of them lost. 49ers scored 45 points against the packers 31 points. the ravens had to score 38 to beat the broncos who had 35. point is...these games can get pretty high scoring and you have to count on your defense not being able to stop them.
i keep preaching this, but you CAN NOT trust your defense to stop a team from scoring. i don't care how good you think they are, you can't act like they can. you can't put them in a situation where they have to stop the other team. it puts too much pressure on them and the league makes it easy for offenses to come back from behind. the rules protect the deep pass. the QB has a cushion around them and the WRs can't be touched past 5 yards and have to be allowed to plant their feet before you hit them. good and smart offenses take advantage of that.
it's good to have a great defense, but you are shooting yourself in the foot if you don't have an offense that can beat any defense through the air. none of those teams get into the playoffs without killer offenses and good receivers. none of them get there without being able to put a ton of points on the board. none of them have any hope of going the distance without a great offense.
but they've made it to the playoffs every year since smith and ryan got there and they inherited quite a disaster when they walked in.
they didn't have to wait for years and build slowly. we can laugh all we want at their collossal choke, but at least they got to the playoffs. where have we been? making excuses.
the ravens....john harbaugh and joe flacco walk in and they take a 5-11 team and they get in the playoffs every year since.
jim harbaugh takes a team that hadn't been to the playoffs since 2002....hadn't even had a winning season since then either and what happens when they get rid of that former chicago bear linebacker and pick up a HC that has a clue? year one NFCCG with the has been/never was bust of a QB in the first year and then go to the superbowl the next year with another QB.
it only takes a long time to build a winning franchise if you aren't very good at it.
teams that can win find a way to do it. those that don't make excuses.
how many probowlers did they have before he got there?
when was their last NFCCG prior to him getting there?
how about their last playoff win? or their last playoff appearance? or their last winning season?
how long did it take for them to find success after he got there?
maybe all they needed to do was figure out that the major thing holding them back was the former '85 superbowl bears Lb they made the mistake of hiring as HC and they just needed someone who had a clue.
kaepernick opens it up and makes that offense better. he's a playmaker. smith was just a game manager. they were more limited in what they do offensively with smith. still good, but with kaepernick they are better.