San Francisco 49ers 2009 Preview
When betting on NFL lines, one of the first things people look at is the starting quarterback. Unfortunately for the San Francisco 49ers, this is one of the biggest question marks on their team.
The 49ers have become a scrappy team under head coach Mike Singletary, who took over mid-season. They still don’t have a trigger man or a lot of weapons on offense to really get out of the cellar in the NFC West, but they’re sure going to try.
The San Francisco 49ers had a fairly quiet offseason. They needed to improve both their offensive and defensive lines and find a quarterback, but instead they added other parts. The addition of cornerback Dre Bly and tackle Marvel Smith aren’t exactly going to improve their Super Bowl odds. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was a gift for the 49ers in the draft, but his rookie season may be lost in a team identity crisis.
The offense is clearly a work in progress right now. After Larry Allen and Jonas Jennings were failed projects, and the loss of Justin Smiley, this offensive line has really deteriorated. More importantly, the signal caller behind them isn’t making things look a whole lot better, ranking at best in the middle of the pack in passing yards and touchdowns the last few years. Shaun Hill will probably have the leg up to start and he is being pushed by former No. 1 overall bust Alex Smith. That’s trouble for the 49ers, who really only have one reliable offensive weapon: RB Frank Gore. Gore is the life and soul behind this team. Drafting Glen Coffee as a change of pace back was a smart move by this organization, keeping Gore fresh to finish out games. Josh Morgan and Michael Crabtree are the receiving corps of the future, but for now San Fran lacks too much of everything to be a consistent threat on offense.
The 49ers plan to keep games close, pounding the ball and using their defensive strength to win out games. There is no better test than their week 1 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona is an offensive powerhouse, and a tough first game to see if San Fran can force a team to play their game, before having to hit the panic button.
However, since they are now running a 3-4 scheme with a feeble defensive line, the 49er’s may surprise themselves into what they can or cannot do. Kentwan Balmer struggled last year, along with most of their D-line. Justin Smith re-signed in the offseason (luckily) and needs to buy into this new defensive scheme,
otherwise the wheels will come off fast. The biggest problem is the secondary and giving up the big play; the team has talent but always gets beat from opposing quarterbacks. Although, coaching might have been the major factor last season and a fresh start might be what they’ve been looking for.
San Fran will be a tough team to trust for football wagering. The head coach will likely ask for as much as possible out of this team that lacks discipline and effort, but there isn’t enough talent here to work miracles. The 49ers are weak on both lines of scrimmage and don’t have a quarterback. In the NFL, that’s not a recipe for success.