49ers Offseason, Outlook, and Optimism

The sounds of clashing helmets and pads plus giant cranes carrying steel beams can be heard in Santa Clara, CA.  Training camp and construction of the new stadium are in full swing for the San Francisco 49ers in the South Bay.  The 2012 season has a much different feel compared to a year ago – no, not a lockout, but a new addition to the 49ers uniform: a target on the team’s back.

A Decade of Disappointment in the Past

Quick history lesson: San Francisco’s last NFC West title and post-season appearance happened in 2002.  All but one of the next eight consecutive seasons ended with a sub .500 record.  The exception?  2009: an even 8-8.

Church’s Money On The Ground

I heard Deion Sanders say this phrase last season on NFL Network.  You cannot win football games if you put the church’s money on the ground.  Apparently, Green Bay didn’t listen.

The Packers repeatedly put the ball on the ground.  They put it on the ground with fumbles.  They put it on the ground with dropped ball after dropped ball.  The ball was on the ground more than it was in the air on the Green Bay side of the ball.  A team that commits that many mistakes and has that many turnovers will not win a football game, just ask the Saints.

There’s No Place Like Home

The Packers are now among the teams saying this phrase headed to the playoffs.  There’s no place like home and for the Packers it is once again true for the playoffs.

The Packers dismantled the hapless Bears last night to the tune of 35-21 and 5 Aaron Rogers TD passes.  In doing so, they clinched the #1 seed in the NFC and assured themselves home field advantage throughout their playoff run.  So, for the other NFC teams, all roads will go through Lambeau Field and that suits the Packers just fine.

Who To Cheer For

Steelers Logo
Well, all of my teams are now out of the playoffs.  After having absolutely outstanding seasons, two of the best in the NFL, the Falcons and Patriots are both eliminated on their first game of the playoffs.  It was beyond disappointing to say the least.  Now, I am left with 4 teams in the championship round and none of them are teams I want to cheer for.

What Went Wrong

FalconsJust about everything – for the Falcons that is.  They did every possible thing wrong that a team can do.  While the Packers played very well, they had help from the Falcons to win the game, and lots of it.  After a winning season, a 1st place post season seed, the Falcons come out of the playoffs beaten down by the Packers to the tune of 48 to 21.

Playoffs?! Playoffs?!

Tiny Peyton
The first weekend of the NFL playoffs gets underway on Saturday.  The wildcard weekend with some wild matchups or at least unexpected ones.  The reigning Super Bowl champ Saints have to play the first weekend and the perennial playoff team the Colts barely get in.

Best Of The Best

I watch a lot of sports media coverage.  It’s a sickness really.  It also gets on my nerves a lot, but yet I continue to watch.  The NFL talking heads love to make their predictions on what team in the best and I thought I would give it a go with just a little more explanation.

Really Cowboys?!

The Cowboys are just a mess.  They just cannot seem to get anything together.  I have my own thoughts as the reasons why and I think I’m right for the part.  I also think that unless big changes are made, the Cowboys stay mired in the dregs of the NFL for a good long time.

Kings Of The League

On any given Sunday, any NFL team can become kings of the league.  Sometimes it’s with a memorable play.  Sometimes it’s with an upset win.  And sometimes, it’s for an epic comeback for the ages.  The Philadelphia Eagles had one such comeback vs the Giants and with it became kings of the league for a day.

Southern Success

Let’s just say that the top 3 teams in the NFC South win out the rest of the season.  We could be looking at all 3 making it into the playoffs.  The Falcons winning the division and home field and the Saints and Bucs getting the wild card spots.  Southern success indeed.