The 49’ers have a fan when it comes to expectations for 2009, as SI.com writer Don Banks has thrown it out there that the Niners are headed for…(gulp!) the postseason!
Yes, Banks wrote recently that the Niners will make it to the dance, somewhat based on their very solid 5-2 wrap up of the 2008 season. Here’s what Banks had to write about a postseason trip for San Fran:
San Francisco — The 49ers finished the season at 5-2 in their last seven games under interim head coach Mike Singletary, and that’s almost always going to earn you chic-pick, team-on-the-rise status heading into the following season. But there is something about Singletary’s old-school approach that seems to be exactly what the lackadaisical 49ers have lacked in recent years. He doesn’t seem to suffer fools or sloppiness too well, and those are two things that have not been in short supply in San Francisco for a while now.
Whether or not the 49ers have enough quality quarterbacking to make their first playoff appearance since 2002 remains a question, but let’s not lose sight of something here. The NFC West’s past three champions have gone 9-7 (Arizona in 2008), 10-6 and 9-7 (Seattle in 2007 and 2006), so it’s not going to take a quantum leap for San Francisco (7-9 last year) to scale that particular mountain.