Written by ESPN 1320's resident "49ers Homer", Andy Hawk
Remember when we wereÂ talking about the Niners starting really slow because of the lockout?Â How a new coach and new system would have San Francisco starting slow, but in a weak division with constant improvement, winning the division at 8-8 would be a hopeful possibility?Â That seems so far away now, after a 45 point win and being undefeated on the road while taking out the 5-0 Lions.Â Coming off the bye with a favorable schedule everything has changed in just under two months.Â Now, Niner fans are already looking ahead and are expecting a 12-4 season.Â Kind of scary right? Boo!
While I have been preaching how much better this team is than the sports world has given them credit for, I have to be honest and say that even I, your Niner homer, is surprised at the 5-1 record.Â 5-1 with the schedule they have played canât be understated.Â Being this excited about San Francisco is the real deal as playoffs will happen this year.Â As a fan you can now look forward to winning, a feeling for Niner fans that has been gone for almost a decade.Â
The Browns come to San Francisco this week with the 27th best offense in the NFL.Â The 49ers have the fourth best defense and the best run defense.Â Harbaugh has them very motivated, as they need to prove to all the doubtersÂ that these six weeks are not a fluke.Â No let down or trap game this week.Â Join me in catching the 49ers go 6-1 on ESPN 1320, Sunday afternoon!
written by ESPN 1320's resident Niners Homer, Andy Hawk
No one wants to read me bragging about how I'm the only one on the planet who has predicted the 49ers start.Â I know I donât.Â The 49ers are 4-1 and have looked better every week.Â The last two seasons the Niners were predicted to win the division;Â they had the most talent in the NFC West, and it made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, Singletary proved to be the worst coach in the NFL, which led to severe underachievement in the city by the bay.Â This year they signed a half dozen quality free agents, and had a decent draft.Â Itâs like no one saw this coming.Â They're now more talented, with VERY good coaching.Â Harbaugh is not only a much better head coach than Singletary, but most importantly, his staff is exponentially better with Greg Roman and Vic Fangio.Â So, no, this great start at 4-1 was not unforeseeable.Â The really exciting part is that these wins are coming out of division with a 2-0 start on the road.
Which brings us to this week... Niners and Lions, the game of the week.Â 4-1 vs. 5-0.Â We have learned nothing is impossible for the 2011 49ers.Â Subtract one long play from Megatron last Monday night, and one long run from Jahvid Best, (and honestly the Lions did not look like some imposing force), and both teams would be 4-1.Â Detroitâs last opponent, the Chicago Bears, offensive line has looked as bad as any team in the NFL, and they still ran the ball well on Detroit.Â By the way the Cowboys and the Vikings moved the ball pretty easily, too.Â With a 49er offensive line and running game putting it all together over the last two weeks I see the Lions having their hands full.Â Iâm Andy Hawk, your Niners Homer and I canât wait for 10:00am Sunday on ESPN 1320.
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