It’s bad enough that the 49ers have sucked for many years, but now they have to be compared to the Cardinals, might as well shoot me now. Here is a little snippet from SI that mentions the 49ers will be next years Cardinals.
The most likely team to make a Cardinal-like impact in the NFC next season ironically resides in the Cards’ division, the NFC West. The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2008 season on a high note under then interim coach Mike Singletary and were one yard away from beating the aforementioned Cardinals on a Monday nighter in the desert.
Though they clearly lack an elite receiver, the Niners flourished under the leadership of Singletary and the quarterbacking of Shaun Hill down the stretch. Hill showed his mettle in some adverse conditions and won the respect of the offensive line for his gutsy playmaking late in games. Frank Gore is a horse when healthy and new offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye will likely ride him as much as possible.
San Francisco made their biggest strides under Singletary on the defensive side of the ball. Patrick Willis may lay claim to being the best inside linebacker in the NFL and Justin Smith brought his motor with him when he signed the big free-agent deal from Cincinnati. If San Francisco can get a consistent pass rusher, its defense could be dominant.
With the state of the Cardinals shouldn’t it read the Cardinals are next years 49ers?