The 2012 NFL season marks Jim Harbaugh's first year hands-on foundation as San Francisco 49ers coach, but he already exceeded all expectation considering that Harbaugh took over a 6-10 team and went to 13-3 in running away the NFC West crown. The 49ers barged into the playoffs spoiling the party in 36-32 victory over the Saints, then came up short to the Giants in overtime loss 20-17 in NFC Championship game.
San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFL Prediction:
Since Harbaugh sets the bar high going into his second season, no one should be surprised if the 49ers engineers another run deep into the 2012-13 NFC playoff. The 49ers will top the NFC West again and most likely finish second seed behind the Green Bay Packers.
The Bay Area team is seen to succeed against the Giants this time only to fall in the NFC title against the Green Bay Packers according to some NFC 2012 playoff prediction that don't burn bridges.
Why the 49ers will return to the NFC Championship hunt?
The 49ers defense is one of the most feared scheme in the league under Harbaugh and the good news is all key players in the roster comes back this year , so it's really up to the offense to build on last year’s success and finish another great season.
Almost the 49ers starters last season is back, except Adam Snyder who signed to Arizona. On offense, quarterback starter Alex Smith earlier brags about his new toys refering to the addition of some offensive weapons like wide recievers Mario Manningham and Randy Moss plus running back Brandon Jacobs.Top San Francisco draft picks wideout A.J. Jenkins and runningback LaMichael James also add into the mix.
Now it's up to Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman to shuffle his upgraded offensive weapons, but the 49ers offense is still revolve around Frank Gore's running attack. He is not threatened either any of the new comers refering to new additions of Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James, “That makes our team better, when you see good players at whatever position. That’s how you know how good your team is getting. I’m cool with it.” the happy Gore said in the first media interview in the training camp.
Last year, the 37-years old David Akers is the best thing ever happened to San Francisco 49ers special teams when he had the finest season for his position as a kicker in NFL history by converting 44 goals out of 52 attempts.
The 49ers Training Camp Update
San Francisco 49ers training camp is in full swing as NFL.com reports, some observers can't help to notice Randy Moss in the video doing the routine he enjoy most, which is catch and run the football. Moss, who's 35-year old sat out last season seems on a mission to resurrect his career fast and this is his chance.
Both Manningham and Moss will give Alex Smith some deep threat and will take the some playing time away from Michael Crabtree who does short routes together with Vernon Davis last season. Moss can be an excellent mentor of new draft pick AJ Jenkins and Crabtree himself. Michael Crabtree missed his third consecutive practice since the training camp opened last week, because of an unspecified injury to his right leg.
Although this is Alex Smith's team as Harhaugh points out, it also offer options with sophomore Colin Kaepernick who showed some accurate targets in training camp along with free agent signee Josh Johnson from Tampa Bay.
Guard position vacated by Adam Snyder is where the battle for starting job that will be decided in the training camp between Alex Boone, Daniel Kilgore and rookie Joe Looney. Add the 11-year veteran offensive lineman Leonard Davis be thrown in the mix for the starting spot at right guard.
San Francisco 49ers 2012 Season Analysis:
No doubt the San Francisco 49ers is favorite to win the NFC West again but to repeat the 13-3 regular season record last year is not happening at all. The 49ers faces a cruel schedule on 2012 season that includes road games against, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and New York Jets discounting the on the Saints game.
The 49ers defense is ready to clash with the titans, however if the Alex Smith offense can utilize their newly aquired offensive toys to the fullest, there is absolutely a chance for the 49ers to take a shot at Superbowl.