The Best Seat In The House For All Your News On The 5 Time World Champion Niners

The Best Seat In The House For All Your News On The 5 Time World Champion Niners
A review and commentary on the history & lastest events surrounding the 17 time NFC Western Division & 5 -Time World Champion San Francisco 49ers. From 1946 and the All America Football Conference to 2009 and the road to a 6th Super Bowl title - For true fans of the scarlet and gold! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

10 Things Not To Be Surprised About This Year - Part 3

Here's Part 3 of my reference list of 10 things you will see by season's end this year in the NFL. Five items pertaining to the league in general, and five that are specifically predictions to do with the Niners. These are in no particular order.

League (5.) Saints will challenge again for NFC crown

After an improbable and cinderella run to the conference championship game last year, it would be easy to expect the Saints to have a hangover affect heading into year two of the Sean Payton era. However, New Orleans had no major changes to a core group of players that should only improve on last year. The backfield duo of Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush should be as potent as last year, with Bush's upside increasing the productivity. Rookie 7th round wide-out sensation Marcus Colston is joined by 1st round wide-out Robert Meachem to create a tandam that should be catching passes from Drew Brees for a long time to come. In the weaker NFC, the Saints don't have a ton of obstacles to keep them from reaching the top of the conference again.

Niners (5.) Jason Hill will be the Niners top receiver by year's end

Promising 3rd round pick Jason Hill, a San Francisco native was second only to USC's Dwayne Jarrett in career PAC 10 touchdown catches. He was a steal in the draft and has the makings of a great one. Hill ran the fastest wide-out time at the combine and only coming from unheralded Washington St. kept him from going higher. He is mature beyond his age and even sought out the God of receivers, Jerry Rice to pick his brain about being an NFL receiver, and in particular carrying the burden of playing that position in San Francisco of all cities. With the unpredictability of the rest of the 49ers receiving depth chart, with the possible exception of Darrell Jackson, Hill should find himself with a decent amount of playing time, which he should capitalize on. He could even find himself potentially as this year's Marcus Colston, a draft diamond in the rough that challenges for rookie of the year. For more info on Jason Hill, check out our August 24th post by Tom Fitzgerald of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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