Harbaugh vs. Singletary: 49ers’ 2011 Season of Overnight Success Is a Myth

February 12, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Francisco 49ers put on a show over the 2011 season and followed it with a strong playoff run against not one, but two very difficult opponents.
If not for a heart-breaking overtime loss to the eventual world champion New York (New Jersey) Giants, they could very easily be wearing new jewelry soon.
Much credit must go to the NFL's Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh, but the architect and chief builder of the team must not be forgotten in the wake of last year's thrilling turnaround season.
Harbaugh did take a 6-10 team and turn them into a 13-3 beast. And he did so as a rookie NFL head coach with no real functional offseason to speak of. Jim brought Alex Smith, who even I had at point given up on, out from under the bus. Jim dusted Alex off and showed him how to finally play the game with a chip on his shoulder.
As advertised, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers "just found ways to win."
But many other aspects of the team that culminated in success have been results ...

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