All offseason we’ve heard commentary and prognostications from members of the local and national media as it pertains to the San Francisco 49ers.
Now, we know how Hall of Famers from the team’s storied past feel. In a recent appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana joined host Trey Wingo to discuss to their former team’s outlook in 2012.
“I think with that defense they can (be successful) because they brought all the guys back,” Rice, an ESPN analyst, said. “It’s going to be up to the offense. They brought in some additional weapons to help Alex Smith out, so now he has to put the ball in the hands of the playmakers, this team is going to go far.”
Montana said he was really impressed by Smith’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis in the team’s Divisional Playoff win over the New Orleans Saints.
“That showed me confidence in his ability to throw the ball,” Montana said of Smith. “He can make those throws, now it’s about managing the game.”
The legendary 49ers quarterback stressed that Smith has to distribute the ball to the playmakers and let them create big plays.
“They should be settled in, they understand what it takes to operate,” Montana said.
NFL.com’s season preview for the San Francisco 49ers has three writers predicting an NFC West crown for the club.
NFL.com’s staff writers also predict NFL awards with one tenured staffer predicting Jim Harbaugh to win back-to-back Coach of the Year honors.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares Vic Fangio’s comments on the 49ers defensive learning experience in Denver. Maiocco: “Playing without key defenders Aldon Smith,NaVorro Bowman and Chris Culliver, the 49ers had few answers for Peyton Manning, who threw for 122 yards. The Broncos scored 17 points on their three possessions against the 49ers.”
Maiocco also interviewed reserve quarterback Scott Tolzien on his preparation for Thursday’s preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers.
Nathan Jannke of ProFootballFocus.com shares his impressions from the 49ers-Broncos game.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com looks at the average age of each NFL team and ntoes the 49ers have the 13th oldest roster after the 75-man roster cuts.
Sando also offers thoughts on San Francisco’s initial roster cuts.
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