by Eric Tellez for NFLMIX.com on 13 Sept 2011
I've been searching the online media looking for information on the 49ers Week 1 victory and I've been surprised by some of the comments left my fans on the bottoms of the articles.
"So what? We beat the Seahawks. No big deal." "Alex Smith still needs to go". "Jim Harbaugh got lucky the special teams bailed him out." Did I miss something?
I remember Week One of last season, sitting down comfortably in my chair with my nachos and my Big Red soda, putting on the game, and waiting for the season to start so we called begin our march towards the playoffs. And what happened? We lost. We lost bad.
Then we lost again. And again. And the losing continued to happen until the very end when a very weak St. Louis Rams team knocked us out of playoff contention and eventually sent the Seahawks to the playoffs with a 7-9 record. The Week One loss changed the season for the 49ers, it was something that they never recovered from. It's something that I knew could be righted with a Week 1 victory in 2011. And we got it! But where's the happiness?
Jim Harbaugh is undefeated, yes it's only been 1-game but it's better than win less, Ted Ginn is showing that he can be a factor after a lot of people had written him off, Seattle is down a game to us in the division. Things might not be looking great, but they are looking UP and sometimes that's just as important for a team that has struggled for so long.
I'm not making bold predictions. I'm not going to say we're going to the Super Bowl or even going to playoffs. What am I saying is that it's time to change the attitude, it's time to change the good win vs bad win mentally, it's time to remember that when moving ahead it's not the size of the step, but the direction.
Eric Tellez is an independent football journalist from Las Cruces, NM. He has written for NFLMIX.com for two season and writes for 49ersmix.com every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk football anytime.
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