Thanks to new head coach Jim Harbaugh and a stellar defense, the San Francisco 49ers emerged as one of the biggest surprises of the 2011 season as they fell just short of reaching the Super Bowl after falling to the New York Giants in overtime during the NFC Championship. After bringing in numerous key free agents that include Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and Brandon Jacobs, expectations will be high once again for the defending NFC West champions.
In fact, expectations are so high–one of their star players believes the team should be considered Super Bowl favorites heading into the 2012 season.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis recently discussed how he strongly believes his team is the team to beat as long as every member of the team is in the right work mindset. While losing to the Giants in the NFC Championship was painful for every member of the 49ers, Davis may have been effected the most by the loss–to a point where he didn’t even watch the Super Bowl.
The funny thing is, this statement by Davis isn’t crazy at all considering how dangerous San Francisco looked at times last season. Every member of the 49ers realizes how close they were to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy last year and they will clearly use that as motivation heading into 2012 to make up for what they missed out on.
It may sound crazy, but Davis has a strong case when it comes to the 49ers being Super Bowl favorites; it’s just a matter of whether or not they can live up to the hype and compete with the other favorites.
And of course, there’s the biggest factor of all–what can the 49ers expect from Alex Smith in 2012?
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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