Just my thoughts, compiled into a minddump, on your screen
Unlike the majority of NFL fans, I don't have the 49ers winning the NFC West. I've been swaying back and forth now throughout the offseason trying to play Ms. Chloe and I just don't see it anymore. Before the Heitmann injury, I thought the Niners had the best chance to win the West. The Heitmann injury weakens an already inexperienced offensive line. Come opening day, here's the ages of our linemen from left to right: 26, 23, 29, 24, 20. That makes for an average of 24 years and 4 or 5 months of age. Expecting a lot of penalties (especially with two referees in the backfield) and many missed assignments.
QB play is another doubt. Lets face it, Alex Smith doesn't have the makeup of a starting QB. With all the high passes, lackluster arm, and spotty decision making, he's only here to disappoint and polarize the fanbase. Depending on how Nate Davis does these upcoming weeks, as of now, I have no hope for any of our QBs.
Possibly overworking the players. I think this is hard to ignore. At the end of the Dennis Erickson Era, I remember Kevan Barlow (yes, The Great King Barlow, 1k as a backup!) complaining about how harder Nolan worked the guys during training camp. Since it has only become more strenuous. This could explain the lulls the Niners seem to can't get passed after the 1st quarter of the season. When other teams open the season they're adjusting to getting hit again and playing full length games. This year we have a tough opening schedule. I see 2 wins in the first 5 games; with losses to the Falcons, Eagles, and Saints. Just by following the Niner's tendencies the last few years, that may spell trouble for them. On a side note, with the players that have quit in the week(s) or so, I'm being to think Singletary is losing his voice in the locker room. Maybe the motivational speeches are getting a little old. Coffee going from Saban to Singletary, I can imagine why he'd want to become a minister. And well, Balmer just pretty much released himself.
Nate Clements, this year will prove why he's such a liability. Just about everything from coverage to tackling Nate Clements can't do it anymore. Though he is a smart player as of now he lacks the talent. I'd like to believe Baalke and I are on the same frequency, so I'm expecting Baalke to get rid of Nate after the season comes to another end in December.
Who's going to win the West this year?
The Seattle Seahawks. I can be a little more optimistic for Seattle because their QB has actually had success in the NFL. With Housh as #1 and Deon Butler at slot and Carlson playing TE, I believe they can do some damage with that receiving core. Forsett is going to show the NFL that he's a force to be reckoned with. They think they've really help themselves in the secondary by drafting Earl Thomas. Their heavy D-Line should be interesting, because I'm wondering where their pass rush is going to come from.