Someone's gotta be the Debbie Downer. Sorry, guys, it's me this time.
Like many of you here, I've been a lifelong Niners fan. I've dealt with basically a decade of nothingness from the team. And I'm always looking for signs of improvement.
So I'm happy to see this team at 5-1, with a few solid victories and one blowout victory. But I don't like people talking about playoffs and the Super Bowl just yet.
I want to offer one simple cautionary tale so that we don't get carried away.
The 2007 Detroit Lions. More specifically, they started out the season 6-2. Read the following psasage and imagine if you could see it being written about the Niners:
The Lions (6-2) have established themselves as a legitimate contender in the NFC and perhaps the surprise team in the entire league at the midway point of their season. They are one game behind Green Bay (7-1) in the NFC North.
"This is real," defensive tackle Cory Redding said. 'This is a different team. It's not the same-old Lions anymore.'
In the Super Bowl era, 76 percent of the 146 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs. The Lions haven't won six of their first eight games since 1999, the last season they made the playoffs.
"I hope we keep playing one snap at a time," coach Rod Marinelli said. "The rest of that is too far down the road. I know that's boring. I'm boring.'
Anyone remember what happened to them? They finished the season 1-7, then followed that up by going 0-16 the next season.
That is all. Cheer the Niners, but please don't look ahead and please don't tempt karma by talking about the Super Bowl.