Good morning, Faithful. We are all painfully aware how bad the team's offseason has been, and how very few experts are giving the team much of a chance this upcoming season. Obviously, there are many variables that go in to how a team performs, and the results of both last season and Harbaugh's first season show just how wrong predictions can sometimes be. However, what if this negative perception can actually hurt the team?
While at the American Century Championship this week, Steve Young had an interesting take on how negative perception can hurt the 49ers if they don't do something early on this season to show teams and players that they are the dominant team of old. Young talks about how dominant teams can put fear in the mind of opponents before a game even starts, and how that can affect the outcome of a game. That is an interesting thought that I had yet to consider, but can definitely understand.
Young also talks about how even if every retirement or departure that the 49ers endured this offseason was unrelated, that negative perception could potentially make free agents think twice before joining the team. I am not sure how much I really believe that this would be an issue with this team, seeing how Baalke rarely builds through free agency as it is. Either way, I hope the 49ers dominate out of the gate and put all of the other stuff behind them.
Onto the links from the day.
Highlights from 49ers First Year at Levi's® Stadium (49ers Staff)