Let’s shortly knock predominant obstacles standing within the 49ers’ manner of constructing it again to the Tremendous Bowl. San Francisco’s receiving corps has been devastated by accidents this summer time, though Deebo Samuel and rookie Brandon Aiyuk are rounding again into well being. Second, the 49ers, who play in arguably the NFL’s hardest division, personal the fourth-toughest power of schedule within the NFL. San Francisco may also must keep away from becoming a member of the lengthy checklist of Tremendous Bowl runner-ups who got here up significantly shy of expectation the next season. 

Whereas the percentages are barely stacked in opposition to them, it’s totally possible to consider that the 49ers will hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy this February for the primary time in 26 years. In doing so, San Francisco, the primary group to seize 5 Tremendous Bowl titles, would move the Cowboys and transfer right into a tie with the Steelers and Patriots for probably the most Vince Lombardi trophies. 

With the beginning of the common season simply days away, let’s check out the three predominant explanation why the 49ers will carry a sixth Lombardi Trophy again to the Bay Space. 

1. A successful method 

Sure, the NFL has turn into a extra advanced recreation than it was when Vince Lombardi roamed the sidelines in Inexperienced Bay in the course of the Nineteen Sixties. That being mentioned, Lombardi’s successful philosophy again then — a highly-effective dashing assault and a dominant protection — is simply as efficient immediately. Groups that may run the ball and play nice protection sometimes put themselves able to win championships. That method existed in San Francisco in 2019, and it practically led to successful the trophy that bears Lombardi’s identify. The 49ers are anticipated to depend on that very same method in 2020. 

Whereas there are a couple of new faces, the 49ers’ offense is ready as much as have continued success on the bottom in 2020. They changed retired Professional Bowl left sort out Joe Staley with Trent Williams, a six-time Professional Bowler throughout his time in Washington. The 49ers additionally acquired veteran proper guard Tom Compton, who’s reuniting with coach Mike Shanahan after beforehand working with him in Washington. 

Tevin Coleman, a six-year veteran who rushed for 105 yards and two scores within the 49ers’ divisional spherical playoff win over the Vikings, will again up Raheem Mostert, the group’s main rusher final season. A former undrafted rookie who toiled on a number of groups earlier than lastly breaking by way of in San Francisco, rushed for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns within the 49ers’ 37-20 win over Inexperienced Bay within the NFC title recreation. The 49ers are additionally welcoming again Jerick McKinnon, a former Viking who has missed the previous two seasons with a knee harm. McKinnon may also look to make a distinction within the passing recreation, which can doubtless result in him getting extra alternatives on third downs. 

“I do suppose I can open up a distinct ingredient and my toolset that I carry,” McKinnon mentioned throughout coaching camp, by way of the Mercury Information. “Kyle is a matchup guru at taking part in guys as much as their power.”

The 49ers’ protection, led by defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, ought to construct off of the success they’d in 2019, once they completed eighth within the league in factors allowed, first in move protection and second in third down effectivity. Whereas the group did resolve to commerce away defensive sort out DeForest Buckner (who completed third on the group in sacks in 2019), San Francisco has changed him with Javon Kinlaw, the 14th general decide within the draft. One of many top-rated defensive linemen on this yr’s draft, Kinlaw is vying to be within the beginning lineup when the 49ers kick off the season. 

“I am making enhancements,” Kinlaw just lately mentioned because it pertains to adjusting to the NFL, by way of The Washington Publish. “That is the principle factor. Simply get higher day-to-day. That is it. That is all I am actually making an attempt to do. I knew coming in that it wasn’t going to be simple. So I already had ready myself for that. I see the enhancements day by day.”

Even when it takes Kinlaw some time to develop right into a top-level defender, the 49ers produce other gamers in place to assist decide up the slack, led by second-year defensive finish Nick Bosa (9 sacks final season), defensive finish Erik Armstead (10 sacks in ’19) and perennial Professional Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman. The 49ers are additionally hoping to have a wholesome Dee Ford — who battled by way of a knee harm all through the 2019 season — for the 2020 season. Ford, who nonetheless managed to report 6.5 sacks in 11 video games final season (a yr after racking up 13 sacks), is anticipated to be again within the lineup in opposition to the Cardinals regardless of sustaining a calf harm throughout coaching camp. 

“Dee Ford is a giant piece of the puzzle,” Saleh mentioned of Ford, by way of NBC Sports activities.”His velocity has bought to be accounted for when he is on the market. It simply sort of opens it up for everyone else on that entrance and by opening it up, it simply stretches the offensive line and the best way they have to guard.

“The eye that he will get, that they have to concentrate to with reference to chipping and the various things they have to do, simply frees up everyone.” 

2. A greater Jimmy G 

It is easy to overlook that 2019 was Jimmy Garoppolo’s first full season as an NFL beginning quarterback. The 28-year-old quarterback flourished below Shanahan’s system, finishing 69.1% of his passes whereas serving to lead the 49ers to a 13-3 common season report. And whereas the 49ers’ offense is centered on their floor assault, Garoppolo was far more than a recreation supervisor in 2019. He threw 4 landing passes in each of his group’s wins over the Cardinals final season. In Week 14, regardless of falling behind by double digits on the street in opposition to the Saints, Garoppolo led a 49ers comeback by throwing for 4 touchdowns and finishing 74.3% of his passes. 

Whereas Garoppolo got here up brief late in Tremendous Bowl LIV, 49ers legend Joe Montana, who gained 4 Tremendous Bowls throughout his time within the Bay Space, believes that final yr’s expertise ought to make Garoppolo a a lot better participant in 2020. 

“He’ll be again. He is an excellent participant,” Montana mentioned of Garoppolo throughout an look on “NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.” “You simply must get him extra alternatives to be in that scenario.”

Montana, who added that he feels that Garoppolo performed “fairly nicely” in his first Tremendous Bowl, provided tangible explanation why he feels Garoppolo ought to be significantly higher in 2020. Together with having a full yr of being a beginning quarterback below his belt, Montana believes that Garoppolo ditching his knee brace may also pay substantial dividends for Garoppolo and the 49ers. 

“I had six clean-outs in my knee,” Montana mentioned, “and so they needed me to put on a brace, and also you simply cannot get used to it. Hopefully, you will see a brisker, totally different participant this yr, though he had a fairly good yr final yr. I am wanting ahead to him doing the identical factor.”

Together with having Samuel and tight finish George Kittle to throw to in 2020, Garoppolo may have a brand new weapon in Aiyuk, who just lately earned reward from the 49ers’ All-Professional tight finish. 

“The issues that I’ve observed is that he has unbelievable palms and that dude is admittedly quick,” mentioned 49ers tight finish George Kittle, by way of NBC Sports activities Bay Space. “He does not even appear like he is operating, he simply sort of glides alongside the bottom. It is sort of insane. I like seeing how he can get within the huddle with those and he can execute. That is actually enjoyable to see, and, after all, all of us mess up generally however he all the time is available in and catches the following ball.

“Actually, I have never seen him drop a move which is fairly sick, too. He is having a fantastic camp up to now, and I do know that the longer we’re right here and collectively, the higher he’ll get.”

3. They’re battle-tested 

As alluded to above, the 49ers must buck the development of Tremendous Bowl runner-ups who suffered a disappointing season following their look within the large recreation. However in contrast to most of these earlier groups, the 49ers return the vast majority of their gamers who helped them attain the massive recreation the earlier season. Additionally they added a number of new items (particularly, Williams, Kinlaw and Aiyuk) that ought to assist make up for the items they parted methods with in the course of the offseason. 

The 49ers even have one thing not many different groups have: the expertise of really attending to a Tremendous Bowl. Whereas they in the end fell brief, the 49ers managed to return out on prime in arguably the league’s best division. They then out-muscled the Vikings within the divisional spherical earlier than operating over the Packers within the NFC title recreation. The 49ers outplayed the Chiefs for almost all of Tremendous Bowl LIV earlier than Patrick Mahomes took management of the sport. 

Expertise, like the rest, is a important ingredient because it pertains to having success within the NFL. Simply ask the 2010s Patriots, who used that have to turn into the third group in historical past to play in three straight Tremendous Bowls. The Patriots weren’t all the time the perfect group, however they, higher than some other group within the NFL over the previous decade, continued to search out methods to win when it mattered most. A few of that success was on account of their expertise and preparation, however quite a lot of it was on account of their wealth of expertise in high-pressure moments. The 49ers, in contrast to the Cardinals and a few of the different up and coming groups within the NFC, have but to have success in these kind of moments. The 49ers did in 2019, and, if they will overcome their current rash of accidents, ought to be in place to do it once more in 2020.  

“The issues that I’ve observed is that he has unbelievable palms and that dude is admittedly quick,” mentioned 49ers tight finish George Kittle, by way of NBC Sports activities Bay Space. “He does not even appear like he is operating, he simply sort of glides alongside the bottom. It is sort of insane. I like seeing how he can get within the huddle with those and he can execute. That is actually enjoyable to see, and, after all, all of us mess up generally however he all the time is available in and catches the following ball.

“Actually, I have never seen him drop a move which is fairly sick, too. He is having a fantastic camp up to now, and I do know that the longer we’re right here and collectively, the higher he’ll get.”

The 49ers additionally stay motivated to complete the job after falling painfully brief in 2019. That motivation might assist them be part of the ’71 Cowboys, ’72 Dolphins and ’18 Patriots as the one groups to win the Tremendous Bowl a yr after dropping the massive recreation.

“Soccer is a recreation that offers you quite a lot of scars, nevertheless it’s a matter of how do you come again and use these scars to be taught, to develop, after which in the end by no means allow them to occur once more,” sort out Mike McGlinchey mentioned, by way of the Orlando Sentinel. “That is the message that this group has felt for the reason that night time of Feb. 2. I am excited as a result of that feeling continues to be there. I believe it is a good factor that it bothers folks when that also comes on as a result of it is simply that rather more of a driving issue to get again there, after which in the end end the job.”

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