Not a Good Day for the 49ers

I’m barely old enough to vividly remember it, how the 49ers went from a laughing stock to a dynasty, but I definitely do. I specifically remember watching Bill Walsh’s 49ers develop in front of my young eyes, and the crux of my memory is that it was very special. I think it was the first time I had seen a great team being built. At the time, the truly exceptional teams like the Steelers and Cowboys had been excellent well before I started actively watching and understanding football. This was the first time I had watched in awe as a team beautifully came together, led on the field of course by the most clutch player in the NFL, Joe Montana. That TD pass to Dwight Clark was one of the brightest moments in NFL history mainly because it was the culmination of one of the most impressive coming-of-age moments by a team in league history.

Montana was unbelievable, of course, but I distinctly remember focusing on this guy Bill Walsh, who I had not heard of just a year or two before the 49ers made their first championship run. This guy didn’t look like a head coach, and I noticed [...]

About John Hansen

John Hansen

Specializing in football, Hansen is one of the most connected fantasy writers in the country.

About the author

RSS Staff Commentary

  • Training Camp Dates and Sites July 21, 2014
    The Bills got NFL training camps underway this past weekend and the rest of the league will get started throughout this week. The Giants and Bills will kick off the 2014 preseason in the NFL Hall of Game at 8 pm Sunday, August 3 in Canton, Ohio. The ninth edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will follow the Falcons this preseason. As for the rest of the league, he […]
    Tom Brolley
  • The Prince Connection: Rodgers and Nelson July 7, 2014
    If you follow along over at my Twitter account @FG_Dolan (shameless plug), you’ve probably noticed my undying love for Jordy Nelson, and the fact that I’d happily welcome him onto any of my fantasy teams this year. First of all, he’s madly productive as is: he hauled in 85/1314/8 last year and averaged 16.5 FPG in a PPR league. That was good enough to rank h […]
    Joe Dolan
  • 12-Team PPR Mock Auction Review, Strategy, and Lessons Learned June 5, 2014
    On somewhat of a whim, I decided to do some mocking on Wednesday night, but instead of trying to compare ADP numbers and working out the best spots to pick from, my idea was to run an auction. We ended up getting a 12-team PPR mock auction with a $200 cap done in a few hours, although with the informal atmosphere, a handful of teams ended up going on autodra […]
    Matt Camp