Opponent: San Francisco 49ers

2010 record: 0-2, losing at Seattle by 25 points and then at home to New Orleans by three points, 25-22.

Last year’s record: 8-8, second in the NFC West Division.

Record for the last five seasons: 31-49, with a pair of second place finishes, two years in third place and one in fourth.

Last appearance in the playoffs: 2002, won the NFC West, and beat the New York Giants in the wild-card round 39-38, before losing to Tampa Bay 31-6. The Bucs went on to beat Oakland for the Super Bowl.

Owner: Denise DeBartolo York, daughter of Edward DeBartolo, Sr., who purchased the team in 1977. She took over control of the team in 2000 from her brother, when Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. was dealing with legal troubles involving his conviction in a federal case involving Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Her husband John York is part of the team’s decision making process and her son Jed York is team president.

General Manager: 49ers have a lot of hands involved in what would be GM duties, from Jed York, to executive VP of football Administration Lal Heneghan and executive VP of football and business operations Paraag Marathe.

Head coach: Mike Singletary (above right) is in his second full season as head coach. He has a 13-14 record. He took over the team at the midway point of the 2008 season, replacing Mike Nolan. Singletary had a Hall of Fame playing career playing 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler and was twice named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and 1988. He retired as a player in 1993.

Coordinators: A real former Chiefs flavor among the Niners coordinators with Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator, Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator and Kurt Schottenheimer working as the special teams coach.

Roster overview: The roster is largely built on draft choices (33 of the 53 players) and there are 18 players who were selected in the first three rounds. They haven’t been shy about spending in unrestricted free agency, signing eight players including the likes of DE Justin Smith, CB Nate Clements, FB Moran Norris and others. They have 10 street free agents, one waiver claim and one player picked up in a trade in Ted Ginn Jr.

Quarterback: Adam Smith was the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and his career has been star-crossed and he never established himself as the San Francisco starting quarterback until last year. In his second season back in ’06 he started all 16 games, but the next year it was seven, the next season he was out all year with a shoulder injury then in ’09 he did not start the season as the 49ers starter. But eventually he got there and opened 10 games. One of his problems has been that in his first five seasons, he had a different offensive coordinator each season: Mike McCarthy (2005), Norv Turner (2006), Jim Hostler (2007), Mike Martz (2008) and Jimmy Raye (2009). This is the first season he hasn’t had to learn a new offense.

Offensive threats: the key to the offense is RB Frank Gore, who right now is the team’s leading rusher and receiver, with 50 touches for 251 yards and 2 TDs. In his sixth season out of Miami, he’s had 7,643 yards from scrimmage. Only LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Jackson have produced more. Since ’05, only Tomlinson, Thomas Jones and Jackson has run for more than the 5,711 that Gore has put up. TE Vernon Davis has big play potential and plays split out in the slot quite a bit. Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan play big and live on yards after the catch. The offense line has two rookie starters in first-round picks T Anthony Davis and G Mike Iupati. That group of five has three former first-round choices and a pair of guys taken in the second round.

Defensive stars: this unit has one of the best defensive linemen in the league in DE Justin Smith, one of the top linebackers in MLB Patrick Willis and one of the best defensive backs in RCB Nate Clements. No defensive lineman in the NFL has more tackles since 2001 than the 608 that Smith has registered with Cincinnati and San Francisco. Over the last four seasons, no player in the league has more tackles than the 486 that Willis has taken part in over 50 games with the 49ers. Clements produces not only interceptions, but he’s forced 14 fumbles since 2004.

Special teamers: Chiefs fans should never forget K Joe Nedney; it was his FG at Denver in the final weekend of the 2006 season that sent the Chiefs into the playoffs. This is his 15th season and this is his sixth with San Francisco, where he has an 87 percent success rate … P Andy Lee is one of the league’s best, especially given the winds he must deal with at Candlestick Park. In his sixth season, his career numbers of 44.9 gross and 38.2 net are among the best in the history of the game … Ted Ginn Jr. has played four years and has three return TDs.

By the numbers: After two weeks, the Niners are 11th in offensive yards with 340 yards per game. That breaks down to No. 19 in rushing yards (95.5 yards) and No. 10 in passing yardage (244.5 yards.) On the defensive side they are No. 4 in the league, allowing just 264.5 yards per game. They are sixth against the run (63.5 yards) and 14th vs. the pass (201 yards). They are minus-5 in the turnover ratio, they are plus-1 in the sac ratio and they are minus-28 in point-differential.

Top ’10 draft picks: 1.) OT Anthony Davis of Rutgers is starting at right tackle; 1.) G Mike Iupati from Idaho is starting at left guard; 2.) S Taylor Mays out of Southern Cal is working on special teams so far; 3.) LB NaVarro Bowman out of Penn State has been working on the special teams.

Familiar faces: There’s a bunch of them here, including the assistant coaches in Raye, Manusky, Kurt Schottenheimer and OL coach Mike Solari. K-State fans may remember ILB coach Vantz Singletary, who played linebacker for the Wildcats back in 1987-88. There are no former Chiefs players on the roster, but there are still some familiar names like former KU fullback Moran Norris and former Mizzou DE Justin Smith.

2 Responses to “Opponent: San Francisco 49ers”

  • September 24, 2010  - RW says:

    On paper and on field with the latest MNF game as exhibit 1, the 9′ers are the better team by my eyes. However, the better team doesn’t always win.

    Consider: The 9ers have to travel after a MNF game on a short week. Not the most ideal circumstance and if history is a true indicator, a falling off of performance is in the offing.

    Consider too: This is a TEAM sport and the Chiefs have been playing up to that concept. In other words, the best athletes don’t win all the time. The best team does.

    Conclusion: It wouldn’t surprise me to see a Chief’s win this Sunday. I think it would greatly surprise the ‘experts’ who pick the games on TV.

  • September 24, 2010  - rufus says:

    if the chiefs win, they are officially on the cinderella team radar

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