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When will the NFL team San Francisco 49ers appear in a Super Bowl again?

Updated on September 13, 2013

The San Francisco 49ers were a dominating team during the 1980s and 1990s in the NFL. They were so good that they won five Super Bowls during a 14-year period. They didn’t even lose a Super Bowl game during that highly successful period of time. The team that was established in 1946 were the champions in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995. Bill Walsh was the head coach for the first 3 Super Bowls. George Seifert, Bill’s replacement, won the last two. Thus, they happened to be Super Bowl winners two years in a row at one point.

Captain Comeback to the Rescue Again

Jim Harbaugh was nicknamed “Captain Comeback” when he was an NFL quarterback because he had the knack to lead his team to victories after falling behind by a lot of points. I believe he deserves a lot of credit for getting his players to execute plays very well. The 49ers stockpiled a lot of good players before he came along. I feel a lot of other coaches would not be able to get the kind his production from the same players that Jim has. He has also able to get his players to play hard by being physically and mentally tough.

Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2013. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34 - 31. He had second-year QB Colin Kaepernick to start the big game. At the start of the 2012 - 13 season, Colin was the second-string quarterback.

Jim Harbaugh’s record as the head coach is:

2011 Regular Season: 13 - 3 2012 Postseason: 1 - 1

2012 Regular Season: 11 - 4 - 1 2013 Postseason: 2 - 1

**The tie in the 2012 regular season was against the St. Louis Rams.

What has helped Jim Harbaugh succeed in the NFL is having excellent coaches assisting him. They include offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Greg and Jim were coaching at Stanford before they hired by the 49ers.

2013 Regular Season

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree had surgery on May 23, 2013 to repair a torn Achilles tendon. It could six months for him to recover. Mario Manningham, another wide receiver, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee on December 23, 2012. We shall see how well Mario recovers from the injury. The 49ers did not had to give up much when they traded for Anquan Boldin.

Their core of running backs are Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore

As for the tight end position, they have Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald.

The 49ers’ defense should again be rock solid as they kept their good core players.

The placekicker for the 49ers is now Phil Dawson.

General Manager

Trent Baalke officially became the 49ers general manager in January 2011. He previously held the position of Western Region Scout, Director of Player Personnel and VP of Player Personnel. Scot McCloughan preceded him (2008 - 2010).

New Stadium

The 49ers’ new stadium being built in Santa Clara is called Levi’s Stadium. The Santa Clara Stadium Authority won the bid to host Super Bowl L (50) in February 7, 2016.

Jim Schwartz

There was a heated exchange right after the 49ers, the road team, defeated the Detroit Lions by a score of 25 - 19 in Week 5 of the 2011 - 2012 season. That was Jim Schwartz third year as the Lions’ head coach. It seems like Harbaugh was too giddy to give Schwartz a proper handshake after game. Schwartz ran to scream at Harbaugh as the 49er coach was closing in to the tunnel leading to the locker room.

Pete Carroll

Jim Harbaugh ongoing feud with Pete Carroll start back when they were college coaches. After Stanford beat USC in 2009 by a score of 55 - 21. After the game during the handshake, Pete asked Jim, “What’s your deal?” as they exchanged greetings. Pete obviously didn’t like that Stanford went for a two-point conversion late in the game up by 27 points.

In 2012, with Pete in his third year as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas claimed Jim honked and waved at the Seahawks’ team bus after a game in October. The 49ers had beaten the Seahawks (13 - 6) in San Francisco. Jim apparently also mockingly saluted the passengers. Ironically, Richard Sherman was at Stanford during his college years first as a wide receiver than as a cornerback.

Since 2011, there have been five Seahawks players disciplined due to usage of PEDs. Richard successfully appealed his suspension after being popped in late 2012. In June 2013, Jim Harbaugh commented on it and surely irritated some people in the Seahawks’ organization. He even used the word, Adderall. Pete Carroll get a great job of not making the story bigger.

Two Seahawks fired back days after Jim’s comments. Cornerback Brandon Browner said, “He’s a coach. He’s never gonna be out there lined up against me. I wish he would; I’d put my hands around his neck.” Wide receiver Golden Tate stated, “ . . . I would try and give him the Sean Lee treatment” when responding to what he would do if Harbaugh ever lined up across from him. The "Sean Lee Treatment" refers to a spiteful blindside block Golden laid on the Dallas Cowboys linebacker during a Russell Wilson scramble in 2012.


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    • Whimsical Chair profile image

      Whimsical Chair 4 years ago

      Thank you ParadigmEnacted for reading and commenting on my hub.

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      ParadigmEnacted 4 years ago

      Unless the wheels just completely come off, which would be an absolute worst-case scenario that nobody foresees right now, they'll be back in the Super Bowl within a couple of years. After what went down last year, I'd like that to be this year. Kaepernick looks ready to go. Adding Anquan Boldin in the off season was the way to go, but Michael Crabtree getting injured really threw everything into a tailspin at receiver and the secondary remains extremely iffy.

      They might end up being a scrappy team who makes it when, with only a little bit of good fortune over the last few months, they would have been the dominate team to beat. If they fall short this year, I'm certain that next year they'll be going for broke.

      You give a really good evaluation here.

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      Whimsical Chair 4 years ago

      Thank you Alphadogg16 for reading and commenting on my hub. I believe you're thinking that the 49ers had a good chance in 2012 because other teams didn't expect them to be as good as they were. Now, starting in 2013 every teams knows who the 49ers are and what they are capable of.

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      In my opinion, the 49ers are limited offensive and it doesn't appear they have corrected their issues in the off season/free agency. More times than not, that vaunted defense bails them out. I think their best chance was this past season when they lost to the Ravens.