: The Hsitory of the San Francisco 49ers
: Admin September 15, 2012, 11:30:46 AM
In 1950 the San Francisco 49ers moved from the American Conference to the NFL football league. The 49ers experienced moderate success in the American conference and carried that over to NFL football. During the 1950’s the 49ers housed some of the best talent in the league, from Y. A. Tittle to Joe Perry. In the early years, the 49ers remained a playoff team, but were never a serious contender for the title.
Throughout the early 1970’s the San Francisco 49ers would make it to the conference championship game, only to be beaten by the Dallas Cowboys. When new ownership acquired the 49ers their first action was appointing Bill Walsh as head coach. This would prove to be a move that would guide San Francisco into the golden ages of success. Walsh was a widely known offensive guru and used his knowledge to transform the 49ers into an offensive juggernaut. After his third season, Walsh’s offensive principles delivered them their first championship. After this important stepping stone Walsh’s regime went on to win two more Super Bowls.
During the 1980’s the 49ers not only benefited from Walsh’s guidance, but they also were stacked with fresh star players. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice were the weapons Walsh used to make is offense effective. Montana cemented his legacy with three Super Bowl victories and Rice used his god given talent to break every receiving record in NFL football. Rice and Montana are widely lauded as top all-time performers at their respective positions.
After ten years, Bill Walsh was replaced by George Seifert. Under Seifert the 49ers remained dominant even after injuries ended Montana’s tenure with the team. Steve Young was waiting in the wings to show his true potential and quarterbacking abilities. With Seifert and young at the helm, the 49ers won their fourth Super Bowl against the Chargers. For Steve Young the win was especially meaningful to set him apart from Joe Montana. For so much of Young’s career he was compared to Montana and never had his own championship to fall back on, but his Super Bowl win changed everything.
The San Francisco 49ers call Candlestick Park home and still have a large following of fans from their glory years in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In recent years the 49ers have gotten back to their winning ways. Throughout most of the 2000’s the 49ers floundered in losing seasons, but in 2011 everything changed. Harbough assumed coaching duties and transformed the defense into an impossible obstacle for opponents. Unlike their former reign of dominance, this version of the San Francisco 49ers is about defensive focus and principles. Harbough also used his intensity and passion to reenergize the team and inspire his often maligned quarterback, Alex smith. With his head coaches trust Smith performed brilliantly in the 2011 season. The 49ers made their way back to the NFC championship game and look primed for a long run of glory ahead. This is great news for loyal San Francisco fans that have endured some tough seasons since their last championship run.