Or to be more specific, they looked like a team that has had all of 12 practices to get their act together. Which is what they are, and might indicate why this year is going to suck.
Jim Harbaugh may be a great coach with a great gameplan. Aldon Smith may be a great pass rusher. The secondary may be a reliable group.
And we may not see any of that this season. Or at least not until it is too late for 2011. The first preseason game may have been a sign of things to come. This is a team that needs some time to get its shit together, and that is one thing which is sorely lacking this year.
Normally that wouldn’t be too much of an issue. But this is a 49ers team that really needs some signs of hope. We’ve been sold on a rebuilding plan for nearly a decade now, and eventually some signs of progress need to be shown.
Perhaps I’m underestimating Harbaugh. Maybe the team will develop over the next few weeks and he can execute his gameplan. But right now the Niners look like a team that’s going to need a lot more time to develop than the NFL is currently affording.