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Jason La Canfora
Rookie head coach + QB by default + a disgruntled RB = Not a good combination.
Prediction: 5-11, fourth in NFC West
Everything comes back to the quarterback, Alex Smith. If something finally clicks, this hard-working, likable player could get San Francisco to 10 wins. If he's been what he's been, he won't finish the season as the starter.
Prediction: 6-10, third in NFC West
They may very well wind up with the top spot and a chance to draft Andrew Luck. The offensive line needs to get better, Michael Crabtree needs to get healthy and Frank Gore needs to stop the contract complaints.
Prediction: 2-14, fourth in NFC West
Jim Harbaugh will soon find out that his predecessors were right about Alex Smith's inability to get it done as a franchise quarterback.
Prediction: 3-13, fourth in NFC West
Everyone seems to trust Jim Harbaugh until he starts talking about Alex Smith. Meanwhile, the 49ers lost many a player in free agency and have a learning curve under a new coach, making 2011 a difficult year to win a weak division.
Prediction: 7-9, third in NFC West
On the hot seat
Edwards has a chance to supplant Vernon Davis as the 49ers' No.1 option in the passing game. His combination of size, speed and athleticism can overwhelm defenders, and lead to big plays for Harbaugh's squad.