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Monday, September 3, 2012

NFL Films: America's Game 1989 San Francisco 49ers: The Best 49ers Team of All Time

If you look at great dominant teams, its teams that just doesn't win consistently or does enough to win. But teams that win almost all of the time and dominates their competition, where their games look like cakewalks, their opponents look out of place, what are you doing here, you have no business. Here they are going to kick your ass, you don't have a chance in Hell of winning this game. There are few teams that meet that definition, the 78 Steelers, 85 Bears, 84 49ers, the 91 Redskins, the 77 Cowboys, the 71 Cowboys come to mind, perhaps even the 86 Giants.

But its hard to find a team thats more dominant then the 89 San Francisco 49ers, a team that had the best offense in the NFL and. Perhaps even the best defense in the NFL as well, thats how they dominated the way they did, because you couldn't stop them on defense, what you hoped is that they make a mistake and you capitalize. On it and you can hold them to a field goal or get a takeaway, because the 89 49ers didn't beat themselves in 1989. They could blow you out on offense and they could shut you down on defense, they were loaded across the board on both offense and defense, with some of the best players not only in the league but to ever play the game.

To think about the 89 49ers, lets start with the coaching staff, George Siefert already one of the best Head Coaches in the NFL in his rookie season. Mike Holmgren future Super Bowl winning Head Coach with the Green Bay Packers and Ray Rhoades, future NFL Head Coach with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers.

And with the players you have to start with QB Joe Montana the best QB in the NFL at that point and one of the top three QB's of all time, a lot of people think he's the best. WR Jerry Rice the best WR in the NFL at this point and probably the best of all time, RB Roger Craig the best all around RB in the NFL at this point and someone who should be in the Hall of Fame. WR John Taylor another Pro Bowler who would've been the number one WR on most teams in the NFL, TE Brent Jones another Pro Bowler. FB Tom Rathman and all around FB who was probably a good enough runner to be a feature RB but he played with Roger Craig.

When you talk about the 1980s 49ers as great as their offenses were, you also have to talk about the great defenses that they had. Because after they won Super Bowl 16, except for 1982, every year they had one of the best defenses in the league every year. They had the best NT in football in Michael Carter, the best DB in the NFL in Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. In Rush End Charles Haley, DE's Pierce Holt and Kevin Hagan, they could get to you with their DL or blitz you and not get beat in the secondary and mixed up their defenses very well. This is why the 89 49ers were so dominant and I believe one of the top three teams of all time.