In a Friday appearance on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, 40ers linebacker Aldon Smith was asked to finish a sentence.
“This year, the San Francisco 49ers will . . . .” said cohost Erik Kuselias.
“Win the Super Bowl,” Smith said, before adding a perfunctory, “I don’t know.”
If they do it, one of the big reasons will be that the defense has improved over last year, when the Niners made it to the final four.
“I’d say we got better just being a defense who’s playing with each other,” Smith said. “Everybody is back and we’re all together and playing together again and I think we’re better this year.”
The 49ers’ offense doesn’t seem to be much better despite an influx of new weapons, and periodic sputtering has contributed to a pair of losses against five wins. But the 49ers are still in position to fulfill Smith’s kind of/sort of guarantee for the outcome to the season.