You are correct. I mistakenly put the superbowl.
Who was picking the 49ers as a great defense prior to that year? Or even was saying they would make the playoffs? As I recall they came together during the season and had a pretty damn good run against a weak division.
The Dolphins are 4th against the run and that includes the 2 top teams having played 1 less game. And the Jets, and Bills are not top rated in my opinion and both may finish with double digit loses. More similar then not.
New head coach. Check.
New staff. Check
Weak division. Check
QB playing above what everyone thought. Check
I've been reading posts here and I'm not sure if it was you but I think it was, saying that it was all about the QB. That is the defining position. The 49ers didn't have a good QB unless you think Smith is. Again correct me if I'm wrong but how is it now that Defense won it for the 49ers and not the QB? It would seem that would go against your premise that it's the QB that makes the difference. Sorry if it wasn't you.
The Fins are last comment is extremely telling on where you're at with regards to the Dolphins chances and outlook about them. I guess if one goes by tie breakers that are meaningless right now they are last. Everyone in the division has the same record and the Dolphins haven't even played the Bills and Patriots. It's been a sad state of affairs for how this team has performed over the last 20 years but I see them as tied for 1st because last year doesn't matter. Because really, that's where they are in the Wins and Loss column and not the meaningless tie breakers 6 games in. I do live in reality and don't have rose colored glasses but on the flip side I don't have black colored glasses either.
But, in the meantime it is still extra fun to think we might be in the playoff chase when NO ONE would have considered it a possibility at the end of preseason.
That is better put then my rambling post. Well said.