It has been remarkably tough to be a 49ers fan over the past six seasons. Every time there was a sense of hope, it was quickly put to rest with a series of dramatic losses. It hyped up people so much they thought Alex Smith was going to be the savior of the 49ers, possibly the second coming of Steve Young. It was easy to lay the blame at the feet of first round draft pick Alex Smith. Former University of Utah head coach Urban Myers let the 49ers know up front that it would take time for Alex to fill into his potential.
As each loosing year passed, the 49ers would draft someone dynamic, or change head coach. Diehard fans would stick it out, but so many would throw their hands up blowing off the 49ers. It even seemed as though press coverage began to wilt into the valley of subpar coverage. From a fan prospective it seemed as though the NFL and even the refs had black listed the 49ers. The NFL would punish the 49ers for an infraction, but teams that seemed to commit similar penalties seemed to walk away with a stern talking to. Though I respect the NFL refs, it seemed as though they would call invisible penalties consistently against the 49ers.
Thanks to Jim Harbaugh and company, the 49ers have put together the road map to success. Utilizing essentially the same talent available to Mike Singltary, Jim has proven the team only needed some fine tuning. Now as the 49ers stand 7-1 with a five game lead in the NFC West, and a brilliant chance at a playoff appearance, fans are returning. Having been burned in the past, fans tend to be cautious. However now is the time to go all in, bet the farm, and get past any reservations they may have. If the 49ers ever needed the full support of the fan base, this is it. With clear momentum built up, the 49ers only have an uphill battle before them. Fans can get in the game, by blogging, tweeting, commenting on articles, showing up to games, and so much more. It is time for the 49ers fans to get off the bench.