With FanSided’s 15-year anniversary hitting today, Niner Noise looks at the 49ers from 15 years ago, 2007, and reminds us why it wasn’t all bad a year.
For the most part, those San Francisco 49ers teams from 2003 through 2010 are ones most of us fans would like to forget.
The dark days under former head coach Mike Nolan, followed by head coach Mike Singletary’s rise and demise, mixed in with quarterback controversies surrounding Alex Smith and genuinely frustrating years that spanned nearly the entire decade, there were few reasons to celebrate being a Niners fan during that timeframe.
However, 2007 marked the first year our parent site, FanSided, launched. So, yes, it’s been 15 years since FanSided was a thing.
And we’re proud to say we’ve grown since that point, too.
2007, like many of those years for the red and gold, wasn’t particularly great. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl that season, while San Francisco finished 5-11 in Nolan’s last full year as a head coach, one which he employed the league’s worst offense, both in terms of points scored and yardage gained.
Interestingly enough, though, the 49ers didn’t finish dead last in the NFC West that year, that lowly accolade going to the 3-13 St. Louis Rams, so one might argue 2017 wasn’t too bad for the Niners.
And here are some other things that weren’t too bad either, as we look back on 15 years ago and break down an otherwise forgettable season for San Francisco amid FanSided’s 15-year anniversary.