Head coach Jim Harbaugh (center) has had the 49ers smiling the past two seasons. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Who’s got it better than the 49ers?
Over the past two years, hardly anybody.
The awarding of Super Bowl L to the team’s new stadium in 2016 is just the latest in a long string of good fortune for a franchise that was down on its luck for nearly a decade.
The once-proud 49ers – who’d won five Super Bowls under coaches Bill Walsh and George Seifert – went eight straight seasons without a winning record from 2003-2010 before things turned around.
But once the positive mojo started flowing again, it hasn’t stopped.
As Mike Sando, ESPN.com’s NFC West blogger, wrote on Tuesday, the awarding of the Super Bowl to the franchise is “just another sign of progress for the team under chief operating officer Jed York.” Sando then ticked off what is a long list of winning moves by the 49ers in recent years:
But, Sando’s list isn’t totally complete. Other good fortune includes:
As former 49ers head honcho Eddie DeBartolo noted during Super Bowl week, the franchise is flourishing once more under the direction of his nephew, York. The Niners are on a roll again, just as they were in the 1980s and ‘90s.
“It’s tradition,” DeBartolo told Fox Sports. “Everyone throws the word ‘dynasty’ out there, but I don’t know about dynasties. But you know what it is? It’s a tradition that (Jed) worked so hard to get.”