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In 1978, the San Francisco 49ers finished dead last in the NFC West Division with a paltry 2-14 record. The general manager of the time made a series of shaky decisions that did little to improve the outlook of the failing franchise. He shipped off key talent, including a QB that would go on to win two championships. He made a poor bet against the franchise’s future with a gamble on an over-the-hill O.J Simpson. In shambles, no one would have guessed that this same team would eventually become known as the “Team of the 80s.”
In 1979, the 49ers rise to football stardom would begin. Bill Walsh was hired on as Heach Coach and General Manager. [Read more…]