And after Alex Smith threw one touchdown pass and 11 intereceptions as a rookie, optimism is hard to come by. However, a pair of first-round picks from this year, Vernon Davis and Manny Lawson, should provide hope for the future.
What's your take, SportsNation? Will Alex Smith be a successful NFL quarterback? Which of this year's first-round picks will have the greater immediate impact? Which running back gives the Niners their best chance to win? Vote on the outlook for the 49ers!