The difficult thing to accept is that there is no guarantee whatsoever that we will EVER return to prominence in the NFL.
There are 31 other organizations out there fighting for the same thing.
Most of them have better ownership, newer stadiums (with the resultant revenue streams and advertising capability), a real NFL management structure, better scouts and personnel men, and better core players.
I didn't mention coaching yet, as this is still just Sings first full season. But we have plenty of evidence on many of the bit players (like Sullivan, Raye, and the other merry band of fools) to know that they aren't helping much.
Pile on top a legacy of bad decisions that continue to weigh down this franchise, that stretch all the way back to Walsh hiring Terry Donahoe and signing 'the criminal running back' and continue with the current wishy-washy Alex Smith situation.
This is a LOT to overcome. As others have mentioned it has to start from the top. Ownership must be 100% committed to winning, and have the foresight to hire the very best football people and then LEAVE THEM ALONE to do their job, and spend money to create a favorable enivornment.
Can the Yorks do this? Nothing so far says they can, or will. I am enthused that they have put a young, smart kid like Jed in place as the face of the organization. Now let's see some smart football decisions be made.