Take a look at other franchises in the league folks. Teams like the Cowboys, Steelers, and even the Giants never go through droughts of unsuccess like we're currently having. Now, back in the hayday, one could blame the attraction of the high profile media market.......where an unsalaried cap could buy you all the players you needed to make a dominant football team (see the NY Yankees in MLB). But in today's game, all the teams in the league are on the same page (eg salary cap). So what keeps the teams I just mentioned on top of their game year in and year out, while teams like the 49ers can almost go through an entire decade winless and held unaccountable for ?
Maybe its the fans. I read through some of the threads on this forum, and it's appalling how accustomed to losing we've become as 49er fans. Mind you, I think the forum serves as a good sample population for the Niners fanbase, as the majority of you are from the city itself, not to mention that we have fans on this site of all ages that have been following the team from different eras. With that said, there was a time (at least for me) when I used to get pissed at the Niners for not beating teams with wider margins. Sometimes Id get upset if the team didnt pick up a first down on a 2nd down play. This is what I grew up with. It was a winning tradition. And somewhere along the line, we lost that tradition, which is ok.......because the NFL is designed to give every team an opportunity to win in this league.
But here we are, 7 years removed from our last playoff appearance.....2 head coaches fired in between that time.....at least 5 starting QBs throwing in that term (Brett Favre had outlasted all of them, btw), and our fans are still content with "we are still rebuilding, and rebuilding takes time". I mean, seriously ? I waste 8 months of my life every year, looking forward to the regular season, hoping that "this is it" and that the team will finally turn around and amke an impact in the league. And I get the same results each and every time. And instead of me (and my fellow brethren) calling the team, front management, players, etc. out on this pathetic excuse of a franchise, I (we) instead excuse it as "rebuilding" and hope that we'll emerge as a powerhouse the following year.
Why is it that teams like the Cowboys, Steelers, and Giants cant go 5 years without success, while teams like the Niners can go an entire decade going unnoticed ? I'll tell you why. It's the fans. If the fans cant hold their team accountable; if the fans cant call out front management for their mistakes; if the fans cant show their dislike for losing ways; then the organization will always think they are making the right moves.
Like I said, I read some of the posts on this board and I half laugh/half cry. 7 years since the Mooch era ended and we're still "rebuilding". And we're ok with that as a fanbase. What a sad state of affairs for a once storied franchise.