...the above post is the definition of "lack of perspective".
Ya know what? You can't win every year. There are 31 other teams trying to climb the same mountain every single year. Some teams have NEVER won.
If the Niners won every single year it wouldn't be any fun. You have to have the Packers and the Cowboys and all the rest or else it's not as difficult an achievement to earn. The fact that it's hard to win it and that it happens so seldom is what makes those moments the best.
Ask Ronnie Lott or Joe Montana which season was their favorite and they won't even hesitate to say 1981. It wasn't expected. In 1981 the Niners won the Super Bowl with their worse team of all the 5 that won it, but it was their favorite season.
Niners didn't win it this year and I am STILL licking my wounds, but I enjoyed watching this year more than I enjoyed watching any of the Super Bowl Seasons (I was too young in '81).
Was this season a failure? If you look at it through the "we only succeed if we win it all" lens, then yes. If you have a bit more perspective on it to see the journey and the HUGE step they just took, then you will see that it was a HUGE success. It was a suceess that can build FUTURE success. It will make Free Agnents want to say. It will make other teams Free Agents want to come and play here. It'll help get a Stadium build ensuring the team stayes in the Bay Area for 40+ years. It will show the players what they are capable of and adjust THEIR expectations.
Losing the way they lost may actually do something else as well. They got a taste of winning this year and got CRUSHED at the end. That will FUEL them in the future. They will ALWAYS remember how close they were. Players forget the wins but always remember the losses. This loss will push them into the future.
Finally...dude, chill out. If you couldn't enjoy this past season and simply look at it as "another failure", you are going to give yourself a heart attack. It's not about the destination, it's about the ride.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Feb 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM ]