Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.
That's a cute saying and I've heard it a lot but here's what's wrong with it - it's totally unrealistic. Life is filled with failure. How one deals with failure is probably more important than how one deals with success. The Patriots, Cowboys, Steelers, Giants and now the Niners have at least one or more Super Bowl losses. Would anyone really call those teams loser teams? Of course not. Now we know what it's like to lose a Super Bowl. It doesn't feel good. Our team has laid that feeling on other fan bases five times. Now we know.
But, the question this thread poses is about a closing window. Here's why I think the window is still opening: we have a seriously talented young QB
who's locked in for years. He hasn't even had a full off-season with the team planning for him starting. He has never been fully integrated into a season plan. Almost all of our team is locked in contracts for years. It's a relatively young team. Even Frank Gore, at 30 has a few good years left
, especially with a couple of other backs now who spell him often during the season - he was still going strong yesterday in his 19th game of the season. The Niners have a strong all around team so the off-season will be spent tweaking, not rebuilding. They've got a huge number of draft picks and they're in great cap shape. The Niners have a schedule next year that's actually a lot easier
than the one they had this year and their biggest division rival, the Seahawks, have a much tougher schedule next year than this year. The Niners have an owner dedicated to getting the team back to the Superbowl. The Niners have a head coach with the best winning percentage in his first two years since George Siefert and that was after taking over a 6-10 team. Siefert took over a Super Bowl champion team. There will be tremendous consistency going into next year with basically the same staff. All of this is more than enough reason for optimism. They will go into next season as the odds-on favorite to represent the NFC again in the Super Bowl.
And the next time Colin Kaepernick plays in a Super Bowl, he'll have a full year and full off season of preparation as the starter.