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Are the 49ers a "MISSED WINDOW" team?

Kaepernick is the only reason that I have hope...we no longer have to rely on our defense to be so stout to win games.

That being said...I think we missed our chance. Super Bowl appearances are rare. We've had 2 legit shots in a row.
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by lazy:
If John Freaking Elway can be humiliated in his first three superbowls....and come back win his last two, then damn it the answer is no the window is not closing. I will refuse to believe that our window is closing!

Fap for Kap!

I already did....twice

Damn looks like I got some catching up to do!
We will get back. Under this coaching staff and the players they bring in, we are too good to not get back there. Just have to grind it out for another season.
Listen...LISTEN! Wasnt it not just yesterday that we had a crap team with Nolan and Singletary making us puke every Sunday. i am happy in this salary cap era, to have a perrenial playoff team now. We will win one of these things, its not as easy as it was in the 80's, but we will get a few more trophies in the next ten or so. Because we have a coach, a QB, and talent at the right places. Lets see how much better we will be next year. Ravens are getting old, this might have been their last chance.
[ Edited by goldrush49 on Feb 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM ]
We haven't even got to the first chapter of this 49er story, if you we're expecting a carbon copy of Montana and Walsh years, you are misguided.

Do you know how many teams are scouting for the next Colin Kapernick, about 25. You think Jerry Jones is feeling good about his QB after watching the playoffs and SB.

We have the prototype QB and he has only played 10 games but threw our first 300 yard game in years and he did it in the SB.
LOL only SD could think that a team thats young, locked up long term, has a 25 year old franchise QB, and is WAY ahead of schedule, has missed their window.
This team is a playoff lock for AT LEAST the next five years.

We have a league leading 17 starters under the age of 30. SEVENTEEN!

We good bro.
Might be an overreaction, but it feels this way at this point. 2 years in a row now the 49ers should have won the super bowl and screwed it up by s**tting their pants at the worst times. Great teams find a way to play their best in their biggest moments, twice in a row now this team has choked. This feels far worse than the stretch from 95-97 when they should've won at least one super bowl but came up empty.

With Baalke, Harbaugh and Kap, as well as the defensive and offensive pieces in place it appears the future is bright, but super bowl losing teams always seem to fade into oblivion and haven't come back to win in the next few years since the 70's. Will we be the ones to break that cycle? Who knows. All I know is right now I feel absolutely sick through and through.
Barring a major injury to somebody that's critical to our success we should get another crack
Originally posted by KowboyKiller:
Might be an overreaction, but it feels this way at this point. 2 years in a row now the 49ers should have won the super bowl and screwed it up by s**tting their pants at the worst times. Great teams find a way to play their best in their biggest moments, twice in a row now this team has choked. This feels far worse than the stretch from 95-97 when they should've won at least one super bowl but came up empty.

With Baalke, Harbaugh and Kap, as well as the defensive and offensive pieces in place it appears the future is bright, but super bowl losing teams always seem to fade into oblivion and haven't come back to win in the next few years since the 70's. Will we be the ones to break that cycle? Who knows. All I know is right now I feel absolutely sick through and through.

I don't know if there are any great teams in the NFL anymore but I think the Niners are as good as any team in the NFL and I don't see that changing.
The name of the game is Quarterback, and we definitely have that.
Originally posted by ninersrule4:
Wait arnt we one of the youngest if not the youngest team in the league? Our window is just opening

You are not the youngest team, but that is hardly relevant. You have a great team, with a window wide open. I look forward to the NFC W teams playing hard and being strong for many years. Niners had a great season, with a good team.

But to answer this question, in September you were the 27th youngest team. Rams are the youngest. Seahawks number 7.

http://bloggingthebeast.com/2012/09/01/ranking-the-nfl-teams-by-age-rams-and-eagles-have-the-two-youngest-teams-in-the-nfl-chargers-are-the-oldest/
This is only the beginning.
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.
Understand the thought...but from what we've seen from the Baalke/Harbaugh duo, they'll retool, and quickly. Most of the problems are with the defense...down the stretch and into the playoffs they simply weren't that good. You can't make a habit of continually falling behind and expect the offense to bail you out in the playoffs. That's a reverse trend from the 2003-2010 era, but one that has to get fixed, and pronto. Thanks to at least 14 draft picks (could well be more with a trade of Alex), Baalke has plenty of ammunition to work with. There are also some very good FA defensive players like Randy Starks (DL), Anthony Spencer, Conner Barwin & Paul Kruger(OLB's/situational pass rushers), CB's Sean Smith and Cary Williams, FS Jarius Byrd, SS's William Moore and Glover Quin, DT's Terrance Knighton, Alan Branch. Plenty of opportunities to improve the DL, secondary and let's throw in a top WR while we're at it.