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Are the 49ers a "MISSED WINDOW" team?

Originally posted by chico49erfan:
I'm pumped about this team. We need youth on defense, a DL rotation, and honestly a lot of help on the back-end... but wow. Our offense will be great w/ Kaep, Crabtree, VD, and LMJ/Hunter for years to come. Our defense will have LBs for the next 3-4 years... Our O-Line is NASTY and will continue to improve. Remember it's Boone's FIRST starting year.

I mean COME ON! We are in this thing! s**tTY loss yesterday but to think our window is lost is a loser attitude. I know these guys will want it even more next year.


I like our offense for the future. I think we need more defensive line depth and a new kicker.
life is about experiences I guess it was our time to feel how a super bowl loss feels like.


its sucks big time
This team has huge upside.

We got the coach, we got a young QB who is dynamic and makes big plays and our defense is still above average.
Originally posted by susweel:
life is about experiences I guess it was our time to feel how a super bowl loss feels like.


its sucks big time



^ this, you cant be undefeated forever.
Yes. Superbowl losers dont come back in the modern era.
Originally posted by susweel:
life is about experiences I guess it was our time to feel how a super bowl loss feels like.


its sucks big time


Yes it does suck. This is the one you don't want to lose.
Originally posted by susweel:
life is about experiences I guess it was our time to feel how a super bowl loss feels like.


its sucks big time

But you got what you wanted bro. Turn that frown upside down. :)
Originally posted by truekingcarlos:
Yes. Superbowl losers dont come back in the modern era.

anything is possible but I choose to be optimistic about the situation.
Originally posted by truekingcarlos:
Originally posted by susweel:
life is about experiences I guess it was our time to feel how a super bowl loss feels like.


its sucks big time

But you got what you wanted bro. Turn that frown upside down. :)

what did I want
All of this could be true. We could also be like the 1971 Dolphins that lost Super Bowl VI, then went on to win 32 of their next 34 games and back to back Super Bowl wins. We could also be like the 1970 Cowboys that lost Super Bowl 5, then went on to appear 4 of the next 8 Super Bowls. We could be like the Tennessee Titans of 1999, coming up so close, but ultimately failing and never getting there again. Whether we never go again or go on some Bill Russell Celtics like tear, what differences does it make? We're going to enjoy the ride (if you are a real fan) regardless.
Originally posted by truekingcarlos:
Yes. Superbowl losers dont come back in the modern era.


The Bronco's came back. Is that "modern era" enough?
My main worry--and what's making this so tough to deal with--is that the defense began to slip up the last several weeks of the season and playoffs. Smith is only getting older, and was obviously crucial to the entire efficacy of the D. Aldon Smith seems largely ineffective without J Smith, though I'm willing to bet his injury was much worse than the team let on. The LBs are the best in the league and still young, but the DBs, particularly the safties, were exposed for what they are: hard hitters who at times struggle in coverage.

We can't keep squandering opportunities like this. We're likely built to be a perennial playoff contender, but that's no guarantee. Tons of teams over the years have been in the playoffs year after year, only to never win the big one. I fear we're that team. We've let two great chances for a championship slip through our fingers the past two years, and shockingly, this year, we were even closer than last year. Until proven otherwise--by winning a SB with this team and this coach--I fear we'll go down like Marino's dolphins, Kelley's Bills, the post 2004 Pats, or the myriad other teams who came oh-so-close but could never seal the deal. With the NFC improving substantially, particularly within our own division, it'll be a challenge to make the playoffs let alone advance all the way to another SB.
Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
All of this could be true. We could also be like the 1971 Dolphins that lost Super Bowl VI, then went on to win 32 of their next 34 games and back to back Super Bowl wins. We could also be like the 1970 Cowboys that lost Super Bowl 5, then went on to appear 4 of the next 8 Super Bowls. We could be like the Tennessee Titans of 1999, coming up so close, but ultimately failing and never getting there again. Whether we never go again or go on some Bill Russell Celtics like tear, what differences does it make? We're going to enjoy the ride (if you are a real fan) regardless.


So anything could happen?....
Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
All of this could be true. We could also be like the 1971 Dolphins that lost Super Bowl VI, then went on to win 32 of their next 34 games and back to back Super Bowl wins. We could also be like the 1970 Cowboys that lost Super Bowl 5, then went on to appear 4 of the next 8 Super Bowls. We could be like the Tennessee Titans of 1999, coming up so close, but ultimately failing and never getting there again. Whether we never go again or go on some Bill Russell Celtics like tear, what differences does it make? We're going to enjoy the ride (if you are a real fan) regardless.

Those teams were from the pre-salary cap era. The salary cap makes it very difficult for teams to be powerhouse for longer than a few years. The Patriots were the exception, partly because the FO and Belichick has managed to maximize the potential of the team.
Originally posted by merm49:
My main worry--and what's making this so tough to deal with--is that the defense began to slip up the last several weeks of the season and playoffs. Smith is only getting older, and was obviously crucial to the entire efficacy of the D. Aldon Smith seems largely ineffective without J Smith, though I'm willing to bet his injury was much worse than the team let on. The LBs are the best in the league and still young, but the DBs, particularly the safties, were exposed for what they are: hard hitters who at times struggle in coverage.

We can't keep squandering opportunities like this. We're likely built to be a perennial playoff contender, but that's no guarantee. Tons of teams over the years have been in the playoffs year after year, only to never win the big one. I fear we're that team. We've let two great chances for a championship slip through our fingers the past two years, and shockingly, this year, we were even closer than last year. Until proven otherwise--by winning a SB with this team and this coach--I fear we'll go down like Marino's dolphins, Kelley's Bills, the post 2004 Pats, or the myriad other teams who came oh-so-close but could never seal the deal. With the NFC improving substantially, particularly within our own division, it'll be a challenge to make the playoffs let alone advance all the way to another SB.


You make a lot of good points and I agree with a lot of what you are saying here.