We lost, there were missed calls, and our playcalling could've been better. We should have given Gore a couple shots because he has been the heart and soul of this team for years, our OL mauled the Ravens, Ngata was out, and we had already rushed for 192yds in the game. Crabtree was mauled and our coaches froze in the final moments. All of this does not take away from back to back excellent seasons in which both years we died hard and the opponent was both lucky and good enough to get a win and claim the Super Bowl trophy.
It is hard to sustain success after a Super Bowl year because you normally lose coaches and a lot of players and you inherit a tough schedule. We have proved we can handle this and we have retained our coaches as well as 19 of our 22 starters. We have 14 draft picks after adding Boldin, Dawson, Dorsey, Skuta and Dahl. We will improve our talent and depth and our schedule will be arguably easier this season. Just think we went on the road last season and beat GB, NO, NE and ATL. We beat all the elite QBs in this league and some of them twice in a couple seasons.
Everyone knows that we are for real. We haven't fallen off and we will compete for Super Bowls at least the next 5 seasons. This is why I don't buy into this mess about Super Bowl losers not getting back because we are different already. A lot recent SB contestants didn't get back to the playoffs or advance because they couldn't sustain success after catching lightning in a bottle during their winning years. Just think, a lot of teams either win an easy division every year (NE) or they inherit a soft schedule and high draft picks due to not being a playoff team the previous year then they qualify and get hot. They win then they lose coaches and players. They get low round draft picks and a tougher schedule and then they can't deal with it. Case in point NYG, PIT, GB, ARI, IND, CHI and BAL will be next.
The list goes on and on.
They can't do it again because they aren't built for long term dominance whether it be depth in coaching, personnel, salary cap structure or draft picks. We have shown from 2011 to 2013 that we are not a fluke but that we are a contender year in, year out because we have sustenance due to a very bright front office and a blossoming coaching staff. It should not take much more for us to have a little faith in our team. We have arrived. Go 49ers. And yes, the PR department might want to have a talk with Crabtree so he doesn't say too much
[ Edited by Pillbusta on Mar 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM ]