Originally posted by 49ersnum1:
Niners are the most consistent team in the NFL over the last 3 years... The problem is there has been 1 team "Slightly" better each year. 2011 NYG 2012 BAL now 2013 SEA... How do we get over the hump? More physical corners, I think Drafting FS Reid was clutch and you have to resign Whitner because they don't come much better and he's earned his keep at SS. Only corners who I would keep are Brock, Culliver and maybe Cox, but they should be competing for the nickel position at this point, NOT as starters or we are in trouble. Our front 7 you have to keep for the next 2-3 years , that's our foundation. Offense, I would say our Oline is among the elite, but we can play more physical. Lattimore should help next season and I think Hunter is ready to replace Gore when the time comes. Kaepernick is star, but year 4 needs to become more of a complete quarterback, be able to win games with his arm and not stay disguised by our scheme. Keep Crabtree and Boldin and add some speedy reliable wide puts, Patton played well and hope to see him stay healthy next season. We are close !!!!!! But the other teams are getting better as well!!!!
Maybe its sour grapes to say this, but I really do believe that the 49ers have been the BEST team in the NFL over the last 3 years.
It makes me so mad the way NFL officials have decided our big games. Obviously we have to do a much better job at putting the game far enough out of reach to where bad calls dont make the difference, but I always argue that in big games against the very best teams, its unrealistic to expect anything BUT a close game. Then when the calls influence the final score, its maddening.
In 2011 against the Giants, they were flat out gifted that NFC Title. Kyle Williams and the refs handed it over on a silver platters. The 2 Williams PR fumbles, and the Bradshaw fumble that the refs blew dead quicker than any forward progress in NFL history. Any one of those 3 things goes our way, were in the SB playing a Patriots team that we were flat out better than.
In 2012 against the Ravens....theres about 10 calls that the refs made (or didnt make) because a little voice in their earpiece said "Lets get Ray out on top." The Bruce Miller KR mugging, the Crabtree PI, the Cary Williams ref SHOVE, etc. Im slowly erasing every call from my memory to keep some sanity.
In 2013 against SEA, the roughing the punter missed call. Plus the frustrating part of outplaying Seattle to the point where we have them on their heels, down to the 18 with 2 timeouts and a fresh set of downs, and we just didnt choose to talk it over first and make a plan.
All 3 years our season was ended by the Super Bowl champ, but it doesnt make things sting any less. I think we are the most complete team in the NFL, and on a neutral field we beat SEA 6 times out of 10. But thats not how things work out.
The part of this season that irks me the most is that Brooks hit on Brees. That one call essentially cost us a Super Bowl title. The Saints game wasnt "over" if we get that Brees fumble, but its very likely we hold on. Then we get home field over SEA, we play the Title game IN SF, that small margin of advantage swings our way, we win that game, we beat the Broncos.
Call these things excuses, but since the 2011 NFC Champ game, it certainly feels like weve gotten almost no lucky breaks or anything but bad calls from the refs. I just hope it doesnt create an atmosphere where the team gets the discouragement bug.