I don't believe our window is closing. I just believe that we missed on opportunities to win the SB. We invest a lot of emotion in this team throughout the entire season, hoping to have something to show for it in the end. But we keep coming up short. I am worried that Harbaugh will be the next Andy Reid; that he will have sustained success year after year, but will never win the big one. I hope it's not the case, but after three years of this with the same results, I'm not sure when it'll happen.
I think Kap will become a really good QB, but we're going to need to fill other holes in our team. Most importantly we absolutely need a legitimate wide receiver that can stretch the field. We still don't have anyone like that. We can't continue to rely on throwing the ball into tight coverage because we have receivers like Boldin and Crabtree that can go up and get it. It eventually leads to what happened at the end of the game yesterday. We need to be able to spread defenses and make more explosive plays on offense.
Also, our run game was not very good this year, especially at the end of the season. I don't know if the Offensive Line just wasn't playing well or whether Frank Gore is simply not the same player. Hopefully Lattimore will prove to be a solid replacement for Gore and we go back to being an elite run offense. But we may need to look at drafting O Linemen also, especially if we can't keep Iupati.
Finally, while they may have looked decent at times this year, I think we definitely need DB help. Yesterday our CBs did not have a very good game. I was flipping my lid when more than once on 3rd and 8 the Seahawks were easily getting 9 yards on a slant because our CBs were playing 10 yards off. These are all areas of need which will continue to keep us in the running. But in the end, we HAVE to be able to win the big one, which has not yet happened in the Harbaugh era.