Perhaps this is an overreaction, but just like that, it seems like the window has closed on the 49ers. I don't see how they (or anyone else) gets through Seattle this year. I don't see our team getting better in the next couple years. Four of our best players: Frank Gore, Justin Smith, Vernon Davis, and Patrick Willis are in their prime or past their prime. We will not be able to replace those guys with equal quality players. Our young "stars" are erratic and not personalities to build a team around: Kaepernick, Crabtree, and Aldon Smith. Perhaps our offensive line will remain potent, but they haven't looked good the last two weeks. And I heard an announcer say the other day "Quarterbacks make offensive lines, not the other way around." I fear he might be right.
We have no Steve Young to transition to. We have no Jerry Rice to bridge the legacy. We have no young Bryant Young on defense. We have Willis, who is the heart of the team, but we are lacking a head. When we were great, we had Ronnie Lott as the heart and Joe Montana as the head.
We have lost our identity. We tried to be something else by bringing in Kaepernick and the team is breaking around it. I see a few flashy wins and a lot of frustrating losses. 8-8, 9-7 this year. Could even miss the playoffs.