The 49ers came close to winning the Super Bowl a year after making it to the NFC Championship Game, leading one member of the team to believe that they have the makings of a dynasty.
Safety Donte Whitner answered in the affirmative when asked if the Niners have what it takes to join a previous iteration of the franchise as teams that have been at the top of the league for several years. There’s something the 49ers need to do before they can actually contemplate dynastic status, however. That would be winning a Super Bowl, something Whitner thinks the team will do next season.
“We take steps every year. Last year we made it to the NFC Championship with no expectations. This year we made it to the Super Bowl and five yards from the championship,” Whitner said, via CSNBayArea.com. “Next year we gonna win this thing. Nobody cares about second place.”
Football history is littered with teams who have come close one season and broken through the next. There are also teams like the Eagles, who lost three straight NFC title games before losing a close Super Bowl to the Patriots after the 2004 season and never returned to the big game. Success one year offers no guarantees on next year, in other words, so it will take more than just having the right pieces in place on paper for the 49ers to make good on Whitner’s proclamation.