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Donte Whitner: Next year we’re gonna win this thing

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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 “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.

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48 Responses to “Donte Whitner: Next year we’re gonna win this thing”
  1. aces79 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:27 AM

    Get Rid of Whitner thats a start

  2. mjbulls45 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    the sad thing for him is ev1 starts 0-0…

    its good news for the rest of us.

    start the climb back to the top

  3. tjacks7 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:29 AM

    I don’t think you’ll be around for it, Donte. But I hope you recover from those burn wounds nonetheless.

  4. bkostela says: Feb 6, 2013 10:33 AM

    thats what they said last year.

    in other news, donte whitner couldn’t cover my grandmother

  5. coughlinsredcheeks says: Feb 6, 2013 10:36 AM

    No, next year you guys will lose in the playoffs and then claim you were the better team.

  6. tannethrill says: Feb 6, 2013 10:38 AM

    Sorry, as per Ray, God is not on your side and he’s going to be busy with the U and Ray’s son next year. Take a number.

  7. gf2711 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:40 AM

    It starts with you not having the best seated view of every opposing team’s touchdown.

  8. mikebyrne1502 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:41 AM

    Coming from the guy who decided to play the worst game of the year at the most important time

  9. slippyal2 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:41 AM

    Whifner is 6 years in and still can’t figure out how to cover a TE.

  10. tremoluxman says: Feb 6, 2013 10:47 AM

    Learning the basics, like how to tackle and cover man-to-man would help.

  11. godblessfootball says: Feb 6, 2013 10:48 AM

    Niners are becoming the mouthy Jets of the west….learn from the Jets and shut your mouth

  12. finsphan says: Feb 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    you may want to talk to Seattle fans first, they are convinced that they are winning the next 5 and that Russell Wilson was robbed

  13. allforfunnplay says: Feb 6, 2013 10:53 AM

    Good classic hard hitting Safety. He’s an enforcer and brings to wood to running backs (remember the days when safeties could do that to wide receivers?)

    But he’s a dinosaur. In the modern NFL, you need to be able to play deep zone coverage and not be beaten over the top. With most teams playing with so many multiple personnel packages and formations, there’s not as much of a distinction between Strong and Free safeties. Most teams like to run a mirror so that either safety can play Strong or Free depending on how the offense lines up…or simply keep both of them back in deep zone coverage.

    Bottom line in today’s NFL, both safeties have to be able to protect you from being torched deep and over the top. And the Niner’s secondary still has scorch marks that started in the New England game and then bbq’d against the Seahawks, Packers, Falcons…Ravens.

  14. stubbyjones says: Feb 6, 2013 10:53 AM

    Not with Whiffner on the team…count him for 3 tds against..blown coverages. He’s good at tackling with his back and tackling receivers in the end zone AFTER they have scored. He’s an immature twitter diva and a crappy DB.

  15. cospgsmadman says: Feb 6, 2013 10:58 AM

    That’s what the Chargers said a few years ago.

  16. wwwmattcom says: Feb 6, 2013 11:07 AM

    As a Bills fan I enjoyed watching three touchdown passes thrown over him. I wouldnt normally have sour grapes but this guy trashed a team that drafted him early in the first round. He can’t even wrap up. Glad youre not in Buffalo. #jairusbyrd

  17. uangerme says: Feb 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    God I hope not!!! I for one am sick of seeing forty-whiner coverage. Their defense has finally been exposed and their rediculous luck of coming back from being down has also been drained. Next year everyone will see CK is a one and done, the DEF will continue to get roasted in the pass game, and their luck will cease to bring them back into games they should have lost anyway.

  18. rc33 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:13 AM

    Yeah cuz ya know teams that lose the Super Bowl always come back and win it the next year.
    Or maybe that was just the case back in the early 70’s.
    Don’t lose a Super Bowl.
    It seems you end up in some kind of alternate universe that you can’t seem to escape.

  19. redandgoldhitman52 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:22 AM

    wow many haters on here lol

  20. fcoprado says: Feb 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    It aint guarenteed that theyll ne in the Super Bowl next year,just ask the Patriots.

  21. trollhammer20 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:26 AM

    “Football history is littered with teams who have come close one season and broken through the next.”

    Somewhat true, but if you’re talking about teams that lose in the Super Bowl, there’s not much litter to be found.

    Last team to win the SB the year after losing it was the Miami Dolphins….in 1973. That’s forty years, if you’re counting.

    In fact, the last team to win the SB fewer than five years removed from losing one is the 1988 Washington Redskins (lost in 1984).

    Heck, the last team to return to the SB the year after losing one was the Buffalo Bills of the early 90s, who managed a four-peat, and lost all four.

    In fact, since 2000, about half the teams that lose Super Bowls don’t even make the playoffs the following season.

    SF seriously has their work cut out for them if they think they’re just going to walk into another SB next year. But, historically, there’s something about losing in the Super Bowl that really hurts a team’s chances when it comes winning one in the next few years.

  22. EJ says: Feb 6, 2013 11:31 AM

    Buffalo flirted with the playoffs in 1988 by playing in the AFC Championship game. In 1989 they lost in the first round of the playoffs, only to come back in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 to play in the Superbowl 4 years in a row, an unbelievable feat. Everybody knows that they lost all 4 Superbowls, but just them showing up year after year was amazing.
    The 49ers have a team, that if kept whole for the next couple of years have the chance to accomplish the same or more than the Bills did.

  23. kpow55 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    Cutting Culliver would be a good 1st step…… covered once suitably, burned twice badly, repeat

  24. hehateme2 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:36 AM

    “learn from the Jets and shut your mouth”

    When did the jets learn to shut their mouths?

  25. themackstrong says: Feb 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Didn’t Whitner allowed 4 TD’s in the last two games? Watch some tape and learn to cover somebody before you talk. Look at this history of teams that have lost in the Superbowl and understand its going to be a long road ahead.

  26. brutus9448 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    I doubt it. Not too many superbowl losers go on to win it all the next year. The odds are against it

  27. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 6, 2013 11:40 AM

    When was the last NFC team to get to the Super Bowl twice in a row?

  28. buffalowned says: Feb 6, 2013 11:42 AM

    Leave it to donte to make a guarantee he can’t back up. If he wasn’t getting burned all night Sunday they would have won it this year

  29. elliottcovert says: Feb 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    I couldn’t help but think of the 1984 Dolphins when I read this headline. In 1984, the Fins went to the Superbowl witht he youngest team in the NFL, led by a 23 year old Dan Marino who had put up a season for the ages. It looked like a given that they would get back to the dance at least a few more times, but they never did. You can never bet on anything like that in the NFL.

  30. supashug says: Feb 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    It doesnt matter, niners are in the same boat as everyone else now except the World Champion Ravens who have the title till next year.

  31. weeny00 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    49ers are lucky that they did not face the seahawks in the nfc championship… i believe that the seahawks will come out on top for the nfc this year… sorry 49ers u guys had all the chance in world in the end… frank gore is another sour loser thought that 49ers are better than the ravens.. the seahawks didnt say anything about they are better than the falcons when they almost pull it out…

  32. liddogg33 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    Please. You and your team are choke artists!! Your time has come and gone!!! You won’t even win your division next year and might not even make the playoffs!!

    GO HAWKS!!

  33. osiris33 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Finishing 2nd? Get used to it pal. In your own division. Seahawks are better on offense, defense and special teams.

  34. hopper15 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:36 PM

    “the seahawks didnt say anything about they are better than the falcons when they almost pull it out”

    That’s because you weren’t better than the Falcons. Falcons just don’t know how to play a full 60 minutes and it caught up with him.

  35. buffalobills2012 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:37 PM

    He predicted the Bills would make the playoffs too. Hes a genius this guy.

  36. modellforprez says: Feb 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    yeah so are the browns chiefs and cardinals fact is really anyone can get hot sneak in and roll thru its been done and will be done again eventually might as well start next year with my 8-8 stinkies

  37. steviemo says: Feb 6, 2013 1:01 PM

    Nice, Whitner, since you stank up the joint on Sunday.

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:25 PM

    Does this guy ever shut up? Did they beat themselves once again? He better be glad the Giants threw in the towel and opted to rest rather than to grind out another exhausting run, because you wouldn’t have even sniffed the Super Bowl to begin with. Too bad you blew your chance, my sons.

  39. mmsierra says: Feb 6, 2013 1:35 PM

    Don’t hate the 49ers because your Seahawks can’t get out of the playoffs

    Hold your Seattle tongues until you ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING

  40. haterrus says: Feb 6, 2013 1:45 PM

    wittner –you had your chance shorty …time for the skins to show you how the NFC wins championships …

  41. postaldude2012 says: Feb 6, 2013 2:39 PM

    That’s all he is and will ever be is all talk! He didn’t do anything to help out Buffalo, why would they keep that garbage on the field in San Fran? Keep the lies up Loser! I mean Whitner! Or is it whiner?

  42. originalsteelcurtain says: Feb 6, 2013 2:45 PM

    Whitner is #31.

    Best bet for the Niners to win it all is to replace #31 with someone better.

  43. shlort says: Feb 6, 2013 3:41 PM

    Odds are, the Niners dont get back. Hard thing to do. Havent been may teams to get back to a superbowl the year after losing in it. Has anyone ever done that besides the Bills?

  44. blanchonegro says: Feb 6, 2013 4:26 PM

    lol whitner was out of position all night. He was the main reason for Flaccos success. Maybe putting Whitner in his natural position the bench would help & wiring his mouth shut couldn’t hurt either. lol

  45. xli2006 says: Feb 6, 2013 4:53 PM

    Install some better Red Zone / Goal Line Plays (or have Ref do their job) and you would have won it this year.

  46. mi6agent says: Feb 6, 2013 5:30 PM

    Whiter is also called Mr. Late. Always one step late after the opposing TE or WR catches the ball.

  47. steviemo says: Feb 6, 2013 6:45 PM

    The last team to win the Super Bowl the year after losing in the SB was Miami in 1972-73.

  48. albanyjints says: Feb 6, 2013 10:21 PM

    SF won’t even win their Division. They blew their chance.

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