While the Niners did get further in the postseason than last year's campaign (which ended in the NFC Championship game), ultimately this season was a failure.
Obviously, reaching the big game for the first time since 1995 is an accomplishment, but this team has Super Bowl or bust expectations.
San Francisco has generally been quiet in previous offseasons, preferring to build the team through the draft; however, the next few months will be interesting with the inevitable departure of Alex Smith.
After Smith, general manager Trent Baalke has decisions to make about several other key free agents, including Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson and starter Isaac Sopoaga.
However, Baalke must have a strong draft like 2011 rather than a repeat of last year that featured many reaches and luxury picks. Without many holes on the roster, the 49ers might look to finally make a big move.