In the past three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers have come close to the pinnacle of NFL superiority, only to be defeated. Twice the 49ers lost in the NFC title game and the other time in the Super Bowl.
These bitter defeats only underscore the critical need for the 49ers to win very soon, or their window of opportunity with this current crop of stars will be closed.
This offseason will be critical for 49ers' general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh, as they attempt to retool the roster.
The relative success the 49ers have had under Harbaugh has raised expectations dramatically. A Super Bowl championship is the singular goal for this current group.
Everything must be focused on that crowning achievement, especially since the 49ers have been so close.
Let's take a much closer look at what the 49ers must do in order to give themselves the best chance at reaching the promised land in the upcoming season.