With a complete season after our SB run I honestly don't think that we performed bad (besides our Run game, it was pathetic!)
After all that we lost from our 2012 team, we definitely took a few hits, which showed on the field this season.
We lost: our general Ray Lewis, best FS to ever play the game in Reed, an upcoming LB in Ellerbe, a productive pass rusher entering his prime in Kruger, our hammer/enforcer in Pollard, Glue to our O-line in Birk, Big time receiver in Boldin. I'll even add Pitta to the list, out for 14 games, I'll consider that the entire season.
I know that I'm going to take some heat for this(I took a lot earlier this season lol) but IMHO our biggest loss was our General Ray. I'm almost certain that you guys read the post or listened to the press conference where Ozzie and Harbaugh stated that if we were to get off of the field late in the game on a few occasions then we'd be in the post season. Our defense didn't perform lousy at all this season, except for in clutch moments. Ozzie even stated that we lacked that leadership presence on defense to get off of the field when it mattered most. I'm not stating AT ALL that if we had Lewis we would've gotten off of the field on EVERY late game situation (against GB, Chi, Cle & Pit) but I'm almost certain that AT LEAST one of the four we would've come up big. One more regular season win this year is the difference between 6 appearances in a row rather than an earlier off-season then we're accustomed to.
Edited by Grapple Raven, 10 January 2014 - 10:43 PM.
Fixed the title for ya!