Not every player gets it.
The window of opportunity isn’t open in the NFL for long.
The San Francisco 49ers reached the NFC Championship Game a year ago and were a couple Kyle Williams miscues on punt returns away from reaching the Super Bowl. Now, the 49ers have added some firepower to their offense and a year after surprising many observers, they are counting on being there.
“The mindset I have is that your team isn't going to be stacked forever,” said defensive end and team leader Justin Smith, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “You have certain windows. Is this our window for the next two or three years? I wouldn't necessarily say that. But with the guys we have now and with free agency, we're not going to be able to keep this team together forever. I'm stressing that we're not building, so let's go get it this year.”
The 32-year-old Smith is preparing for his 12th NFL season as the 49ers concluded minicamp on Thursday. He certainly gets it that the window is closing. He figures he has three seasons left in him.
“We've got a young defense, but I think everyone feels the urgency,” Smith said. “We've got the guys right now. So let's not wait.
“But teams aren't going to give us a 'W' for just walking out there. We're going to get everybody's best game this year. We're going to have to play even better than last year just to have the same success. But we know that and are prepared to do that.”
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