Anyone reading the manga right now (as of Ch 370) would agree it's heading towards a major climactic throwdown soon. A lot of information's coming to light about Naruto's past, as well as info about Madara. Jiraiya's getting his affairs in order for what may be his final and most epic battle. Does anyone else get the feeling that we may soon be seeing another time skip sometime after Jiraiya's battle?
Ex: Say Jiraiya dies in a blaze of glory (and I hope he doesn't b/c I really love the old perv). Naruto gets the frog-scroll thingie and he learns about his heritage as well as this yin/yang nature of kyuubi's chakra as well as the fact that his mentor has died. He now has one less S-class ninja protecting him (I believe the sannin were considered S-class as well as sandaime) and he's lost a person he really cared about. He also has the remainder of Akatsuki to worry about and he's still got to bring Sasuke's ass back home. With his new training technique (tajuu kage bunshin no jutsu), he trains like never before and becomes a shinobi to be reckoned with.
The above is just something I threw together off the top of my head without a lot of thought put into it but you get the idea. It gets Naruto much stronger (and that much closer to realizing everyone's Hokage prediction). It makes more sense for Akatsuki and possibly even Madara to be taken down by a more adult Naruto than a 14/15 year old (though I'm not saying anything outrageous like he'll do it single-handedly; he'll definitely get a ton of help).
So any thoughts? I'm just wondering if anyone else has thought the same or would like to put their $.02 in.