A team that came within an overtime loss of playing in the Super Bowl wouldn’t seem in need of replacing many starters. And so it is with the San Francisco 49ers.
Out of 22 starting players, eight were named to the Pro Bowl. (A ninth, long-snapper Brian Jennings, was added later.) Indeed, the Niners are solid through most of their lineups on both offense and defense.
But even in paradise (or near-paradise), nothing is ever perfect. The 49ers still have a few weaknesses that they need to shore up. Here are five starters whom San Francisco would do well to replace in 2012.