San Francisco 49ers: 10 Reasons the Niners' Record Will Improve This Season

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San Francisco 49ers: 10 Reasons the Niners' Record Will Improve This Season
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No team surprised NFL fans more in terms of success during the 2011 season than the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite having a new coach who had limited contact with his team due to the lockout, the 49ers—coming off a 6-10 record in 2010—had the potential to win more games and perhaps, the experts said, compete for the NFC West title.

The fact that they came within a botched punt from making a Super Bowl appearance proved how far Niners came in 2011-12. Now, the experts wonder if the 49ers can improve on last year's 13-3 regular-season record (14-4 overall) going into 2012, with a more difficult schedule schedule—at least on paper.

Here are 10 reasons why the 49ers will improve on that 13-3 mark.

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