The San Francisco 49ers and their fans have soaring expectations for the coming season. In 2011, the 49ers were one of the surprise teams in the league.
Jim Harbaugh was hired as the new head coach of the 49ers and he immediately infused his team with a winning culture and attitude. The 49ers finished with a regular season record of 13-3 and were a couple of botched punt-return plays away from heading to the Super Bowl.
After an active offseason, the 49ers appear poised to finish what they started in 2011. The 49ers and GM Trent Baalke were able to keep the core of their entire defense together. Every starter returns and pass rushing linebacker Aldon Smith moves into a starting role, pushing Parys Haralson to the bench.
Offensively, the 49ers added depth and explosiveness. Harbaugh now has the talent on the roster to make the 49ers' offense much more exciting and able to score touchdowns instead of field goals.
The 49ers are poised to make a run to the Super Bowl. Anything less will be a disappointment this season. Let's take a closer look at the potential areas of concern, which could derail this team on a mission.