The San Francisco 49ers were one or two plays away from the Super Bowl last time around and I believe they can take the necessary steps to go one further this upcoming season.
Despite a tough schedule and ever-improving NFC, I believe the 49ers are a stacked team that should only continue to improve over the next few years.
The incredible thing to remember is that the 49ers are a very young team.
But even the elders of the team like Justin Smith have shown zero signs of slowing down. He would have got my vote for best player in the NFL last season.
The two men shown in the picture above have shown their worth and I fully expect Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke and the rest of the coaching staff to engineer something special.
I'm not going to go crazy and say they will definitely win the whole thing but I'm also not going to buy into the notion that the team will suffer a second-year slump under Jim Harbaugh.
With veteran leaders like Justin Smith and Patrick Willis in the locker room, can you see any letting up?