The defensive front seven are perhaps the best in the business. This group should be able to carry the boys in gold all the way back to the playoffs and give them a legitimate shot at their Super Bowl appearance since 1995.
The 49ers backfield is fully stocked and should be able to handle the bulk of the offensive load. With Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James and more, it’ll be interesting who the 49ers will keep on their 53-man roster.
The good news for the 49ers offense is they definitely gave it their best shot this offseason to acquire some offensive explosion, which has been a major team weakness for the past few years now. Expect more big plays from the offense this year and, ultimately, more scoring.
The 49ers lack the luxury of being able to ask their quarterback to win the game for them. This is why they embarked on their covert mission to acquire the services of Peyton Manning.
Alex Smith was able to put together a pretty solid season, but when it came time to get paid on the open market, the demand for his services became clear. No team believed in him more than the 49ers, which isn’t saying much considering they were simultaneously trying to upgrade the position.
Perhaps with the new offensive additions designed to add explosion and big play capability, Alex Smith can finally take the step into being a franchise QB.
At least the 49er faithful can find solace in his proven ability as a game manager.
Considering the style of play the 49ers demonstrated last year, it may be surprising this highly physical group of offensive linemen have actually struggled. The unit as a whole is young and getting better, but they really struggled all season in pass protection.
Their big area of concern upfront is on right side of the line with underachieving first round pick Anthony Davis and a big question mark at right guard.
If this trend continues for the 49ers in 2012, things could get pretty ugly for the boys by the Bay.