The early-season struggles seem to be in the past for Colin Kaepernick and company. Even more impressive is that the 49ers are flourishing despite key injuries on both offense and defense.
With the injuries to Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Patrick Willis, LaMichael James, Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, Quinton Dial, Ian Williams, Glen Dorsey, etc., many teams would have folded by now, but not the 49ers. They just keep churning along.
Let's not forget that star pass-rusher Aldon Smith has voluntarily left the team to enter a rehab facility, though 49ers GM Trent Baalke has said the third-year linebacker could be back after the Week 9 bye.
The reason for the 49ers success lies in their excellent depth. They have backups at several key positions that are more than capable enough of filling in for a starter.
In reality, this could benefit the 49ers down the line. Like great teams should, the 49ers are preparing a handful of their backups for starting roles in the near future.
Who are the players I speak of?