San Francisco 49ers: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason

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San Francisco 49ers: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason
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In spite of a disappointing end to the 2013 season, the 49ers remain atop of the NFL's elite.

The epitaph of the San Francisco 49ers' 2013 season has been written.

San Francisco finished the regular season 12-4, eventually losing to the division rival Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, putting an end to the 49ers' quest to earn a sixth Super Bowl Championship.

Seattle went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII—solace to some 49ers fans, knowing they lost to the eventual champions; heartbreak to others who could not bear to see a chief rival walk away with the crown.

As it stands, however, the 49ers should not look back at this season as a failure or disappointment.  While the end goal of a Super Bowl remains elusive, one cannot overlook the fact that San Francisco has been a contender for the NFC Championship in each of the past three seasons.

Regardless of what anyone else may say, the window for this current cast of 49ers to accomplish such a feat is far from closed.

The core of this roster is still as talented as any within the NFL.  The coaching staff remains intact after a season that saw numerous coaching transitions throughout the league.  San Francisco boasts a lofty amount of draft picks, giving them an enviable amount of flexibility in the forthcoming NFL draft.

In this slideshow, we shall take a look at the prospectus for the 49ers in 2014.  We shall examine a variety of aspects that will affect the team in their first year at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and try to disseminate some of the things fans and analysts should expect moving forward into next season.

The end goal remains the same.  Only the context is slightly different.

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