5 Biggest Areas of Concern for San Francisco 49ers Heading into Training Camp

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5 Biggest Areas of Concern for San Francisco 49ers Heading into Training Camp
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh continues the arduous preparations for the San Francisco 49ers' 2014 season.

It would be nice to summarize the 2014 San Francisco 49ers' approach to training camp and the regular season as a proverbial "flexing of the muscle" from one of the powerhouses of the NFC West.

It would be nice to herald the 49ers as the NFL's No. 1 strongest team heading toward Week 1. We can gloat about the personnel, talent, accolades and chemistry that make up elite teams—and the 49ers are elite.

But all of that would be little more than smoke and mirrors at this point. 

The 49ers are a flawed team. Every NFL franchise is.

From the fortunate side of things, we can take comfort in knowing that San Francisco has more going its way as opposed to potential setbacks. Yes, there are problems and there will always continue to be.

The true test resides in just how the 49ers have constructed themselves to absorb these issues and how they can cope with additional ones over the course of a 16-week season and into the playoffs.

As stated, there are relatively few concerns San Francisco has en route to the regular season. If this was a summation of the Houston Texans or Washington Redskins, the pantheon of problems would be far too large to encompass in a handful of slides.

Still, the 49ers do have some significant concerns that lie ahead of them in coming weeks. There is no perfect scenario, and nothing is ever guaranteed in the NFL. We must keep this in mind.

So what are these potential issues?

In this slideshow, we evaluate the five most significant concerns San Francisco faces as it prepares for the preseason and subsequent regular season.

Maintaining the team's strengths and improving the weaknesses will be at the heart of the 49ers' camp as the team prepares itself for 2014.

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