49ers 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors and More

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49ers 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors and More
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The San Francisco 49ers will kick off the inaugural season of Levi's Stadium.

The "quest for six" resumes for the San Francisco 49ers as they look to ring in a new era in the long history of this storied franchise.

Much of the attention has focused on the debut of the 49ers' new home in Santa Clara—Levi's Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility that does as much to honor the legacy of the team as well as help propel it into the future.

Storylines will continue to follow the new venue over the course of the 2014 NFL season and beyond, as if often the case with new stadiums regardless of the sport.

But the bigger story will remain focused on the team itself.

This elite group of players that head coach Jim Harbaugh and Co. have formed looks to put the finishing touches on what has been an impressive run over the previous three seasons. San Francisco wants to do more than make it to three straight NFC Championship games.

It's a Super Bowl crown or bust.

This path will not be an easy one. San Francisco is long removed from being one of the laughingstocks of the league. The 49ers are an elite team now, and elite teams almost always have targets on their backs.

Further compounding the difficulty will be the nature of the NFC West, the best division in football without much argument.

But to become the best, one has to beat the best. Such is the case for the 49ers in 2014.

To do this, San Francisco will once again count upon a wide cast of top-tier players on its roster. Led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, veterans Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Justin Smith, among others, the 49ers have a wide array of talented athletes by which to accomplish this.

In this slideshow, we break down the upcoming 2014 season for the red and gold. This in-depth analysis will help prime us for what promises to be an exciting and historic year.

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