Three straight trips to the NFC Championship game and a Superbowl appearance did not satisfy the 49ers enough to refrain from bolstering their already stout roster. The 49ers will try in 2014 to finish the job and take the NFC Title back, and are eyeing a Superbowl win too.
Jim Harbaugh’s resume with the 49ers after just three seasons seems unreal: 36-12 (a .750 winning %), 3 straight NFC Championship game appearances and a Superbowl appearance against his own brother. With a minimum of two games against the defending Superbowl Champions and rivals in 2014, the 49ers did their best to stockpile even more young talent to their already loaded roster to all but guarantee them a return to the playoffs.
QB Colin Kaepernick is a dual threat as a thrower and runner, recording a total of 25 TDs running and passing. Star RB Frank Gore will get support from Kendall Hunter, Marcus Lattimore, LaMichael James and rookie Carlos Hyde. The receiving corps which already has Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis will also add South Carolina rookie Bruce Ellington and former Bills WR Steve Johnson.
The defense is still one of the best in the league in all categories with a front seven that includes Ahmad Brooks, Justin Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Rookie Jimmie Ward and veteran Antoine Bethea will join Eric Reid in the secondary.
The team will still be without former All-Pro LB Aldon Smith, who recently pleaded no contest to drunk driving and gun charges. Smith has been on a leave of absence with the team since the 2013 season and still faces league discipline.
The 49ers report to training camp in Santa Clara, California on July 23.