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2013 San Francisco 49ers Team Preview: Defensive Core Remains Key to Niners' Success

Howard Bender

Howard Bender

Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. For more from him, you can find his personal musings on his blog RotobuzzGuy.com or follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy. For questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at rotobuzzguy@gmail.com.

State of the Franchise

Thanks to the league’s top run defense, a fierce pass rush and experienced corners, the 49ers were considered to be one of the NFL’s top contenders entering 2012. Coaches will regularly tell you that defense wins ballgames and in that regard the 49ers were built to win. But while their defense maintained its elite status, it was the team’s offense that took center stage, thanks to a long-overdue quarterback change that vaulted a relatively unknown young man from the University of Nevada into an NFL star.

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