Found May 15, 2012 on Football Nation:
Offense Quarterback – Alex Smith: In 2011 Alex Smith went from being forever heralded as one of the biggest draft busts in recent history to a solid starting quarterback. In 2012, the 49ers hope Smith can take this rapid transformation to the next level. With all they’ve done to improve at wide receiver this offseason, Smith has no excuse not to put up big passing numbers next season. He has already shown he can be an effective game manager and make the throws it takes to win some playoff games. The question for Smith now is whether or not he can become a great quarterback statistically. If he can, look out for the 49ers. They would have all the necessary tools in place for a Super Bowl run.   Running Back – Frank Gore: Since 2006, Gore has only failed to eclipse 1,000 yards in one season. That was 2010, when he only started eleven games. For years, Gore appeared to be the last of a dying breed of running back; he was a workhorse that expected to carry the ball at least twenty...
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