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10 Reasons Why San Francisco 49ers Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

10 Reasons Why San Francisco 49ers Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

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We’re growing pretty accustomed to seeing the San Francisco 49ers playing deep into January. Without a doubt, the ‘Niners are one of the league’s toughest and most consistent teams. Don’t expect that to change in 2014. Here are 10 reasons why 49ers fans should be excited for the upcoming season.

10. Two Shots at Revenge

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10. Two Shots at Revenge

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Most teams only get one chance to knock off their archrivals in a season. But since the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are in the same division, the teams will face off twice, giving the 49ers multiple opportunities to avenge their loss in the NFC Championship Game. Really, this is a reason for all NFL fans to be excited for the upcoming season, as the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry is the best in the league right now.

9. Colin Kaepernick Growing Into Himself

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9. Colin Kaepernick Growing Into Himself

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The 2014 season will be Kaep’s second full year as a starter, meaning that he should be used to the ropes by now. Look for the young quarterback to continue his growth and have another standout season, putting him into the top tier of NFL quarterbacks. 'Niners fans should not take Kaepernick for granted; many teams can’t boast having a starting quarterback of his caliber.

8. Return of NaVorro Bowman at Midseason

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8. Return of NaVorro Bowman at Midseason

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After tearing both his ACL and MCL in his left knee in the NFC Championship Game, it’s a wonder that Bowman will play at all this season. He’s expected to be back after the 49ers’ Week 8 bye, and his return will be a huge emotional boost for the defense during the midseason grind. Bowman’s career seemed to be in jeopardy after that goal line play in the fourth quarter on Jan. 19.

7. Stacked WR Corps

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7. Stacked WR Corps

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Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree were already a tall order for opposing defenses to handle. Then the 49ers went out and nabbed Steve Johnson, formerly of the ever-struggling Buffalo Bills, and another AFC East alum, circus-catch specialist Brandon Lloyd. This quadrangle of receivers will madden defensive coordinators.

6. Return of Brandon Lloyd

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6. Return of Brandon Lloyd

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Returning to the team that drafted you is becoming a fad among professional athletes. The 49ers picked Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft, and he established his reputation as a capable starter wearing the Red and Gold before becoming a league journeyman. Playing out the last of his football for his first team will push Lloyd to be the best he can.

5. Jim Harbaugh Patrolling the Sidelines

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5. Jim Harbaugh Patrolling the Sidelines

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The San Francisco 49ers playing in the NFC Championship Game seems as regular as the sun rising. A main orchestrator in that recent success has been head coach Jim Harbaugh, whose sideline demeanor provides some of the more entertaining moments of Sundays. Lots of teams struggle to find consistent coaching—San Fran fans should feel lucky to have Harbaugh.

4. A Touchdown Machine at Tight End

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4. A Touchdown Machine at Tight End

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Last season, Vernon Davis caught one touchdown for every receptions. Expect that type of touchdown production to continue in 2014, especially with the four-headed monster that the 49ers have at wide receiver. He may not be at the level of Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, but Davis can still wreak havoc on defenses.

3. Development of Eric Reid

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3. Development of Eric Reid

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Players who make the Pro Bowl in their rookie season don’t exactly grow on trees. Reid had a phenomenal rookie season, picking off four passes and filling the hole at safety left by Dashon Goldson. The LSU product is one of the most promising sophomores entering 2014.

2. Addition of Antoine Bethea

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2. Addition of Antoine Bethea

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Speaking of Reid, here’s his new partner at safety. Bethea brings veteran leadership and security to the position. Not only has he made two Pro Bowls, but the former Indianapolis Colt has a Super Bowl ring to his name. 'Niners fans should be exuberant about the outlook in the secondary’s back end.

1. Addition of Carlos Hyde

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1. Addition of Carlos Hyde

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The 49ers like to ram the ball down opponents’ throats via the ground game. But with Frank Gore on the other side of 30, it’s time to start thinking about the future in that area. Hyde is a menacing ball carrier at 6-foot, 230 pounds, and shined in offseason workouts. He is primed to take on the major role when Gore bows out.