The 49ers won’t be catching anybody by surprise next year and that’s fine.
They’re good enough to beat you whether you respect them or not. That front seven — all of whom appear to be under contract next season — is without a doubt the best group in the league. Alex Smith and Carlos Rogers need to be re-signed (or not re-signed), and playmakers at receiver need to be added.
But the Niners are real contenders in 2012. —Peter Schrager
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