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Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News answers questions facing the 49ers entering the 2012 season.
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The 49ers -- -- Jim Harbaugh play and made it to the NFC championship game will they be even better in year CU. Joining me to previous 4012 season is cam -- at the San Jose Mercury news. And cam Alex Smith at the best season of his career but the team finished twenty ninth and -- offense. With the wide receiver additions in the off season do you think coach Harbaugh easing up on Alex's -- and having an. Air it out more. Most definitely there are other options were Alex that this season is not and Randy mosque Mario Manningham they drafted AJ Jenkins in the first round so you have those like receiving options announcement. It didn't have a year ago. Just have the Michael James -- -- -- backyard 49ers like to have a lot of different weapons on offense and that versatility factor beside me. A run oriented team behind frank -- and they also have Brandon Jacobs so. Alex that the outlook a bigger supporting cast around him he should have a bigger year than he did a year ago. By the defense is back with that -- heard of eleven returning starters to the unit that finished first against the run and fourth overall. What are the emphasizing in camp to improve. No D'Amato would gym are about to get better every day and it's you look at last season's team and this defense especially been -- really stout against every facet of the game they are very good against the run. They have all eleven starters back they also are planning to promote all the -- roster as a rookie of the year runner up. And are starting role this season. I Hebrew is just sit and explorations either but he should be okay. Come a regular season and it's just continuity and familiarity about the defense. That really how the 49ers you know and stronger about that you know. Not 49ers lost in overtime in FC championship game in the -- champion Giants. Well be the X-Factor for then to get over that hump and play in February. Well you know they have such great special teams also need a long last year. And that they come down to a couple of botched punt returns in the NFC championship game along with the other factors. You know that this team. Is primed for another strong run in the NFC championship game how the ball bounces that we learned in the NFC championship game to determine a lot of stops. The forty -- avoided injury very well last evening at a lot of takeaways they want some post games. And honestly that's going to be a big formula again a lot of work more offensive firepower -- don't have to rely so much on special teams and defense like they did last year. Are right thanks cam don't forget that blog on the foxsports.com. Prior football needs as we continue -- when he twelve countdown to kickoff. Until -- Arrington.