Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a San Francisco 49ers helmet against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

49ers GM feels good about roster heading into 2014

The San Francisco 49ers have gone to three consecutive NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl in the past three seasons. Unfortunately they haven’t been able to win the big one, and had to watch arch-rivals Seattle Seahawks win last year.

Heading into the 2014 season, the 49ers are looking to get over that hump and general manager Trent Baalke feels good about the roster.

“We feel good, obviously, about the roster as it stands,” Baalke said, via the 49ers’ website, before cnoting, “constantly looking at opportunities to get better and there’s still avenues to do that. But I, feel real good about the team, feel real good about the offseason program that we had, that our coaches facilitated.”

One of the biggest areas of need for the 49ers was wide receiver, and on the second day of the draft they were able to add Buffalo Bills’ dynamic pass catcher Stevie Johnson. In addition to Johnson, they drafted wide receiver Bruce Ellington out South Carolina.

They’ve also added Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde via the 2014 NFL draft as well.

Baalke also noted that while it looks good on paper and the roster is ripe with individual talent, it will only translate to a successful season if the 49ers play as a team.

“The interesting thing about any sport is you can look better on paper but not perform as well as a team,” Baalke said. “How we do in 2014 is going to be dependent on how quickly we can become a team.

“Individuals don’t win games. Teams win games. That’s all we’re trying to do is get a little bit better every day as a team.”

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