San Francisco 49ers: Fact or Fiction for Biggest Offseason Question Marks

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San Francisco 49ers: Fact or Fiction for Biggest Offseason Question Marks
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Will Colin Kaepernick (No. 7) lead the 49ers offense to new statistical heights in 2014?

Let’s face it, discerning in late-June whether the San Francisco 49ers’ biggest offseason question marks are fact or fiction is a subjective undertaking.

There’s only so much us outsiders can really know about ongoing team developments so early in the 2014 schedule.

Yet for such an important question-and-answer activity, what’s a better time than now?

The 49ers are in the midst of the deadest of all dead periods. Their mandatory minicamp has just concluded and their first team-wide padded practice isn’t scheduled until training camp starts on July 26.

Players will use this football-less period (hopefully) for vacationing and spending time with family. Leadership personnel like head coach Jim Harbaugh will do the same—if by the same you mean building houses in Peru as part of his annual missionary work.

Point being, football is on hiatus and the sports scribblers must help fill the void by composing some forward-thinking analysis on 49ers-related unknowns.

How long will Alex Boone and Vernon Davis’ holdouts last? Who will step up in the new-look secondary? How much will Aldon Smith’s likely suspension affect the Red and Gold?

And, of course, is Colin Kaepernick ready to take the proverbial next step as an NFL starting quarterback with his $126 million contract in tow?

Per the format of this article, we’ll provide a legitimate report, rumor or question and determine whether it’s factual or fictitious. Not all of these potential issues can yield perfectly objective answers, but we’ll try our utmost nonetheless.

Here now is Fact or Fiction for the 49ers’ five biggest offseason question marks.

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