Last week we endeavored an investigation into the San Francisco 49ers that assigned fact or fiction to reports over some of the team’s biggest offseason question marks.
It was a long-term outlook that included late-December stat projections and prospects for attaining the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy.
While still keeping one foot on the speculative discourse train, this week we’ll get more specific and delve into the Niners’ top-five questions ahead of training camp.
Instead of projecting toward the regular season or playoffs, we’ll focus on the quintuplet of Red and Gold unknowns that pertain directly to this next round of offseason activity.
Complete team attendance is set for July 23. Full-contact practice sessions begin three days later.
Ok, so what are these issues and what do they entail?
San Francisco’s roster is stacked but also riddled with injuries. The players have practiced, but not in pads. And the coaches have installed, but haven’t thoroughly implemented the playbook.
Put in a format more appropriate to this article, which 49ers rookie will emerge first from the pack at backup inside linebacker? How will a certain redshirt running back respond to live contact? And how quickly will head coach Jim Harbaugh adapt to Dockers?
That last one may or may not have made the cut.
Satirical fashion campaigns aside, here now are the 49ers’ five biggest question marks ahead of training camp.