With reports that the lockout is nearing an end, front office personnel around the league will be busy assessing the free agent and undrafted rookie market, and they will do it in line with what they think are the strengths and weaknesses already in place.
For the San Francisco 49ers, the offensive side of the organization has much to do with its current reputation that the team doesn’t perform to its talent level. Of course, the vortex of that sentiment is quarterback Alex Smith, but there are other issues 49ers coaches know need improvement.
Smith has had a hand in the team’s offensive struggles, no doubt. But the team’s offensive struggles do not start and end with No. 10. Surely new coach Jim Harbaugh has his own list of priorities that have to be addressed in order to make the 49ers' offense more effective.
With that in mind, here are five keys to the 49ers' offensive success in 2011.