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For the 49ers to create a dynasty, they must either adjust the play of their young offensive linemen or bring in new players who are capable of protecting the backfield.
San Francisco has been trying to bring in top talent to their offensive line through the draft for a number of years. Three starters on the offensive line (Joe Staley, Mike Lupati and Anthony Davis) are first round picks.
Chilo Rachal, who was replaced as the starting guard this season, was picked in the second round. Despite the high prices the 49ers have paid for these players, the offensive line remains one the the teams's biggest liabilities.
Kaepernick's potential is very high. The No. 1 factor that will determine if he is able to perform to his potential is whether or not the offensive line can improve.
He has more than enough athletic ability to escape pass-rushers, but if he is constantly ducking defenders his confidence will plummet (ask Alex Smith about that).
A successful running game is critical to take the pressure off a young quarterback. However, if the line is not capable of creating running room, the quarterback will be forced to carry a heavier load.
Frank Gore is nearing the end of his productive career. Kendall Hunter, and to a lesser extent Anthony Dixon, will soon be asked to carry the load on the ground. Like Kaepernick, Hunter and Dixon's productivity will be decided by the play of the offensive line.