These are the top-five questions currently facing the 49ers.
1. What can the Niners expect from Frank Gore? From Week 7 through the playoffs last season — 221 carries — Gore averaged 3.7 yards per attempt. Is that what the Niners can expect from Gore next season?
2. If Vernon Davis holds out and misses training camp, will he have a bad season? You can’t get into football shape without playing football. Getting into football shape is more strenuous than running gassers and ladders and running routes against air or some junior college DB. Los Angeles Raiders’ tight end Todd Christensen caught 95 passes in 1986 when he was 30 years old. He held out through the 1987 preseason. He caught just 47 passes during the 1987 regular season. And then he caught just 15 passes in 1988. And then he retired.
3. Will Chris Culliver make it through training camp healthy? Culliver tore his ACL during a light, minimum-contact special teams drill last August. He planted his leg to cut and his knee just gave out. Can that knee handle a strenuous cut? If the knee holds up, can Culliver learn to find the ball when it’s in the air?
4. Will Colin Kaepernick improve or not? Will he remain near the bottom of the league in red-zone-passing efficiency and completion percentage? Or will he become an all-around outstanding quarterback?
5. Will Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman become more creative and aggressive in the red zone? They say they’re focusing on the red-zone offense this offseason. So will it actually improve?
These are the questions.