Training Camp!

The 49ers preseason officially starts on July 26th. 20 days from now! Mick Jagger’s birthday.

So, start me up!! This is pretty much a dead zone for sports anyway, what with the Warriors chip back in the recent distant past, and the Giants fortunes are quietly swirling down the toilet bowl. But this is how it was when I was a kid. The Giants were a nice diversion while we all geared up for the upcoming football season.

Hitting, blocking, throwing, catching. Practice. What used to be 2-a-days, smear the queer, Oklahoma, all those crazy drills that have (logically) been banned for a log time that we grew up with. Now it is all about not getting injured before the season even starts. And what with one less preseason game, all this work becomes much more important as you cannot miss any time out of the gate up until the season starts on September 11th against the Bears.

Thing is though, you ask coaches about this and you have wildly diverging theories. Most coaches think that limiting hitting and no more 2-a-days leads to a better conditioned team and one less prone to injuries. Then again, per asshat Jimmy Johnson, he thinks that by lessening the hitting in practice, it does not prepare the players for the real thing. And also that drills like the Oklahoma, or man in the middle, or any other variants where the ball carrier tries to run through 2 linebackers, has unlearned players in how to tackle properly.

These thoughts are certainly things that actually makes sense. Injuries are not down, and tackling seems to be a lost art these days. But you can’t go back now. Not with the players union fully supporting the lessening of practice injuries. But they sure signed off on the 17 game schedule. Soon to be replaced by the 18 game schedule. and the 2-bye-week season. Something advocated (and tried once before) by our own George Kittle.

Whatever. The players and teams are all in the same boat. Let’s hope ours plays the longest and finishes first.

Bring on the new season! Should be a kick-ass one.

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16 Responses to Training Camp!

  1. alleykat69 says:

    Baker Mayfield traded to the Panthers for get this a 5th rd draft pick! Yeah the well has run dry for the Jimmy G offers now.49ers aren’t getting Jack shit for him, pretty much how this whole offseason played out with him..

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Huh. Didn’t see that. 5th round pick? That’s pretty harsh.

    I guess if DeShaun Watson gets a years suspension, there might be interest from the Browns.

  3. Lurker John says:

    I’m ready for the season to start. The Niners should be interesting if nothing else, with the potential to be really good, IMO. Like everyone else, I’m champing at the bit to see how Lance looks.

    Nice pic of The Stick above!

  4. Lurker John says:

    The Niners are going to get screwed in the JG situation no matter what, if you ask me. Who the hell would give them draft picks when they can just wait until he’s cut? Maybe the Browns if Watson is suspended, but it’s not looking great right now. His surgery really effed things up. Let’s just hope like hell they don’t decide to keep him as a backup. That would be a disaster.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    No way they keep him as a backup. He’s worth $25 mill to the cap off the team.

    He WILL be curt at some point. All we can hope is Derek Carr trips over a tackling dummy and blows out a knee.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Reading about Watson, he’s either gonna be suspended indefinitely, or not at all.

    Up to the judge.

  7. Lurker John says:

    Niners Nation commenting today on their pod that the Browns are not a likely landing place for JG, regardless of what happens to Watson. They mentioned that Seattle might be, but, again, you’d think the Seahawks would simply force the Niners’ hand and wait for him to be cut then bid for his services, if they even want him at all. Hard to envision a scenario where he’s not just cut. I guess they’re just holding out hope that they can get something for him.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Jimmy’s got one year left on his current deal. At this point it wouldn’t take much to get him off our hands.

    Or they simply cut bait. There’s 0% chance he’s on the team when the season starts.

    • Winder says:

      I read a rumor about Jimmy yesterday saying the Buc’s are interested in trading for him. It does make sense since Brady is probably done after this year and Jimmy has backed him up before. Hopefully, that is where he goes. At this point Seattle is not really in the equation of playoffs but if they got Jimmy they would be. Got to keep him away from Seattle.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Jimmy taking a backup role? Interesting. We’d be lucky to get a 3rd round pick. But DO IT.

    Fuck Seattle. They can have him. With their line problems, he’d last 3 games.

    • Winder says:

      Just looked at our 2017 draft. Kittle is the only survivor. DJ went for the money but otherwise not a good draft.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    This current regime’s draft record has been spotty at best. Their biggest move is yet to be determined.

    Word again is that we are rebuilding Trey’s delivery and he has arm fatigue.

    I was gonna say the speculation crap swirling around Trey has quieted, but no, now there’s more.

    • Winder says:

      If Trey can’t compete we are fucking toast. I read some stuff about that but the FO denies trey has arm fatigue or that they are rebuilding his arm delivery. If that is the case it should have been done a long time ago. I don’t know what to believe but I guess we find out in a few weeks.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Damn. Blind side tackles aren’t illegal at rap shows. Nice shove.

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