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.