The OTAs are underway, with about 90% attendance from the players who gave lip service to the NFLPA’s edict to boycott these “voluntary” work outs but clearly value their jobs over their union solidarity.
Wise choice, lads. After all, there’s a brand new defense to learn (for the veterans, too), as well as a brand new offense (rookies only). Falling behind the learning curve would not be a recommended approach to an NFL career.
While the new DC Demeco Ryans is brainwashing his troops into enthusiastically accepting his version of how to run a defense, as opposed to former DC Robert Saleh‘s version, the offensive coaches will be stuffing as much of Kyle Shanahan‘s system into QB Trey Lance‘s noggin as they can possibly stuff.
Maiocco suggested the games in this coming preseason might be the most anticipated practice games in 49er history. That seems about right to me. If Jimmy Garoppolo hangs onto his job and avoids injury this year, then these practice games will be about all we’ll see of Lance until next year. The games will also give us a clue whether this new guy is all he’s cracked up to be, or has a long way to go.
2021 will also be a milestone year for the franchise. Shanahan will be entering his fifth year as the HC, something no other HC has achieved since the York’s took over the team in 2000. Mariucci lasted 3, Erickson 2, Nolan 3.5, Singletary 2.5, Harbaugh 4, Tomsula 1, and Kelly 1. A massive era of stumble-bumming around appears to have mercifully come to an end.
This could finally be the year the team establishes itself as a perennial NFL contender. No more of the extreme up and down fluctuations that have plagued us for the past twenty years.