Reporting For Duty, Sir

While many of you trudge reluctantly to the nearest Post Office today, grudgingly rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, the San Francsico 49ers will gather in Santa Clara and toss the old potato around for the first time since Kyle Williams found it too hot to handle in mid January.

Welcome back, Mighty Men! Let’s get out there and kick some league certified, non-bountified, ever loving, snot flying butt!

That might not be an anatomically correct exhortation, but it’s football and grammar is a controlled substance prohibited from the premises. Leave your syntax in the parking lot!

Actually, technically, there won’t be any butt kickings this week. The OTA’s are rump tapping events with no pads, no snot missiles, no eye gouges, and no bloodied noses.

This two week OTA is nominally only “for ‘strength and conditioning’ and ‘physical rehabilitation.’ Only strength and conditioning coaches may be present; other coaches may not attend or observe in any way. Footballs cannot be used, with the exception of quarterbacks throwing to uncovered receivers. No helmets may be worn.”

That’s some serious wimpiness. In fact, the new CBA has five fewer weeks of offseason work and four fewer OTAs. The big fellas don’t want to work as hard as they used to. Whether this equals healthier players because of more rest time or flabbier guys because of more In N Out time remains to be seen. No offense, youngster dudes, but I ain’t betting on you boys to police yourselves as good as an R. Lee Ermey linebacker coach.

At least Randy Moss will get his first look at the playbook, which will be only one page, with varying arrangements of straight lines from his X position to the end zone. The 49er CBs will be asked if Randy still has his wheels. They’ll be in awe, gush around a bit, and we’ll eat a grain of salt and cross our fingers.

The timing of this Spring OTA, two weeks prior to the draft, ensures that teams will get one last appraisal of their current players before deciding on their final draft boards. It’s only been three months since the boys were last in uniform, but some fellows can get old or spongy or indifferent in a hurry.

Jim Harbaugh only had about a month to get his team ready for action last year, and the team went 13-3. It only seems ipso factabaloney that having a full offseason to prepare the team, they should go at least 26-6 this coming year. Only the sixteen game schedule stands in their way.

That schedule will be revealed Tuesday. We already know whom the team will play, but not the order of playment. The schedule order screwed the Rams and Seahawks in 2011, so it will probably shaft the 49ers this year. Then again, if your team is good, it’s good. And schedules are just a sequential list of victims in a more or less interesting calendar. Will the big triumphs come early, midterm, late, or sprinkled tastefully throughout the season?

The 49ers will not be marked down as an easy win on anybody else’s schedule this year, that’s for sure. And it will be the first time that distinction has occurred since the beginning of the 2003 season. It will also be the first year of Alex Smith’s career that opposing DCs don’t begin their game preparations by saying, “Smith can’t beat us. We have to stop Frank Gore.”

What we will hear is, “What are those S.O.B.’s gonna pull on us this week?” Ahhh. The sweet nothings of respect. And fear.

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31 comments on “Reporting For Duty, Sir
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking of getting a grass stain on the knee of my slacks to celebrate OTA’s!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Make sure it’s organically grown, four inch high, league approved pillow grass. And don’t tear your trousers and get an owie!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good news is that Larry Grant will be in attendance and sign the tender he was offered as a RFA.
    Not so good news is Goldson hasn’t signed his tender as the franchise player and is holding out for a long term deal similar to what Brees and Welker are doing.
    The new CBA is screwy.
    Here are some quick facts about the offseason condition program, the first under the collective bargaining agreement that was ratified after last year’s labor lockout:

    – Teams are allowed to conduct nine weeks worth of workouts in a 10-week period, with a maximum of four workouts per week and none on the weekends.

    – Three phases exist for all team’s conditioning programs.

    – Phase 1 takes place over the first two weeks. It is limited to strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation. No coaches are allowed on the field to participate or observe. No footballs can be used, except by quarterbacks in throwing to uncovered wide receivers. No helmets allowed.

    – Phase 2 lasts three weeks. Coaches are allowed on the field. No offense-vs.-defense drills. No helmets.

    – Phase 3 covers the final four weeks, including 10 days of organized team activities (OTAs). Coaches can be on the field. No live contact. No offense-vs.-defense. Helmets are allowed; shells are not. Three OTA days are allowed in each of the first two weeks of this phase. The final two weeks, in the 49ers’ case, will consist of four OTA days in the third week and a mandatory minicamp in the final week.
    “Teams must film all three phases and keep a copy until 30 days after the start of the regular season. Acting on a complaint, NFL officials can request to look at that film. Coaches are subject to fines of up to $100,000 for the first violation and $250,000 for the second. Those cannot be reimbursed by the club. Teams are subject to fines of $250,000 for the first violation and $500,000 for the second. Half of the fine amounts goes to the Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust and half to the Player Care Foundation. If a team commits a violation, it will lose a week of OTAs. A second violation will cost the club a fourth-round pick in the next draft.”

    Fines are getting steeper making
    Pat’s fine of $500k look like nothing.

  4. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson isn’t a huge worry to me. Not with Culliver available to take his spot Cox here to take Cullever’s CB spot.
    .
    It does raise the draft need of Harrison Smith. A real good looking SS from South Bend . . .

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, everything is probably on hold now pending the draft. If we get a S early, Goldson will be offered somewhat less for a long term deal. If we get a G, we probably foregoe signing a veteran one. And so on.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is reporting that both Moss and Manningham will be in Santa Clara for the start of training and Crbatree has also returned to the Bay Area to participate in these voluntary workouts. A good sign if Crabtree remains healthy.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree has contractual obligations to attend OTAs – part of his Diva clause.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like 49ers will be in Green Bay for their opener on a Sunday night.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Better in Sept than playing in the frozen tundra in Dec
    If true Niners it’s a positive for the Niners.

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Great way to start the season.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m quietly hoping to see Stephen Hill land in our lap at 30.
    I’ll be happy with Fleener, and would also love to see us grab DE Vinny Curry to work with Aldon Smith.
    Baalke will have his guys targeted.
    I don’t see us moving up, I can see us moving down.
     
    Big question for me, who becomes the guy to take over for Frank?

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be happy with Curry, Crick or Chandler Jones at DE.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t rule out Shea McClellin either. He could easily fit our scheme and sneak into the bottom of RD 1.
    Somehow, I still think we’ll look for WR/RG/RB earlier than DE/OLB.
    Fleener could be a surprise option if available.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OL –
    Like Cordy Glenn/Kelechi Osemele/Peter Konz.
    Glenn and Osemele both have OT experience as well.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nj

    You take Turbin in the 4th rd if he’s there and checks out medically. He can be Gore’s successor.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8ywX06YgAA

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    bullit I’m all in for Turbin.
    Heck of a story and he looks like a determined no nonsense kid.
    I’m going Doug Martin/Turbin as my preferred RBs.
     
    I’m stuck on my 3rd RB option.
    Wilson and Miller are interesting, as are Polk and Pead.
    A little too light for every down work though perhaps?

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Cyrus Gray from TX A&M is interesting too.
    He could be hanging around with Turbin in the Mid Rd area as well.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    WRs have me scratching my head.
    Stephen Hill and Kendall Wright would be excellent options.
    Curious about Alshon Jeffery and AJ Jenkins too.
    So many in this Draft Class that I don’t think we need to reach.
    Guys like Greg Childs and Mo Sanu bring great work ethic but, don’t move too well to separate.
    I think guys like Devon Wylie Jarius Wright and Danny Coale would be great additions late as well.
    I’m not too worried about the WR position.
    We may need to Draft for development unless we luck into a stud at 30.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I couldn’t sleep so here I am. Stephen Hill is the most intriguing for me because he is so boom or bust. His boom is off the charts and his bust is still serviceable. You’ve sold me on Fleener, but I like Hill, Gilmore and Robinson just as much.

  20. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I’d love to get Fleener. Whether they’d trade up to get him remains to be seen.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I would not trade up at this point unless we get a good deal. If there is a run on the WRs available, take a DL or DB, and get receivers in rounds 2 and 3. Just get value and let Harbaugh sort it out.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Entire NY Giant schedule leaked
    and it show them coming back to the Stick in week six.
    Steelers play Broncosin Denver Sunday Night primetime game.
    Big reveal is in 30 mins

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the schedule: at GB, DET, at MIN, at NYJ, BUF, NYG, SEA, at AZ, bye, STL, CHI, at NO, at STL, MIA, at NE, at SEA, AZ

  24. robNo Gravatar says:

    i like hill

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL Network is really overdoing it with a 3 hour show on the schedule release, Could only watch 20 mis of it. It’s a schedule which we used to look at when rolled it out in the newspaper.
    First 3 weeks are fun as we meet Aaron Rodgers, host Jim Schwartz
    and then go to Minnesota and meet up with Mike Singletary.
    Niners were alloted the maximum prime time games of 5.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Schwartz sounds like a good name for a dog!

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our schedule is very well spread out. BYE week in the middle, Prime time games and home for the final week.
    Let’s hope this Draft nets us a couple of new starters and, Alex learns to find the End Zone early and often.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rather surprised we didn’t get a Prime time match up with the NYG.
    Instead we get AZ/Chi/Seattle/NE

  29. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Schwartz sounds like a good name for a dog!”
     
    May the Schwartz be with you.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHw6KXbvazs

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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