Three days till the 49ers take the field. About the amount of time it takes to detox, for you .25 BAC fellows. You .45 BACers are probably on your way to the morgue and are no longer interested in the 2012 season.
The rest of us will be thrilled to at last see our boys back in action, though, even the Mayanites among us. After all, if this is the last season of NFL football on planet Earth, may as well go out on top.
After one week of Training Camp, Perrish Cox is outplaying Tramaine Brock for the number 4 CB spot, Nathan Palmer is the most impressive UDFA, and Daniel Kilgore is getting abused as the number two center, much like 2008 draft pick Cody Wallace was. Jim Harbaugh specifically lauded Kendall Hunter and Ahmad Brooks, which might mean they are not doing too good and Uncle Jim is puffing them up a bit. Or this is good news. Take your pick.
The team definitely has more speed on offense this year. Out of the backfield and from the receivers. A few years ago, when Frank Gore broke through the line, he was gone. Now he gets dragged down from behind, short of the end zone. But if Hunter or LaMichael James gets through the line, it will be bye-bye baby.
Terrell Owens was signed by the Seattle Desperates Monday, which might be good news for the Niners. Randy Moss has never liked being compared to Owens, but that is unavoidable this year, with both of them in the NFC West after a year out of the league. The TV boys will pound home the comparisons at least twice this year, which might give Moss another bit of incentive to bust his hump. Owens is broke, which might keep him domesticated for a few games, but his mouth just has to dance and his feet are smarter than his brain, so any sort of weirdness is in play up north.
The defense has dominated the first week of practices, and that will probably continue through the rest of TC. Playing another team’s defense should be a relief for the 49er offense. It will certainly be a relief for whoever is assigned to block Justin Smith, at any rate. Justin reminds me of Michael Carter the way he throws O-line guys around.