The news out of camp from the year’s first OTA practices was mostly good. The best news was Michael Crabtree has not yet broken or maimed any part of his tootsies. In five years, he’s only started a season healthy once, in 2012. He’s never been seriously hurt during the season, but Training Camp and OTAs have been his kryptonite.
Jim Harbaugh thinks Colin Kaepernick is going to have a “breakout year.” In fact, coincidentally, every HC in the league believes their team is going to be fabulous this coming year. We’ll store these expressions of hyperventilated optimism for the mid-season Guffaw Report.
Vernon Davis and Alex Boone are boycotting this week’s festivities, unhappy with the contracts they signed. Each has two years left on their current deals. Vernon is tossing away a $200,000 bonus by not showing up, which is serious foot stamping territory. The 49ers don’t usually re-do contracts via hissy-fit, so we’ll have to watch this drama play out.
Last week, somebody made a bet on the Browns to win the Super Bowl that was so big it dropped the Browns’ Vegas odds from 100-1 down to 30-1. The Browns still aren’t going to win the SB, but Johnny Manziel sure has a believer out there in throw your money down the toilet America.
Kaepernick has really assumed command during the first few practices, exhibiting the kind of leadership expected of a Franchise Quarterback. There might be some truth to this news. After all, Colin made it through an entire offseason without poaing nude or showing up for an event wearing a Seahawks cap. There is the non-investigation involving him down in Miami, which we hope will turn out to be non-news. Just like we hope the non-investigation in L.A. involving Aldon Smith and his wayward mouth will also end up in the non-news dumpster.
Harbaugh and the 49er brass have taken some heat lately for being Aldon enablers, but the real mistake Harbaugh made was to claim last year or the year before that his team and the franchise were above reproach. Get real. The preferential treatment of Aldon versus the treatment a third stringer would receive is not a lack moral consistency so much as a mere business reality. Some assets are worth protecting and some are not. And some are worth keeping in your own doghouse rather than seeing them show up at a competitor’s kennel.