Training Camp is underway and everyone is happier, everyone is faster, and everyone is better. Ah, TC bliss. There’s a lot of hyperbole emanating from camp now as the once mighty men try to psyche themselves up for the tenuous year ahead.
The team practiced in pads for the first time on Tuesday, and the offensive line got trampled to the tune of nine sacks and a stuffed running game. Conclusion: it must be bad play calling.
The 49ers signed Erik Pears in the offseason to essentially replace Jonathan Martin as the backup swing tackle. Then Anthony Davis retired. Now Pears is the starting right tackle. We saw what happened last year with Martin filling in at RT for nine games. Mostly, bad stuff. Expect a similar result this year.
Which makes it look like the team will be distinctly left oriented this coming year, both in the running game and pass protection. The right side of the O-line is inadequate and will be a season long jail break.
On the plus side, it looks like the D-line is off to a powerful start. We’ll have to reserve judgment until they face a varsity O-line, though.
New DC Eric Mangini likes to blitz linebackers and safeties, which should please some folks. Good QBs tend to feast on this sort of approach, but luckily the team only faces about twelve of them this year.
Colin Kaepernick will be allowed to call some/all/a few of his own plays this coming year. This is a clever maneuver designed to make it difficult for blog experts to assign blame on any particular failed play. Who says Jim Tomsula is just another meathead D-line coach?
On the injury front, after five days of practice, none worth mentioning. If you’re looking for the Niners to rip off six or seven wins this year, this is good news. For those hoping the year is so bad that Jed York is embarrassed to go out in public — there’s five more weeks of danger ahead until opening day, when the carnage begins for real — health or no health.