The long awaited debut of the 2011 49er offseason practices begins today. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. Practices? We’re all so starved for actuality that practices are “long awaited,” much less mentioned at all?
This is where it gets difficult to explain to a non-football fan the merits of having the football disease. The Bachelor looks like spine tingling drama compared to this yawn inducing event.
Today’s imitation mini-camp does have one bit of tension filled relationship problem angst, which could eventually become a full blown crisis, so there is some inducement to stay awake. Namely, will the 49er star wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, even bother to show up? Beyond that, will he be enthusiastic or sullen if he does show up?
Some have suggested Crabtree doesn’t really want to be in SF and that he doesn’t care for the quarterback, and these opinions may be true. It’s also possible he doesn’t like living in the shadow of Vernon Davis as the marquee offensive talent on the team. Second fiddle is not an instrument Crabtree ever had to play as he was ascending to the heights of adulation in the sub-pro football world. In addition, it was VD who confronted Crabtree last year, essentially chumping him in front of his teammates. It’s no stretch to think an immature borderline diva has some serious sulk in his system over these issues and events. Nothing a 1,000 yard season wouldn’t cure pretty instantaneously, but the public is growing skeptical that these achievements are in his heart or his skill set.
Other than this curiosity piece, there is not much to offer the viewing public here. The offense will be practicing by itself and the defense by itself. Each group will be mostly focusing on learning the terminology and basics of yet another offensive system, and the first new defensive system since 2006.
The offensive workouts will be conducted by Coach UQB, who recently signed a multi-year coach emeritus contract with the 49ers, guaranteeing he will be in and around the franchise for the remainder of his life. Haha. Just kidding, folks. Put down those weapons.
I would assume Barrows, Maiocco, et al will cover these practices and give us a head count as to who is there and who isn’t. It would be nice to see David Baas in attendance. Like UQB, Baas is a FA and an appearance now might provide a hint that he also intended to re-sign with the Niners. Failing that, the team would be entering the eventual FA period with gaping holes in the middle of both trench lines. Not a good thing.
The rain that has been mysteriously dripping relentlessly down upon the Bay Area the past few weeks is scheduled to be replaced by sunny days this week, perhaps indicating that the football gods are stepping up to the plate and symbolically pushing away the gloom of this past offseason. At least it’s pleasant to think so. Even if it’s just a crock of baloney.