It’s happened to all of us. We get up, struggle through a hard day, and at the end of it realize we didn’t accomplish anything. For many non-Outsiders this is simply a way of life. For some, that way is a useless job and for others it’s a useless brain. But it happens to one and all at one time or another. Spinning one’s wheels.
What does this have to do with the 49ers? Nothing. I just had to write something that justified the post title, which I promised one of my nieces I would do. Polishing the old uncle apple. [Ed note: He’s lying. He stole the idea from her description of a typical day of travail in young motherhood.]
The closest the 49ers come to wheel spinning is the Sardine Can Offense they insist on running a ridiculous amount of the time. As noted by PFF Wednesday, Frank Gore led the league last year in percentage of carries when facing 8 men in the box. A whopping 42.3% of his carries, against a league average of only 23.3%. And the biggest reason was not Gore’s scary ability, but that the 49ers led the league with 53.5% of their rushing plays occurring with only one or none receivers split out wide. I.E: “Hey, other team, we’re running up the middle here! Let’s see how many bodies we can cram into a tiny little area!”
Why the 49ers get such a bang out of this cave man philosophy is a mystery no one in the blogorama has yet deciphered. Surely with an emergent Michael Crabtree joined by long time stalwart Anquan Boldin, plus a stable of young hot shot WRs, the 49ers will scale back dramatically on the SCO this coming year. Right?
Probably not. The curse of Mike Singletary lingers over the franchise.
The rookies will report for duty Friday morning. For three days, they’ll get introduced to the NFL. It was during this 3 day minicamp last year that first round pick, WR AJ Jenkins, discovered he was out of shape. And he never caught up, finishing the year as a zero catch disappointment.
AJ won’t be at this camp, but maybe he should be. HC Jim Harbaugh has already said more positive things about this year’s fourth round WR pick Quinton Patton than he said all last year about Jenkins. And Patton hasn’t even laced up his cleats yet.
The two draft picks that garnered the most approval from us fan types — DE Tank Carradine and RB Marcus Lattimore — won’t be practicing at all this weekend due to their injuries. Perhaps they can get some tips from Jenkins on how to pose on the sidelines in their street clothes.
One thing we won’t see from the sideline brigade this year is any of them wearing Wrangler jeans. With Levi’s tossing in $200 million for the naming rights to the new 49er stadium, there’s no way the team will allow some clever TV camera guy to zero in on a cowboy cut butt in back of the 49er bench. This friendly advice will no doubt be dispensed within the blarney of Jed York’s first team speech this year.