As expected 49ers head coach, Mike Singletary opened up the 49ers training camp having no intention of going easy on the players. As we all know Singletary is an old school kind of coach (ie when he pulled his pants down in the locker room last season to make a point).
Knowing any coach of the old school ways, or as any coach should focus on first now days is the fundamentals. These are the things coaches like Mike Singletary can't stress enough is nailing the fundamentals. Singletary opened up camp with a drill called the “Nutcracker” which when I first heard about it, it sounded very unamusing to me. It was a workout that gives the lower body a good workout apparently and Singletary said he was very happy with the results from his players.
What was probably the most interesting course of training camp was the continued quarterback battle between Shaun Hill and former first overall pick, Alex Smith. I am sure that is the most interesting factor for the fans. It appeared the players around them were affecting the evaluation of both quarterbacks, which flags Singletary on working with the Niners weapons in front of the QB. This season could determine if the 49ers find that neither quarterback works out this season, they may have to find a new one in the draft. It is all a big focus on if Shaun Hill can play as well as he did in his little stint last year with team or if Alex Smith can redeem himself and take away his “draft bust” status. The last thing he wants is to be another Ryan Leaf.
Other sites at the camp was there was a fan in a Romo jersey and the 49ers mascot “Sourdough Sam” went over and teased the fan and even escorted him from the bleachers. This brought great entertainment to the fans and I am sure everyone was delighted to see the mascot there. The Niners were also running some trick plays to entertain everyone such as the classic flea flicker. This was a conncection to which Alex Smith hit Brandon Jones for a 40 yard play. It was overall a good, successfull first day of camp and Mike Singletary and the coaching staff seemed pleased overall.
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Written by Zach Arce