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Jim Harbaugh doesn’t ease into first training camp

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It’s a tradition as old as the NFL itself: A new coach puts his team through a grueling training camp in his first year with the squad.

We remember Jim Mora (Sr.) talking about it once: You can always ease up in the future, but it’s hard to make camp more difficult as time wears on.

New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been too restricted by the new NFL practice rules. It sounds like the 49ers have jumped right into camp despite the lockout.

“He’s definitely going with the approach that there’s only one way to get in football shape, and that’s to do it,” defensive end Justin Smith told Jim Trotter of SI.com. “I really can’t say that this camp has been easier than in the past. We’ve been out on the field for three hours a day, banging. It’s been a physical camp.”

Trotter writes that’s Saturday’s practice was the fifth time in six days they were in full pads. They were playing full speed with tackling to the ground when many teams will “hit and release” in certain drills to avoid injuries.

The 49ers will have to be tough; their passing game has reportedly looked rough in camp.

Some things in San Francisco just don’t seem to change.

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27 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh doesn’t ease into first training camp”
  1. kcfanatic says: Aug 9, 2011 8:56 AM

    5 days out of 6 in pads…only 9 left for the entire season under new CBA

  2. jutts says: Aug 9, 2011 8:57 AM

    He better get it right. Ditka might yell at him.

  3. waccoforflacco says: Aug 9, 2011 9:00 AM

    I wonder if he’ll drop his pants in the locker room to get the guys all hyped-up to play?

  4. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2011 9:01 AM

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    You bring in a hot coaching prospect like Harbaugh and then trot out the same QB whose been killing your franchise for 6 years.

    I’ve never seen a franchise be more obsessed with a worse QB.

  5. cartwright24 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:13 AM

    “Some things in San Fransico just dont seem to change”…… what the heck that means??? is that a diss??

  6. brutus9448 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:18 AM

    isn’t that what singletary did? really hard camps?

  7. ac0117 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:20 AM

    I already read this article earlier on SI.com… you just summarized it into 3 paragraphs and linked it. Nice journalism

  8. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2011 9:22 AM

    cartwright24 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 9:13 AM
    “Some things in San Fransico just dont seem to change”…… what the heck that means??? is that a diss??
    ==================

    Did you read the line right above it? About their passing game being “rough”?

    I think that’s what he’s referring to.

  9. duanethomas says: Aug 9, 2011 9:30 AM

    This can be said about the 31 other head coaches, but when the season starts and they have to coach only about 8 will be there. When the Niners are fighting to stay out the basement, who will remember his physical camp? Didn’t the last coach have the most physical camp in the NFL last year?

  10. baddegg says: Aug 9, 2011 9:44 AM

    I understand the hard a$$ approach, but there are also ways to make a camp physically grueling without having guys go full contact all the time when they are at a point where injuries are likely.

    He better hope that he doesn’t have a star go down for the season…

  11. smalls88 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:46 AM

    Right. Less than 2 weeks after resuming football, a team implementing a brand new offense, under a new regime, should look look sharp and crisp. Because, you know… it works in Madden.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:51 AM

    realitypolice says:Aug 9, 2011 9:01 AM

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
    ________________________________

    This was the exact comment I was going to make, word for word.

  13. carlnova says: Aug 9, 2011 9:53 AM

    cartwright24 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:13 AM

    “Some things in San Fransico just dont seem to change”…… what the heck that means??? is that a diss??

    I see 49er Fan has the intelligence of Cowboy Fan. use new offense, new head coach as an excuse all you want, Alex “Small Hands” Smith is STILL your QB

  14. redskinspike says: Aug 9, 2011 9:54 AM

    ac0117 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 9:20 AM
    I already read this article earlier on SI.com… you just summarized it into 3 paragraphs and linked it. Nice journalism
    __________

    That’s the point of this type of website.. they go find new stories from tons of different media sources (so we don’t have to read 100+ newspapers, websites, etc.) then summarize them into shorter articles so we don’t have to read a 5 page article. Some people are so stupid..

  15. bambam1982 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:43 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Aug 9, 2011 9:22 AM

    cartwright24 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 9:13 AM
    “Some things in San Fransico just dont seem to change”…… what the heck that means??? is that a diss??
    ==================

    Did you read the line right above it? About their passing game being “rough”?

    I think that’s what he’s referring to.

    This article was out the other day. It said nothing about the passing game being rough. Actually Harbaugh announced that yesterday practice was the best practice they’ve had. He also stated that Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick looked very sharp.

    Obviously this is just someone trying to start problems with the QB situatuion. Alex will do fine with Harbaugh. STOP HATIN!!!!

  16. Nevis says: Aug 9, 2011 10:43 AM

    “The 49ers will have to be tough; their passing game has reportedly looked rough in camp.”

    O rly? Where was that reported? Oh that’s right, it wasn’t.

  17. bambam1982 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:45 AM

    This article really doesn’t make sense. Why would you post something like this the day after the head coach announces they just had the best practice . Stop taking shots at the team.

  18. expatpatfan says: Aug 9, 2011 10:46 AM

    Whatever they’re paying Smith for the one-year contract is essentially insurance that they’ll win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

  19. mdnittlion says: Aug 9, 2011 10:46 AM

    Urban Meyer’s greatest accomplishment getting Alex Smith drafted number 1 overall. Al

    Alex Smith’s greatest accomplishment picking up the mantel Kerry Collins dropped when he retired.

    You can make any assumtion you want from that last statement.

  20. Nevis says: Aug 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    “isn’t that what singletary did? really hard camps?”

    Difference is, Harbaugh’s camp has a purpose. Sing didn’t have a clue.

  21. bambam1982 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:50 AM

    Nevis says:
    Aug 9, 2011 10:43 AM
    “The 49ers will have to be tough; their passing game has reportedly looked rough in camp.”

    O rly? Where was that reported? Oh that’s right, it wasn’t.

    Rt@Nevis

    It was never reported. They reported having the best practice with both QB’s looking very sharp.

  22. bambam1982 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:55 AM

    expatpatfan says:
    Aug 9, 2011 10:46 AM
    Whatever they’re paying Smith for the one-year contract is essentially insurance that they’ll win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes

    Whatever u hater. If that was the case they wouldve just kept a player like David Carr or
    Troy Smith if they were just tryna get Andrew Luck. Also they wouldn’t have drafted another QB.

    You are obviously a fanatic and not a fan of the game bcuz u have no idea of what you are talking about.

  23. cartwright24 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    my point exactly… why say some things in San Fran seem to never change after one rough pratice….this article would be cool without the last sentence….. now start to see the difference between internet blog and newspaper Article….

  24. firerosenthalthebastard says: Aug 9, 2011 11:07 AM

    cartwright24 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:13 AM

    “Some things in San Fransico just dont seem to change”…… what the heck that means??? is that a diss??

    ————–

    Well since Jeff Garcia has a San Francisco offense looked decent?

  25. scoob766 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:36 AM

    Ppl are idiots, comparing the tough camps of harbaugh to Singeltary you have no idea. I went to sing camps and he did tons of sprinting, conditioning drills. Rarely did you see the amount of “real game” situations that you see with harbaugh. Why do you think they had time management issues, a lack of practice and a coach that belongs on the bengals. Anyways niners have a shot at the playoffs A’s much As any team especially in the west. Take your pedestrian knowledge of the niners elsewhere please

  26. nineroutsider says: Aug 9, 2011 11:50 AM

    @scoob766

    Well said…Singletary would make them do drill after drill like the nutcracker whereas Harbaugh has them working on game situations…I think we will all notice the difference on Sundays.

    While the passing game is still being ironed out, from what I have been reading, it looks much better already. The O is beating the D about half the time, which didn’t happen in previous camps. The defense is commenting on the new look and sophisticated play calling…so don’t write them off just yet, Smith and Harbaugh are just getting started. Smith needs to learn to throw his receivers open and to trust it, Harbs will get him there.

  27. phelbin says: Aug 9, 2011 4:14 PM

    Someone said this before, and they were exactly right. New coach, new system, new players, and QB on his 6th(?) coordinator. It’s not supposed to be flawless after one week of camp…it’s going to take some time to get things running smoothly.

    Last year the 49ers went 4-0 in the preseason before going 0-5 in the regular season. The modern 24-7 news cycle places too much importance in the training camp and preseason games. We’ll see how they do come September.

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