So far, so good. So the 49ers say.
Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Sunday that Looney has had “some ‘wow’ moments” in practice.
“One in particular, I was like, ‘Wow.’ He pulled, he was on a track, he was square, he delivered a blow,” Harbaugh said. “Good things.”
Boone’s ongoing no-show isn’t a good thing, but there’s no obvious middle ground for player and team. The team wants Boone to show up before they’ll talk to him about a new contract. He doesn’t want to show up until he gets the new contract.
A fourth-round pick in 2012, Looney is perhaps best known for a low hit in a preseason game last year on former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Looney claimed in the aftermath of the incident that he’s not a dirty player.
Now the 49ers need him to be a good player, clean or dirty or otherwise.