Postcard from camp: 49ers
The 49ers hold training camp at their year-round training facility and office complex a few long spirals from California's Great America amusement park, just off Route 101. Located 40 minutes south of San Francisco, it's not a classic training-camp atmosphere. The players stay at the local Marriott Hotel, not in a dormitory complex. The teams that do it this way like it because it doesn't disrupt their schedule and doesn't force them to move out of their regular- and offseason comfort zone.
1. The Niners face a big decision at quarterback this year: Can
"This is the toughest camp I've been a part of," 13-year-veteran
3. Star in the making: Safety
I doubt that
The Niners, with two picks in the middle of the first round last April, pulled a surprise by making both offensive linemen. Early in camp, guard
Iupati, who played guard throughout his career at Idaho, has adjusted well to NFL weight-training and playing in space when the Niners go to multiple-receiver sets. Strange to think that a guard from Idaho would be pro-ready in his first camp, but that's how he looks. It'll be an interesting battle between incumbent
I had to rush through lunch today, but I did manage to get a piece of fish that any fine seafood establishment would be proud to put on a plate for $34.95. My entree at the San Francisco training table: seared sesame Ahi tuna on a bed of romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, with balsamic vinaigrette. Though I had to rush through it, it was the perfect light lunch.
1. One of the things running back
2. Several in the 49ers organization, including personnel VP
3. Nose tackle
4. San Francisco's quarterback depth chart is, frankly, a little scary. There's no guarantee Smith is the man for the job, and if he isn't,
5. At every San Francisco practice, Singletary stands apart from the group and makes notes about what he's seeing. Often he'll keep score between the offense and defense as to which unit is making winning plays. Last year, the defense dominated. This year, the offense is catching up. "The competition's closer -- a lot closer,'' Singletary said. About time.