The 49ers are not getting on the practice field at the earliest allowed by NFL rules. The 49ers can get on the field Friday for their first full-squad practice. However, Singletary decided to have meetings for several days before the 49ers take the field for the first time on Saturday.
"At the end of the day, the last game of the season, I don't think we're going to look back and say we should've taken that one day," Singletary said. "I like things to be spelled out very clearly. It's important to take some time to get to know each other. There are probably 31 other teams that will get a jump on it. They're probably trying to get out there today, but I guarantee we'll get all the work we need." Instant 49ers
Singletary is also taking these three days of meetings to define strict roles for coaches and players. Being guileless is dramatically different than the innovative glory days of Bill Walsh and the West Coast scheme. However, the outlining of goals and roles is right out of the 49ers old school text book. One scout from the glory years once said that he was stunned that when he got to the 49ers, the first thing they asked him was what did he need to be successful. Then they assigned him specific tasks and traits to look for in players. Maybe Singletary is instituting the same edicts.
"I like things to be spelled out very clearly and I want to make sure that the players understand their roles," Singletary said about the three days of meetings before the team commences its first practice. "I want to make sure the coaches understand their roles. I want to make sure each guy knows the guy to his left, the guy to his right, the guy behind him, the guy in front of him. I think its important for us to really take some time to get to know each other because when we are out here, that is all we have and we are going forward with that." 9er Insider
[ Edited by global_nomad on Jul 29, 2009 at 09:00:18 ]