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Your assignment, and you do choose to take it, is to attend every practice from beginning to end without food or bathroom breaks. Of course you will also be expected to wear disguises in order to access any part of the field, maybe a groundskeeper outfit so you can pretend to be replacing divots while eavesdropping on people.

Good analysis, good writing. Thanks.
Originally posted by plinius9mm:
Extremely informative!!! Straight shooter, no homerism. I like it. Can't wait to read more.
Glad to see Harbaugh has adjusted the checkdown routes to include middle routes that are UNDERNEATH the LBs. It drove me crazy to see Vernon Davis running those routes BEHIND the LBs. (Long time 'zoners will recall I have criticized Davis for this on numerous occasions.) Those were the kind of routes Walsh originated. He was sometimes criticized for them but we all came to appreciate them as just "long handoffs." The 4-6 yard gains the OP noted were a staple of the Walsh offense as they not only gained decent yardage but tended to hold the linebackers into shorter drops which opened up the slant zones behind them. Also as the OP noted, checkdowns in the middle of the field are a lot easier for the QB to throw compared to sideline routes.

Of course this also depends on the OL cutting the DL to keep their hands down to avoid passes being batted down - all of which we have seen too much of the past few years. I am sure Harbaugh will have Solari and Drevno working to correct that as well. Him being a former QB, he will fully appreciate the critical importance of both the technique and the timing of the blocks the OL must make if those short middle routes are to be completed.

Good news all around.
Originally posted by plinius9mm:
Extremely informative!!! Straight shooter, no homerism. I like it. Can't wait to read more.

This!!! Thanks.
Im interested in the focus put this year's training camp vs Singletary's training camp.

Singletary put an emphasis on conditioning. Are they using the "hill"?
anything resembling the "nutcracker?"

It looks like this year the Special Teams is getting greater focus.

Last year the conditioning could have been great but at game time it looked like there had not enough attention to game time detail to game management ie timeouts, clock management, getting the play in from the sideline on time (remember Raye was going to be up in the booth), false starts, etc.

It is great to know the little detail about the check downs on passes being in the middle of the field, up the field, as opposed toward the side, behind the line of scrimmage or toward the sideline. The sideline checkdowns get tipped and intercepted with the defender running down the sideline for a TD. Even if a checkdown gets intercepted in the middle of the field, there is a better chance to tackle the defender and the defender can't return the interception for a TD
every1 wanna pitch in to send this guy to TC practice every day
Good read! keep them coming, mmmmm official webzone TC beat writer??
great stuff, seriously, really good job bro...

just one thing though, bowman is and will be p52s backup. he doesnt have the bulk to crash the line and free up blockers like spikes did. Grant may very well be the starter this year with his size. that is all, keep up the great work.
Originally posted by SanFranMan:
Keep em coming bro
Originally posted by OptimusPrime52:
great stuff, seriously, really good job bro...

just one thing though, bowman is and will be p52s backup. he doesnt have the bulk to crash the line and free up blockers like spikes did. Grant may very well be the starter this year with his size. that is all, keep up the great work.

where on earth do you get that idea?
This is one the article section on the main page......
I think you've discovered a new hobby and that is to keep zoners well fed. Thanks for the info which was captivating and vivid. Who needs to go to camp when we've got you? Seriously, do find a way to make it to TC often and consider being the zoner's beat writer. FABULOUS work!!!
Well done sir!!
wow good stuff