Jim Harbaugh “Very Excited” About San Francisco 49ers OTAs Despite Veteran Absences
Jim Harbaugh loves OTAs.
On Wednesday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers head coach checked in following organized team activities at the practice facility in Santa Clara, adjacent to Levi’s Stadium.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of firepower in our corner. I feel like we’ve got a lot of ammunition in our camp.”
“I was thinking the other day, how does it get better than this? I’m very excited.”
However, Vernon Davis apparently didn’t share his coaches’ enthusiasm. The veteran tight end was nowhere to be found at 49ers OTAs, which will cost him a $200,000 workout bonus, as Matt Maioco of CSN Bay Area notes.
When asked why Davis wasn’t there, Harbaugh remarked, “As you know, the workouts are voluntary. That would be the reason.”
Guard Alex Boone was another notable player who has been missing out on the practice sessions. Harabugh declined to offer a direct response when asked if Boone’s no-show was related to dissatisfaction with his contract situation.
“I’ve always chosen as a policy not to discuss contracts publicly.”
Running back Frank Gore also wasn’t out on the practice fields on Wednesday afternoon. However, as Harbaugh explained, the 31-year-old has been getting his workouts in during the mornings.
Harbaugh also discussed the status of wide receiver Michael Crabree, who tore his right achilles last year during OTAs.
“Michael practiced a good portion of the workout. There’s a plan in place for him. More limited than some of the other receivers we have, but I think our medical staff and Michael and we as coaches our taking a smart approach.”
Watch the full interview with Harbaugh below.
Linebacker Michael Wilhoite talked about what it’s like to fill in for the sidelined NaVorro Bowman after covering for Patrick Willis a season ago.
“I think I did my best. Obviously I have a lot of help around me.”
“Last year I had NaVorro standing next to me and had, I think the best linebacker group in the league with Aldon [Smith] and Ahmad [Brooks]. I think I have the best D-linemen in the league. So, it makes my job easy. Anybody who steps in, it’s going to be a little bit easier than stepping into a position where you don’t have any help. Everybody’s looking out for each other and everybody’s helping each other improve.”by