Offensive coordinator Greg Roman is excited and happy that the “real” training camp begins with the pads in practice beginning. It’s been hard to evaluate some positions without the contact coming. The pads are finally on.
“It’s real football now,” said Roman. “We’re not in our underwear anymore. We have the football pads on, there’s contact. We’re always looking to protect one another on the field.”
Roman believes that the players start to show who they are. When OTAs and minicamp happen, we don’t see the pads or contact and things become more finesse. Everyone finally gets to see how aggressive or not players can be.
“Everybody reveals themselves because of contact,” said Roman. “This is where you really start to evaluate how players react to contact and bump coverage. People will start raking at the football and the rush becomes more real now. This is a great chance to see where you’re at.”
OT Joe Staley said that he believes in the team and staff. He believes in the hard work needed for these training camp and on the field.
“[Success is] based on the caliber of guys we have here,” said Staley. “We need to believe in what we do. If we do our jobs, we can have success. We’re always trying to get better.”
Even though the team was successful last year, he isn’t looking back. The 2012 season is a new year for him and the team needs to move on.
“This is the 2012 season,” said Staley. “We can’t get hung up on what we did last year and need to wipe the slate clean. Obviously there were a lot of good things last year, but there are improvements we need to make. Last year had success, but it means nothing this year because everybody’s record is 0-0 and this is a great time in training camp to fix [our problems].”
TE Vernon Davis is taking the day by day approach for the season. He doesn’t want to look ahead or be caught up thinking about the big picture too soon.
“We want to get better today,” said Davis. “In life it’s about taking each day, one day at a time and that’s what we have to do as a team. We have to take each day one day at a time, one practice at a time, one play at a time and we have to continue to do that from here on out.”
Davis doesn’t want to hear conversations about Super Bowl or championships at all. Even though the media and fans have high expectations ahead for the 49ers, things need to be taken cautiously. He wants to work week by week.
“We’re not worried about the Super Bowl at all,” said Davis. “What we do today will set us up for tomorrow. We need to make it through the day before we get to the next one. We need to work on everything we can to make ourselves at a team. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s going to take.”