The NFL lockout means the San Francisco 49ers cannot organize practices at team facilities in Santa Clara and players cannot meet with new head coach Jim Harbaugh to learn the offense and defense he wants to install. The players however can organize their own practices whether they are under contract, a free agent, recent draft pick or a local product that did not get selected in April’s draft. Quarterback’s David Carr, Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick joined with rookie wide receiver Ronald Johnson and others on the practice field circumventing the lockout. Players can meet at will and practice with whomever however most organized player workouts have consisted of players from the same team.
The 49ers have been organizing their own workout’s which unfortunately has become the norm for NFL fans. The player workouts are being conducted Monday through Friday with first round draft pick Aldon Smith joining the workouts soon.
It was only a matter of time before we heard news of 49er players conducting their own workouts. With the knowledge that Carr and Alex Smith might have with seeing a copy of the Harbaugh’s playbook they could bestow that to under contract players and recently selected rookies. Let’s hope more 49er players show up so whenever it is the lockout ends they will be more prepared than the rest of the NFC West.
“We accomplish a lot” at the workouts, wide receiver Josh Morgan said. “As long as you’re working out with your teammates, you can always get better. The best thing to do is stay ready. A coach told me one time: You stay ready, you never have to get ready.”