The front page of the 49ers official team web site features a video from head coach Jim Harbaugh addressing the fans. My favorite part was when he said “we are working and building together to forge a championship team and for us to succeed it is all about the team, team, team.” Go to 49ers.com to see the video.
Harbaugh answered questions from the media on Monday after the lockout was lifted. Below is some highlights but you can view the full transcript here.
On the most important thing to get done in the next week:
“…practice starting, you’re talking about signing undrafted players, college free agents, our own drafted players, unrestricted free agents, meetings, all that’s going to take place simultaneously. So, first order of business is to start seeing our players, getting knee-to-knee and eyeball-to-eyeball with them…”
On whether QB Alex Smith will be allowed to work out until he likely signs on Friday:
“As I understand it, our own unrestricted free agents will be allowed in the building tomorrow and right up until the time that we start training camp on Thursday, and then they will not be in the building until Friday when they can sign.”
On his reaction to the player organized workouts at San Jose State during the lockout:
“Well, I was excited to see what was going on, that the players were taking the initiative and organizing workouts and practice, and hopefully that bodes well for us and everybody that participated in those workouts will have a leg up. I hope that’s the case.”
On RB Frank Gore:
“I have not talked to Frank yet. Like everybody, you know we’re waiting to find out, waiting to see him.”
On whether he followed reports through the media of workouts at San Jose State University:
“I don’t know about gleaning, but as far as reading it, I had a lot of time on my hands. So, I was interested and I think what interested me the most personally, I don’t know if this is right or wrong, or should I had been gleaning more, but I was just happy for these players and this generation of guys to be able to organize their own workouts, their own games, their own workout sessions.”
On how much patience he will have with players coming back who are not in shape:
“Well, I think that all part of the teaching, the organization, the planning, realize that everybody’s got to get to – they can come in from A-Z, you got to get them to Z. And everybody may be at a different stage along on that line, whether it’s physical conditioning or understanding the playbook, or the way we do things, so it’s just a matter of getting guys emerged into how to do things.
On the amount of time he plans to work with the quarterbacks:
“Well, yeah, the good thing about being the head coach is you get to work with all of the players. You get to coach them all. So, pretty much my plan is immerse ourselves in football, all day. Make it as much about ball as possible. We have structure on how we’re going to coach and I’m involved with that. So, I can’t be specific about minutes, but pretty much all day we’ll be attacking ball.”