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I’m going to tell you a little secret on Super Bowl Sunday. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone.
I am not in New Jersey today for Super Bowl XLVIII. But I’ll have the same viewpoint as I did for the second half of last year’s 49ers-Ravens Super Bowl in New Orleans.
I watched the first half from the press box near the top of the Superdome. Then, before Beyonce took the stage at halftime, I took the long, winding trip to the field level to watch the remainder of the game on TV from a workroom under the stands.
There’s no other way to get around it because of the logistics of writing while the game is ongoing in order to have an article ready the moment the game concludes. And with the set up of lockers and interview areas, working in the nearby workroom was the only option for those of us covering the Super Bowl.
When the lights went out early in the third quarter, I really had no idea what was happening. Because the TV sets in the workroom remained off for a while, I relied on Tweets from fans at home who were watching from home.
So I’ll be watching this game on TV from my living room. And my vantage point will be just as good as being there.
And, with that, let’s go to the 49ers Mailbag to answer a couple of questions . . .
Did you say Patton will be working out with Kaepernick this offseason? (@fortyniner16)
That’s what rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton said. And Colin Kaepernick said he is scheduled to begin his offseason training regimen on Monday morning.
Kaepernick decided to spend the first part of his offseason at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami. Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo and Eli Manning are among the quarterbacks who have worked out there in the past. The workout facility comes highly recommended from Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin, Kaepernick said. And Patton has decided to take part, as well.
Under the collective bargaining agreement, players are not allowed to receive any instruction from the team’s coaches until April 21, when the nine-week offseason program is scheduled to begin.
If Harbaugh hasn't signed an extension by the start of the season, what does that say for his long term future? (@TeddyVerdun)
It would mean 49ers management and ownership have a different opinion of Jim Harbaugh’s worth as a coach than Jim Harbaugh.
Team CEO Jed York has made it known he wants to sign Harbaugh to an extension. And Harbaugh said he “absolutely” wants to remain with the 49ers for a long time.
But if the sides could not reach an agreement after the 49ers came within 5 yards of winning the Super Bowl a year ago, who’s to say either side will budge this offseason?
The 49ers made one concession a year ago. They allowed Harbaugh to seek outside endorsements with team sponsors. It was an arrangement that one source estimated allowed Harbaugh to earn an additional $1 million above his $5 million annual salary.
If Harbaugh is willing to take a little less in guaranteed money with an incentives package that would make him among the highest-paid coaches in the league if the 49ers win a Super Bowl during his tenure, that’s a deal that could happen fairly early in the offseason.
Otherwise, it’s not unrealistic to think that Harbaugh and the 49ers could be back in this same position a year from now.