Maiocco: Wrapping up 49ers' Camp Alex 2.0


Maiocco: Wrapping up 49ers' Camp Alex 2.0

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SAN JOSE -- It could be the end of an era that nobody will want to see repeated.Today is the final day of Camp Alex 2.0 at San Jose State, and there is optimism that this will be the last time a player-organized workout will be necessary.There is little doubt the team's offense benefited greatly from these Alex Smith-led sessions, which were designed to get the players familiarized with the 49ers' new playbook.
Receiver Kevin Jurovich estimates that if there are 100 different formations in the playbook, the skill-position players have already a pretty good understanding of 75 of them.The players know the basics of the playbook. So, when the lockout is lifted, coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman do not have to spend a lot of time on the absolute basics of the offense.Receiver Lance Long, who caught 20 passes with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, and tight end Colin Cloherty, who spent time with the Indianapolis Colts last season, both spent time on the 49ers' practice squad last season. They are under contract to the 49ers for the upcoming year. Neither player participated in the first Camp Alex, but both are here this week.MAIOCCO: 49ers' skill positions well-represented
I witnessed a brief film session after a workout earlier this week. Smith was watching film of the just-completed workout, while Long and Cloherty were hanging on Smith's every word. When there was some confusion while Long and Cloherty tried to identify the formation on the screen, Smith quickly pointed out that one of the veteran players had lined up in the wrong spot. That was an error that would be addressed the next morning in the film session.These get-togethers have been invaluable. After all, when the official practices begin, the 49ers will not have much time to waste to get ready for the regular season.Updates from Camp Alexwill be posted here throughout the day.UPDATE at 1:57 p.m.:
Alex Smith said there will not be a need for another get-together if the lockout is settled within the next couple weeks.Also, he said he will consider sending the practice film to 49ers coaches, but offered an optimistic view, "If the thing ends soon enough, it's kind of a moot point."Smith said he virtually tapped out his knowledge of the new playbook during the sessions. This morning, Smith gave his teammates a quiz on the offense. The winner, Smith said, was receiver Kevin Jurovich.UPDATE at 12:49 p.m.:
The players meet at midfield after running 32 plays, and thus Camp Alex draws to an end.
UPDATE at 12:25 p.m.:
The practice snaps are being divided equally among the three quarterbacks. The offensive linemen are not on the field today.
UPDATE at 12:05 p.m.:
Kicker Joe Nedney stopped by to greet his teammates, but there's not much for him to do here. "My holder is in South Carolina, and my long-snapper is in Phoenix," Nedney said.UPDATE at 11:52 a.m.:
On the other side of the field are the same three defensive players -- Justin Smith, Parys Haralson and Ray McDonald -- getting in the typical workout.UPDATE 11:49 a.m.:
Alex Smith said today's on-field workout will be shorter than usual. Several players left town after the Thursday workout.The players on the field today are QBs Smith, David Carr and Colin Kaepernick, RBs Anthony Dixon and Bruce Miller, WRs Josh Morgan, Kyle Williams, Ronald Johnson and Kevin Jurovich; and TEs Nate Byham and Colin Cloherty.UPDATE at 11:45 a.m.:
Rookie seventh-round draft pick Bruce Miller, who is making the conversion from defensive end, made his first appearance to work with his new 49ers teammates.Miller said there were initial injury concerns about joining the workouts, but he said he felt he needed to begin learning the playbook as the lockout continued."There's a lot of information; a lot of things I'm hearing for the first time; so I'm just trying to take in as much as I can," Miller said.Miller spent the early part of this week at the rookie seminar in Florida and testifying in a court case. He arrived in San Jose on Thursday night and plans to spend a few more days in the Bay Area before heading back to his residence in Atlanta.

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.