Rested 49ers excited for first New Orleans practice

Rested 49ers excited for first New Orleans practice
January 30, 2013, 8:30 am
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"Everybody is attacking this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind." -- Jim Harbaugh (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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NEW ORLEANS -- When 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula conducted bed check Tuesday night for the team's midnight curfew, he found all of the players in their rooms.

Furthermore, more than half the team was already asleep. It got to the point, where Tomsula and team security began knocking softly on the doors, as not to disturb anyone's rest.

Yes, many players on the team were looking forward to the team's first full practice on Wednesday since arriving in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

"Everybody is attacking this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday when he spoke to the media at 8 a.m.

"Every coaching room is aglow with video on from earlier this morning. (I) was really fired up when I walked by the running backs room this morning at 7 a.m. (Coach) Tom Rathman was in there teaching and coaching football to Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon. I was inspired. There's a lot going on."

The entire second floor of the New Orleans Marriott, the 49ers' team hotel, is devoted to meeting space for players and coaches, as well as video rooms for each position group.

"We've been here the last couple of days and we've been out walking the streets, we've been out eating, so we've gotten our fun out of the way," 49ers receiver Randy Moss said. "We're here to do a job and that's to play football.

"He (Harbaugh) said it right. I'm excited to get out there and practice today. We got a defensive back, Tramaine Brock, and he gives us hell each and every day, so I'm ready to go out there and compete with him today. I'm excited. I really am."

After "Media Day" on Tuesday at the Superdome, the 49ers had an uptempo 30-minute practice at the New Orleans Saints' practice facility in Metairie, La. The 49ers begin their regular schedule of full practices on Wednesday afternoon.

"It will be good to get back out there," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. "That's where we need to be in order to get ready for Sunday."

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