SANTA CLARA -- Eric Mangini, the former NFL head coach with a defensive background, has spent his first two months with the 49ers getting to know the intricacies of Greg Roman's offense.
Practice summary: The read option takes up a portion of the 49ers' offensive playbook, just as it did a year ago.
One of the rules the NFL is cracking down on this season is that all players are required to wear thigh pads and knee pads during games, and it has become a hot topic early in training camp.
So it turns out that Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are . . . well . . . Just like everybody else.