49ers Jim Harbaugh On OTAs And Anquan Boldin.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke with the media Tuesday after his first look at wide receiver Anquan Boldin in practice.
This was our first time seeing WR Anquan Boldin out there. He looked like hes still in playoff form, what hes done all those years. Whatd you see out of him?
Well, very impressed. Today, you got a good look at what hes been doing. Really picked up the system fast and making plays. Big catches in tight areas. You saw what weve been seeing for a couple of weeks now, very good.
Youve got a host of inexperienced guys at wide receiver. Do you see Anquan talking to those guys and having an impact in the locker room, on the sideline as well?
That could be. That could be something that develops. Right now, Anquan is not a talkative guy. Hes not a small-talk guy. Hes just very serious about competing, and very serious about football and winning. I think itll speak volumes if the young guys observe that.
In those team drills the ball seems to be going to him a lot. Is that because the plays designed to him? Or the quarterbacks already feeling like they want to get it to him, choosing him?
There were some plays that were designed for him today. And we got him in on those plays where he was the primary guy.
You mentioned already I think that there are the guys replacing WR Michael Crabtree on one side and theres Anquan on the other side. Is that pretty well said? Or can some guys move back and forth with the X and Z?
Well, weve pretty much been upfront with the players and everybody whats going on here. Weve lumped the younger receivers, [WR] A.J. [Jenkins], and [WR] Quinton [Patton] and [WR Ricardo] Lockette in one spot and letting them concentrate on that. And first see who emerges from that group of players. But, on the other side theres Anquan and a good group of more experienced players, like [WR] Marlon Moore and [WR] Chad Hall and [WR] Joe Hastings. And they definitely have the license and the ability to emerge from that spot to any spot.
But, thats the X and the Z when youre talking about that though, right?
Thats right. Yeah, the young guys are over on the X side. And the more experienced guys are on the Z side.
What was the thinking to do it that way as opposed to shuffling guys all over?
Just see, like what I just said, to see which of the young guys will emerge playing the same spot, running the same routes. Theres a competition thats in place there.
Is it too early to say whos looking good?
Yeah, its too early.
It is too early. Should I phrase it differently? Is there anybody that you can spot from the young guys, from that young group, and say hey, that guys doing something right now?
Yeah, I can say that about all three of them. But, it is too early. And the complete package, I think will show itself over time. And thatll be a process in that regard. So, too early there.
How tough is it for you to approach it with a quarterback whos now into his first season knowing that hes the guy, instead of when QB Colin Kaepernick was the backup, the young guy? Is it a different approach for you the way you coach him, or for your coaches, the way you approach how he leads his team, leads his offense?
No. Colins a great guy to coach because he wants to be great. He wants to be good. He wants coaching. Therefore, its a joy to give him everything you have and work very hard as a coach to make him better. The problem is when the guy youre coaching doesnt want to be great as much as you want him to be great. And therefore, as a coach its very hard to work for somebody elses benefit when theyre not working the hardest for their own benefit. And thats not Kap. Kap wants to be as good as he can be. Therefore, as a coach you want to give him everything you can.
Is it a different stage for him knowing that he had former 49ers QB Alex Smith there before, and now Alex is not there anymore? Is it a different stage for him just personality wise in the locker room, in the meetings? Or does he need to take a little bit more vocal role or anything like that?
Everybody plays within their own personality. Kap does a great job in that area. And he has since hes been here.
There were reports a couple weeks ago that you had talked to some people about possible consulting roles. Have you hired a consultant, or do you plan to?
Were still processing that, and may have something as the weeks go on for you.
What would you be looking for from someone in that kind of role?
Well, rather than be premature about what were looking for, or what were going to do, there will be a time and a place to talk about that.
I saw that G Adam Snyder was playing tackle today? Is that where you guys see him? Or is he one of these guys that youll move around wherever hes needed type situation?
Hes a guard that can play tackle. He can play center. But, right now [T] Joe Staleys not practicing. He had a minor procedure done. So, Adams getting some work at tackle, which hes got the ability to go guard, tackle, center. And well make sure that hes getting reps at all those.
Is finding a swing tackle, you guys didnt have a swing tackle per say last year, is that something that you want to have down this year when you go into the season? A guy that can step in at either tackle spot?
Yeah, I think thats something that Adam brings the ability to that. But, you also have [G/T] Alex Boone can play either tackle as well, very versatile player. So, it gives us some options.
Hows RB Frank Gore doing?
We havent seen him out here practicing. We see him doing individual work. Is he working through stuff on his own off to the side?
Yeah, hes working through a little something.
Nothing too serious?
Lingering from 2012?
Just working through something. Nothing too serious.
Its about six months since RB Kendall Hunter tore his Achilles. To see him doing team drills like this, does it kind of give you a little confidence with the WR Michael Crabtree situation?
Theyre similar, but not going to compare the two injuries. Both in Kendalls and Michaels case, the doctor was very confident and felt very good about the operations. Kendalls on track.
Source: San Francisco 49ers Media