The 49ers are coming off a week-long trip to Baltimore arriving home Tuesday afternoon after losing their first preseason game of the year against the Baltimore Ravens, 23-3.
However, coach Jim Harbaugh is happy with the progress the team is making and only wants for the team to grow and gradually get better as the preseason continues. He was also full of praise for the way the 49ers were treated in Baltimore.
“A plus-plus in terms of treating us right. Everything from the meeting rooms to the food was top notch,” Harbaugh said.
Avoiding injuries the rest of the way would be ideal but not always unavoidable due to the nature of he sport and the need for the players to experience game-like situations.
“We’ve practiced, when we’re in full gear, pretty much the way we have since we’ve been here, and our practices against Baltimore were pretty crisp, I thought.” Harbaugh said.
G Adam Snyder’s injury from all reports isn’t too severe. “We’ve dodged a few bullets when it comes to injuries. Let’s hope that continues,” Harbaugh said.
The 49ers face the Denver Broncos this week playing their first actual game at the new Levi’s Stadium.
The fact that it’s preseason is irrelevant to the operations people as they continue to work out the details of game-day situational logistics dealing with everything from traffic and fan seating to food and in-house technology communication.
Practicing for the first time since getting off the flight, the 49ers are happy to be back home.
They’ll practice again in Levi’s Stadium on Friday afternoon to get acclimated to turf and get a feel for the atmosphere in the new stadium before the game on Sunday.
Guard Alex Boone is still absent from camp trying to negotiate a better contract from his base salary of 1.2 million and has been rumored to have serious interest from other NFL teams. Whether that’s a ploy by his agent or a serious option is yet to be determined.
Boone is the 43rd highest paid guards in the league and considered by many to be one of the best.
The standoff continues………
What is most important is that the 49ers need to protect Colin Kaepernick. For now the revamped offensive line of T Joe Staley, G Mike Iupati, C Daniel Kilgore, G Joe Looney (replacing Boone), and T Jonathan Martin (for injured Anthony Davis) have been enlisted to do the job.
“I think they looked good. There are a few things to clean up but it was good work and those mistakes are things we can fix,” Harbaugh said after the first preseason game.
After Denver, a game against San Diego and a road game against the Texans will complete the preseason schedule.
The first regular season game against the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo on Sept 7th in Dallas will kick-off the 49ers 2014 campaign on the ‘Road to the Super Bowl’ in Glendale, Arizona.