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49ers Take Practice Indoors

Posted by Taylor Price on October 13, 2009 – 5:18 PM


Typically on Tuesdays, the 49ers players have the day off to rest their bodies and spend time with their families.

But that wasn’t the case this week.

With the bye week on the schedule, the 49ers practiced on a Tuesday for the first time since training camp. But it wasn’t a normal practice; the team was forced to move everyone to a nearby indoor soccer training facility with heavy rain throughout the Bay Area covering the practice fields at team headquarters.

“It was like a real cool hangout spot for the kids, that’s what it was like,” cornerback Shawntae Spencer said of the 49ers practice environment. “It was like the gymnasium you would find in a church. It was a little indoor soccer facility with two different rooms. We broke up as offense and defense and went and did our position stuff.”

As professional football players, the 49ers focused on the work at hand and not their unique surroundings.

“Really at this level, you have to get past what your surrounding area looks like,” tackle Tony Pashos said. “You have to forget what the turf looks like; really it’s all about football. It’s about getting the plays right and using the proper techniques. It really didn’t matter where we were at.

“It was something we had to do to adjust to the circumstances and we were good about it. We had a pretty good practice.”

The 49ers went through their normal practice routine just in a different environment.

“We warmed up, did our individual drills, then the round boys would go away and we’d do 7-on-7 stuff while the round boys would do pass rush,” Spencer explained. “Then the round boys would come back over and we’d do the same thing.”

By “round boys,” Spencer was referring to the 49ers linemen.

“I don’t like to call them ‘fat’ and they don’t like to be called that, because they’re not,” Spencer explained. “I prefer to call them by shapes. Everyone has their own shape. You have round guys and you have square guys. For example, [Dave] Baas, he’s like a square guy.”

Both offensive and defensive players were happy to get back on the practice field to work out some of the problems that came up in the team’s 45-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

“It was a good opportunity to get back on the field together as a team after the loss,” defensive tackle Demetric Evans said. “It was an interesting practice, but a good practice.”

Although it wasn’t what they’ve grown accustomed to, the 49ers players were certainly glad to be indoors on a wet day.

“Practice outside, that would have been a nightmare,” Spencer explained. “Everyone is already touchy feely about practicing today, because Tuesday’s are usually our off day. You’re sore and then you throw some rain on it and you’re bound to have a fight at practice. If you fight, then you get to running. You get to running and then everything is going to be all bad.

“Today was like a normal work day without the hitting and things like that. Other than that, we did everything we usually do.”

As long as weather permits, the 49ers will be back on their own practice field Wednesday morning.

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9 Responses to “49ers Take Practice Indoors”

  1. By Smuman on Oct 14, 2009 | Reply

    If it’s true that you play the way you practice and your practice the way you play, then what’s happening during practice? Must not be that great.

  2. By Juan on Oct 14, 2009 | Reply

    they should work on a SPREAD OFFENSE something we dont have so when we are down were not running double tight ends with two backs and get no where like sundays lost!!!

  3. By Kenneth Harrison on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    That’s O.K. We can’t win them all, so now is the time to regroup. You have some big games coming up. Let’s start off right with a win over Houston. Do not sleep on any more teams, and maybe we can make the playoffs after a long failed appearances. GO 49ERS

  4. By quinton on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    I think it’s time to give the rookie a shot at least get him ready at practice. I been watching Shaun Hill up and down mediocre performances for too long even Alex Smith the number one draft bust!!!!!!!!! what a waste of money. Give the rook a shot wtf maybe Davis can spark this offense, make him earn a big paycheck instead of a free had out like the one Smith got. I don’t wanna seem racist but maybe it’s time for my beloved 49ers give a African American quarterback a shot. White boys ain’t cutting it right now. Make it happen Mike, especially now Crabtree is finally stepping into the picture. I know it’s easier said than done but we been relying on Hill and Smith for far too long. I’m sorry but they’re just not cutting it. Give our D a break they can’t do it by their selves. we need some fire power on “O”. “Make it happen Mike!” my slogan for the rest of the season.

  5. By sagecrazy on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    This will be time off needed . the fortyniners will not only beat houston , but the colts too. mark these words!

  6. By dawn on Oct 18, 2009 | Reply

    49er nation all the way

  7. By shawn on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    quinton took the words rite out my mouth “give the rook a chance” I’ve been lookin at shaun hill since college he’s a nice guy and he know how to manage a game but he cant make BIGG PLAYS THE THE TIME COUNTS .As for ALEX SMITH ….No coment!!! Look around the leauge all the other rookies a doing pretty good.GIVE THE ROOK A CHANCE…He moves around the pocket a lot better that shaun

  8. By stangdog on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    That’s right, Hill only goes 10-5 as a starter, then spends the day running for his life, without the luxury of his starting runningback, while his defense allows 45 points and you’re ready for the rookie. What idiots, did you even watch the game? I too was wishing they’d put in another QB to spare Shaun the punishment.

  9. By General on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    I think the defense needs to step up big. After that blow-out which made me sad a lil, I think we need to do some rediscovering. Nate Clements, Goldson, Spencer, Bly; all need to resurface and play like champions.

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