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Offseason Update: OTAs on Deck

Posted by Taylor Price on March 26, 2010 – 3:02 PM

Starting on Monday of next week, the 49ers will begin their organized team activities at team headquarters with a two-day session. The other 12 pad-less offseason practices are likely to occur after the NFL Draft in late April.

Last year, the 49ers first OTA session included a rigorous conditioning circuit that left the players better prepared for how head coach Mike Singletary likes to run his offseason practices.

In year two, players who have been working out at the facility feel like they’re ready for what’s to come this time around.

“Being here helps out a whole lot, you’re able to bond with the guys and get to work with them early,” fullback Moran Norris said. “We have OTAs Monday, so these last two weeks have been good for familiarizing myself with the new guys. And when the other guys come in on Monday, it’ll be like we have a big ol’ family.”

Last year’s rookies who were introduced to a similar circuit training session for their first NFL minicamp are also benefitting from their time at the team’s offseason conditioning program.

“It’s different than the type of training I did in college,” second-year linebacker Scot McKillop said. “I definitely like it. It’s more position-specific for the player.”

After each player underwent performance testing in the opening days of this year’s offseason program, the 49ers strength staff have since implemented designed workouts to help each individual.

“I’ve been here two weeks and we have a great turnout of players. This isn’t mandatory, but a lot of us are here,” McKillop added. “I know we’re all excited about the upcoming season.”

But are they ready for a possible round of circuit conditioning?

“I don’t know if we’ll do that again,” McKillop said. “But regardless of what we do, we’ll be prepared.”

Weightroom Soundtrack

Essential in getting the most out of the Monday-Friday offseason workouts at 49ers headquarters, is compiling the perfect playlist for the weight room.

Most teammates would agree that the right song can get the entire room amped up for whatever lifting they’re doing at the time. The only problem is getting the players to agree on the soundtrack.

Currently, Norris resides as the main offseason DJ when the skill players are lifting. But he’s willing to take input from teammates on new songs to add.

Norris recently unveiled his latest creation for the second week of the team’s offseason condition program.

“I just put on songs that I knew guys would get up to and get the weight room going,” the 10-year veteran said earlier in the week. “Our strength and conditioning staff does such a great job with everything; I just try to help our (lift) numbers get up.”

Norris’ selections included up-tempo music which helped the other skill players focus on the tasks at hand.

“Sometimes you get an extra push from the music. It makes things a little more entertaining down there, just without the distraction,” McKillop said.

When offensive linemen are the ones stationed in the weight room, center Eric Heitmann takes over the music choices.

“He’ll play whatever rock station that day and we’ll go with it,” tackle Alex Boone said, who prefers the heavy metal sounds of Pantera when he’s lifting.

No need to worry, there will be plenty of time for song selections as offseason workouts have just begun.

Check out photos from the second week of the 49ers offseason conditioning program.


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11 Responses to “Offseason Update: OTAs on Deck”

  1. By James on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    Its nice that OTA’s started but u guys shoulda started workin them on Singletary hill already prepartion makes perfect.

  2. By JIM on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    I think mike singletary and the staff did a great job with the 49ERS last year & Ihope they can take it to the next level. GO 49ERS!!!!!! hey if you’re looking for a new GM how about steve marriucchi?????????????????{mooch}

  3. By Jimbo on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    I agree that Mike Singletary did a great job with the 49ers. Im highly confident that they will be a team of high competiton this year, and they’ll make the playoffs.

  4. By Jay on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    I like Brian Billick Idea of being the niners GM. :D thats a dream right there.lol.

  5. By peter on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    I feel very confident on aving alex smith as our starter next year, he really did a good job.

  6. By Gabe on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think the niners should take one of their first round draft and trade it for Brandon Marshall to lead the niners young receiving corp and also pursuit Darren Sharper to help out on the secondary position. I think Micheal Vick would be very useful to the organization as a player and a QB that has proven himself in the the league at at high level being in multiples pro bowls and being in the playoffs. Micheal Crabtree is good but if he gets shut down or gets injured the next receiver in line is Josh Morgan and he is still up and coming. With Marshall on the team that would take som much pressure off of crabtree and open up the lane for Vernon Davis and attention off of Gore. Having two first round draft picks could be benificial trading one for Marshall and using the other for a Offensive lineman. If those moves are made I think the Niner go from a Almost playoff team to a deep in the playoff maybe super bowl team, but certainly the team to beat in the West.

  7. By julio on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    get jerry rc as wr couch and have hm train them on the workout he use to do

  8. By FaithfulManSince'88 on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is one of the guys who is there all the time for workouts and OTA’s. There are others like Morgan, Norris, and Walker. I hope these guys are really concentrating on dominating the West Division and making a name for themselves in the playoffs.

    I am confident that they’ll be a lot better this year with a more solid defense and the same Offensive Coordinator for 2nd year. Go Niners!!

  9. By john jurado on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    as far i’m concerned alex smith is qb for theniner’s

  10. By John Franco on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    this year will be the 49ers divison i know for a fact and i believe in our team i agre with jim and jay about either steve marrucci or bryan billuick could be the gm for the 49ers now this year our offense and the defense is going to be really good cause lof wepons going on on both i cant wait for the season to start lets go 49ers we got this so are you with me niner fans

  11. By Tray on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I love the niners and always will, but I’m not sold on our D. We allow teams to pass the ball on us to easily and until we get a ball hawk at the safety positions and some speed in the secondary, we will continue to lose close games because we cant stop any team passing game.

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