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Offseason Update: Vets Stick Around

Posted by Taylor Price on April 2, 2010 – 11:21 AM

The 49ers first pair of pad-less practices in 2010, otherwise known as organized team activities (OTAs) came and went earlier in the week at an efficient pace. But that didn’t stop veterans like Frank Gore and Vernon Davis from sticking around 49ers headquarters to get in quality work with their teammates and coaches in the 49ers offseason conditioning program.

Many of the 49ers who reside on the East Coast train close to home, opting to spend time with family and work out with personal trainers. But with the first OTA practice officially marking the start of a new season, several of the team’s key players remained in town to continue working with teammates and building camaraderie.

“We had two OTA practices, they went pretty well. It’s the same offense, so we don’t have to start over again,” Gore said to TV49 earlier in the week. “We can clean up all the mistakes we had last year and move forward.”

Head strength and conditioning coach Duane Carlisle put the team’s two-time Pro Bowl back and others through a couple of extensive workouts on the practice field and in the weight room, adding to what has already been a very successful offseason program.

“The last couple of weeks have gone really well for us,” Carlisle said. “Guys have improved their body composition, you can see guys are getting leaner, stronger and they’re getting in better condition, which is the goal of the first four weeks of training.”

In a normal week of Carlisle’s offseason conditioning program the players rotate from weight room training to field training. But with OTA practices starting earlier in the week, Carlisle’s program was slightly adjusted.

“The practice replaces the movement training and the guys still do their extensive lifts,” Carlisle explained. “We don’t modify the lifts.”

The strength coach doesn’t have to push the players to get into weight training after OTA practices, because “they know the drill.”

“They come in, they’re ready to work, they put their hard hats on and they go,” Carlisle said. “That’s the great thing about our guys. We’re here to coach them and make sure they’re doing everything right technically, but in terms of the effort, they bring it all the time.”

In the same way Carlisle appreciates the effort from his players, his pupils hold a high regard for the instruction they receive in the 49ers offseason program.

“He’s a good strength coach,” Gore said. “He changes things a lot. We had a good workout, ran 20, 100’s. Coach Carlisle will push you, he wants the best for you and he’s doing a great job in the weight room.”

The Miami native does his offseason workouts close to home, but was pleased to be re-united with his other “family” this past week by having two productive practices and extra time in the weight room.

“I was happy to get back and see those guys,” Gore said. “When you’re away for awhile then you come back, you look forward to be back with your family out here. We’re trying to get better. I was happy to get back with Vernon, Moran (Norris), (Michael) Crabtree, Josh (Morgan), Delanie (Walker), all my offensive guys, my offensive buddies. We’re trying to having a good year.”

Morgan agreed with the sentiments of his starting running back and was encouraged to see all of the offensive guys get in a few more quality workouts in together before a few days off for Easter break.

“We’re about to put on a show for 2010,” Morgan said. “We’re ready. We’re in here working. Everybody’s feeling the excitement and we’re just ready to go work for the Super Bowl. All of us are trying to be great, all of us. We’re going to do whatever it takes.”

Davis said being around for the rest of the week has allowed him to spend time with new teammates and new coaches. It’s also allowed him to observe the young players who have made strides this offseason.

Davis added that second-year running back Glen Coffee and third-year safety Reggie Smith are the ones who have caught his eye immediately. Davis said the two have improved from seeing what the veteran players have done ahead of them and now they’re following in their footsteps.

As for his own offseason motives, Davis is looking to work on ball skills.

The team will have the first two days of next week off thanks to Carlisle allowing players to spend Easter weekend with their families. They’ll return on Wednesday to resume the fourth week of the 49ers offseason conditioning program.

“We move into our last week of training, and specificity becomes the most important factor. The guys on the field are doing position-specific drills,” Carlisle said. “Inside, the focus goes from a strength base to improving strength and power. It shifts from a general approach to a specific approach and the intensity of the workouts go up both outside and in the weight room.

Check out some screen grabs from inside the 49ers weight room and our sights and sounds video from the offseason conditioning program.

Tw0-time Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore

Pro Bowl TE Vernon Davis

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19 Responses to “Offseason Update: Vets Stick Around”

  1. By SJninerfan on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    Are you sure Frank Gore didn’t say “We’re trying to have a good year” instead of “We’re trying to having a good year” lol

  2. By Matt on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    I was watching ESPN the other night and Herm Edwards suggested that we might want to consider picking up on Donovan McNabb and Brandon Marshall. I strongly agree. Do you guys realize how unstoppable we will be if that was to happen? I mean think about it….Gore at the back…Donovan at QB…Marshall and Crabtree at WR…BIG VERN on TE…ETC. Come on guys lets have a good year. LETS PUNCH SOME POEPLE IN THE MOUTH THIS YEAR!!!! GO NINERS!!!!

  3. By Jake on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    The fans are still faithful, this, and the Veteran players Tweets are showing us that in 2010, the Niners will be a force to be reckoned with. Looking forward to the draft, preseason, and another great season of watching you guys put on a show. Thank you!

  4. By bay_area_ninerfan on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    go niners! super bowl champions coming soon

  5. By tommy on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    thats right putting in that off season hard work keep it up i like to see that dedication ive been a 49er fan since i can remember and i would like are team to start being a condindor again i know last year was a fluke we had some bad luck that kept us out of the playoffs

  6. By Big James on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    That’s what’s up, I’m so proud of the squad… I’m ready to ride this 2010 season hard baby 1- LOVE!!! GO NINERS BABY!!!

  7. By john jurado on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    this is our year if we have an offensive line an good cornners. bet the farm on this one

  8. By niner4life on Apr 4, 2010 | Reply

    niners will have a pretty good yr if gore and the o-line do good and alex will continue to get better w/the same system 10-6 this yr

  9. By niner4life on Apr 4, 2010 | Reply

    also u so called niner fans give alex smith a break because he has not played in the same offensive system like some of the other good qbs in the league he will throw for 3000 this yr and 20 tds our secondary needs work fast

  10. By J.Merrill on Apr 4, 2010 | Reply

    This is the 9ers year. With Warner out of Arizona there is no way that we lose the division. Seeing the guys working this hard for OTA’s has me really excited to see the finished product on the field. GO 9ers!!!

  11. By FaithfulManSince'88 on Apr 4, 2010 | Reply

    These guys better be working hard for this upcoming season and I will be at every game to see if they can show me that they are a good team. LETS GO NINERS!!!!

  12. By Mr Roy on Apr 4, 2010 | Reply

    these guys and this coach are making me even more of a fan this is our year dont turn your back on us we will win the west and will battle for the bowl alex is going to have a great year i can appreciate a pro like him took a pay cut to stick around and he will earn it back this year cant wait to see my boys in june again GO NINERS!

  13. By brian graham on Apr 4, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see some offseason trading. Let`s give Crabtree some help.

  14. By Keith Wood on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    What Matt said would be cool to see (McNabb and Marshall), but I’m also afraid as well. The Jerry Jones show (Cowboys) have been trying to buy a Super Bowl for years now, doesn’t seem to work out to well. McNabb is cool, positive attitude but Marshall, even though he’s talented is a mini T.O. and could be a drain who creates division between players.
    Is it football season yet?? HURRY UP! Go Niners!

  15. By Keith Wood on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    p.s. it all starts with the line baby! I know the O-line never gets any recognistion, but as they go we go. Can you run without a line? NO; can you pass without a line? No (well you could just toss it like a hot potato before getting your head smashed in, don’t know if anyone will be there to catch it), heck you can’t even have a huddle without an O-line! Know what I mean! We got the parts, now it’s time to pay some serious attention to the O-line. Our Defense is top notch as well, give some love to the O-line in the draft and free agency.

  16. By RWD on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Getting ready to roll! Lets go 9ers your ready and were ready for the next step! SF all day

  17. By DMAN on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply


  18. By GO NINERS on Apr 11, 2010 | Reply

    No doubt the niners are going to do some damage this upcoming season. We fans have faith in Alex Smith and the Beasts that are on this team (Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, The O-line, D-line, P. Whillis, Glen Coffie has been beasting it out there too) Win the division this season!!

  19. By Dennis on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a real 49er fan and have been since Montana 1st Super Bowl I’ve been with us threw the good and bad year and to tell everyone the truth I think and still stick by the fact that smith is a bust it has nothing to do with coordinators or anything like that a coordinator has nothing to do with you throwing the ball to the other team he has 25 td’s and 40 int’s he’s a bust I do hope that smith does good this year because he has no excuse and I think that singletary is putting himself on the line by keeping him and signing car because neither one of them are any good. We need a real QB before we can win another super bowl

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