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2010 State of the Franchise Live Blog

Posted by Taylor Price on July 27, 2010 – 6:22 PM

The Santa Clara Convention Center will soon be packed with Faithful fans, eager to hear from Jed York, Mike Singletary and Trent Baalke at the 2010 49ers State of the Franchise.

The hour-long event hosted by team radio play-by-play man Ted Robinson, will allow fans to hear directly from the 49ers President/CEO, Head Coach and Vice President of Player Personnel all in the same night.

The live webcast can be seen on the 49ers.com home page, but for those without internet, or unable to watch tonight’s proceedings, follow along as I update this blog with highlights from the evening.

We’re almost 30 minutes away from the start of tonight’s State of the Franchise event. Fans are lining up outside to get the best seats in house.


Fans are piling into the Santa Clara Convention Center at the moment and there’s plenty of red and gold seated before me. Here’s a view from the back of the room, where 49ers.com will be streaming the entire event live.

Here’s the view from the front of the room.

After an opening highlight video, Ted Robinson is now addressing the 49ers Faithful. Robinson just announced that fans can still submit questions to be used during the live show. Send your inquiries to the 49ers Twitter account for your voice to be heard!

Tuesday night’s first speaker, Jed York, is currently sharing his passion with the 49ers Faithful. He applauded the leadership of Singletary and the vision of Baalke. York said he’s excited to play in five prime-time games in 2010, especially to play in London on Halloween against the Denver Broncos. “That is a good way to practice for an outside setting, whether that is going to the Super Bowl and the playoffs.”

York said he hopes one of the 49ers emerging stars (Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan) will put on a Jerry Rice-like, three-touchdown performance against the New Orleans Saints, when the 49ers open up at home against the defending Super Bowl champs on Sept, 20.

York announced that former team owners Tony and Vic Morabito will be enshrined in the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame later this season. “It’s great to see where the 49ers started in 1946 and where it has come today.”

An early fan attendance program will be unveiled in 2010, which York said, will help the 49ers home-field advantage. Fans who arrive to the game early will be eligible for prizes, including seat upgrades. With the 49ers playing in London, York said he wants to make sure the team gets the fans back the home game they’ve lost.

Before showing a video of the new 49ers stadium, York explained some of the new amenities that will be a part of the 49ers new stadium project. He also informed the fans that a new mobile application will be available for fans to use while at Candlestick Park. Fans can watch replays in-game, interact with other Faithful fans and get the latest stats while watching the game from the stands.

Baalke is now speaking to the fans about how the 49ers goal “is to get better.” Baalke said this year’s free agent/draft class will be a successful group a couple of years down the line. To better demonstrate his high opinions of the 49ers rookies, Baalke is now breaking down college game tape from Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Taylor Mays and others.

Plenty of oohs and ahhs are coming from the crowd as they watch Davis, Iupati, and Mays highlights.

Baalke just broke down film of Anthony Davis. The tackle from Rutgers blew up his defender, drawing applause from the crowd.

Baalke on Taylor Mays: “He’s three things…big, athletic, fast!”

Baalke on running back Anthony Dixon: “You want to see backs finish, not run out of bounds. This guy finishes.”

In closing Baalke said, “We are trying to bring in quality players, but more importantly, we are trying to bring in quality people who will do the right things off the field.”

Singletary is next up, and what do you know, he’s getting a standing ovation from the fans!

“2010 is going to be a special year. As a staff, we have to think about what we need to do to take the next step… to avoid that empty feeling that you want to keep playing, but you’ve eliminated yourself.”

Singletary said film study was key in determining what changes were needed to be made before the season. “We needed an offensive line with teeth, that can bite.”

Singletary applauded management for extending the contract of Patrick Willis. “Willis is always saying the right things, doing the right things, on and off the field,” Singletary said.

He closed his speech by saying, “Tonight is not a pep rally… it’s the start of something special, a new era. All you have to do is watch. When you watch us work, we’re going to earn every day and make the most of every  day. Before the start of the season we will be ready. We will be ready to go.”

Robinson is back on stage with York, Singletary and Baalke to field the fan questions you sent in this week on 49ers.com.

The first question asked York how he plans on following his uncle’s style of leadership. York responded by explaining different family-oriented occasions that the 49ers embrace, such as family members of players and coaches invited to various games and practices, and team dinners held at the facility on a weekly basis.

Singletary was asked if the “Nutcracker” would return for the 2010 training camp, he said it would, but would be altered slightly for the upcoming camp. “I really wanted to make the drill as effective as it possibly can be.”

York was asked if the team would change its name to “Santa Clara 49ers,” he said, “No.”

York added, “We’re the San Francisco 49ers and we’ve always been the San Francisco 49ers.”

Baalke was asked about the contract status of the 49ers 2010 draft class, and responded that all indications are that the 49ers will sign all four, unsigned draft picks prior to the start of camp.

Asked what he learned from his first full season as head coach in the NFL, Singletary said he learned that “100 percent of the time” referees do not change their minds.

York thanked the fans for attending the event, and as the fans left the Santa Clara Convention Center, many left feeling inspired about the team’s direction.

“I really felt the passion,” said season ticket holder Eric Washington. “For the last couple of years the passion might not have been there. But you can tell that it’s definitely there.”


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33 Responses to “2010 State of the Franchise Live Blog”

  1. By jesse on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    coach sing, you have been the best leader to this team since the mooch. how long do you think it will take to bring number 6 home? the steelers do not deserve to be the only team with 6

  2. By jesse on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    coach sing , tell Alex the faithful still believe but it is time to take over and show us what he can do

  3. By jesse on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Frank gore rules!

  4. By Matthew on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a 49er faithful since the Joe Montana era. The last few years we keep hearing that this year is going to be the year. How much longer tell we get the right personel in place to make a trip back to the playoffs?

  5. By Matthew on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    How much of a leap do you expect Alex Smith to make this year. With this being the first time in his career having the same quarterback coach two years in a row?

  6. By Craig Ziegler on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    %0 years I have been a 49er faithful from their days at Kezar. In their ups and downs I have and always be a 49er faithful. It is my hope that Caoch Mike and the Niners will regain their rightful place in the palkyoffs in 2010. However win or lose I love this team. Go Niners!

  7. By TheRick on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Can we stop following the league trend, and begin signing our players to future contracts instead of letting a few key players walk next year(lawson,golson,davis?what say you Baalke?

  8. By TheRick on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    We brought Ray Brown in, good start, when are we going to bring in the past great ones to share their knowledge and niner winning tradion with our current players? steve young, jerry rice and joe montana have offered, whats the hold up? what say you singletary?

  9. By Della on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    49ers equation: Get rid of Alex Smith x Give starting job to Nate Davis = Playoffs 2010 Simple as that. 49ers forever.

  10. By TheRick on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Della….get a clue, a life and buy an idea….. look at Alex’s numbers last year. he played at a high caliber behind a weak o line… he has improved and deserves to be the starter…Niners win and lose as a team…HATER!

  11. By Brad on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Singletary,what makes you say that Alex Smith is indeed the quarterback of the future?

  12. By Ronak on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Coach Singletary, michael crabtree and josh morgan are clear 1 and 2 receivers but after that its all up in the air. Who do you see as winning out the rest of the roster spots for the receivers?

  13. By TheRick on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, Darnell Dockett talks a big game..can we pull Upati at Dockett and show him how the nutcracker works?

  14. By TheRick on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    Coach… I saw the intensity on your face…. I’m with you…all the tag lines are great… but you should implement the “we are going to punch them in the mouth” on the moron that said he is tired of the punch lines.. Go COACH!!!

  15. By manny on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    I am excited for the niners this year… I am one of many die hard fans!!! GO NINERS!!

  16. By Aaron on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    what a line up we have. we have a strong smash mouth team just like coach sing wanted. two stud lineman in the mix. i hope gore gets leading rusher this year cause the kid deserves it. GO NINERS!!!

  17. By 9n9er4ever on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    All you people who say 49ers for life or 4 ever but yet you talk negative about our team. The niners finally have the same offensive coordinator for the second straight year. What David Carr should start or Nate Davis we don’t even know if Davis can play as a starter. Smith is doing well he has been injured for two straight years. And our o line didn’t do very well last year and we still went 8-8. And if you are a true fan 6-8 of those losses we 7 points or less one possession. The only teams that beat us by more than a touchdown was the Falcons and the Eagles. And we are going to slap the Falcons this year. 49ers for life. Now i am a true fan. Screw all the fake fans if you want to be that fake go be a Chargers fan they know how to be fake.

  18. By aaron on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Can i get the phone app in texas . Ya theirs faithfull in texas GO niners!!!!!

  19. By aaron rodgers jersey on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    The fresh bloodwhich the Packers got in this year draft will push this team into a super level as its summit period, I hope so.

  20. By JOSH on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    I have faith in coach sing, we got the defense all we need is the offense to get clicking, we got playmakers, gore, davis, crabtree, and hopefully alex can be the guy to deliver at QB. Also give the rock to gore more stats and video dont lie he gets better more times he gets the ball and can always break a big one, hopefully with added O line it will happen more often! I bleed 49ers. ONE, CALI O!!!!!!!

  21. By Tony Martin on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    For one I hope you all are right! You can’t look back to deeply but only to see where the team has been. It is a different team now and from what I’ve seen in the past coaching staff this one IS more aggressive towards making the team better. This team has so many loyal fans, not ones that pass judgement on a player who has yet to get enough playing time to prove himself. Good luck this year guys and gals and see you in the post season!

    Tony

  22. By Coach D on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think a strong trait you look for in a QB is character, and Alex Smith has that. My only concern with Alex is how we handle a pressure playoff game. He has not been in that boat yet, so let’s expect a good season from Alex, and a continued learning curve in the playoffs. Let’s put off the Super Bowl talk for another year.

  23. By juan munoz on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    i have faith on coach Singletary & Alex smith, Alex is being in bad situation, year after year until last year, I’m a front believer he’ll have a great season go NINERS playoff here we come.

  24. By Curtis Lambert on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    i’ve been a niners fan for so long and this is the year alex smith and the niners will show the football world that we mean bussines

  25. By proud49er on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    I am a hard core 49er fan, and I think we have one of the best team this year which people on nfl network and other sports stations don’t talk about. But what the Niners will do this year will suprise all of them, and they will praise the Niners by the end of the season. I think we can look upto being in the superbowl, and winning with the team we have. Here we come to knock out the dreams for the Jets.

  26. By Ninerman on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is not ! the answer, If you look at all the teams he played against that had a top defense last year you will see he struggled !!!!!! He does not know how to read the progression of his RECEIVERS. He get pick off because his eyes follow one guy. David Carr is the same way and he is in the way of Nate Davis getting his chance. Nate will learn the the playbook he just needs more time.If Alex can not run a pro style offense then we will not be as successful or reach our full potential as an offense.

  27. By Ricky Argüello on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Last night I heard Jed York answer that last question, about what is the difference between last years and this one. He bought me with that answer, not only because of what MSingletary is doing and what he wants to accomplish. And I saw the same attitude and the winning desire in Jeds eyes. I think it was a great answer, but the best is that I believe is true that they are focused on winning. “It’s the start of a new era. all you have to do is just watch”
    Prove the world wrong Alex Smith!!! Go Niners!
    I Believe in you: JYork, TBaalke, MSingletary and my beloved Niners.

  28. By charles capers on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    The niners are definitely moving in the right direction. The organization has addressed the needs of special teams via Ted Ginn Jr and Leroy Vann. In addition the organization drafted two nasty offensive linemen to upgrade the o-line. Alex is now comfortable with the system and I believe he is going to have a Pro-Bowl year simply because teams are going to have to respect Gore’s power and speed, Vernon’s speed and physical presence(great blocker as well), Crabtree’s route running and hands, Ted Ginn’s deep threat, and Josh’s athletic abilities. I mean pick your poison, there are to many options, and not to mention what potential Kyle Williams and Leroy Vann could add to the mix.

  29. By Ninerman on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is not ! the answer, If you look at all the teams he played against that had a top defense last year you will see he struggled !!!!!! He does not know how to read the progression of his RECEIVERS. He gets pick off because his eyes follow one guy. David Carr is the same way and he is in the way of Nate Davis getting his chance. Nate will learn the the playbook he just needs more time.If Alex can not run a pro style offense then we will not be as successful or reach our full potential as an offense.

  30. By rob on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    I really hate being negative all the time but these guys blow so much hot air up our… it’s sickening. Singletary says hedidn’t want to insult the intelligence of the 49ers fan base Tuesday night with hoopla and hyperbole but instead offers this non sense- -The goals of the team this off season were three-fold, improve the offensive line by having linemen “with teeth that can bite,” add depth to the secondary and find stability in the return game.

    OK- since you really haven’t improved any of these 3 wouldn’t that qualify as insulting our integrity? Some might argue that they drafted 2 really good OL and thus are better but their rookies, who per most scouts have a ways to go till they will be ready for NFL action. The secondary is not as deep this year and will once again be the achilles heal of the defense. Mays is years away from helping, Lewis, although a gamer is too slow and one good hit away from retirement, Clements showed last year he’s not a capable CB any longer. They lost the best of their nickle- dime guys- Bly and cast off the vet Harris who would have done better than Clements if given the chance. Thankfully Spencer and Gadson are decent but not spectacular enough to overcome their mates deficiencies. The return game- last I heard they were muffing more punts than they were catching. Ginn might be an upgrade but so far in his career he’s proven only to be a bust and I would expect he’ll continue that role by putting the ball on the turf too often for big Mike’s liking. Also, they lost their well regarded special teams coach and filled him with another run of the mill type, like most of their other coaches.

    Since they didn’t really improve they should expect similar results- at least that is what a fan with integrity would assume.

  31. By ed martin on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a 49ers fan for 25 years and I believe this will be the year we get back to the playoffs.I think that people should get off Alex Smiths back and realize that he is just as capable of playing at a pro bowl level as Aaron Rodgers.I do believe this will be the first year Alex will have great protection from the offensive line, a great running attack and a truly gifted recieving core at his disposal.I am a firm believer that a quarterback is only as good as the players surrounding him will let him become. If you look at all the great teams , all of them have certain simalarities such as a top notch offensive line ,2 top notch recievers , a great quarterback, agreat runningback and great defense and special teams.I believe we have all that and an added bonus with the best tight end in the game in Vernon Davis.I am also very excited about all the fresh blood in the secondary.Thank you

  32. By Darrell G on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    PLEASE

    Post the intro video

    Pleae

  33. By Diana on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    ONE THING ALEX SMITH IS GOING TO SURPRISE ALOT OF PEOPLE THIS YEAR. ABOUT 9O PERCENT OF NINER FANS DISLIKE ALEX SMITH AND TEN PERCENT BELIEVE IN ALEX IM ONE AND BELIEVE ME HES GOING TO WIN ALL YALL OVER THIS YEAR LIKE COACH SING SAID WERE NOT GOING TO DO A WHOLE LOT OF TALKING ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WATCH!! PLAYOFFS HERE WE COME

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