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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