With player-organized workouts garnering much of the local media’s attention last week, Jim Harbaugh was asked to comment on the subject Wednesday morning in a radio interview with the KNBR-680 Morning Show.
The 49ers coach first spoke about the bonds being formed within his own coaching staff before commenting on the reports of players convening at San Jose State for a four-day minicamp.
“The coaches have built trust being around each other every day, just getting to know each other,” Harbaugh told host Brian Murphy. “That’s been real positive.”
Harbaugh would later address the reports of free-agent-to-be quarterback Alex Smith organizing workouts for him and his 49ers teammates, offering a positive opinion of the news.
“What a neat thing that is, where character guys can really get a leg up on some of the competition,” Harbaugh said.
Just like the team’s Faithful fans, the coach has been learning about his players meeting on their own accord through various media outlets.
“I think that could really bode well for us,” he added.
The sacrifices made by the players was what really struck a chord with Harbaugh.
“That’s a lot of guys making plans, changing their schedules and making the effort to be there,” he said. “I think it’s a sign of character guys, winning is important and being prepared is important.
“When it comes to winning, that’s a key component, thinking your way to success and figuring out how to win.”
And while Harbaugh is glad his players are figuring things out on their own with the playbook he was able to hand out during a brief window in late April, the ultimate evaluations will take place once the NFL’s work stoppage is resolved.
“When it comes to performing on the field, that will be determined when we get all our players in here and we start practicing and playing games and we find out who our best players are,” Harbaugh said. “We don’t know who our best players are… we’ll figure that out when they get in here and start practicing.”
But that doesn’t mean Harbaugh isn’t encouraged by the current state of the team’s roster.
“I think all of our players from the guys I’ve watched on tape to the guys we’ve drafted, I’m excited to watch them compete,” he said. “There won’t be any politics about who plays and who starts and all that. Who’s playing better? Who’s practicing better? Those will be the guys who are out there in the starting 11. Just to sum it up, we don’t know who our best players are yet. We’ll find out when we throw the balls out there.”
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