Fresh off Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to start up the Morning Tailgate here on Goal Posts, not like you guys didn’t have the grills on all weekend anyway…
The first, and perhaps most noticeable headline of the weekend, came from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, who has submitted his Super Bowl XLVII winner in late May.
Maiocco has the San Francisco 49ers hoisting up the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“The 49ers exceeded all reasonable expectations in Jim Harbaugh’s first year as head coach,” Maiocco wrote. “That will not happen this season.”
According to the longtime 49ers beat writer, San Francisco is his choice for many reasons. Chief among them, the team returns every key player from last year’s dominant defense and added key upgrades on the offensive side of the ball. It remains to be seen if Jim Harbaugh can have his team race off to a Super Bowl title in his second season in San Francisco, but the 49ers coach continues to guide his players through offseason workouts with the mantra of getting better every day.
More on the latest 49ers headlines, including Harbaugh’s interest in motorsports can be found after the jump.
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle outlines the role Harbaugh as a founding partner in Panther Racing, a 15-year-old IRL racing team that features Sausalito native J.R. Hildebrand driving a No. 4 car, Harbaugh’s uniform number as an NFL player. Branch: “As a coach of the 49ers, Harbaugh is fond of saying he wants his team to get “a mile per hour” faster each day. Griffin, laughing, said the expression might be traced to Harbaugh’s obsession with helping Panther win, in whatever small way he could.”
Branch also shared Hildebrand’s comments on Harbaugh. The IRL racer happens to be a lifelong 49ers fan, too.
Branch profiled undrafted 49ers running back Jewel Hampton, who signed with the 49ers based on their extreme interest following the 2012 NFL Draft.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the 49ers’ options at backup punt returner behind Ted Ginn Jr.
TWEET ABOUT IT
Are you ready for some Organized Team Activities? Week 2 of OTAs begins today, stay tuned to 49ers.com for more updates.
Tags: David Akers, Jewel Hampton, Jim Harbaugh, Ted Ginn Jr.
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