For a team that was just one game away from the Super Bowl a season ago, much of the attention thus far at 49ers Training Camp presented by HP has been focused on whether offseason offensive additions can push the team over the top.
Before many of those acquisitions can contribute in a regular season game, things start in the trenches at training camp. Center Jonathan Goodwin can attest. The 10-year veteran won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints and sees similarities in 2012 at 49ers camp like the one he experienced in 2009 when the Saints won it all.
Physical practices set the tone. With the 49ers, Goodwin sees Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff utilizing a physical approach early in camp.
Players like Goodwin expect that physicality to pay off long-term.
“We got a little taste of what we could be last year,” said Goodwin, a Pro Bowl alternate in his first year with the 49ers. “The one thing that sticks out so far throughout this training camp is guys are working just as hard as they did last year. Camp is just as tough and just as physical.”
Though Goodwin has a Super Bowl ring to his credit, he continues to push himself to earn another one in San Francisco.
“In the past I have been asked how it feels (to win a Super Bowl),” Goodwin said. “We are going to keep striving for that goal. Hopefully one day everybody here gets to experience it.”
Goodwin expressed his excitement with the new additions to the 49ers offense that will hopefully help them reach the big game.
One of those additions is a player with similar Super Bowl experience, running back Brandon Jacobs.
Goodwin is looking forward to blocking in front of the 6-foot-4, 265-pound runner.
“Any time you have a big back who can move the pile and is hard to bring down, as a linemen, it tends to get you excited,” Goodwin said.
After 10 years in the NFL, a career that includes a Super Bowl ring and a Pro Bowl appearance in 2009, Goodwin is encouraged by what he has seen at 49ers Training Camp so far. He also likes the contributions of two players competing for the starting right guard position, Alex Boone and newcomer Leonard Davis.
“It’s been a smooth transition,” Goodwin said of Boone’s progress at an unfamiliar position.
As for Davis, Goodwin noted that he’s already seeing the three-time Pro Bowler throw teammates around in practice.
“He’s really powerful.”
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