Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati are more than teammates. They’ve become fixtures on the 49ers offensive line since being drafted in 2010 and have formed a brotherly bond in their two-plus seasons in San Francisco.
Heading into 2012, Davis and Iupati are benefitting from their first true NFL offseason together. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed the two young linemen and their high expectations for the season.
“This season,” Maiocco writes, “the 49ers fully expect to receive full dividends from Davis and Iupati as first-round picks because of the large amounts of mental and physical preparation time they’ve finally been allowed.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate also features headlines on Jim Harbaugh’s inspiring coaching style, the latest news from Training Camp presented by HP and more.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee analyzes Harbaugh’s coaching methods and how it has affected players throughout his career on the sidelines. Barrows: “To sports psychologists, Harbaugh’s style is known as positive coaching, and they see it as part of a movement away from the traditional, profane, in-your-face style symbolized by coaches such as Bill Parcells, Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher.”
Kerry J. Byrne of Sports Illustrated takes a statistical look at the 49ers and keys for their continued success in 2012: “The 49ers were No. 1 last year in Bendability, our measure of defensive efficiency, and No. 2 in Scoreability, our measure of offensive efficiency. No team played smarter football.”
Gil Brandt of NFL.com singles out players for each NFC team who are being looked upon for big seasons. Brandt: “Randy Moss, who still has great speed and receiving ability, seems to have landed in the perfect situation.”
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group writes that Chris Culliver will be unavailable for Sunday’s preseason game in Denver. Inman: “With Culliver sidelined, expect to see more of cornerbacks Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox, Anthony Mosley and Deante’ Purvis.”
Barrows passes on his latest observations from Training Camp and discusses the upcoming matchup between Denver linebacker Von Miller and Davis: “The competition between Miller and right tackle Anthony Davis will be particularly interesting.”
Maiocco answered questions from the 49ers Faithful in his latest mailbag, discussing Alex Smith, Demarcus Dobbs and more. Maiocco: “Alex Smith will take the occasional shot down the field, but he’s going to check it down and take what’s there. That’s how he made it through 18 games last season (including the playoffs) with just five interceptions.”
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