We have a good mix of links today and a lot of them are generated by an impromptu press session with Jim Harbaugh during the annual NFL owner's meetings. It happened at the Ritz Carlton where all of a sudden, Coach found himself stopping in a hallway with a throng of reporters around him. He discussed a variety of topics and was openly candid in such a way that you will NOT see during the season when games are being played (this is obviously where Colin Kaepernick learned it from). Ultimately all discussion is about how to build a team that will compete, and the question it leads to is this:
Being one of Jim's former players at Stanford, Martin got some encouraging words from Coach, and it's not completely far-fetched that Jonathan could thrive in the kind of competitive and professional atmosphere the San Francisco locker room provides. Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the NFL workplace and it is interesting to note what he had to say about it.
Kaepernick and Gabbert
Now dubbed as the "Quarterback Whisperer", Coach Harbaugh definitely had to mention his 2 QB's of note who were drafted in the same year. Blaine Gabbert was a top-10 pick, but was arguably put in a difficult situation and many feel that he was rushed into starting even if he wasn't ready. Colin Kaepernick was drafted much lower, but had the benefit of training under Jim Harbaugh and learning from Alex Smith for 1 1/2 seasons before earning the chance to start. Now Gabbert will have the opportunity to learn from both Harbaugh and Kaepernick and it should be good for him.
The 49ers have few starting positions open and a strong number of high-round picks to match. It should make for some interesting positioning come draft day, as we all know Trent Baalke is quite comfortable moving up and down that board.
Odds and Ends
On of the other things Coach talked about are the rules changes especially "Bowman's Rule". Christian Gin also has some good insight on Kassim Osgood's re-signing and finally a lengthy piece on Chris Culliver and the growth he has undergone since his Super Bowl notoriety and during his injured reserve year. Worth a read.