Good morning everyone. Did you guys watch the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony yesterday? I wasn't going to, but then I was asked to transcribe the speeches for my job, so I did and let just say ... they were bad. I think they were all supposed to go 10 minutes, but they all went 30-plus, and a two-hour event went almost five hours. It's made so much worse knowing that Charles Haley is still not in the Hall of Fame. That just blows my mind.
I can't say the guys who made it yesterday were undeserving or anything like that. But man were those speeches long. SB Nation did a supercut of Derrick Brooks saying "thank you" like a million times. I don't have any idea what Aeneas Williams was talking about, either.
Oh and Glenn Dorsey is out for the season. I speculated on how the nose tackle position might look without him but I was hoping, of course, that it would all be a moot point. Nope. These injuries are getting out of hand, and I'm starting to worry about the start of the season. San Francisco can operate without a nose tackle and all, but it's still not good news. Onto your links for the day.
Blaine Gabbert new to 49ers, but grasping system (USA Today)
Andy Lee relishes big day for punters (Williamson)
Levi's Stadium opens to mostly thumbs up from fans (MercuryNews)
Mailbag: 49ers' deepest position (Williamson)
How 49ers will replace NT Glenn Dorsey (Williamson)