Good morning folks, it was another quiet day in 49ers land, despite the All-Star nature of this weekend’s Senior Bowl and Pro Bowl activities. Although the Pro Bowl, Sunday’s distraction from the NFL bye week, has all the trappings of a game, the reality is simply that it isn’t. What it is useful for, however, is inflating the worth of a player in his agents’ eyes when contract time comes around!
The Senior Bowl isn’t much more of a game, although it could be argued that it may be slightly more competitive, due to the impact it could conceivably have on the draft stock of the prospects involved. Although not all of the prospects are considered NFL caliber players, many of the cornerbacks involved this year had the type of length coveted by the 49ers - six of the ten rostered CBs were over 6 feet tall. The 49ers have invested in the CB position fairly heavily over the Shanahan-Lynch regime’s time in power, but it’ll be interesting to see if the extended look at any of these seniors may increases their chances at a shot with the 49ers.
Finally, the team replaced the spot left vacant after Rich Scangarello moved on to Denver to serve as the new offensive coordinator under head coach Vic Fangio. His work with Jimmy Garoppolo to close out the 2017 season following the mid-season trade was admirable, and his work molding Nick Mullens from practice squad player to NFL starter surely opened some eyes. The team hired Shane Day, a coach with over a decade of NFL experience, although only two were in a QB coach capacity. Considering his relative lack of experience, as well as Kyle Shanahan’s direct involvement with the QBs, it would not be surprising to see him in something of a reduced-responsibility capacity as he learns on the job.
2019 Senior Bowl: many CBs fit the 49ers’ prototype | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area