Coach Kyle Shanahan introduced Wednesday that the Niners won’t have any extra OTAs and are canceling their full-team minicamp, which was set to run June 15-17.
Shanahan stated the minicamp cancellation was deliberate earlier than the accidents, although he did cancel a deliberate eighth OTA partly due to them.
“We’re completely finished,” Shanahan stated. “My plan was to get eight after which I used to be going to shock them on Thursday and take everybody bowling, however after our seventh apply with these two accidents and simply the aura it gave to it, I wasn’t going to come back again and do yet another simply to do yet another. So I stunned them on Day 8 as an alternative of Day 9.”
Though the 49ers accomplished simply seven of a potential 10 OTA periods, Shanahan was happy by the turnout. At one level, solely defensive finish Dee Ford wasn’t within the constructing, as he continues to rehab a again damage.
“Having 89 guys right here and getting seven OTA practices in, I felt nice about it,” Shanahan stated.
On Monday, the 49ers misplaced offensive lineman Justin Skule and security Tarvarius Moore to a torn ACL and torn Achilles, respectively. Shanahan stated these accidents got here in a three-play span.
These accidents, together with working again Jeff Wilson Jr.‘s torn meniscus suffered Might 20 within the group locker room after a exercise, come on the heels of the 49ers’ injury-ravaged 2020 season by which they misplaced 161.6 video games to damage, the second most of any group up to now 20 years, in accordance with Soccer Outsiders’ adjusted video games misplaced metric (which additionally factored in gamers lacking video games for COVID-19 causes).
The repeated accidents to starters and key gamers left Shanahan and basic supervisor John Lynch vowing to hunt solutions for his or her well being issues this offseason. That included some tweaks to their draft grades, which added better emphasis on sturdiness, and signing free brokers who’ve been accessible to play most of the time.
That does not essentially imply coaching camp will tackle a vastly completely different look, Shanahan stated.
“We’re at all times reevaluating issues and doing issues,” Shanahan stated. “I would say we modify yearly a bit of bit. To take a seat and say we will do coaching camp in a different way as a result of somebody acquired harm getting out of a chair, as a result of somebody acquired harm on air and an individual harm his knee enjoying soccer, it might be fairly irresponsible of me and very reactionary. Simply attempt to do what’s proper for our guys and do it the most secure method as potential.”
Requested how he can discover a steadiness between holding gamers wholesome and getting them in soccer form, Shanahan famous that the Niners had 4 gamers undergo severe accidents final offseason after they have been away from the power. He additionally identified that an abbreviated coaching camp helped gamers get to the season wholesome however did not appear to assist them keep that method when the video games started.
“One factor I do know, simply being round it for 19 years, you’ve got to play soccer in an effort to prepare for soccer, and the extra soccer you play, the higher you might be and the longer that you are able to do it,” Shanahan stated.
The 49ers are scheduled to start out camp July 31. Shanahan stated the Niners plan to do joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers within the week main as much as their Aug. 22 preseason assembly.
As for a way COVID-19 restrictions will have an effect on the group, Shanahan stated 52 of the 91 gamers on the roster are vaccinated. That’s properly in need of the 85% vital for groups to conduct enterprise in a fashion nearer to what they did earlier than the pandemic, however Shanahan is hopeful the 49ers will get to the 77 or so vaccinated gamers wanted earlier than camp begins.
“It is a completely different choice for everyone, particularly spiritual causes,” Shanahan stated. “… I am simply hoping that we do it as a result of I do not need to must put on my masks in right here anymore and I would like to have the ability to have group conferences in our regular assembly room and be capable of hang around with one another once we go on the street to lodges. So hopefully that may work out.”