It’s clear watching the 49ers practice that the offense is a work in progress. You don’t need to watch them practice two minute drills and fail — like Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick did today at the end of Thursday afternoon’s session — to know that. The 24-3 loss against New Orleans was enough evidence. But when someone asked Jim Harbaugh after practice if there were any standout players in camp besides the signal callers, Harbaugh’s eyes lit up. He said “thank you,” made mention of how nobody wants to ask about anything but the quarterbacks, and listed off several players.
Not surprisingly, he led things off with the defense:
“First guy that jumps to mind is Ahmad Brooks. He’s having a heck of a camp, played extremely well in the ballgame the other night. At a very critical position, you talk about critical positions, the ability to rush the passer and drop into coverage. He’s made several plays on balls, got us the ball on defense in our practice sessions. Pleased and encouraged by his progress and just hope he keeps on coming at the rate he is.”
Below is video of his comments on Brooks and the rest of the standouts, including (somewhat surprisingly) Chilo Rachal and the rest of the offensive line.
Of course, there were questions to start the press conference (which is held in a tent near the practice field) about the QBs. Colin Kaepernick is going to play at least a couple quarters but maybe not as long as he played against New Orleans. But on the other hand, he might play just as long. Harbaugh isn’t the most forthcoming guy with the media, in case that wasn’t clear. In the video below he talks his plans for Saturday, and why they picked up Josh McCown.