The 49ers offense finally looked complete Wednesday -- unless you were expecting the acquisition of former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.
All offensive players practiced in their red-and-gold uniforms for the first time under coach Jim Harbaugh, whose father, Jack, was on hand to witness the preparation for Sunday's season opener.
Completing that full-squad offense was wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and he showed no signs of trouble with his twice-broken foot while running routes during media access at the start of practice.
"Good to see him out there running around," quarterback Alex Smith said. "He's extremely talented and will help us a ton."
Although Crabtree began lightly practicing last week, he was not in full pads then, nor did he have a full squad around him. (Tight end Vernon Davis was tending to a family matter.)
Harbaugh said he will use this week to evaluate Crabtree's potential role in Sunday's opener. As for who'll start at the wide receiver spot opposite Joshua Morgan, Harbaugh coyly termed both Braylon Edwards and Ted Ginn Jr. "starter caliber."
All players have done well grasping the new scheme, said Harbaugh, who wouldn't reveal how much of the playbook is ready to go after the post-lockout cram session.
"They're almost college-like type of guys, just from their enthusiasm and good nature and want to be successful," Harbaugh said. "They've got that gleam in their eye. They've
As for any plan to pursue Garrard, Harbaugh declined to comment if the 49ers are interested, and he instead offered a blanket response that they would do anything to improve the team.
In contrast, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll claimed the Seahawks' quarterback situation is set with starter Tarvaris Jackson, who's coming off two frustrating seasons as Brett Favre's understudy with the Minnesota Vikings.
Harbaugh said of Jackson: "Whenever you get that quarterback with the threat and the ability to run and throw, that's a dynamic that scares you to death."
As for the 49ers' quarterback, Smith said he's excited for a "huge" opener to kick off his seventh season.
"I don't want to get into comparing different years. You try to press delete on those and move forward," Smith said. "I feel really good with where we're at, though. We had a great camp and got a lot done. It's time to really narrow that focus to Sunday."
Smith added that he is not sure which coach will relay calls into his helmet on the field. He noted that Harbaugh handled that task for the first time in last week's exhibition finale at San Diego, where Smith completed 8 of 10 passes for 45 yards.
"We know we have the guys here in this locker room to have a great team and winning season. But it all starts with consistency," Willis said. "Until the day we get that, it's going to be hard to win games and go anywhere."
Teams that win their season opener are twice as likely to reach the playoffs than those that lose, according to the NFL. Of the 45 Super Bowl winners, 37 won their opener.