San Francisco 49ers Training Camp: A Case of Déjà Vu?

August 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With all the great nostalgia for better days by the Bay that has surrounded the imminent Hall of Fame induction of Jerry Rice, and all the optimistic but valid comparisons of the 2010 San Francisco 49ers to some of the Super Bowl squads of yesteryear, the first week of 2010 training camp has brought with it the shadows of another, more recent, and less heralded chapter in 49er history.

This time last year, the main focus around the 49ers was not about whether Shaun Hill or Alex Smith would capture the staring quarterback job, whether Patrick Willis could continue to build on two strong seasons, or even how Mike Singletary would fare in his first full season as head coach. Rather the primary buzz surrounded a player who was not even on the practice field, the conspicuously-absent hold-out rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
The saga drew on through training camp and the preseason and well into the regular season, amidst constant speculation and misinfo...

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