SANTA CLARA -- On paper, the 49ers’ offseason did not go so well.
The results produced from all the comings and goings will not be known for a while. But there is little denying the 2014 regular season was a disaster, as the 49ers won just eight games and achieved a far worse record off the field.
“Last year was a jumbled mess in a lot of different areas,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said on Friday, the day the full squad reported to training camp.
Jim Harbaugh is not back as head coach. The offseason also saw the departures of Frank Gore, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis, Michael Crabtree and the two cornerbacks who started a combined 28 games last season.
“Overall, no one really did well, from a coaching standpoint, as well as players,” tight end Vernon Davis said. “We didn’t have the season we wanted to have.
“I feel like they’ve done everything they could possibly do to correct some of the problems we were up against last year.”
Veteran receiver Anquan Boldin said the expectations have not changed inside the locker room. And he sees the bright side of an injury-plagued season: Young players gained valuable experience last year.
The expectations on the outside might be dramatically lowered due to the 49ers’ offseason losses. But the mentality in the locker room appears to be as lofty as ever.
“I think we have what it takes on this team to go to the Super Bowl,” 49ers safety Eric Reid said, “and I’m not afraid to say it.
"I think if that happens, it will shock everybody but us."
---The 49ers practice schedule is different than previous years. The 49ers are scheduled for a walk-through practice in the morning, followed by their main padded practice at 4:15 p.m. -- nearly two hours later than last season. The 49ers' first practice is scheduled for Saturday night after a high school all-star game at Levi's Stadium.
Boldin said some of the veteran players spoke with coach Jim Tomsula about having a longer period of time to rest in the middle of the day.
“They didn’t want to feel like they were here all day but not getting stuff done,” Boldin said. “So he decided to give guys that rest in-between to let guys get ready for practice.”
---Reid said he believes the respect Tomsula has earned from his players will show up in the win-loss column.
“Coach Tomsula is the most genuine head coach I’ve ever had in my football career,” Reid said. “He really cares. If he says something, you can rest assured that he’s going to try to get it done. It’s the nature of the business that coaches say things and sometimes they fall through. But you can be pretty confident he’s going to do whatever he can do for you.
“I think the guys respect that. I know I love him. I’ll do anything for him. I think that’ll translate on the field for us.”
--Veteran Antoine Bethea said the depth the 49ers have at the safety position could give defensive coordinator Eric Mangini a lot of options. Reid and Jimmie Ward were first-round picks in back-to-back years, and the 49ers invested a second-round pick in Jaquiski Tartt.
“Going around in OTAs and throwing different packages out there, we have a lot of talented guys and a lot of skillsets,” Bethea said. “To have them on the sideline would be a waste, but coach Mangini is a very smart guy. I know he’s going to dial some things up to have us all out there at the same time.”
--Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, who missed all of last season with a torn biceps, could find himself with a steady role at right defensive end, taking the spot that Justin Smith tied down for the 49ers. That also means that Dorsey would be working alongside outside linebacker Aldon Smith.
“Everyone is coming to the camp process, feeling everyone out,” Dorsey said. “We haven’t played ball in a while. I think everyone is taking that approach to get adjusted and get used to who’s playing alongside them, get used to coaches or the playbook. That’s what camp is all about.”
--First-round draft pick Arik Armstead enters training camp behind everyone else on the team because of regulations that prevented him from reporting to the 49ers’ offseason program before classes ended at Oregon, which is on the quarters system.
“I’m kind of behind in that way, so I had to catch up the best I could by working out on my own and trying to get in the best shape I could, and have my iPad and try to study as much as I can,” Armstead said. “I was a little bit behind, not able to do OTAs, but I’m excited to make those gains in training camp.”