Trip Was Damaging
August 8 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Watching the 49ers return to training camp after their trip half way around the world had to have been painful to the coaching staff. The team was clearly jet lagged when it took the field on Tuesday, and while energy retuned on Wednesday, practice still wasn’t crisp.
The trip to Japan had certainly done its damage. The coaching staff still hasn’t finished implementing its offensive and defensive sets, something that would have been completed last week if not for the trip. Also the 49ers will likely have to use some of the time back at their headquarters, after training camp to run training camp style practices in order to make up for lost time.
Of course the media hype that resulted form the blowout was damaging too. Reports claimed that 49ers coach Steve Mariucci was upset and that he had said something to the Redskins’ staff along the lines of ‘Just wait until the regular season’. Naturally the bitterness that resulted from this report was a distraction in the 49ers camp.
Mariucci was not pleased with the negative publicity:
And while coach Spurrier was happy to be on the victorious side of things, he was quite to defend his peer:
Yes the NFL’s plan to publicize football across the globe is a marketers dream, but when it comes down to what it actually does to the teams involved - not to mention the potential for injury with an extra pre-season game, it hardly seems worth it.