Passing Camp Focus
May 31 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
Two days of the 49ers passing camp have now gone by, and as they have, its use for team practice is becoming increasingly more evident. This mini-camp, known as passing camp was a set of practices that began under the guidance of Steve Mariucci. Although this isnít the first year the team has held the camp in this manner, it is still a rather new innovation, and does not appear to be a part of many other teams in the league.
The passing camp focuses primarily on individual unit drills. This meaning, that for example the offensive line will work on its pass blocking, while running backs will work on pattern running and catching passes, that type of thing. The quarterbacks too, work as a unit during these session, they work on play recognition, and building a rapport with the receivers.
The team also specializes in situational passing drills. They will run scrimmages for the two minute drill, and red-zone as well as short yardage, and especially long yardage situations. These practices have focus on both the offense and the defense as the team tries to get better on both sides of the ball.
This relatively new camp to the team acts primarily as a warm up for next weeks full squad, full mini-camp. The time allows the players to being to fully focus on football in order to be sharp and ready for the final mini-camp. It also provides coaches with an opportunity to make sure players understand all of the terms and expectations the team has of them before they enter training camp.