Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports based on their offseason, the 49ers will be among the teams dealing with the steepest learning curves once the NFL returns to action.
The team has a new coaching staff. It will be installing a new offense and defense. And it could be missing key elements at quarterback, center and nose tackle — Alex Smith, David Baas and Aubrayo Franklin are unrestricted free agents — when the offseason finally gets underway.
49ers coach Harbaugh said that the 49ers coaches have created several contingency plans based on how long they have between the end of the lockout and the first regular-season game. He said it ranged from 10 days to several months. Once the lockout is over, the 49ers will roll with one of their plans. Of course, longer is better.