Is this turnaround for real? – East Bay Times – California News

Is this turnaround for real? – East Bay Times – California News

SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan’s first week of training camp went drama free, a refreshingly unusual twist for 49ers standards. No quarterback controversy. No front-office subterfuge with the coaches. No chaos.

But as Shanahan sat in his tidy office by the practice field, he wasn’t kicking up his feet on the desk, behind which is a bookcase with a commemorative, white football inscribed “20th Head Coach In San Francisco 49ers History.”

“Don’t worry, I’m used to drama,” Shanahan said Friday. “I’m not going to get too comfortable. It’s a matter of time.”

Adversity arrived Saturday.

Malcolm Smith (51) suffered a season-ending pectoral tear Saturday and won’t line up this season next to fellow linebackers NaVorro Bowman (53) and Ray-Ray Armstrong (54) . (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) takes part in the San Francisco 49ers organized team activity at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) 

Linebacker Malcolm Smith’s season-ending pectoral muscle is no doubt a blow. But idealist 49ers fans will say this was meant to be, that it sparks Reuben Foster’s coming-out party as their next great, homegrown linebacker.

Losing their most expensive free agent – Smith, a $26.5 million man — before even the first exhibition normally might spell doom. This coming season feels different, and the positive vibes you’ve heard about are prevailing, for now.

This is a team hell-bent on redemption, from embarrassed holdovers and undrafted rookies to a first-time head coach still reeling from the most brutal of Super Bowl defeats.

New faces, new smiles abound at 4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way. New…

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