SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers coaches will disappear Wednesday afternoon, and many of the team’s veteran players will disperse, as well.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will spend many of the next six weeks working on his mechanics in Southern California at 3DQB, a group led by former major league pitcher Tom House.
“These next 40 days will be big, getting with him and everything,” Garoppolo said Wednesday. “He knows the offense pretty well. It’ll really help us going forward.”
Garoppolo began working with House and his team early in the offseason when 49ers coaches were not allowed to have contact with players. Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff are among the other NFL quarterbacks who work with the group.
“My agents knew him pretty well, that’s how the connection started,” Garoppolo said.
Adam Dedeaux, 3DQB’s CEO, along with former NFL quarterbacks John Beck and Taylor Kelly, also work with the quarterbacks. Garoppolo, who tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 3, is expected to be cleared for full practice at the start of training camp in late July.
Garoppolo was limited to 7-on-7 work during the 49ers offseason program, with one notable exception. At the beginning on a two-minute drill to end practice Wednesday, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to run a 7-on-7 type of drill with 11 players on both offense and defense. But things did not exactly go as planned.
“It wasn’t what I envisioned,” Shanahan said.
“I told the D-line to just stand there and put your hands up, no one‘s allowed to rush. The animals that they are – that’s why we love them – they couldn’t help it. I saw it, so just stopped it.”
The team’s two-day minicamp concluded without incident. The pass rush did not get to Garoppolo on that play, and the defensive line was removed from the field. The drill and practice ended with Garoppolo throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dante Pettis on the final snap of the mandatory minicamp.
Garoppolo said he was satisifed with what he and the 49ers' offense accomplished during the offseason program.
“As a whole, the offense kept moving in the right direction,” Garoppolo said. “I think every day we kept getting better. We had a couple of bad days here and there, but overall we were moving in the right direction.
“It’s been a good offseason, I’d say.”