View Full Version : Nolan irked by Niners' late start against Broncos

08-12-2007, 11:30 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Eight days after Pittsburgh and New Orleans opened the NFL exhibition season, the Broncos and the 49ers finally get to play their own opener on Monday night.
San Francisco coach Mike Nolan sees more than a funny scheduling quirk when the Steelers and Saints have played two preseason games before the 49ers even get on the field.
Nolan says the rule prohibiting teams from opening training camp until 15 days before their preseason opener puts the Niners and Denver in a hole well before the regular season even begins.
"It's a disadvantage, because Denver and the 49ers were the latest two teams to (get into camp)," Nolan said. "We're not getting ready for the preseason. We're getting ready for the season, so to say you get less practices going into the season because your preseason game is (last), that's kind of ridiculous."
Nolan discussed the problem with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan right after the schedule was announced, but the coaches decided they couldn't do anything about it this season. The 49ers explored the possibility of holding a scrimmage against Denver or the Oakland Raiders (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/oak/;_ylt=Ar2KlF32gv.1gEeeUMz.aUcdsLYF) to ease the transition, but couldn't make it work.
Just in case they ever get stuck in this jam in the future, the 49ers hope to lobby the league and the players' union for a rule allowing every team to start camp on the same day.
"Let's all start at the same time," Nolan said. "I don't care if you play in the Hall of Fame game or not."
:blah: The guys always whining.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-12-2007, 11:35 PM
What a tool......Who in the hell does he think he is anyway Hank Stram or Vince Lombardi by wearing those damn suits on the sideline?lol

Just shut up Mike nobody cares about your bitching...lol

08-12-2007, 11:52 PM
Get over it dude, the NFL has been starting camps like this forever and nobody has a major issue with it any other year but now all of the sudden you're not happy so you have to whine ? :rolleyes: Have some more mini camps and get your work in that way dude, it's not like the NFL is against you with some type of conspiracy..get over yourself.

I don't have a problem with teams starting camp at the same time but don't whine about it to the media like the players do...show some common sense and go about it the way a HC in the NFL should.