Nothing is certain about the upcoming NFL season, including whether there will even be an NFL season.
But the 49ers are certain in their approach.
Club officials are preparing as if the season will proceed uninterrupted by the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“We’re preparing to play the 2020 season as scheduled. And that’s the only thing we can do right now,” 49ers CEO Jed York said during the organization’s annual State of the Franchise event, which was held virtually and released through the club’s website.
“We have to make sure that our primary focus is keeping our players, coaches and fans and all the people who work around the game healthy. And that’s what we’ve done.”
The NFL canceled the offseason programs for all 32 teams this spring. Coaches and players could meet through virtual technology, and players around the league organized their own workouts.
The 49ers quarterbacks and receivers met at San Jose State and Brentwood Academy, just south of Nashville, for workouts. Receiver Deebo Samuel sustained a fractured foot during a workout last week and underwent surgery.
One player who participated in at least one of the workouts in Tennessee tested positive for COVID-19.
Despite the complications and risks associated with playing football during a pandemic, team president Al Guido said he believes the season will go forward. The 49ers are in constant contact with Santa Clara medical and health officials, he said.
“We’re working really hard with our county, and our county has been fantastic,” Guido said. “Our leaders, our political leaders, in California have done an unbelievable job maintaining safety. So we’re working literally every single day in communication with them around our return to sports and our return to games. And I’m confident that we’ll have an NFL season.”
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The NFL released its 2020 schedule in May, and the 49ers are scheduled to open defenses of their NFC West and NFC titles on Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.
Then, the 49ers are slated for back-to-back games in East Rutherford, N.J. against the New York Jets (Sept. 20) and New York Giants (Sept. 27).
“We’re so excited,” York said. “Obviously, every game is going to be a big game. Every game is going to be important.”
The 49ers have five scheduled prime-time games, four of which are scheduled to be played on their home field. The 49ers have big expectations after a disappointing end to the season. The 49ers blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the Kansas City Chiefs to lose Super Bowl LIV.
The 49ers are coming off a season in which they went 13-3 during the regular season and clinched the division and home-field advantage in Week 17 with a dramatic 26-21 victory over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
But even the last-place Arizona Cardinals gave the 49ers problems last season, and bigger things are expected this season with second-year quarterback Kyler Murray, whom York compared to Wilson.
“The Seahawks, the way the regular-season ended last year, obviously there’s a huge awesome rivalry between us and the guys up north,” York said. “You just look at our division. . . . Is there a better division from top to bottom in the National Football League?
“You’ve got a young quarterback who reminds you a lot of Russ and things he can do to make plays from anywhere on the field. And you have the Rams who, by the way, were in the Super Bowl a few years ago. This is not an easy division so it’s got to start with the NFC West, and it’s going to be a very, very difficult place to start but there’s going to be a lot of awesome football this year.”
Elon Musk has listed five more California properties for a combined $97.5million nearly two weeks after he put two Bel Air homes on the market for $39.5million following a Twitter rant where he vowed to sell off his material possessions.
In a series of tweets on May 1, the Tesla founder, who according to Forbes is worth more than $38billion, announced that he intends to sell ‘almost all physical possessions’.
‘Will own no house,’ Musk wrote. Just days later on May 4, it was revealed that the billionaire had listed two Bel Air properties on Zillow.
On Wednesday, Musk listed five more homes for sale. Four of the Los Angeles homes were listed on Zillow as a multi-property listing with an asking price of $62.5million.
The homes are described on Zillow as being ‘a project for the big thinker, designed to showcase one of the best views in Los Angeles – from the city to the ocean and beyond’.
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Elon Musk has listed five more California properties for a combined $97.5million nearly two weeks after he put two Bel Air homes on the market for $39.5million after vowing to sell off his material possessions. This home sits on Chalon Road in Los Angeles
On Wednesday, Musk listed five more homes for sale. Four of the Los Angeles homes were listed on Zillow as a multi-property listing with an asking price of $62.5million. This home sits on Somera Road in Los Angeles
The homes are described on Zillow as being ‘a project for the big thinker, designed to showcase one of the best views in Los Angeles – from the city to the ocean and beyond’. This home is also located on Somera Road in Los Angeles
Zillow also noted that ‘due to listing limitations, additional specs on each individual home, as well as insight on the project as a whole, will be made available upon request by qualified buyers’. This home was purchased by Musk last year. Musk paid $6.4million for this residence which is located on Somera Road
This image shows the four homes that Musk recently listed on Zillow for a combined $62.5million. The homes (circled above) are within walking distance of each other
The fifth home, which is located in Hillsborough, California, has been listed for $35million. Musk purchased the Hillsborough home in June 2017 for $23.3million. The 16,000sqft mansion sits on 47.4 acres of land and features 10 bedrooms and 10 baths
Zillow also noted that ‘due to listing limitations, additional specs on each individual home, as well as insight on the project as a whole, will be made available upon request by qualified buyers’.
The fifth home, which is located in Hillsborough, California, has been listed for $35million.
Musk purchased the Hillsborough home in June 2017 for $23.3million. The 16,000sqft mansion sits on 47.4 acres of land and features 10 bedrooms and 10 baths.
The mansion has a pool, ballroom, banquet dining room and an 8-car carport.
On May 4, Musk listed his lower Bel Air estate that overlooks the Bel Air Country Club.
The residence, which was purchased by Musk in 2012 for $17million, was listed for $30million on Zillow.
The 16,251sqft mansion features six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a two-story library, swimming pool, and a tennis court.
It also features a gym, pool, a wine cellar, fruit orchard and a five-car garage.
The second home was listed for $9.5million and used to be owned by late Willy Wonka actor, Gene Wilder, who died in 2016.
It features five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an oval pool and a private guest cottage.
In November 2013, Musk purchased the three-quarter-acre Bel Air home for $6.75million. Musk has since turned the property into a private school.
During his May 1 Twitter rant, Musk said he would sell the home with certain conditions.
‘Just one stipulation on sale: I own Gene Wilder’s old house. It cannot be torn down or lose any its soul,’ Musk said.
In a series of tweets on May 1, the Tesla founder, who according to Forbes is worth more than $38billion, announced that he intends to sell ‘almost all physical possessions’
Just days later on May 4, it was revealed that the billionaire had listed two Bel Air properties on Zillow. This property was listed for $30M. It was purchased by Musk in 2012 for $17million
The 16,251sqft mansion features six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a two-story library, swimming pool, and a tennis court
According to the Zillow listing, the home also has a pool (pictured)
One of the mansion’s features is a tennis court (pictured), according to the listing
The mansion also features a gym, wine cellar, fruit orchard and a five-car garage
The home is one of six that Musk bought within walking distance of each other. Musk also purchased a seventh home near Tesla headquarters in Northern California.
In total, he has spent more than $100million for seven properties since 2012, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Musk bought two homes in in 2015: a modest ranch house for $4.3million and $20million mansion.
A year later, Musk purchased a large, unfinished home for $24.25million. All three homes sit on the cul-de-sac of five homes.
Six homes in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles worth $70million, including:
Colonial mansion worth $22.3million that comes with lighted tennis court, five garages, and a pool;
Ranch house once owned by Gene Wilder worth $7.8million;
House with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms worth $20million;
Four-bedroom home worth $4.9million;
Six-bedroom house made up of ‘geometric shapes’ and worth $27.3million;
Colonial house worth $4.2 million
A 100-year-old mansion in Northern California for $27.2million
Paid $920,000 at auction for Lotus Esprit submarine car used in Bond movie
Gas-powered Ford Model T
Gas-powered Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster
Musk assured his followers that the selling of his possessions was not financially motivated.
‘Don’t need the cash. Devoting myself to Mars and Earth. Possession just weigh you down,’ Musk tweeted.
Aside from listing his properties, Musk has frequently complained about the lockdown restrictions in California.
The billionaire reopened his Fremont, California, plant last Monday in defiance of county orders. It’s unclear if Tesla and Mush would face any punishment for reopening.
But in a statement, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced late Tuesday that the Fremont plant will be able to go beyond basic operations this week and start making vehicles on Monday – as long as it delivers on worker safety precautions that it agreed to.
The release said Fremont police would verify whether Tesla was holding up its part of the agreement.
The deal requires that public health indicators have to remain stable or improve for the factory to stay open.
‘We will be working with the Fremont PD to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production,’ the release said.
Tesla’s factory reopened Monday for pre-production with Musk practically daring local authorities to arrest him, and operations apparently continued into Tuesday.
The company met a Monday deadline to submit a site-specific plan to protect worker safety.
But the reopening defied orders from the health department, which has deemed the factory a nonessential business that can’t fully open under restrictions intended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The health department has said it warned the company was operating in violation of the county health order, and hoped Tesla will ‘comply without further enforcement measures’ until the county approves a site-specific plan required by the state.
The second home Musk listed on May 4 was this residence. It was listed for $9.5million and used to be owned by late Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder, who died in 2016
In November 2013, Musk purchased the three-quarter-acre Bel Air home for $6.75million. Musk has since turned the property into a private school
The home features five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an oval pool (pictured) and a private guest cottage
Gov Gavin Newsom framed the issue Wednesday as a local dispute, noting that the state guidelines have allowed some manufacturing ‘for weeks’ when counties permit resumption.
He said he’s urged local governments to follow the state’s approach in dealing with rogue operators by seeking ‘not to be punitive at first’.
Aside from listing his properties, Musk has frequently complained about the lockdown restrictions in California. The billionaire reopened his Fremont, California, plant last Monday in defiance of county orders
‘It sounds like, based upon the progress that’s been made public, with the county and Tesla, that they were able to resolve their issue in fairly short order along those same lines,’ he said.
State law allows a fine of up to $1,000 a day or up to 90 days in jail for operating in violation of health orders.
The plant in Fremont, a city of more than 230,000 people south of San Francisco, was closed March 23. It employs about 10,000 workers.
Public health experts have credited stay-at-home orders with slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and helping hospitals handle an influx of cases.
The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. But it has killed more than 84,000 people in the US, with the death toll rising.
Alameda County was among six San Francisco Bay Area counties that were the first in the nation to impose stay-at-home orders in mid-March.
Newsom has repeatedly said that counties can impose restrictions that are more stringent than state orders.
The order in the Bay Area has been extended until the end of the month, but the counties plan to allow some limited business and manufacturing starting May 18, the same day Detroit automakers plan to reopen auto assembly plants.
Some auto parts plants were to restart production this week.
The Detroit automakers’ 150,000 US workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union, which has negotiated for added safety precautions. Tesla´s workers do not have a union.
Tesla’s factory reopened Monday for pre-production with Musk practically daring local authorities to arrest him, and operations apparently continued into Tuesday. Tesla cars are loaded onto carriers at the Tesla electric car plant Wednesday in Fremont, California
Musk, whose company has sued Alameda County seeking to overturn its order, threatened to move Tesla’s manufacturing operations and headquarters from the state.
Tesla contends in the lawsuit that Alameda County can’t be more restrictive than orders from Newsom.
The lawsuit says the governor’s coronavirus restrictions refer to federal guidelines classifying vehicle manufacturing as essential businesses that are allowed to continue operating.
Tesla released a plan to maintain worker safety, including wearing gloves and masks, installing barriers between workers and maintaining social distancing.
Local officials said the company initially pushed back on checking employee temperatures before boarding a company bus to get to work. But Tesla relented and agreed to check workers.