49ers 17, Cowboys 9

18 for 216 yards.

Not bad, if you’re a QB. But we’re not talking about yards gained. No, those were yards  lost – to penalties.

Yes, the 49ers were in midseason form Saturday night, gaining 339 forwardly and 216 backwardly. Undisciplined play has been a dubious distinction of the wee hours of the Kyle Shanahan Era.

Good thing most of the players involved won’t be around in four weeks. Neither will WR Trent Taylor (busted toe) or swing tackle Shon Coleman (busted leg and ankle).

The new hi-tech training staff is off to a roaring start in curbing the Niners’ endless injury situation.

Both Nick Mullens (11-17, 105 yards, 2 int.) and CJ Beathard (13-17, 141 yards, 1 int.) looked ordinary. Either because they were or their WRs didn’t give them much to work with. Take your pick. Or select both.

On the  bright side, none of our WRs have frozen feet or a frozen brain. For that deadly combo of highly weird shit, you need to navigate over to a Raiders’ blog.

The defense was reasonably effective, holding the Cowboys to 239 tiny yards, with no TDs and only 3 FGs. They pitched a shutout in the second half.

These exhibition games seem more and more pointless with each passing year, with teams using them mainly to evaluate the bottom end of the roster. Which they could do easily in practice without subjecting fans to the self-loathing experience of actually watching them while hoping nobody is noticing.

This reporter dutifully watched the first quarter live, then the next morning watched the final three quarters using the terrific Game Pass condensed feature that skips over all commercials and any action between actual plays. You can see a whole game in forty minutes or so. Managed pain.

Next week we’ll see at least one drive with the starters playing. But the real fun will be seeing former 49er DC Vic Fangio while he negotiates his first ever HC gig for the Broncos. It will be hard not to root for him in this game, but not hard at all in the regular season. One of the few straight shooters in the NFL.

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32 comments on “49ers 17, Cowboys 9
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mullins was going against the Dallas #1 defense and had Taco Charlton in his face all night.
    Beathard went against their backups so I think Mullins out performed Beathard who still will take an inordinate amount of sacks because he’s not decisive.

    Right now Mullins is ahead of Beathard and I don’t see Beathard on the team in Sept.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The injury bug has hit this team so hard the last couple years I wouldn’t be surprised if we carried 3 QB’s. Maybe Speight on the PS would be good enough. At least we will see how hard it is for KS to unload a 3rd rd pick of his. Maybe trade bait of some kind.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hoping CJ becomes Trade bait somehow.
    Not enjoying the loss of our 2nd next year for Dee just yet.
    We seem to have an over abundance of RBs and WRs with very few shining stars on the OL.
    We should start a market for false start prizes somehow. We’d be runaway winners if it weren’t so damn embarrassing.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah, throw that in with Coleman breaking his leg and i think our OL would be ranked 32 in the league. But, the bright side is it is only game one of the PS. I guess we will see a better OL next week at least for the time Jimmy G is in.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers are signing nine-year veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to replace Shon Coleman as the swing tackle.”

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sam Young has been in the league for 8 years and is a Notre Dame
    lineman. Swing tackle is an important position but you always hope you don’t have to use it.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For all you old timers Dave Parks passed away the other day.
    He was my favorite player when I started following the Niners.
    He was the #1 pick in the 1963 NFL Draft.


    RIP Dave Parks

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    88 NFL games for Young, 21 career starts. So it’s not his first rodeo. He’s not *good*, but probably better than relying on the rookie Skule.

    Hopefully Staley and McGlinchy have no injury issues this year. With the inside of our line already far from solid, we don’t need issues on the edges.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, SHIT. Sorry to hear about Parks. I really liked him, too, WAY back in the day. Absolutely dominant for 2 or 3 years, than got nicked up, fell out of favor in SF, and had an underwhelming stint with the Saints.

    Bullit, it was the 1964 draft. First pick overall because 1963 was a disastrously bad season for us. We won two games and were lucky to win those. Brodie and Kilmer both got hurt and we had to go with Lamar McHan at QB for most of ’63. WHO? Yeah, that’s about it.

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry to hear about Parks. He was a favorite of mine also. Just goes to show, your QB goes down in 63 or 18 the end result is the same.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Different era for NFL holding their 64 draft in 1963.
    I was 9 years old and just learning the game and latched on to Dave Parks because he was one of their stars.

    Never heard of Lamar McHan who might be one of the most obscure QBs to ever play for the Niners.
    Good knowledge.

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah the NFL held the draft stupid early from about 1961 to 1966 in competition with AFL. Usually in November with the previous season still going on. The competition was vicious. NFL scouts would try to “babysit” high profile draftees to get them to sign quickly. Obviously did not always work, like with the 49ers and Lance Alworth in 1962.

    That 1963 season is too early for me to remember, but I’ve read a lot of the early history of the team, and it was crazy. We lost Billy Kilmer to a car accident for the whole year before the season even started. Then Brodie went down in the third game. Then the backup, Bob Waters went out for the season two weeks later. By then we were 0-5 anyway – the team had revolted against Red Hickey, he got fired after the third game, and Jack Christiansen took over. We tried to trade for another quarterback from the Giants, Ralph Guglielmi . He refused to come here and ended up playing a few games for Philly before he retired. McHan was the ONLY QB we had on the roster. If he had gotten hurt I don’t know what we would have done. Maybe Charlie Krueger would have playing quarterback – except, he got hurt, too, that year.

    I mostly remember Parks from 1965-67. I remember being really disappointed when he signed as a free agent with the Saints. Of course back then, the players were not supposed to do that, played out his option or not. Pete Rozelle raped the Saints, giving us their first pick in 1968, Kevin Hardy, who was a great DT at Notre Dame but got hurt in preseason that year and never lived up to his potential. AND he gave us their first pick in 1969, which we turned into Ted Kwalick, a big part of those division winning teams of the early 1970s. As much as I hated seeing Parks go, we got the better part of that deal.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is NFL Films on Dave Parks


  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kittle film breakdown from last season with Kittle commentary


  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


    “It was a rough practice for Jimmy Garoppolo. He threw interceptions on five consecutive pass attempts.”

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    And i just drafted him on a FF team.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown nine picks thru 12 days of camp. Nick Mullens has thrown one.”

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Rust maybe?

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’d better hope KS has some Rustoleum in his toolkit then.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What happened in yesterday’s practice per Barrows of THE ATHLETIC

    ” Garoppolo’s practice on Wednesday began wonderfully — with a deep pass down the sideline to James that beat Mabin and Tartt. During the middle of practice, though, the quarterback got into a rut. A deep, deep rut.
    Garoppolo threw five interceptions on five successive throws against the first-team defense, two of them poorly thrown passes that must have looked like easy-pitch softballs to the defensive backs.
    The worst may have been when he tried to hit running back Matt Breida on a wheel route down the sideline and his pass fluttered and easily was grabbed by Moore. Later in the red zone, the quarterback seemed to panic and tossed the ball into the corner of the end zone for Dante Pettis. Ahkello Witherspoon, not Pettis, saw the pass and jumped up for the interception.
    The other three came when: Tartt grabbed a pass that bounced off of Dwelley’s outstretched hands; Richard Sherman undercut another pass to Dwelley, who was filling in for Kittle; Garoppolo tried to force a ball into a crowd on another red-zone attempt. Moore stepped in front of it and was off to the races for what would have been a 100-plus-yard touchdown return.”

    “Garoppolo did bounce back during a two-minute drill at the end of practice. He hit Pettis, Jordan Matthews and Marquise Goodwin to bring the ball to the 6-yard line with just seconds remaining. On his last attempt, however, he again tried to force the ball into tight coverage. This time Tartt couldn’t make the grab and it trickled into Matthews’ arms at the 1-yard line.
    • Perhaps one reason that Garoppolo felt rushed was that his blindside protector, Joe Staley, was held out of practice after experiencing soreness in a pectoral muscle early in the session. Staley, the team’s bench-press champion, dealt with a mild pectoral strain in the spring, too. With Staley out, rookie Justin Skule, who has struggled in pass protection, played left tackle with the first-team offense. The second-string tackles were Willie Beavers and Christian DiLauro.”

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It looks like Skule is at best a PS player. Hopefully he is committed and works his way onto the 53. I am glad they didn’t let anybody cream him though otherwise who knows. He does try to thread the needle quite a bit and was pretty successful in his first 5 games but you can’t keep doing that without some failures.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I still think if his knee holds up that Jimmy G will be a positive difference maker.
    If he threw 5 straight TDs in a row in practice it wouldn’t be a BIG DEAL BECAUSE IT’S PRACTICE.

    It matters to me what happens on the field when it counts. Just remember the years the team went undefeated in the preseason only to lay an egg when the season started.

    Back to the John Brodie/George Mira, Joe Montana/Steve Young dynamic
    when you have a competent backup and the fans scream for the backup when the starter is having an off day.
    Some forget because it’s been a long time when we’ve had a franchise QB much less a franchise QB with a decent backup.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Morning talk radio on 95.7 this morning had the hosts saying they would rather have Derek Carr as the QB over Jimmy G.

    This is based on one bad practice. I cannot stand bandwagon fanboys.

    Carr’s record as a starter is 32-46. No thanks. The Niners have the superior QB hands down.

    Most practices are closed for the very reason that media make too much of what happens.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you are watching Raiduhs-Cards game it’s the same officiating crew from Niner game Carl Jeffers is the ref and they’ve called 7 penalties in first five minutes.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Both teams had lots of picks in 1st through 5th rounds. Some will be starters this year. Others in year 2.

    Make any comments if they show in this game. Thx.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    49ers latest Brick by Brick Episode 3


  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And another one goes down:

    “Mike Person in walking boot after 49ers practice.”

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From THE ATHLETIC Barrows writes

    “Garoppolo He doesn’t like to throw the ball away.
    Sometimes, that stubbornness results in clutch plays such as the 5-yard touchdown throw — across, his body, through traffic — to Trent Taylor against the Jaguars in 2017.
    Other times, the 49ers quarterback tries to force the ball into tight spots with bad results. That was the theme of some of his recent practice misfires — he was trying to create magic in a hopeless situation. His two NFL injuries — a shoulder injury with Patriots in 2016 and last year’s ACL tear — also came when he was extending the play.
    No one wants to neuter his impulse to make big plays. (The throw he made before getting injured in New England, for example, was exquisite.) And no one wants a quarterback who tosses the ball into the sidelines at the slightest sign of trouble. The trick is finding the balance between heroics and foolhardiness, which is something a guy with 10 career starts probably has to learn through experience.
    Shanahan, in fact, said Garoppolo’s infamous five-interception practice last week was valuable because it taught him that he can’t always rely on his arm to get him out of jams.”


    Look at 6 INTs in practice as a teaching moment and lesson learned

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shnanhan further commented

    “I’m actually kind of glad that happened,” Shanahan said, “because sometimes you get close to that (edge) and you get fortunate on a few things instead of unlucky on a few things. But you learn from it. It wakes guys up and makes it easier to coach them, and it makes them correct their mistakes.”

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows on Kwon Alexander

    ” Some have described free-agent linebacker Kwon Alexander as an expensive replacement for the 49ers’ failed experiment with Reuben Foster. Alexander has the swagger and charisma the team thought they were getting in Foster, but he also has qualities that Foster didn’t — leadership and stability.
    The 49ers clearly had more energy and electricity than the Broncos during last week’s practices, and most of that was generated from the linebacker corps. That group’s power source: Alexander. He’s drawn out more personality and fire from his fellow starter, Fred Warner. He’s done the same with the rest of the young, talented group.
    The 49ers defense has all the ingredients to be special this season. It just needs someone to stir it together. Alexander looks like he could be that guy.”

    If Alexander can be a leader and bring the best out of his fellow LBs
    that would be why Lynch went after him.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17