49ers 21, Chargers 7

The spectacular 49er offense sputtered and clanked its way to a blowout 21-7 victory Sunday afternoon. After the starters got off the field, that is. Those bums played five and a half minutes into the second quarter and produced three measly points, with 74 total yards, fifty-five of which came on the last and only drive.

Much maligned 2nd string QB Blaine Gabbert led an impressive drive near the end of the first half, converting two third downs, throwing some nifty passes, and topping it off with the first 49er TD of the preseason — a sweet little flair pass to TE Vance McDonald. VMcD also had a good game and looks much improved heading into his second season.

Rookie RB Carlos Hyde continued his fine play, with a nifty outside run and a thumping first down run up the gut. UDFA Glenn Winston stole the show in the fourth quarter with eight carries for 58 yards, including a powerful 27 yard TD run. It may not earn him a roster spot, but it surely guaranteed that the marginal 49er career of Jewel Hampton has come to an end.

For those who revel in the little things, LaMichael James made two impressive pass protection blocks, to go with his minimalist 7 carries for 9 yards.

James’ much larger pass blocking cohort, Mike Iupati, did not fare as well, getting torched three times and getting Colin Kaepernick nearly killed. Maybe there’s a reason the 49ers have not offered the big LG a contract extension. His pass blocking has never been great, and it was awful Sunday.

The right side of the O-line, the side we’re supposed to be concerned about, gave up no pressures. Both RG Joe Looney and RT Jonathan Martin had solid games.

The most encouraging aspect of the game was the play of the defense. With Training Camp ended, HC Jim Harbaugh eased up on the practice work load and it showed Sunday. Our boys did not look exhausted and inept, as they had in the first two preseason games. To be fair, Chargers QB Philip Rivers lit up the first string in his one quarter of work, completing nine out of ten passes and one TD. The second string defense held San Diego scoreless the rest of the game.

There were some notable efforts on defense. 5th round rookie OLB Aaron Lynch, with a sack, a tackle for a loss, and two passes batted down. This kid looks like a keeper. Fellow rookie Jimmie Ward has an impressive diving interception and a called back pick six. And NT Mike Purcell played a strong game.

The good news is our depth looked better Sunday. The bad news is that neither the first string O or the first string D has resembled anything like a championship team. And the best news is there’s only one more fake game, and it’s over with this Thursday night in Houston.

After that, a whole lot of players will be packing their bags on cut down day and looking for work somewhere else.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RoBaugh look to be calling a different offensive scheme each time they change QBs. It’s like they are searching for something. Hopefully they have found it. IMO, this is why Kap will be getting reps on Thursday. The offense needs to find some kind of rhythm. I will admit that is hard to find a rhythm when the O-line is getting abused. Iupati had a game we hope doesn’t get repeated.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Interesting note from pff: 49ers have used a 4-WR set 13 times this preseason. They used 4-WR sets three times in all of 2013.”

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They have been showing different formations with 2-3 WRs a lot more. Unfortunately, it didn’t change the results much. Kappy has throw like 2 mid-deep balls and has missed them both.

    Best case scenario is a dislocated knee cap for Marcus Martin. He’s looking at 4-6 weeks if it is a partial dislocation. Full is worse, ligaments would be worser.

    Stevie Wonder looks to be in a battle for table scraps with Brandon Lloyd. Neither have done anything. Well, Stevie Wonder did line up offsides. Then again, our 1st string offense has yet to do much of anything in the sustained drive department.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just watched a replay of Seattle’s first drive vs the Bears. It was exactly the play calling I’ve been asking for. All three wide sets except one 4 wide formation. Nothing fancy, just plain simple football. Similar to what we ran when Gabbert came in the game yesterday. They marched right down the field with a good combo of run and pass plays.

  5. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I saw 3 wide on 1 play in Kappy’s drives yesterday. Never 4-5. Obviously I may have missed 1-2 more. The normal formation was 2 wide, 2 TEs and 1 back. Sometimes they added a back and subtracted a wideout or TE.
    The one good looking play where Kappy overthrew the open receiver came off of 2 TEs, but generally the 2 TE sets got stuffed.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- To be fair, evaluating the play calling with the first team is difficult with how badly Liuget dominated Iupati.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    0ops, I am not a good typist.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Darn it. Can I get it right? I feel like Iupati!

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, what was up with THAT, and is there anything we can do about it?

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows wrote that he was playing too high which caused him to be slow. If that was all it was it should be correctable. Liuget played well no matter where he lined up. Maybe the DT just had one of those great games that some have now and then. I’m not too worried about it unless it happens again. It sure made it hard to call plays or run an offense until he left the game.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We also had a D-lineman/OLB who had a great game, Aaron Lynch. He really looks good.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch and Borland both looked a lot better. But the Walmart Brigade was in, so there’s that . . .

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Just got word that Marcus Martin’s injury is ‘only’ expected to keep him out for 8 weeks.

    I’m assuming it was a partial kneecap dislocation when he got rolled up on yesterday.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Playing when you’re too high usually results in slowing you down . . .

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, your 11:20 is before drinking, the 11:22 is after . . .

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I’m not too good at drinking either!

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Practice practice practice . . .

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers’ first cuts: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, K/P Colton Schmidt.”

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers placed RB Marcus Lattimore on reserve/NFI, sidelining him for at least six regular-season games.”

  20. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh NO!!!! Not McLeod Bethel-Thompson!!! Well, at least I won’t have to try and type his name again till next training camp.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Devon Wiley, Jewel Hampton, David Reed, DJ Campbell, Kion Wilson, Blake Costanzo, Kevin Greene.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lattimore, Reaser, Thomas, Bowman, Celek and Ramsey all go to reserve lists.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed York gave tickets to the home opener to this person in Philly because he loved the car

    After the coming season the car will need to be modified to bring it up to spec

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Some of next week’s cuts are going to be tougher and will go on to play for other teams.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This poll has really pissed off Raiduh Nation.
    Five to ten years ago the Niners would be on this list having
    difficulty attracting highly desired free agents unless they overpaid. That’s why perception of bad ownership, front office, coaching and stadium does. Living and playing in the Bay Area can’t overcome the negatives.


  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Last years first cut was a WR I liked a lot, Ricardo Lockette. During the regular season he ended up making some plays against us for Seattle.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I used the wrong email again.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I ended up watching the first half of the Seattle/Chicago game yesterday on NFL Network. I could have just melted in my chair with frustration. Their play calling is exactly what I’ve been asking for from our team. Mostly 3 WRs lined up wide and not bunched behind the TE. Simple play calls. Play comes in quickly. It looks organized and professional instead of what we do that looks like we are outsmarting ourselves half the time.

  29. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger, At least e have KILL,KILL,KILL! And then, run up the middle!

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stay thirsty Berger.

    Yeah, here we sit on the edge of another season which could very well frustrate the hell out of me. Stevie Wonder is a former 1,000 yard WR who is going to rot on the sidelines and get 23 catches for 180.

    We are the Ferrari in the parking lot until proven otherwise.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bigjon- I’d laugh if it weren’t often so true.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pats trade former All pro Guard Logan Mankins to the Bucs for TE Tim Wright and a 4th round pick.
    No Incognito for Bucs and proof that you won’t get much back in potential trade for Boone.
    If you’d get back a second round pick it would be a fleecing.
    The value just doesn’t seem to be there for offensive guards.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You’re getting a guy who can play tackle as well, but still and all, our asking price will deter everyone from trading for him. A 1 or a 2? As Bush I said: Not gonna happen.

    And the flip side to this is Boone’s agents were successful in getting Vincent Jackson, Darrelle Revis, and Rowdy Roddy White big contracts after holding them out.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Peter is still a cheater. Cheated in college and cheats in the NFL Second time he got caught doing this and is still pleading ignorance.

  35. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He’s the defending Super Bowl champ. I’m sure he’s crying in his beer over this, Bullitt.

  36. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Practicing too hard. That sounds like a $300K fine to me. What a world.

    No worries for the Niners. Looks like they’re waiting for the season to start to begin their practices. We probably should have ponied up the cash ahead of time and practiced like the ‘Hawks.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some forget back in Aug 2011 when Crabtree was on the PUP list and was catching a few passes in warmups.
    It was noticed by some so called “journalist” named Cohn.
    The Niners were subject to fine or at the extreme losing a draft pick. Eventual outcome was there was no wrongdoing.
    Then you also remember that the Niners were docked draft picks for “tampering” with Free Agent Lance Briggs and lost a draft choice and forced to flip picks with Chicago. Amazing considering there are Free Agents signing at 12:01, or a minute after free agency starts.
    I know this didn’t sit right with most who post on this blog.

    With Pete the cheat this is simply what he got caught doing
    and is similar to their philosophy about mugging receivers and defensive holding. If you do it enough you’ll eventually come out ahead.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Do you have a point, Bullitt? If Jed got fined $500,000 but it helped the 49ers win the Super Bowl, I don’t think too many people would feel very sad about it.

    Do you think Seattle fans are wringing their hands over a misbegotten practice? Seriously? This is like Harbaugh getting bent over the Seadderal allegations while half his team gets thrown in jail for various things. Another case of misdirected animosity.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unlike you Chuck winning with integrity is important to some.
    Apparently you have no problem with cheating and dishonesty. That figures and is no surprise considering the tone of posts.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oooooh. At least I’m not a racist, based on your posts.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Racist? Really? From the guy who uses 60 year old Southern women as a putdown?

    This from the guy who runs a blog asking the posters for an All Pro Lesbian team to spark it along.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winning with integrity is neither glorified nor frowned upon in major league sports. Just ask Bud Selig.

    You heard the quote: “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying?”

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waaah! Ohhhh maaaaah! I must be getting the vapors!!!

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, what does racism have to do with (your) misogyny?

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your comments so you must be the misogynist here.

    I had an opinion that I did not think Redskins used in the context of a team name was racist.

    You’re the nitwit who’s labelling people using the race card.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    But there are a lot of people who feel it IS racist.

    Face it, Bullitt, you are scared of everything.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I mean, really. You whimper and whine at every occasion that is reasonably mean or crass. Ahmad Brooks gets in a fight with a teammate and you want him fined and suspended. Every misstep by anyone is met with your high-and-mighty stance that every little misdeed deserves heavy punishment. Like this current deal with Carroll and the NFL. You gleefully caper and dance over a stupid fine for something ridiculous as hitting in practice, and Goodie Goodell shares your view that this seems to mean something, but Ray Rice cold-cocks his girlfriend and gets a 2 gamer? Blatant racism? Naah, that’s fine.

    It’s just a little incongruous, no?

    Besides, it’s fun to see you get all bent out of shape.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’re beyond help if you think the millions of the entire Washington Redskins fanbase are racist.
    What am I scared of? The name has existed for 82 years.
    I can’t help it if you’re a putz.

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners released current depth cart. Not lookin’ good for Tank. Quinton Patton should be shaking in his boots, and will my guy Osgood earn a spot just for being a gunner?
    Oh yeah, we’re stuck with Dahl.


  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  51. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think 6 WRs is a stretch RTF, so QP stays. Carradine has looked good as well. Not sure how that shakes out, though. Most of these guys haven’t even hit the field during games, so all this is based on practice.

    Wow, Bullitt. I’m talking about you, not the millions of Redskins fans. I could care less about them, the team, or the owner. Just you reaction to it.

    Clueless much? Oh yeah, it’s permanent condition.

  52. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    If it came down to the #6 receiver, I’d say KO gets the nod due to ST. That’s the only way they keep 6, I’m guessing.
    Hell, they only use 1 in their base set.

  53. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER yup ricardo lockette was a fav of mine. I was surprised when we cut him. That was a mistake imo.

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    I would be shocked to shitt if tank doesn’t make the team. I do like the fact that they have him backing up raymac!!!

  55. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK and RT
    Imo we keep six WR’s including patton

  56. robNo Gravatar says:

    I like your post at 8:08 am.
    that was a pile of shitt decision by comissioner badsmell.
    And yes petey pushes the envelope. Nice to see him get called on it!!!

  57. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Not saying you’re wrong, Rob. My question is why 6? Do WRs have special butts that can keep the bench warm better than other players? Because that’s where the majority are going to spend 99% of their time.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- LOL! That’s about how many of us feel.

  59. robNo Gravatar says:

    I guess we could go with five WR’s.
    Heck then we could go with six tight ends if we wanted to!
    Imho this might open up a roster spot for another much needed CB. Maybe perrish cox.
    Heck that would give us 5 wide recievers, six tight ends and cox! Can’t get much better than that!

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, time for you to leave rainbow pony land and see the real world for what it is.

    Eddie cheated, Pete cheats, Jerry Jerkoff cheats, Jimbo cheats, Congress, politicians, actors, accountants and everybody else. If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying, in the famous words of someone lost to history. Maybe it was Cannonball Baker. . .

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who among you out there would disavow the Niners winning a Super Bowl if Jim Harbaugh was caught sneaking in a few hits during practice?

    Beuller . . . . . Beuller . . . . . . . Beuller?

    Gonna be a short list, skippy.

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    ALL kidding aside, the most likely places we’ll keep extra guys imo are O-line, D-line, secondary and yes,WR!

  63. robNo Gravatar says:

    you forgot bill billicheat there!!!

  64. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, are you there? D.O.A. right now TCM. I thought it was on later or I would’ve warned you. Edmund O’Brien. Film noir. Classic. Need I say more?
    Speaking of D.O.A., Jerry Jones says it will be an uphill struggle for the Cowpatties this year.
    Forget the Oilers! Bring on the Cowboys already!

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Fabricating the truth again? Accusing Harbaugh of cheating?
    When did Jim Harbaugh get caught cheating as a head football coach?

  66. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, ROB! The biggest cheat of them all.

  67. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I heard that one of Paul Allen’s maids found $300,000 amongst his discarded toenail clippings tonight. Oooo, that fine’ll get his attention. Bad, Pete, Bad!!!

  68. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s only cheating if it’s the other guy. If it’s your team it’s just pushing the envelope. One year it’s cheating and the next year everybody’s doing it.

    Considering the lengths any team or coach would go to get the slightest advantage why wouldn’t every coach push the envelope? $300K is just the cost of doing business on your way to a new dynasty. Ask Eddie D. Most of the league thought Bobb McKittrick was a cheat and advocating dirty play for his cut blocking methods.

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    Nice post NOFEAR

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Policy and Clark were fined for salary cap violations it also cost the Niners 2 draft picks, IIRC a 3rd rd and a 5th rd choice.
    Commissioner Tag also stipulated that a second violation would cost 2 #1 picks.

    This was the double whammy because Policy and Clark skipped town for Cleveland and left the Niners in salary cap hell that led to the dumping of Julian Peterson, Garcia and TO and other key players. That led to the dark decade before Harbaugh.
    It also led to GM Socal Terry and further bad decisions.

  71. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Donohue was on Walsh. He hand-picked him. It had little to do with the rest of your post.

  72. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The rest of your post is fallacious at best. The fines had nothing to do with all the terrible decisions that Clark/Policy made over and over.

    Irregardless of the loss of picks, the Niners were still in cap hell with backloaded contracts.

    Are you playing the Karma card?

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Yeah just lie and dismiss the lie with deflections and more lies.
    Are you seriously trying to spin that losing draft picks didn’t matter? You really are the undisputed biggest clown.


  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is where telling lies gets you.
    Same mindset as the resident liar here.
    Tell the tale and do spin control later.
    Josh Shaw’s mistake was the lie he told was too elaborate and he had to know that someone would ask his “nephew” about it.
    Obviously he didn’t think it through because he became the center of attention being dubbed as a hero.
    Maybe his plan was to coach his nephew to be a liar to which is the saddest part of the story. Josh Shaw shouldn’t be teaching kids anything.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Integrity is winning the Super Bowl. I’d take a 300K fine for Harebaugh in trade for a championship!

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is what probably happened.

    Josh Shaw was doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing so he makes up a story to explain why he can’t play or practice. I’m sure he never wanted any attention. His story is so good USC applauds him and tells the world about it. While everybody is calling him a hero Shaw is probably thinking, Oh shit!

    A story meant to explain to the coach why he can’t play is now a huge embarrassment. If Shaw is really the good guy and leader everybody says he is this could be a positive in his life because you can bet he’ll never do this again. In the meantime, he also may never live this down.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The truth might come out about Shaw but it is curious that LAPD was called and they kicked in a door and witnesses in the apt complex reported a burglary and a guy jumping from the balcony.
    More will hopefully come out when investigated.
    If Shaw is blameless he would never have hired Snoop Dog’s $500/hr attorney.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last week according to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports some players were complaining they were being worked too hard in training camp.
    If you know anything about Harbaugh he works the players hard and to the max in the practices with pads.

    There might be some truth to the matter because it is the opposite of the Bill Walsh approach of keeping players fresh. The team has participated in 8 playoff games in the last 3 season which is playing an extra half season.

    I’d say the answer lies somewhere in between the two approaches and the notion they don’t practice hard enough is ridiculous. Fangio contributes to the fatigue because he’s not a rotation type coach and is reluctant to substitute although he has started changing last year because he listened to Berger.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Walsh was known for his very rigorous training camps. It is during the season he would not have so much contact. It would be a surprise to me that Harbaugh’s camps are any tougher than what Walsh did.

  80. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry you don’t understand the written word, Bullitt. Your problem, not mine.

    I’ll spell it out for your feeble mind, dipshit.

    The fines had nothing to do with the backloaded contracts Clark/Policy doled out. Or the shitty guys they signed to those contracts.

    The fines had nothing to do with the Donohue hire. He was hired in 1999.

    You attributed both to the fines.

  81. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Should be a wild and woolly slop fest tonight!

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    D-line’s overmatching Houston. SF ball coming up.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert sucks. That is all.

  84. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll, one nice pass . . . .

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing we have is pass rushers galore. I hope Fangio uses them a lot. The LBs will have to cover the gaps that will open but I looks like we can get to the QB if we choose to.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My guess is Gabbert is ahead of Johnson. From what I’ve seen in pre-season, I like Johnson. My guess is we cut him and bring him back after week one if he is still available. IMO, Gabbert’s 2 million guaranteed contract is the reason he is number 2. Too bad.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody watching this QB from Wazu? His name is Conner Halliday. He’s 6’4″, about 200lbs. He looks good. he has great accuracy and touch. I haven’t seen a big arm but he hasn’t needed it yet.

  88. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, did you happen to catch Carr of the Raiders rip the Seahawk 1st team D to shreds? I was lucky, the Niner streams died so I switched over just in time. The ‘Hawks looked pizzed and stunned that anybody could do that to them. It was fun to watch.

    They weren’t running 2 TE sets every play, I’ll tell you that.

    We’ve got the Raiders Dec. 7 and Carr will be the starter by then.

  89. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and he chewed up and spat out the Seattle 2nd team. It was more than fun. It was Grrrrrrrreat!

  90. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I did not see the game. I did see Carr threw 4 TD passes. This Halliday kid from WAZU is amazing.

  91. 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