49ers 27, Chiefs 17

Jimmy Garoppolo quieted the restless 49er masses Saturday night in Kansas City, turning in a solid performance while playing the entire first half. He was a bit ragged on the first drive, then settled down and threw some beautiful passes. And one into triple coverage in the end zone that was luckily not intercepted.

Nick Mullens played the second half, which seems to mean that CJ Beathard will take the first half in the final exhibition game, with rookie Wilton Speight finishing things up before getting cut and maybe signed to the Practice Squad.

In a surprising development, Jimmie Ward played most of the game and did NOT get injured! Nobody else did, either. That hasn’t happened a whole lot in recent seasons.

The fans in Kansas City showed the world vividly why nobody much cares for living there. They clearly have nothing else to do with their lives. This was a preseason game, yet the stands were full of rabidly rooting nut jobs, like the game was really important. For a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since January 11, 1970, you’d think there would be some healthy skepticism and even apathy in their middle American hearts. But, no, they are undaunted by 50 years of failure. Nice place to be if you’re a player, though.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Kansas City. Heck, I’ve driven through it at least three times on my way somewhere else. I once saw the Yankees play the Athletics there, before Charlie Finley moved the team to Oakland. A guy nearby was so drunk by the 8th inning he decided to hop onto the field and run out to shake hands with Mickey Mantle. He didn’t make it, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he did. They took Mantle out of the lineup the previous inning.

Back to the 49ers. The third exhibition game is generally considered the tune-up-for-the-season game and in that regard the Niners did well. They look ready to prove to the world they belong with the big boys in the league. We’ll see in a couple of weeks.

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76 comments on “49ers 27, Chiefs 17
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. I’ve never stopped in KC either but it looked like an OK place to live. I think it’s pretty much gonna depend on how good our defense is as to how far we get this year. If we can get to their QB and our DB’s show up we can afford some mistakes on offense. It seems like Jimmy is quite the gambler when throwing into coverage. Great when it works, not so great otherwise. Anyway, I left this game feeling better about things. I am back to my 8-8 prediction.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners need to look at the Bucs tape the other night when they played the Browns.

    Winston was sacked 5 times in less than a half.

    Just a preseason game but Bucs line looks weak.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    They also lost their starting center and inside linebacker. I bet they wish they kept Kwon.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Weston Richburg is off PUP.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Up to now, Richburg has been a bust. He’d better show something this year or I suspect we’ll be bringing in another center next year.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Richburg played with a partially torn tendon that attaches the thigh to the kneecap so essentially he was playing on one leg.
    He toughed out the season So I give him credit and hopefully it’s fixed and he’s close to 100%

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like there is interest in one of the backup QBs from Denver.

    Would trade Beathard for a 4th in a heartbeat because Mullens would be a solid backup and there is no need for 3 active QBs on Sunday.


  8. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    There will be interest in one of our QB’s all year. I would keep the 3 until Jimmy G shows he can stay on the field

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Agree. We’ve needed three QBs each of the past two seasons. Plus, a reasonable QB option is worth more than a fifth or sixth round pick.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I respectfully disagree.

    Just like last year if Jimmy G goes down the Niners are a 5 win team especially if you are relying on Beathard who is 1-9 as a starter.

    I’m comfortable going with 2 QBs Garoppolo and Mullens.

    I’ll take a draft pick for Beathard who has shown me very little. I’ve seen enough of CJ to know he’ll never develop into a viable starting QB in the NFL.

    I still see value in guys like Richburg and Solomon Thomas which is contrary to many opinions on this blog.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    A 4th for Beathard? Yes. Maybe even a 5th. I don’t see him having a ceiling much higher than what we’re seen. He holds the ball too long and tries to force plays when they’re not there. I don’t think he’d be significantly better than what we’d find on the waiver wire. If both G and Mullens go down, you’re waiting for 2020 anyway.

    As for Richburg, I did say, “up to now”. His medical issues raise serious questions about what to expect this year. If he looks like the guy from two years ago, great. If not, I stand by my statement that he won’t be here in 2020. Too much has been invested in Garoppolo to keep running him out behind a line that can’t block. This is going to be a big year for the whole O-line. Anyone who can’t get it done is likely to get replaced in the next draft.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It is gonna be interesting to see how Lynch/kS handle the QB situation.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have released LB Malcom Smith.”

    We got nothing out of this guy.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What do you know, “Jerick McKinnon back at practice.”

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like another year on IR for ACL draftee Kentavius Street:

    “DL Kentavius Street (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery and his immediate future is unclear.”

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Malcolm Smith, an Antonio Langham for the new Century. [/bitter]

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s another guy we may never get anything out of:

    GM John Lynch says RB Jerick McKinnon had a setback at practice yesterday and it’s “not encouraging”.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like if McKinnon ever plays for the Niners it’ll be on a reworked deal.
    Only $2.6 mil of his 2020 salary is guaranteed

    McKinnon was hurt his knee in practice which is similar to what just happened to Bama MLB Dylan Moses who tore his ACL in practice.
    He was projected as one of the top LBs in next years draft.

    Then again another Bama LB high draft pick? What could go wrong???

    Drafting a Bama LB with a torn ACL has all the elements of a Niner draft pick.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, it sure does.

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It just goes to show how amazing Frank Gore really is. He had two ACL tears and came out ok. A first ballot HOFer in my mind.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Not all ACLs are torn equally, to be fair. And it’s not so much about the ACL itself – the replacement of that with one from a cadaver has been pretty standard for decades now, and generally pretty successful. The problem is the trauma to the surrounding area. Nerve damage, scarring, or necrosis, or early onset arthritis, etc. Those are the things that make knee surgery such a crapshoot.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I always thought Baalke mistreated Gore by not even offering Gore a contract choosing to go with Hyde. Since Gore left he has rushed for 3700 yards in 4 years whereas Hyde has 2800 yds and apparently he’s going team to team on I year contracts.

    Gore’s leadership is underestimated and his blitz pickup is the best in the NFL

    It’s a shame that Gore couldn’t play his entire career with the Niners and retire as a Niner.

    He’s a HOF back and the best back the Niners have had.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Frank is a gem of a player and a person.
    He will sign a 1-day contract when it’s time and, retire as a 9er.
    Hoping to meet him as a Bill when he comes to NJ.
    Love me some Frank.
    A football players’ football player.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My prognostication for upcoming season.

    Put me down for 10-6 and in contention for a wild card.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not feeling as optimistic Bullit-
    Hoping to be wrong….


  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sold on Jimmy being the difference maker yet.
    Knee repair/confidence notwithstanding.
    His body of work as an NFL starter is non existent.

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I want to say 8-8 but i don’t feel it. So 7-9, it feels like another injury prone year to me.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I have faith in Jimmy G. who is the best QB talent on the team since Jeff Garcia.

    We all know the story of Steve Young being knocked out with a career ending concussion and Garcia stepping in successfully throwing 113 TDs and leading the team to the playoffs twice in his 5 year stint with the Niners.

    If Jimmy G has a similar career track as Garcia I would deem him a success. Garcia was given an opportunity and made the most of it.
    It is not easy following the footsteps of two HOF QBs in Montana and Young but he had his own success.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be happy to be wrong Bullit -D
    Simply losing confidence in Ownership to remain patient and support the process.
    Pay the football guys.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Hour of the Guillotine is upon us.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What I find funny is that some writers think if the Niners finish 9-7 or 8-8 and miss playoffs that Lynch and Shanahan are in trouble.

    IMO improvement by 4-6 wins is a step in right direction. Changing coaches and GM is shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. You need to give Lynch/Shanahan to execute their plan.

    This is year 3 of a 6 year commitment. If the team is moving in the right direction then you shouldn’t keep making changes.
    If team is competitive and showing improvement you stay with the plan.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Potential swing Tackle Sam Young is first cut.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cuts so far:

    DL Jay Bromley
    CB Chris Campbell
    DB Jordan Holland
    CB Dontae Johnson
    OL Wesley Johnson
    TE Tyree Mayfield
    CB Quinten Rollins
    RB Brandon Wilds
    T Sam Young

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hoping DT Valoaga makes it through the process.
    Givens too.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta wonder how much longer Garnett survives too.

  36. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    They might be hoping for a last second trade with Garnett, if they find a desperate sucker.

    If Young is gone, I wonder if they scour the waiver wire. Going into 2019 with Skule as your swing tackle seems foolhardy. He has not shown enough, IMHO.

    Dontae just got passed up by too many people. He might be able to land somewhere as a backup.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think a handful of our final cuts will get picked up, either on waivers or soon thereafter. I expect Colbert to get cut and someone to sign him. We’ve got two or three excess D-line guys who should get another chance.

    Not so much on Offense, though, I think.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Paxton Lynch was just cut by Seahags.
    QBs drafted by Broncos John Elway, Lynch and Ostweiler are free agents without teams.
    Almost as good as the Titans drafting Mariota and Locker with 1st rounders. Mariota is in his last year of contract and will not be signed unless he has a big year. Titans brought in another failed #1 in Tannehill as insurance.

    Niners are in a better QB situation than half teams in the league.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rich Scangarello in Denver at
    OC too.
    Beathard was his pupil at one point.
    I keep Mullens if I was asked for an opinion ;-D

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    New Daddy Nick now too

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The Seahawks and Texans have agreed to trade parameters which will send Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle.”

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clowney is one of the most overrated players in the league
    In 5 seasons with Texans he has 29 sacks and in comparison Joey Bosa has 28.5 sacks in 3 seasons and Frank Clark 35 sacks in 4 seasons

    Most sacks Clowney had was 9.5 in one season. Franchise tagged he will be a free agent at end of this season so this is a very expense one season rental.

    It all depends what they are giving up which is unknown at this time and a curious move because they claimed to have no money to re-sign Earl Thomas who was the heart of their D.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Overdue: “The 49ers are planning to release G Joshua Garnett, a first-round pick of 2016.”

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    3 more announced cuts

    Jordan Matthews
    Jeremiah Valoaga
    David Mayo

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Adrian Colbert: from scrub to starter to released.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tank Carradine released by Dolphins.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Broncos release QB Kevin Hogan. Have no #2 QB

    Looking for a backup QB but think asking price too high so far so talks continue.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Brian Hoyer is going to be available – for free.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I hear Second Prize is TWO Brian Hoyers. :/

  50. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Watch Seattle pick up Colbert…

  51. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Grump- Someone is gonna get him and it probably will be Seattle that is what they do to us every year it seems.
    Also, totally glad we dumped another Baalky pick in Garnett he was nothing but dead weight.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos Hyde traded again.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Another player for Seattle to grab: “49ers waived RB Jeff Wilson.”

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers are placing RB Jerick McKinnon on season-ending injured reserve.”

    2 seasons, 0 games played.

  55. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I really wanted us to keep Wilson. That one will probably come back and bite us in the ass.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers cuts

    Antone Exum
    Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
    Jamell Garcia-Williams
    Joshua Garnett
    Kevin Givens
    Marcell Harris
    Daniel Helm
    Malik Henry
    Elijah Lee
    Jordan Matthews
    David Mayo
    Damontre Moore
    LaRoy Reynolds
    Ross Reynolds
    Tyree Robinson
    Wilton Speight
    Chris Thompson
    Jordan Thompson

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are keeping 3 QBs and 4 TEs so far on their 53.

    expect at least 2 to 3 waiver pickups.

  58. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Glad Skule made it, he will probably spend most of the year on the inactive list but that’s ok. Surprised about Harris.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have second dibs on all waiver claims today. Imagine they’ll grab a couple of guys.

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We should look carefully at Offensive linemen.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    My thoughts exactly.

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They better get some safeties, too. No way Ward and Tartt stay healthy all year.

  63. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody claimed Garnett or anybody else the Niners cut. And apparently the Niners didn’t claim anybody, either.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Happy to see both Valoaga and Givens back to PS.
    Good start.

  65. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Glad also about Wilson and Harris.

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers sign nine to their practice squad:

    LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
    DL Kevin Givens
    S Marcell Harris
    TE Daniel Helm
    WR Malik Henry
    LB Elijah Lee
    G Ross Reynolds
    DL Jeremiah Valoaga
    RB Jeff Wilson Jr.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last player signed to PS is OT Ryan Pope who was cut by Lions

  68. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So Skule is the swing tackle? Yikes. Better pack Staley and McGlinchey in bubble wrap this year.

  69. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Brunskill can also play tackle. Not sure that makes me feel any better.


  70. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I think Skule spends most of his time on the inactive list until he learns more. They were probably afraid to put him on the PS for fear someone would snag him.

  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers are expected to sign S Antone Exum to the active roster when Kentavius Street goes on injured reserve.”

  72. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder why KS chose Bourne over Jordan Mathews.

    Miami one-upped OAK tank for this year. If draft well they should be killer in 2022. Got Rosen on the cheap. Remake their OL and O skill players next year. Bad D gets them a top 5 pick in 2021 draft. Remake their D then.

    Meanwhile we are 10-6 this year provided JimmyG, Bosa, and Ford play all 16.

    Color me a homer now.

  73. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Odds are pretty high that of the three, some games will be missed. If it’s a handful or two, we’ll still be better than last year. Any season-enders would change things.

    I’ll go with 9-7 for now. And hope the team can pleasantly surprise me.

  74. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I still think our Oline is not all that great. Our team is young and fast but mistakes and injuries will hit to some degree. Not ready to hit the playoff button yet. 7-9.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you look at the NFL as whole there is a merry go round when it comes to kickers. Teams are shuffling kickers with some teams going into the season with post preseason addons.

    Niners are paying Gould $4.75 mil this season. Raiduhs are paying their kicker $575K. Eho’s more serious about winning?

  76. 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