49ers 31, Broncos 24

The San Francisco 49ers outscored the Denver Broncos 31-24 Saturday night, producing their second straight game with 400+ yards of offense. The three 49er QBs rebounded from a less than stellar effort in the first preseason game and finished the night completing 19 out of 24 passes with one TD, a 30 yard bomb by Christian Ponder to Dres Anderson.

On the negative side, the team fumbled five times, losing three, one at the goal line for the second straight week with the same culprit — DuJuan Harris. On defense, the Niners had five sacks, three by Marcus Rush, and two interceptions, one a pick six by Eric Reid.

The Broncos held a nine minute time-of-possession edge, a stat we’ll probably see repeated quite frequently during the course of the regular season. It doesn’t matter much during preseason, since there are 90 players available for action and fatigue is not a factor. But the regular season could be a different kettle of amphibian aspiring creatures.

During warm ups before the game, Colin Kaepernick‘s dead/tired/fatigued throwing arm suddenly sprang back to life and featured him throwing 50 and 60 yard passes without discomfort. Perhaps he was “passing” a message to the Broncos that he was good to go if they still wanted him. We’ll see if his arm rebounds back to deadness again this coming week.

If the arm holds up, however, then there is one preseason game remaining for Kaepernick to get himself into the mix for the starting QB job. At this point, it looks highly doubtful. But at least the team will have three 2011 draft bust QBs to cycle through during the course of the regular season. Lending a biting tingle of “who cares” to a season that probably won’t have much else to offer.

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47 comments on “49ers 31, Broncos 24
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another defensive stalwart was draftee Ronald Blair who is the Niner version of Aaron Donald. Garrison Smith also continues to show he can be a defensive stopper. Blair and Smith along with Rush are on the brink of making the final roster.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Great youth movement on the Defensive side at least.
    If we can get something from the Offense, this just might be something to look forward to, when the games begin to count in the standings.
    OL appears to have some promise of improvement as well.
    Running game will be critical to TOP stats as well.
    Passing game is always a work in progress until the QB and WRs get some much need reps at game speed.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In two preseason games the RBs fumbling 5 times is a huge problem.

    Coach Rathman will have to drill ball security into their heads.

    Those fumbles would be devastating in the regular season especially the ones when your team is going in to score.

    Both Dejuan Harris and Mike Davis have fumbled twice and are one more fumble away from being cut.

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely Bullit.
    Rathman is a stickler for ball security too.
    He can’t be happy with those stats.
    Let’s just hope this is result of non-contact TC lapses.
    MDavis was a pretty sure-handed RB throughout College as well.
    Totally unacceptable thus far.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Treggs is out after tearing his MCL.

    3rd round pick Will Redmond another Baalke Injury pick has yet top see the field and might start the season on IR.

    Baalke said this

    “This isn’t a young man that we’re saying we’re going to bring him in and let him go through a six-week (non-football-injury-list period), Baalke noted, via the team’s website. “This guy is going to come in and be ready to go for training camp and be thrust into that group to compete for a spot. We like that young group and this adds to it.”

    Baalke needs to stop drafting injured players because they are turning into wasted picks especially when they are second and third rounders.

    A team needs these guyts to contribute right away, and not wait 2-3 years for them to hit the field especially on a depleted roster.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps Baaalke should give Charles Haley a full time job as the pass rushing coach.
    The Niner defense is looking a lot better putting heat on the QB this preseason. Whether it’s scheme or Haley’s tutoring remains to be seen.
    Haley or Bryant Young would be excellent additions as they were outstanding players who have chose to do some coaching.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners need to cut roster to 75 on Tues Aug 30.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Barrows
    “Kelly said Shaun Draughn was hit in the ribs during the week of practice with Broncos, which is why he missed Saturday’s game”

  9. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    2-3 years is too long to wait for an ACL injured player to contribute. This is a failed strategy which wastes higher round picks on “maybe the future”. How about drafting functional healthy players who can contribute in the year drafted and help us WIN NOW? Balkey has baked his cake with this strategy and a blown 2012 draft. Now he must hope some of these players, ie, Carradine, Thomas, etc help us wins games this year. Don’t think Balkey would survive a 4-12 record. Love to see us exceed expectations but wouldn’t bet my job on it.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If our 1st 2 games are any indication Phil, it would seem we’re more organized at least.
    Biggest concern would still remain focused at the QB competition for me.
    Chip seems to think Gabbert is doing as instructed when taking what the Defense is giving him.
    Fine for PS I suppose but…
    This Offense is predicated on quick decision making and, until there’s some rhythm involved with the QB/WRs it’s likely not going to mature in the PS.
    Still want to see Kaep running this system against an opponent however.
    Maybe this Friday?

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spent a good amount of keyboard energy on Chuck’s Blog tonight regarding the ACL Guys.
    Granted, I’m in the minority with Baalke, if not his sole apologist.
    However, I can see his attraction to ‘red shirting’ a prospect when depth affords him that luxury.
    He isn’t a guy looking for immediate contributions necessarily anyway.
    His MO is development so, I would suspect that line of thinking doesn’t fit his style.
    He got immediate contributions from Aldon as a pass rusher while bringing him along more slowly as an OLB.
    Unfortunately Aldon couldn’t keep his own career in focus.
    Let’s just hope he makes up for it with some of the other options he’s been stockpiling.

  12. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, would like to see some of these ‘stashed’ players step up this year with a new start, new opportunities to play in the League Now. Stockpiling players is fine when we are winning and it’s been a couple years so it is time to put these guys on the field and get a return on our investment. Granted the OL and the DL have hopefully been rejuvenated and that’s big. QB is the biggest question mark and that may not be fully settled this year. Our receivers seem to feature TEs over WRs but that’s not surprising given lack of drafting WRs. As long as Hyde is healthy we’ll be effective on the ground given the revamped OL. Let’s see if Kap has anything to offer VS GB

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tank being ‘reassigned’ seems to be making strides Phil.
    Baalke admitted that the initial plan was for him to step into RayMc’s role.
    Obviously didn’t pan out as planned.
    At least we can see some signs of improvement in his new assignment.
    As I attempted to convey on Chuck’s Blog, I can appreciate the atmosphere Baalke is generating with competition.
    Guys like Lemonier for example, being given a chance to improve his game from being a fairly productive Rush End in College.
    He seems to have bulked up but isn’t getting the job done at the Pro level thus far.
    Guys like Tank, Rush and Harold will push him aside if he’s not committed to fighting through his shortcomings.
    Another example is AD being pushed by TBrown.
    Baalke has continued to put depth into the mix each year to see who really ‘wants it’ at this level.
    If Chip can get some production from the Offense, we might have some success sooner, than later.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s done the same with the OL.
    BThomas could be another guy facing stiff competition to retain his roster spot as well.
    I no longer think the ACL is his issue.
    He may simply be over-matched vs his challengers.
    Again, all good in my view.
    You want the big bucks?
    Beat your challengers.

  15. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Okay maybe it gets pulled off at the last moment NJ. 4-12 gets him fired I imagine. 5-11 last year I can’t lay on Balkey due to York meddling in HC since SB. It is sadly incriminating that daughter Cassie Balkey felt confident in tweeting contra Roman in lockstep with the FO/York assault on 49Wins. Random coincidence? I think not. Balkey’s butt is on the line or it should be if team stinks this year IMO.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First five games are against five of the top defenses in the NFC. Away games at Carolina and Seattle in games 2 and 3 will be huge measuring sticks.

    Whether it’s Gabbert or Kap who starts as the #1 QB they must run the gauntlet of a very tough early schedule trying to survive
    to remain the starter. Would 1-4 necessitate a change? Depends on Kellys patience and belief of his starting QB.

  17. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    There was certainly a well attended group of conspirators to run Harbaugh/Roman out of SF Phil.
    Total BS the way this FO does business.
    I’ve suggested a possible motive, which involved Paraags’ distaste for Kaep, as a way to pressure Roman and/or Harbaugh to resign or, dramatically alter the Offense.
    Either way, Baalke feels the pressure now that they pulled the Rat out of the mix I’m sure.
    I can also see a scenario whereby Baalke gets a new title within the Org and Gamble is placed inline with Chip.
    Again, we’ll wait to see where this goes with Kaep and the Offense.
    Too many snakes in this pit of despair unfortunately.
    If they truly want Kaep out, they need to make him attractive right away.

  18. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    As we’ve discussed.
    Dr Daddy demands respect.
    Harbaugh would never pander to those demands I’m sure.
    He challenged them and called out their tactics by simply sticking to football, his way.
    Knowing full well The Minions had no way around him.
    It was all orchestrated through Paraag, operating on Dr Daddy’s agenda.
    I have no doubts.

  19. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Gase wants Fangio?
    No way Trent!
    He was one of Harbaugh’s guys.
    We’ll do it OUR way.
    Feckless eff’n morons.

  20. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes we know this is coming from the top and if necessary Balkey will be sacrificed to save ‘face’. That’s how they roll, those suits. I too could see him being promoted ‘up’ to make room for Gamble in some regard. So many loose ends with the QB, the GM and the owners meddling. At least we have a competent coach or coaches it would seem so we are better off than last year. Hopefully.

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep with our schedule the ‘winner’ of the QB competition could wind up losing out as starter after 5-6 games. This is why I think they keep Kap and Gab both, so we have a good backup, damn the cost.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Reading that Trent Brown is looking very good. Not just picking up RT, but potential to replace Staley in a few years.

    That is a yuge piece that got filled, RT a high value position. If we found a quality starter with a 7th Rd pick, TB saved his ass.

    And how about Marcus Rush. Need to see him play against the 1’s.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Beadles is taking snaps at center today. I’d say the Marcus Martin train is soon to be shunted onto the tracks to Palookasville.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    TB at RT, AD at RG, Garnett at LG are the cross training that is happening?

    OL is becoming a strength. Just need continuity with healthy players cross-trained at multiple positions.

  25. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Staley, Beadles, Kilgore, Garnett, AD, TB, Theus, Cooper and one more to have 9 OL on 53 roster. Tiller stays and Martin and Thomas released.

    Could always have trades.

  26. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    That sounds about right to me.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Patriot’s OT Vollmer injured again. If Trent Brown becomes a starter at RT and cross-trains at LT and becomes acceptable, then we can trade Staley for a 2nd. Pats probably would not do this but always keep options open.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    As Mike Tyson said, everyone has a plan. Until they get punched in the mouth.

    Our schedule is a serious acid test. Rose colored glasses need to stay off this year. Homer’s can taste Tyson’s punch, not me.

    unca_chuck says:
    August 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    Goff is no sure thing. He didn’t win very many games against tough teams, but Cal has been defensively challenged recently.

    Lurker, I’m in the same boat. I think this team has a shot to be very good on defense. Offense is predicated on Kappy. I think we are 6-10 with Gabby, and possibly 9-7 (best case) with Kappy.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Like Brady and Brees, Roethlisberger’s command both pre- and post-snap has led to an influx in empty backfield formations for his offense. You frequently see the Steelers spread into a 3×2 set with nobody but the QB in the backfield.

    “Usually it reveals defenses easier, it’s harder for them to disguise a blitz because they’ve got to cover people, so they’ve got to spread out. We do enjoy it because we feel we can go up-tempo with it and keep it moving fast. We can take our shots but also get the ball out quick.”


  30. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    So Bakkentom here’s an article for ya =


    Trade ideas from Cohnhead jr incl trading Kap to Redskins which I scoff at bc we do not need another OG. He proposes trading AD, TJE, Miller, Tiller but the only one I could maybe see is Miller to a FB needy team. Reluctantly. Cohn is just stirring the pot for clicks but this is more than any other writer out there. Good comments section too.

    1. G/T Anthony Davis and ILB Michael Wilhoite to the New England Patriots for ILB Dont’a Hightower. (Is Belichick that dumb? We need AD.)

    2. S Jaquiski Tartt to the Cleveland Browns for WR Josh Gordon. (Really? Dumb, who will back up Bethea?)

    3. Miller to Colts for a 5th. (Maybe? Would Colts give a 5th? 6th?)

    4. DE/DT Tony Jerod-Eddie to the Denver Broncos for RB Ronnie Hillman. (Is Elway that dumb? We need all our DLs not another RB)

    5.Kap to WASH for OG. (No, we need a functional QB not another G. If Kap shines vs GB we will keep him as backup or starter. If not then why would McCloughan want him?)

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Kaep is slated for a deal Phil, I’m still thinking Denver.
    Kaep holds the reigns for Paxton.
    We take Sanchez to hold the clipboard.
    I can see a scenario where Wilhoite gets moved simply to protect some of the younger guys that might not clear waivers.

    Guys like Lemonier and BThomas are likely going to get waived in favor of some better options as well.
    We’ll see, very soon…

  32. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I think it all comes down to Friday’s GB game NJ. Kap shines then he will be the starter some have said and I agree. Turnovers, poor passing, inability to read the Ds then I would not be surprised to see him go to DEN. Agree that is his most likely destination given poor performance. Him tossing 20-50 yd passes for 20 minutes prior to the DEN game was not a coincidence, eh? Naturally I expect him to shine given Kelly’s O schemes, our OL, Hyde healthy, Kap healthy, etc.

    Could be a mixed blessing given our schedule to be named starter but time to wear the big boy pants. This audition vs GB is the ideal time for a big game from Kap and if it happens could boost him into starting QB role. As you say a lot will be clarified Friday night and in the next week as the first cutdowns happen on 8/30. Yep, we’ll see.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just want him to convince me he’s here to win Phil, not to collect on his current deal.
    Gabbert isn’t a tough hurdle IMO.
    But..Gabbert has shown to be the guy that wants to prove he deserves to be the starter.
    Asking for the Trade in the off-season, just didn’t convince me that he’s committed to SF.
    He’s got a deal with lots of zeroes attached right now.
    All he has to do, is get past Gabbert to collect.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just can’t see the Cheapos paying him those bucks to tote a clipboard.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez/Ponder or Driskel can do that for a pittance by comparison.

  36. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah that asshat Marathe should never have demanded Kap take a big pay cut, huh? Pissed off Kap royally didn’t it? Bad faith from the bad faith boys might reasonably infuriate someone who already took LESS MONEY to help the bad faith FO boyz. But this is evidence “Kap must convince you he wants to be here”? Lol, NJ please, give it a rest. You can’t complain about FO meddling then complain about any player with leverage who gets screwed over AGAIN by the bad faith boys. And telling them “Here is option #1 = find me a trade partner…if you can.” This is called “Calling their bluff”. Naw the FO of the Niners are who must prove they can run a football franchise and not piss off players, coaches, fans, sponsors and the NFL.

    What Kap has to do to stick around here is have a real good game and beat GB soundly. If not good luck finding an acceptable to CK trade partner who will pay his salary or the 9ers weaseling out of his contract by sitting him. The NINERS FO has created the wringer they have their wank in and I have no sympathy for the bad faith boys. Kap is holding the winning cards and will not be bullied by this bean counting outfit. Same game this pathetic bunch tried to lay on 49 Wins. It is they who must prove to us that they really want to have a (winning ) team. I’m a long way from being convinced. How about you?

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Elway and Kubiak know QB’s. Compare to TB and Tomsula.

    The stink from Kap is overwhelming. How is dimwit going to mentor a rookie. More likely steer the rookie wrong with his incompetence.

    Hue is willing to do the injury prone RG3 with Kap, maybe. That is the only team that will tolerate the stink, and most of it Jed money.

  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I think Kappy and the Chipski need each other and no one is going anywhere unless kap can’t run the team. Should be fun.

  39. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Winder the strong, calm hand of the HC is guiding the Kap evaluation and this is possibly contra the FO schmucks and some of us bloggers. No big. It will be determined on the field based on Kap’s running the team or not. I love to see the FO manipulations being foiled after the 49 Wins “successful debacle” they foisted on us. Looking forward to it.

    Bakkentom, will Kap stink More or less if we wallop GB?

  40. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Rodgers has not played yet. Packers not the same. I read the tea leaves as follows.

    His playing time in 2014 started off great with Dallas week 1. I posted a NN post mortem on Kap that season that analyzed his accuracy and his ability to pull the trigger on passes per DB distance from target receiver. Dallas D was awful and Kap benefited from easily the biggest gaps of DB to WR/TE.

    His play degraded with closeness of coverage. Even at this stage of his career he needs to see the target open before he throws. Does not throw with anticipation or throw his receiver open.

    He does not have the confidence of thoroughly knowing when routes will have an open receiving window for a given D.

    2015 he regressed further. Some give him the benefit of bad oline pass pro but condemn Cutler when he endures the same. The cards game an ultimate disaster. Dumbed down routes for a franchise paid qb. The team walked out on him after his Rams missing the entire D in the box and both WR open by 5 to 10 yards.

    He can attend the same meetings, et cetera but that has to be shown on the field. All that and to be judged with one game. I think not. He fails on the mental end and needs maybe a full season to prove it. Why so many chances

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil the best leverage Kaep can exert on the oppressors is to win the starting job.
    Not much leverage for him otherwise.
    Can’t see them paying starter money to be the backup.
    Trust me, I have no axe to grind with Kaep when it comes to this FO dysfunction.
    I’m simply asking that he show them he deserves to be paid.

  42. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RT said maybe on the other site = “If Kap is healthy he will play”. (Ironically Chuck is a Kap supporter which I didn’t realize but that’s good). Kelly has recently said Kap will play against the GB first team. I do expect him to play well given his current health, a functional OL, Hyde, and Kelly’s schemes for the O. Yes this will need to be sustained for Kap to be anointed the regular season starter in any given week. As NJ says he needs to just beat out Gabbert and avoid mistakes to secure the main QB role with the Niners. Kelly has had two main QBs in each of his 3 years coaching in NFL. I assume because of injuries? This could easily happen here.

    His relationship with Balkey is “business only” per his comments today. Someone said this means “F that guy” and why not given the FO demand (Marathe) he take a 40% salary cut in his CONTRACT? But playing well will cement that role given Kelly (and I assume Gamble) are advocating for him to get a fair shot. Kap needs to show his abilities apparent decline are ‘cured’ by an upgraded OL not giving up 53 and 54 sacks in past 2 years. None of this has to do with his IQ as Bakkentom keeps alleging. Man was a 4.0 GPA business student at UNR and currently has the FO wankers in a legal wringer. Nope I think 49 Wins/GRo tried to turn him into a pocket passer in ’14 to placate Cassie the B and the minions, a misuse of Kaepernick’s talents. Tomsula speaks for himself.

    Looking forward to a nice little tuneup this Friday and the resurrection of Colin Kaepernick.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I’m just hoping all these distractions, and related dysfunction, went out the door with Paraag.
    If I were Kaep, my motivation is simple.
    Pay Me.
    But, in order for that to happen, he has to say Eff You by taking his job back.

    My concerns are the lingering biases that might exist from the smear campaign.
    Whether they used Harbaugh/GRo to undermine Kaep is the basis of my debate.
    Paraag constructed his deal. If The Minions felt they weren’t getting their money’s worth, they likely sent him in with the edict to restructure.
    My feeling has been, that by asking for a Trade, he lost credibility.
    They are as cheap as it comes in this game.
    Power trip?
    Very likely IMO.

    All we want as Fans are players that want to win.
    Show up. Work hard, beat your competition.
    Gabbert isn’t a very high hurdle.
    I’m just thinking that The Minions are looking for a way to drop his Contract and, could have Baalke seeking a way for that to happen.

    Kaep can shut them all up, by putting in the work to prove them wrong.

  44. 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