For a preseason game, Sunday’s trashing of the Raiders was quite entertaining. It’s always fun to crush the Raiders, of course, but using a shuttle system at QB as misdirection while running the ball down their throats was a Kyle Shanahan treat and a bit of toying with Jon Gruden thrown in. A double dose of in-your-face.
For his part, Gruden was a bit eccentric also in playing Nathan Peterman at QB for the entire game. Not sure what he was attempting to ascertain here, but Peterman was just as ineffective against the Niner fourth stringers as he was against the first string. An equal opportunity meh performance.
Here’s the top four RB’s stats for the game:
Gallman: 13/60 (4.6 ypc)
Hasty: 6/55 (9.2)
Mostert: 7/53 (7.6)
Sermon: 7/37 (5.3)
Not too shabby. 49ers are going to run wild this year.
But first, they have to trim the roster to 53 players by Tuesday at 4pm ET. This would normally be a solemn occasion, watching all these poor rejects booted out the door to an uncertain future, but this year we’re going to just admit we couldn’t really give a shit. You had your chance! WE WANT WINNERS!
Just kidding. Almost. Somewhat.
There will be a handful of players, or less, whose release or retention surprises us. But any player this far down the list of importance is not worth shedding any tears for or celebrating wildly for hanging onto the last rung of the roster.
At any rate, the bullshit season has ended and the real season begins in two weeks. Which gives everyone extra time this year to ponder before weighing in with their prognostication for this year’s record.