49ers 34, Vikings 17

We poor, nervous fans got a little clarity Sunday night as the 49er first teamers chucked off the rust, played most of the first half, and took a 20-7 half time lead on the way to cruising past the Vikings 34-17. They even scored a Red Zone TD when Colin Kaepernick threw a strike to rookie WR Quinton Patton streaking along the back line of the end zone. This kid can play! And that’s life in the GM Zone: whiff on a 1st round WR and hit it big on a 4th round guy.

It’s looked like a mess ever since Michael Crabtree got injured, but the 49ers do seem to have found some WRs in the bargain barrel who can get open and catch the ball. Marvelous. In addition to Patton making everyone forget AJ Jenkins in a heartbeat, Miami castoff Marlon Moore also looked solid. Later on in the game, we got a peek at the guy who actually did replace Jenkins, Jon Baldwin, and he too made a couple of impressive catches. Too bad they wasted the first two exhibition games trying to complete a pass to Jenkins, it almost cost Colt McCoy his job as the backup QB.

But McCoy, after a sloppy start, looked good enough Sunday that Jim Harbaugh dubbed him the official number two guy shortly after the game. He’ll probably get traded ten seconds after this column is posted, but if not, then the only suspense left is who will be the number three guy. Okay, “suspense” might be too strong a word. “Vacant curiosity” is more like it.

Long shot 7th round QB BJ Daniels is a runaway winner of this year’s Kory Sheets Award as the most exciting exhibition player who might never play a down in the NFL — or even make the final 53 man cut. BJ looked smooth and elusive again last night, guiding the team to a fourth quarter TD.

The 49ers seem good to go for another run at that sixth Super Bowl victory. The defense has been outstanding in the preseason. Nnamdi Asomugha has pretty much nailed down the 3rd CB job, rookie Eric Reid has been solid replacing Dashon Goldson, and the secondary will once again go as far as the pass rush and SS Donte Whitner’s minimalist coverage skills allow it to go.

One more exhibition game left, this Thursday night against the Chargers. The all scrubbeenie, roster bubble bowl. A fun game. Fifteen guys will get cut by Tuesday and not make it to this game and another 22 will be hosed soon after the game. It’s life or death on the NFL Mendoza Line. Can Lavelle Hawkins perform another electrifying brain-dead great play while collecting a 15 yard excessive celebration penalty to wrap it up? Not once, but TWICE! The guy’s got skills. They ain’t located in the old bean top, though. Whistling through the graveyard up there. ♫Aaahoo! Werewolves of London!♫

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I was thinking the same thing that McCoy’s previous INTs were pass attempts to Jenkins and they were attempts to force feed Jenkins even though he wasn’t really open.
    McCoy admitted he was still absorbing the playbook and it’s been a challenge for him.
    Seneca Wallace is 33 years old and sat out 2012 because not one team in the NFL thought he was good enough. For me his height is a liability as is for BJ Daniels.
    I’m biased but McCoy is the best option as the #2 now.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    McCoy also got some playing time with the starting O-line last night for the first time. Our back-up QBs have been under a lot of pressure with the back-up line. BJ Daniels has been the one to manage the line but he is was seeing the end of the line scrubbinies. His arm strength did get him out of some situations that McCoy and Tolzien could not negotiate but McCoy is the clear winner of the back up QB spot.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI AJ Jenkins had zero catches
    and was targeted once during this weekend’s Chef’s game.
    Patton just seems ike a natural getting open whereas Jenkins struggles and it actually cost the Niner QBs trying to force feed the ball to him when he wasn’t open.

  4. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    …but is Harbaugh buying or selling? Selling I think.
    The real question now is where will McCoy land and did Jim help Trent in finding one of P.T.Barnum’s public?

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- That is the conundrum. If he show cased McCoy and he plays well do you trade him or keep him because we need a back up QB? I don’t know, but I do have an opinion, surprise! LOL
    I think since Colt took a pay cut, and since Colt looks the part, we should keep him. Colt did not look great but he did look like the clear favorite for the job. Now if somebody knocks our socks off with a 3th or 4th round pick, which I do not think will happen, then we take the trade.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The fact of the matter is McCoy took the pay cut with the understanding that he’d be sticking around as the #2 if he performed well going forward.
    It sends the wrong message from the FO if he get’s screwed in the process and tells players considering the Niners to be wary.
    That is not the reputation you need to build a winner.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If McCoy is #2, then you have to expect Tolzien and Seneca to be gone. Neither has the upside to make into a long term project. BJ has some athleticism and might help on ST. And as Berger said he should be an asset running the scout team impersonating Wilson. We could try to keep 4 QBs with BJ on the PS but then you have no option of using him on ST and might even lose him.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Nnamdi Asomugha has allowed one catch for 5 yards in 36 coverage snaps in preseason.”
    Not too shabby.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two former Niner WRs were just cut.
    Seahags released Brett Swain and Jest released Braylon Edwards.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff Tuel is starting for the Bills in week one. Is this the guy from Wazzu I’ve been telling you guys about for two years? I didn’t even know he was in the pros! This guy has some potential. Problem is he was always getting hurt. Now the irony is he gets a start because the guys in front of him got hurt! This is like us throwing BJ Daniels out there in game one, but what the heck, it an NFL start!

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers are shopping veteran outside linebacker Parys Haralson.”

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Parys has played well this pre-season.

  13. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I love that the front office is trying to shop guys like Colt and Parys. Baalke got away with murder selling Alex Smith before he’d be cut to the Chiefs for two seconds. Now Baalke’s going back to the well hoping to move guys before they’ll be cut. Now I think Parys and Colt will make the team if they aren’t moved, but too many teams right now are waiting for cuts before they waste a draft pick. But I love that Baalke is workin’ the wires because why the heck not try?

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Smith would never have been cut. We sent him to KC when we could have received more from Arizona. Alex did good by us for years and we returned the favor.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have cut Al Netter, Joe Holland and DJ Harper.”

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers waive QB Scott Tolzien.”

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    i like tolzein ! can he still make the practice squad ?

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  19. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like it’s between Wallace and Daniels for the 3rd qb position, and my money’s on Daniels: cheaper, more potential and one of our own. We know who Wallace is. We don’t know BJ Daniels.
    One thing about the 49ers – they can evaluate. I’ve never been disappointed with Harbaalke evaluation. They came in and dumped Alex Smith, dumped Tolzien, dumped Shawntee Spencer, Spikes, Chilo Rachal… AJ Jenkins. This front office knows when its got a stinker.
    I was reading Football Outsiders last night and it said Mike Singletary must have had the best bench in the NFL with guys like Spencer starting and T. Brown chillin’. The book also said that Mike Iupati isn’t a good run blocker but that he’s a good pass blocker. It said Boone is much better as a run blocker because he can easily get to the second level where Iupati has trouble getting there (something I’ve been preaching for a while). This is why you don’t give Iupati big money – you can get a pass protecting guard on the cheap and resign guys like Crabtree and Aldon. This is also why Iupati came out this camp and said he can get a lot better. The NFL knows. Bloggers don’t, but the NFL does.
    Football Outsiders also said 49ers fans should be grateful and consider themselves lucky – “They are watching the best front seven to ever play the game.” Pretty cool.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “Football Outsiders also said 49ers fans should be grateful and consider themselves lucky – “They are watching the best front seven to ever play the game.” Pretty cool.”

    Not cool because it’s not true.
    You continue to show how little you know. Did the Colts RELEASE
    Peyton Manning OUTRIGHT? You rented for weeks saying it wouldn never happen.

  21. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Raiders are going to start Pryor next game. That’s a game I’m going to watch!

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pryor starting the 4th game of the preseason is what backup QBs do.
    Teams like to keep their starters out.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to the statement that the Niner front seven is the best to ever play the game is an insult to teams with six of their front seven in the HOF.
    You can’t include the Niners with a first year starter at NT in Williams and a good DL in McDonald but far from being in the HOF. Brooks is above average
    but not a HOF player.
    Win a Super Bowl or many Super Bowls before you start making this ridiculous assertion.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If anyone has six HoF players up front it’s gotta be the Bears or Giants from before 1950. My knowledge of the NFL starts with the 49ers that year. All I can think of is teams with 4 at the most in their front seven. Packers and Chiefs. Maybe there are others.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Chiefs had Curley Culp, Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell in the late 60s / early 70s, with Emmitt Thomas behind them at CB. The Packers had Henry Jordan, Willie Davis, Ray Nitschzke and Dave Robinson, with Herb Adderly at CB and Willie Wood at S. The Steelers had Mean Joe, Lambert and Ham. L.C. Greenwood *might* make it four someday, and Andy Russell might get some play from the veterans’ committee for his play in the 60s. With Mel Blount at CB behind them.
    We’ll NEVER see teams accrue that kind of talent together again. The league is so much bigger, with great players spread over so many teams.
    I’d say we probably have the best front seven since 2000, and maybe even since the Steel Curtain broke up. That’s good enough for me.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, the Niner d line of the late 60s early 70s was pretty badass.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Parys Haralson saying emotional good byes to teammates in locker room.”

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Parys Haralson apparently traded to New Orleans Saints.”

  29. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Grump – the books argument is…
    A.) The old school players aren’t nearly the athletes we’re watching today.
    B.) Ahmad Brooks is a seriously underrated strong side linebacker and should be an All Pro making it five out of seven All Pro or Pro Bowlers.
    C.) Together they aren’t done yet.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You cannot label a unit the best based on potential. It can only be based on results.
    I love this unit but it is silly to call them the best of all time in the NFL when they might even be the best in Niner history.
    The defense gave up on average 398 yds a game in the playoffs last season.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Does the Haralson trade mean that we are about ready to see Tank?

  32. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know about when Tank will be ready, Berger, but that’s another thing Football Outsiders talked about – Tank spelling Justin. The book suggested the only possible way the 49ers could lose the Super Bowl was if the D starters were simply too tired from playing 90% of the time during the season, so Baalke drafted guys to fill holes in 2013 but also to spell our front seven down the stretch and particularly in the playoffs in 2013.
    Tank and Dial need to get in there. Moody and Lemonier are already contributing. Moody isn’t getting enough praise for his linebacking abilities. I hope Tank and Dial get in the game by week 4.
    Much to my surprise, the book also said last year we had the 3rd toughest schedule, where as this year we have the 10th.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lemonier will take the reigns from Parys eventually.
    I think Tank is waiting to heal up while he learns behind Justin.
    Look at route Ian took to get where he is.
    Tomsula is a genius.
    These guys, like Lattimore, Dial, Marquardt are the types of Picks Baalke needed to make.
    Injury concerns? Yes.
    We can afford them the time to heal.
    Baalke is doing a phenominal job of Roster mgt IMO.
    Our FO is becoming something the rest of League would love to figure out.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CSNBA is reporting it’s a 2014 7th round conditional pick that Haralson was traded for contingent on him making the final Aint’s roster.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta make ten cuts today. Wonder if any will catch our eye.

  36. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Probably a couple of surprises I would think. I’d watch for Snyder (I think he sticks, but if his tepid showing in the exhibition games convinces Harbs and Ballke that they’re better off with Boone as the emergency tackle, maybe not). Cox could be in trouble and Rob could be in mourning. Jewel Hampton is in a tough spot. The Austin Collie experiment might end abruptly. Lavelle Hawkins would not surprise anyone after Sunday. Has Dorsey really shown enough to be safe, or might we go with young guys like J-E?

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This is long but here it is. Cam Inman mocks the final 53-man roster.
    * * *

    Quarterback (3 of 5)

    Who stays: *Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, B.J. Daniels

    Who goes: Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien

    Analysis: McCoy convinced Jim Harbaugh that he can be Kaepernick’s top backup. Daniels’ sample size is minimal (two fourth-quarter stints), but he’s now too promising to try slipping through waivers to the practice squad. Wallace became an option in case McCoy got traded, which isn’t happening. Plus, Wallace’s $840,000 salary becomes guaranteed if he makes the Week 1 roster.

    * * *

    Running back (5 of 9)

    Who stays: *Frank Gore, *Bruce Miller (FB), Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon.

    Note: Marcus Lattimore remains on non-football-injury list and doesn’t count on the 53-man roster.

    Who goes: Jewell Hampton, D.J. Harper, Jason Schepler (FB)

    Analysis: It’s the same stable of running backs as last season, bolstered by Hunter’s return from a Nov. 25 Achilles tear. Gore wants to prove he can still be the man at age 30. James still looks far from a complete back.

    * * *

    Wide receiver (6 of 12)

    Who stays: *Anquan Boldin, *Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood

    Note: Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham stay on physically-unable-to-perform list and don’t count on the 53-man roster.

    Who goes: Austin Collie, Lavelle Hawkins, Chad Hall, Chuck Jacobs

    Analysis: Boldin is the top target amid a group lacking experience and star power. Williams apparently will sit out all exhibition season after last season’s knee injury but looks ready. Moore, Patton and Baldwin have a window to shine with Crabtree and Manningham sidelined. Osgood ($940,000 salary) may be too costly despite his special-teams impact.

    * * *

    Tight end (3 of 4)

    Who stays: *Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek

    Who goes: MarQueis Gray

    Analysis: Davis and McDonald will pick up the receiving slack. The 49ers already invested a year into Celek’s development so that could offset his drops and blocking issues. Gray, a converted quarterback from the University of Minnesota, is a great candidate for the practice squad, if not the active roster.

    * * *

    Offensive line (8 of 14)

    Who stays: *Joe Staley (LT), *Mike Iupati (LG), *Jonathan Goodwin (C), *Alex Boone (RG), *Anthony Davis (RT), Daniel Kilgore (G/C), Adam Snyder (OL), Joe Looney (G/C).

    Note: Luke Marquardt stays on non-football-injury list and doesn’t count on the 53-man roster.

    Who goes: Kenny Wiggins (T), Al Netter (G), Patrick Omameh (OL), Wayne Tribue (G), Carter Bykowski (T)

    Analysis: The 49ers like their eight-man group, including the same five who started every game last season. Snyder returns after a year in Arizona to serve as the swing tackle.

    * * *

    Defensive line (6 of 12)

    Who stays: *Justin Smith (DT), *Ray McDonald (DT), *Ian Williams (NT), Glenn Dorsey (NT), Will Tukuafu (DT), Tony Jerod-Eddie (DT).

    Note: Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial start on non-football-injury list and don’t count on the 53-man roster.

    Who goes:Lawrence Okoye (DT), Mike Purcell (NT), Lamar Divens (NT)

    Analysis: Dorsey is the only newcomer to a solid front. Demarcus Dobbs will be welcomed back after a Week 1 suspension, at which time a roster spot must be created. Dorsey, Jerod-Eddie and Tukuafu provide needed depth, and Tukuafu might get cut once Dobbs returns.

    * * *

    Ouside linebacker (4 of 5):

    Who stays: *Aldon Smith, *Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, Dan Skuta

    Who goes: Cam Johnson

    Analysis: Parys Haralson’s trade Monday underscored the team’s best depth at this position in Vic Fangio’s three seasons as coordinator. Lemonier and Skuta add special teams value. Johnson hurt his shoulder Sunday.

    * * *

    Inside linebacker (4 of 7)

    Who stays: *Patrick Willis, *NaVarro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody

    Who goes: Nate Stupar, Travis Johnson, Joe Holland

    Analysis: Willis’ hand injury has given Wilhoite a ton of reps in practice and exhibitions. Bowman looks in All-Pro form even without Willis next to him. Moody has a bright future.

    * * *

    Cornerback (5 of 9)

    Who stays: *Carlos Rogers, *Tarell Brown, Nnamdi Asomugha, Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox

    Note: Eric Wright remains on non-football-injury list and doesn’t count on the 53-man roster.

    Who goes: Chris Culliver (injured reserve), Marcus Cooper, Darryl Morris

    Analysis: It looks like Asomugha will win the No. 3 cornerback spot ahead of Brock, a role left vacant by Chris Culliver’s season-ending knee injury in camp.

    * * *

    Safety (6 of 7)

    Who stays: *Donte Whitner, *Eric Reid, C.J. Spillman, Craig Dahl, Bubba Ventrone, Michael Thomas

    Who goes: Trenton Robinson

    Analysis: Reid has stepped up and earned Dashon Goldson’s old spot at free safety. Spillman, Dahl and Ventrone will earn their keep mainly on special teams.

    * * *

    Long snapper (1 of 2)

    Who stays: *Brian Jennings

    Who goes: Kevin McDermott

    Analysis: Jennings, a 14th-year veteran, remains at the top of his craft and has big-stage experience. His salary jeopardized him more than McDermott.

    * * *

    Punter (1 of 2)

    Who stays: *Andy Lee

    Who goes: Colton Schmidt

    Analysis: Lee’s a lock even though the undrafted Schmidt has a 50.3 gross average and 47.0 net.

    * * *

    Kicker (1 of 1):

    Who stays: Phil Dawson

    Analysis: Dawson is 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts from 50 yards or longer.

    * * *

    I wouldn’t be surprised if:

    – Wallace makes the team with the other three QBs. One league personnel exec told me tonight Daniels would get signed elsewhere if the 49ers waived him.

    – Osgood and Ventrone don’t make it, even though they were signed as special-teams aces and that unit needs studs.

    – Gray beats out Celek.

    – The 49ers leave a spot open and come out with a 52-man roster, which they’ll fill with a castoff from another team.

    – Jennings loses out to football’s harsh economics.

    – An extra defensive lineman is added to replace Dobbs for Week 1, although I kind of did that with Tukuafu

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what the Niners did to get to 74

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “After dealing with personal issue, 49ers CB Eric Wright has reported to team. Working out on side field today with injured players.”

  40. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    This might be the year that some of our guys get snatched up in route to the practice squad. Hell, our practice squad last year could start for the Raiders this year. McKenzie will be ready for us.
    I think we lose MarQueef Gray and Daryl Morris. Gray Marqueefs in the huddle are no bueno. You can’t point to John Candy in the huddle when someone drops a Gray Marqueef. I also think there’s a real chance we lose our long snapper, Brian Jennings. It’s all about the Benjamins. Brian Jennings is really Rob’s favorite player. Bent over, dishing out tight spirals. Rob’s livin’ the dream when the kickers warm up. Cox ain’t his favorite player – although Rob does love him some Cox… and squirrels.

  41. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I hope safety Micheal Thomas makes the team (number 36 in your playbook, number 1 in your heart). I also hope the 49ers dump Trenton Robinson. They will. Last night Trent made his yearly call to me for my input on the 53 man roster. Call went a lot better than in years past. I didn’t spend the first ten minutes trying to convince him to cut Alex Smith. Cut him….. with extreme prejudice.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well the NYJ took their shot at a QB –
    The winner is…..Graham Harrell.
    Welcome to the Big Tent.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Are you ready for some football?

  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