49er Game Day! Hot diggity! Yabba dabba doo! Take a hike, World. I’m closed for your business today. Yikes! Ouch!
Jim Harbaugh has made it known he will sprinkle his backups into the mix while the Texans’ first stringers are in the game tonight. Some people think he’s defying conventional wisdom and some think it indicates he’s still not sure who his starters are. I think it’s because he wants to know which of his backups he can use in the regular season.
Harbaugh likes to use as many players on his roster as possible. The non-starters are not just there to be ready if a starter goes down. They are there to have a role in the games. Everybody gets to play. This makes the players happy and keeps them game ready every week. This is a coach who actually had a Stanford player change his jersey number at half time just to mess with the other team’s heads. Maybe it only gave him an edge on one play, maybe it was just to throw a little WTF into their minds.
The Texans are a perfect test for our new defense today. They can run the ball and they can pass it. Their offense is playoff worthy, one of the best in the league. Their defense has been their undoing each of the past couple of years. That and Peyton Manning. But Manning might not be ready to start the season and the Colts might be vulnerable. The Texans feel this is their year. They’re going to play this game hard.
To improve their defense, the Texans signed CB Jonathan Joseph this offseason and hired Wade Phillips as their DC. Good old Wade. He makes a lousy head coach, but a great defensive coordinator. The Niner offense will be tested this evening, too.
Tongiht’s game is the last clue available before the blogopolans set their expectation meters for the year. Some of you may want to revise your crystal ball entries after this game. Upward or downward. I’m letting it ride on eleven and five. Sight unseen. Gold or bust. No bland reasonableness here. I’m banking on the “no respect” factor. If this team gets on a roll, and the early schedule gives them a shot at it, they are going to take out a lot of frustration on the league this year.
Or they could check in with another lame effort and I’ll have to keep answering the same question all year long: “What were you thinking!?”
Go Niners! Don’t fail me now!