Halfway House

The 49ers play Denver next Sunday. Hmmmm. What will the storyline be? Aldon Smith vs Von Miller? The return of Perrish Cox? Hmmm….

Traditionally, the third exhibition game is viewed as the most meaningful of the meaningless games. The starters usually play the entire first half and that’s basically the last we’ll see of them until opening day on September 9th. The last half of this game and pretty much all of the final game are reserved for 1200 or so marginal talents to make one last desperate bid to find a spot on a roster or a practice squad.

Denver, of course, inexplicably got rid of their star running back this offseason and signed a broken down, washed up, old quarterback to replace him. This has-been QB was cut by the 2-14 Colts in March, which is the ultimate indignity. Trent Baalke felt sorry for the bum and sought him out to play 3rd string for us this year, but Denver offered him a few nickels more. Naturally, through two exhibition games, this relic has 0 TDs, 3 INTs, and a 48.4 QBR. You get what you pay for.

The Broncos have been a troubled franchise lately, and local boy DJ Williams has sadly caught the bug. Williams was a multi-sport star at De La Salle in 2002, and played LB and RB for the football team. He was drafted by Miami to play LB only and eventually signed with Denver. Now he’s looking at a PED suspension and was just convicted of a DUI. Somewhere, his old high school coach, Bob Ladouceur, is shaking his head sadly.

We’ve had some spirited discussion of “the play” from last week’s Houston game, which seemed a bit strange since it was a simple play call, executed quickly and precisely (except for VD dropping the pass), so we sent our agricologist onto the scene to examine the seeds of dissent. Imagine our surprise when he reported back that the seeds were manufactured in a secret underground facility at the boarded up Smith Haters Club! Wow. These fellows are certainly persistent.

Normally, the star of the 49er exhibition season has been a running back — Thomas Clayton, Glen Coffee, Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter — but this year might be different. The team has trotted out so many RBs that none have accumulated the massive yardage stats we’ve come to expect. Hunter has certainly looked exceptional, but he hasn’t played enough — yet.

The star this year might be AJ Jenkins, if he puts together another six quarters of constantly getting open. Of course, the QBs would actually have to throw a pass he can catch, but that’s a work in progress. If they do, he could generate some buzz.

One guy who generated a lot of buzz this offseason was Kyle Williams. Through two exhibition games, though, he has yet to accomplish squat. He did let two punts bounce harmlessly away from him, which was an improvement on his championship game performance. But maybe this guy isn’t a lock to make the team afterall.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I went to the Santa Rosa Press Unca Chuck for the first time in ages and found Grant Cohn defending himself with his bloggers over “The Play”. Seems his whole week was centered on Smith not seeing Moss coming open. The fact that the primary receiver was open on a well designed play did not seem to phase him from his obligatory Smith bashing. The Smith led play-off win over the Saints must have been very hard for Grant to write about.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There were a lot of upset tummies in blogland that day.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Grant is a troll with his own blog.
     
    His draft day hissy fit over the 49ers drafting A.J. Jenkins was hysterical. Grant anointed him a bust within the first fifteen minutes of his 49er career.
     
    Then there was his whole thing with Anthony Davis.
     
    Eric Branch was a good writer over there at the P-D. Grant is just some guy whose daddy works there.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Reading a Grant Cohn article has the feel of reading something from Bleacher Report. It should be categorized more as an editorial than an article.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Albert didn’t stay very long yesterday. I think he must be on the lam.

  6. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys… guess who’s wife just got him tickets to the Detroit Lions game week 2 on Sunday night …yea….yours truly ..watch for me…ill be wearing a Niners jersy.. 🙂

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t leave early, Tony. You’d miss The Shake II.

  8. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs im counting on it…ill be getting up close as possible with my video camera

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, Skeebs, Al is on the lamb.
    .
    Tiger Beat lives on.
    .
    Where you sitting, Tony?
    .
    Shit, Skeebs, for someone who says we blather endlessly about things, why do you keep bringing the same shit up?

  10. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Williams won’t be making the team based on his return game that’s for sure. Last year we saw him hit the slant a little and the quick out. His first few steps are very quick. If we do use the WCO short game more v the run he should be on the team I think.

    Other than the errors against the blue men group I thought he showed promise last season.

    Jenkins is getting seperation but I want to see him with the firsts on D.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jenkins will spend a lot of time inactive this year, sitting, watching and hopefully learning. I think he is going to be good – but not until 2013.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, in a perfect world, Ginn doesn’t catch passes, and KW doesn’t return punts. We’ll see how things work out, but that’s the ideal situation. Between Moss, Crabs, and Manningham we have enough to use KW as the 4th WR on certain plays, not Ginn.
    .
    He got hurt being a WR, not returning kicks, BTW.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Your guy Nick Foles is starting for the Eagles this week.
    He apparently has jumped Kafka
    their presumed #2. Let’s see how Foles does with and against the first units.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Williams might not make the team but Harbaugh will certainly keep his best WR’s. What we really need to do with these PS games is control the ball and get a good look at some of these guys in game-time settings

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Foles had a really bad situation at head coach his senior year. It cost him dearly in the draft.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Does this mean they’re going to cancel the Cards-Raiduhs preseason games now? A Cards fan shot a Raiduh fan in the face.
    He said it was an accident.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/22/shooting-victim-is-raiders-fan/
    Nothing like going to watch a game and getting shot for stupid reasons.

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how the Raiders are always involved.
     
    Are there any teams left who WILL play them?

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Foles is starting primarily because Puppy Killer is getting clobbered and Philly faces Cleveland in Week 1.
    Great way to schedule the PS for this matchup.
    Typically all Teams focus on PS Wk 3 a dress rehearsal for conditioning.
    Now both Teams have to dumb it down.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Philly will be a prime example of the importance of having a strong OL.
    Vick is the epitome of the square peg/round hole philosophy.
    Reed wants him in the pocket, Vick wants to move.
    The shot he took against the Pats’ #2s was a chuck and duck wasted effort.
    Vick has something like 15-20 PS snaps under his helmet right now. That should help when Wk 1 rolls around against the Brownies.

  20. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck….where am i sitting? well my wife said they kinda overlook the 50 yard line…..about a half a mile up 🙂 section UR43 row 9 seats 13-14-15…

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the pullout side if I recall correctly.

    Cool. I’ve got to pick a game for me and my son to go to. I might have to look at that Deetroit game.

  22. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Right Chuck, its the pullout side, kind of the nose bleeding altitude. Wish they could have been closer in, but tickets cost to damn much. Wife and i are taking youngest daughter (19) to her first game. She’s a BIG Niner fan (hates the Raiders, seahags, and cowboys….thats my girl).. she’s been begging to go to a game…3 nose bleed seats still cost close to 600.00 …we were looking at the New Yorks game but those tickets cost even more…hope you and your son come out to the game and if you do meet me for a beer…

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tonight’s game Cards vs Titans
    should seal the deal that Skelton will be the starting QB and they blew it on Kolb.
    If Maurice Jones Drew is on the trade block I am wondering why
    the Packers or the Lions wouldn’t give up 2 #1’s to acquire him.
    He would most likely make either of them the team to beat in the NFC being their missing piece.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit! Are tix that much? he last Seattkle game I went to 2 years ago. I got seasts in the pullouts at the top of the bottom section (row R?), 40 yard line, for $85.00 each. Of course it was the 2nd to last game Singletary coached.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yikes. Prices jumped like a mofo.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone decided to jump on the bandwagon.
    They inflate prices and those are the first to throw the team undr the bus.
    I believe in sticking with your team in the bad times cuz when it’s good it’s easy.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jim Harbaugh say Brandon Jacobs has done enough to earn roster spot.”
     
    So long, Anthony Dixon.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Eric Branch:
    “With 26 regular-season passes without an interception, Smith will set the franchise record for the most consecutive passes without a pick. Here’s the list:
    1. Steve Young, 184
    2. Alex Smith, 159
    3. Joe Montana, 154 “

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Another interesting item about our old ST coach:
     
    “In a curious move coming just two weeks before the start of the regular season, the Steelers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Al Everest.”
     

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The difference being the types of passes these various QBs throw.

  31. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Bungles have Singletary’s defense: Nate Clements, Manny Lawson, and starter Taylor Mays!
    Seems like old times… Mays got ripped for a PF on a clean hit that knocked Greg Jennings out of the game.
    How are they doing? That penalty helped the Pack on one drive, but it’s Rodgers’ feet that are killing them.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skelton throws into triple coverage and getrs picked on his 2nd pass of the game.

  33. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca and Bullit are cold blooded retards.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert your avatar looks like it just took a killer bong hit?
    Partying well these days?
    Hanging out in Afghanistan with the hashish traffickers?
    Long time no hear…….?

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking we’re in Afghanistan for the drugs myself.
    Mary Jane and Hash or Democracy?
    Hmmmm?
    All about Oil and control of the illegal drug flow I think.
    Global economy and all.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    THe only thing Al’s sucking on is all those imaginary fish he’s catching.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    AZ’s line looked brutally bad against Tenn. The Tits weren’t doing anything remotely exotic, but AZ couldn’t block for shit.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good for AZ.
    Hope they continue to suck.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So far so good . . .

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whizzer can’t be long for his job if they whiffed on Kolb, which it appears they have.
    And in other happy NFC West news, Fischer signed Vernon Gholston and T.O. is dropping passes and flapping his gums in Seattle as expected.
    Nice to have a tight and productive Locker Room/Staff in SF for a change.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, just one year ago, some guy was crowing about how good Seattle and AZ were, and how disorganized the Niners were.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
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NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
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Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
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