Mile High Meh

The third preseason game against Denver was nothing to write home about. But, nobody writes home about practice games anyway.

The game was nationally televised, with FOX’s number one broadcasting team on hand, and Denver used the opportunity to show everyone that Peyton Manning is healthy, can take a hit, throw short passes, and beat vanilla defenses like a drum. 49er 5th string CB Tramaine Brock received an inordinate amount of the abuse, but 2nd string LB Larry Grant proved he’s no NaVorro Bowman, as well.

Good luck in the real games, Peyton. If Parys Haralson can beat your O-line for a clean QB shot, it could be a long year of providing evidence your neck can take a beating.

The defense gave up 17 points in the first quarter, which apparently was mostly the fault of 49er QB Alex Smith. Smith did hit Vernon Davis with a 44 yard TD pass, but it happened so quickly, no one noticed. The offensive line was in sync for the first time in these preseason games, performing poorly at both run blocking and pass blocking. Anthony Dixon had a pretty good day against the scrubeenies in the second half, but in the first half, subbing for injured Brandon Jacobs, he got stuffed on two consecutive runs in the red zone. He did manage to lose his helmet on one of the runs, giving his Do some national exposure, but this Thursday’s final preseason game will no doubt be Dixon’s last game as a 49er.

The team got through the game without any serious injuries to its starters, which was the best news of the night. Ted Ginn injured his ankle (again), but that is getting to be as expected as Kyle Williams turning a fair catch into a hair-raising brush with death.

Colin Kaepernick had his best game as a 49er, taking over in the second half and leading two long scoring drives. Those who fear what may befall the team if Smith goes down (anyone?) can rest a little easier. Kaepernick clearly distinguished himself as the backup QB, justifying the bestowation of said status during the previous week.

All in all, it was another exhibition game that was disappointing to fans looking to see our brand new lethal offense. But Jim Harbaugh is just not going to show it till the real season begins. Some coaches like to get exotic in preseason to give opposing defenses something to worry about in the regular season, but Harbaugh isn’t one of them. Not now, not before, and not ever.

Look for one more vanilla yawner this Thursday against San Diego, then buckle your seats for opening night in Green Bay.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today would be a good day to watch NFL LIVE on ESPN because:
    On Monday August 27th Steve Young, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana will appear together on NFL Live on ESPN.
    They will be discussing the Niners and the upcoming season.
    Must see TV for Niner fans.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL Live is on for an hour starting at 1pm PT

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    Noticed that Brock was constantly getting toasted and that Cox had to move ahead of him on the depth chart with an oustanding game.

    What I found disturbing was the revelation there were official NFL League “observers” one on the field and one in the booth who could overrule the ref’s decisons.
    Perhaps this has always been the case but yesterday like in “The Wizard of Oz” they revealed what was behind the curtain and it’s disturbing in an Orwellian 1984 Big Brother way.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some more observations.

    You don’t think John Fox and Denver were trying to bury the Niners? That failed onside kick
    was meant to be the nail in the coffin. Who does that in the first quarter of a preseason game?

    Manning got pulled awfully quick,
    his last play was just before that onside lick. Knowing that the onside kick pissed off the Niners and Manning had an almost perfect game that could only get worse he yanked Manning in the first quarter.
    Moss going deep attracted 3 defenders. Note for the season that the underneath should be wide open for the other receivers.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- The deep ball to Moss showed the desired effect. Triple coverage. If Alex throws underneath the blogs are all saying Moss was open. Experts are everywhere!

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our lack of a pass rush is my biggest concern. Two games in a row with no pressure from the starting unit is irritating.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our offense is still very vanilla. I can only hope this is because it s still preseason.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Lack of pass rush = Aldon Smith sitting out
    I also noticed Brooks in coverage
    I think that with Aldon and Bowman out the defense is not as fierce.
    Vanilla defense?

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You can see Montana, Young and Rice on ESPN at 7:20 PT or so ESPN says.
    Merrill Hoge who I think is a moron was just on talking about rookie QBs. He has the Seahags and Wilson with 9 wins, Luck and the Colts and Griffin and the Skins with 8 wins and Tannehill and the Fins and Weeden and the Brownies with 6 wins.
    It seems he has little regard for the rest of the league with his optimism.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Joe was on with Jerry but no Steve. They were on to promote a video game in some Legends series.

  11. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t watched the dvr yet, how far in the air did that 44 yd TD travel to VD. I saw the play once, it seemed about 10/12 yes from the LOS.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    24 yards past the LOS. 20 YAC.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, no one is as blind to reality as you. If Moss is here to strictly be a decoy, we’ll lose him by week 3. To think otherwise is asinine.

    Yes, the defense was absolutely vanilla. I’m not too concerned, mainly because yesterday showed, if anything, the importance of a healthy Aldon Smith in the lineup. And yes, Manning will liekly wear down during the course of a game. The Niners did get in a couple times with a coupe decent hits. But there were no stunts or blitzes at all.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In other words, if Denver ever falls behind, and they have to throw a lot, Manning will likely get hurt. Yesterday meant very little in the grand scheme of things. Some people are ready to annoint Manning MVP.
    .
    Yeah, Smith hit VD in stride on a wheel route down the sideline.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I guess you missed the stunt that Haralson ran when he hit Manning.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like we did blitz a few times and Denver did a great job of blitz pick-up. Anybody watching a replay who can comment?

  17. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    It’s preseason. Got it. Check. BUT, our first unit D has given up scores on 6 out of their 7 drives with zero sacks and zero turnovers. I get the vanilla line, but I don’t believe it so easy to turn on and off like a faucet. The absence of Al-don and Bowman is notable, but the likelihood of us going through the entire season with our D as injury-free as last year is low.
     
    I’m kind of glad it’s happening now — in the PS. It’s hard for players to not be influenced by the accolades thrown at the 49er D heading INTO the season. Last year was last year. Over. If they start reading their own press clippings and bring anything less than the hunger they had last year, they’ll have problems.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Barley, like a lot of us have said, these guys will not get 38 turnovers this year. That is just highly unlikely statistically speaking. Which means the Niners need to sustain drives and be careful with the ball. Which means what? LESS chances by the offense? It remains to be seen what these guys have in store, but I wouldn’t bet on a wide open offense. Mixing formations? Yes. Running ouut of the gun? Yes. Some mind of intermediate passing game? We’ll see. VD is still the only guy Smith has confidence in down field. Between Moss and VD getting the lion’s share of attention, one would hope the others (C, M & M) will be open. Provided we get some blocking.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    (Crabs and Manningham)

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s just hope it’s further than 4 f@#$%ing yards downfield.

  21. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “The defense gave up 17 points in the first quarter, which apparently was mostly the fault of 49er QB Alex Smith”
     
    You seem a bit sensitive, Skeebs. Maybe it was the All Manning Blabber of the Fox doofi?
     
    12th — It was a really nice pass from AS. Perfect spot, read, speed.
     
    *Brock might have played himself out of job. Tough day at the office.
     
    *Bradshaw continues to show the world how much more interesting his is when we can’t actually hear him.
     
    *The coverage from Fox was terrible. The ManningMania was over-the-top. It made me pine for the goobers in PS 1 & 2.
     
    *I’ve said that Dixon wouldn’t make the team, and though it was against the second string, he might have saved his spot and pushed Rock to the edge. AD still has more upside than RC.
     
    *Did Mario play? Has he caught anything from AS this PS?
     
    *I’m taking David Akers with my first pick in FF.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Manningham didn’t make the trip. Mourning his dead grandpa.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Manningham had a death in the family, I think. He didn’t attend the game.
    .
    Bradshaw looked like Ichabod Crane. He should neither be seen nor heard.
    .
    If Jacobs is fully healthy, then Dixon is gone. If not, then they’ll likely keep Dixon over Rock.

  24. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Funniest thing this off season: Berger and Skeebers not wanting Peyton Manning because they’ve tied their ship, horse, caboose and cross dressing grandpa to Alex Smith. Smith or bust. Peyton Manning looked ten thousand times better than Smith – and Manning did it with a tweeked neck. Harbaugh is probably kicking himself for not putting on more of a show. Oh, look…. Smith completed a wheel route. Amazing. Unfortunately for 49er fans, the qb needs to be able to throw more than check downs and wheel routes. And Vernon Davis has lost some weight. His body looks very different.
    .
    Doesn’t matter if the 49ers are “stacked” like Terry, Joe and Troy were saying. Rememeber…. they’re “stacked.” If the qb sucks, no soup for you. And our qb sucks.
    .
    Kaep looked good. Conservative deep balls are overthrown. Agressive deep balls are underthrown. Once Kaep has confidence and chemistry with his receivers, deep balls are gonna get underthrown from Kaep and look out. Alex can’t throw a football so it’s all checkdowns and wheel routes. Joy…. what fun. Defenses will shut that down this year, I promise. Alex Smith’s days are numbered, and Skeebers and Naziberger will say they were suspicious of Alex Smith all along. Romneyberger loves to flip flop.
    .
    Alex Smith really, really sucks.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    First cuts are in:
     
    WR Hannula, WR Tyms, S Nelms, K Tavecchio, DL Masifilo, CB Purvis, TE Sawyer, DL Butrym, WR Hastings, OL Slowey

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No huge surprises. Slowey seemed to be a bit behind in TC. The 49ers still might try to bring him back for a Redshirt year on the PS.
     
    Alex had two good plays: the wheel route, and the improv with Crabs actually coming back to catch the ball and get a first down. Other than that it was pretty meh. Of course, that’s two more good plays than most of our defense had. The Broncos were running the ball with ease against our starters. That is not encouraging.
     
    Still, no one gives a flying eff about a preseason game. As long as they come out ready in two weeks. If not, there will be drama.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, there will be blood . . .
    .
    Well, funny thing is, this is the 3rd time in recent memory that the 49ers have become the darlings of the nattering nabobs of the national football league.
    .
    1st was Nolan in 2007 (crash, burn)
    .
    2nd was Singletary in 2010 (rinse, repeat)
    .
    Here we are in 2012. Let’s hope we do not repeat history . . .

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    3 if you count the slant Smith hit Crabs on . . .
    .
    I damn near fainted.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It was all about Peyton.
    A Harlem Globetrotters Game of sorts.
    We played fodder.
    Who the Eff cares about this game?
    Care about getting your legs and lungs in shape for GB.
    Agree with the points made about Peyton taking a full Season of full speed contact.
    Eric Decker? Primary target? Maybe against Brock he looks unstoppable.
    Makes no sense in the end to worry about a PS game.
    Bring on GB.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So?
    Who gets Traded this week before final cuts?
    Are we dealers?
    WR/QB?

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly. Manning isn’t built for the long haul. And unless they come out and drop 35 on everyone by halftime, he ain’t going to have the luxury to come out of games early and play grab-ass on the bench. Close games, or games where they fall behind and have to go pass-happy will spell doom for Manning.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lousy QBs appear to be a commodity. Tavares went to Buff from Seattle. Maybe we can get something for JJ from Cleve.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still saying the Niners carry 4 QBs and trade JJ in a couple weeks.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m more curious about the WR Group right now.
    We’ve got some options.
    TEs too.
    Finally going to have to make some very tough decisions at final cutdowns.
    Gone are the days of being buyers this time of year.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hastings already got bumped.
    Can NaPalm bump Swain?
    Owusu stick and Ginn get PUP’d?
    Who’s going to get protected?
    Tolzien?
    Should be an interesting week.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What was disappointing was the missed tackles by the Defense. Spin moves and stiff arms repelled our guys and left them flailing.
    Spillman hasn’t shown me anything as a backup safety.
    First option if a Safety is needed is Culliver with Cox taking his 3rd CB spot.
    Last year’s backups Madieu Williams is starting at FS for the Skins.
    Reggie Smith is running 3rd string backup in Carolina.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    They might just carry 2 TEs with Dobbs,Tukualu and Leonard Davis lining up as TEs for 5 staright plays yesterday

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you keep Dixon you make him an Hback type where he can also line up at TE

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve transitioned some slots for sure Bullit.
    For the better I’d say.
    Brock? Meh.
    Always though Culliver to be a FS in waiting.
    I like the speed factor Harbaugh/Baalke are collecting too.
    Owusu for Ginn? Why not?
    Kyle sticks I think.
    TEs? Very interesting.
    T J-Eddy also impressed me.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, good, bad, or indifferent, KW stays. He’s also getting all the reps as KR with Ginn hurting again. Wish they would have listened to me and not used Ginn as a WR. His value is much more apparent as a KR. KW would be out of Ginn doesn’t get hurt, I’d think.
    .
    I’d like to see AJ get in a game earlier. He can get open vs the Walmart brigade but I’d like to see him against better competition.
    .
    I’ve always liked Reuland as a TE. Moreso that Walker. I wonder if they make that move.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Dixon plays tough enough Bullit.
    Big Man Light Feet.
    Not liking him in short ydg situations at all.
    Can’t see him at TE either.
    See how they use the Roster spots.
    Have to hold onto Tolzien and JJ has guaranteed money in his deal.
    NYJ? Need a ‘real’ backup QB?
    Cough up a pick or Wilkerson.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck Owusu has been conspicuously invisible to everyone it seems.
    Granted no one Drafted him due to medical concerns but….?
    Kid knows the Harbaugh/Roman System and can flat out fly.
    Ginn?
    He’s a 1 trick pony who’s getting dinged A LOT.
    We’ve got lots of interesting options to play around with for a change.
    I like speed/versatility wherever you have the option to change.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    May not have to protect Owusu but I’m making the suggestion as the possible future replacement for Ginn.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    GB put LB Desmond Bishop on IR too.
    Another reason you have to look at Bakhtiari as someone to possibly protect.
    He worked with Clay Matthews during the Off Season.
    Wonder how that would factor, if at all?

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Young bounced for TJax.
    Whodathunkit?
    VY to AZ?

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit. I like pretty much anyone but Ginn for WR. Owusu? Sure. Swett Brain has stuck around. No reason for Owusu not to. Actually, I think they are hiding Owusu for that very fact. PS him and see what shakes out the first few weeks.

  47. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice post skeebs !

    is it just me or do both of our QB’s overthrow on deep balls ?!!

    imo if kappy can put his deep throws on target he’s going to be dynamite !

  48. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    wtf happened to vince young ! i really thought he was going to be a DARN GOOD QB !!

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another JaMarcus Poser Rob.
    Big arm empty head.
    Pure Raider QB.
    How you holding up down there?
    Isaac is one WET MF.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Young was immature when he came into the NFL and was used to being “The Man”. Didn’t handle
    being beaten out at QB very well.
    The thing that seemed to effect him the most was when Steve McNair
    was shot and killed. Air McNair was his mentor and it’s been downhill since.
    He does own some high end steakhouses.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I think you are labelling Vince Young unfairly. You need to look at his career so far which you probably didn’t do.
    His record as a starting QB is 31-19 in 6 years as a starter accounting for 58 TDs.
    He has disappointed, but he is far from being like Jamarcus Russell.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio’s comments on yesterday’s game

    http://tinyurl.com/8qwz6vg

  53. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “What was disappointing was the missed tackles by the Defense.”
     
    Yeah I sure noticed that. It really stood out since our D was one of the best I’ve seen tackling last year.
     
    I’ll just chalk it up to a glitch in The Matrix.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Records not withstanding Bullit, Vince didn’t wrap his head around the game.
    I’ll leave it at that.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NYJ and StL Trade OTs.
    What a block-buster.
    We get to see Wayne Hunter in Stl and Jason Smith in NY.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Jets are going nowhere. Sanchez may not be all that, but he’s got a cast of idiots around him, and little to no protection. Good luck, Timmy Tool Time Tebow.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty much Chuck. That Organization is a Clown Car Routine.
    Woody Johnson should stick to Band-Aids.
    Tannenbaum makes another million dollar move to improve the Franchise?
    Jason Smith for Wayne Hunter?
    Wonder who ate the bigger Contract?
    I’ll take a wild guess….
    J-E-S-T Yuk Yuk Yuk?

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guaranteed money to Santonio and they can’t get rid of him.
    Clown Contract to Bart Scott.
    Timmy Take-a-Bow.
    The Big Apple loves entertainment.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I watched Sanchez for 3 series this week-end. He looked really good. He was puting the ball on target but the receivers were dropping them like they are trying to make the 49ers.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t wait to see how close he is to his targets when Justin/Aldon and Ray are up in his grill Berger.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- We had better start showing it soon. Schaub and Manning had all day to throw.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Another thing nobody is talking about. The offense is not getting to the LOS very quickly. Is that the QB or the coaching? I say both. It is hard to get a rhythm when the offense is barely getting the snap off in time.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we look this lethargic in GB Berger then, I’d start to worry.
    Something tells me Harbaugh isn’t going to show up in GB unprepared.

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Its weird though, I’ve seen in a couple games that the refs don’t really reset the play clock on a timeout. Or it isn’t really clear when they DO start the play clock coming out of a timeout. So, teams scramble to get a play off after a TO.
    .
    It’s like the play clock starts when the timeout starts.
    .
    And the penalty-non-penalty-lets-move-the-ball-around-oops-lets-let-them-kick-another-fg-and-take-away-the-penalty-after-they-line-up-for-a-play play was ridiculous. Ther were about 3 or 4 timesm where the refs had no clue what they were doing.
    .
    Fricking keystone kops out there. These guys are a frigging joke.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just remember back to Preseason 2011. 3rd preseason game against the Texans Niner lost at home 30-7. Alex Smith was getting booed.
    The usual vociferous posters
    wanted Harbaugh’s head on a platter.
    Keep the faith. Dennis has annointed me the Company Man.
    If that means I’m a staunch fan I can accept the moniker.

    There is a method to Harbaugh’s madness
    A reminder of that preseason game
    http://tinyurl.com/8fzh9cq

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No one needs to be the Champions of Pre Season Bullit.
    I agree, Harbaugh plays it smart.
    Show nothing, get your work in, be prepared for the games that count.
    It almost appeared to me that our Defense was on their heels against Peyton.
    Like we were going through the motions and dancing with the blockers at times.
    Just happy to be healthy,looking forward to seeing what Harbaugh unveils in GB.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I said going in, just get out of Denver healthy. Besides Ginn and Dobbs, it looks like we did that.
    .
    Bowman, Aldon, and Culliver didn’t play, and it looked like we weren’t exactly flying around out there, so I’m chalking this up to nothing more than not going balls to the wall in preseason.
    .
    Save it for real-time.
    .
    The refs could become a big issue.

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    In the we-could-be-wrong department:
     
    “OC Greg Roman said he expected RB Anthony Dixon to have his “most productive season” w/ the team.”
     
    Gulp.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Joe’s on board
    He’s a “company man”

    http://tinyurl.com/9r32dc7

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good for Joe.

  71. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, that bar is pretty low.
    .
    As far as Joe goes, ehh.
    .
    We get to see this on the field. All this talk gets to the point of being overkill.
    .
    As usual, I want to see WR play that is crisp and functional. Not the 6 yard outs and 1 yard WR screens that have become the norm.
    .
    That being said, they threw a slant last weekend! I about fainted.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mannigham’s grandfather’s funeral is this Thursday.
    Harbaugh has excused Maario and it doesn’t look like he’ll be playing in the final preseason game.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So Joe Montana is an Alex Smith fan! Cool. Joe and I have a lot in common. Like, between the two of us we won 4 Super Bowls!

  74. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Finally had a chance to see the Denver game on DVR. Meh covers it pretty well.

  75. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Is that what Joe said Berger?

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- How can he deny we have 4 SB wins between the two of us?

  77. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    you have a good point

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a fan of Alex…sticking his face in a fan. I’m watching the Bronco replay at this very moment. There was one elite QB on the field that day. Sorry, Coach Harbaugh, regardless of the constant BS you continue to spew, spin and spoonfeed the Niner Nation about your QB being elite. He’s not even close.
    .
    Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You guys see the Jack in the Box commercial with the All American Burger? I like the description because it reminds me of me, “a no nonsense Berger!”

  80. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    My current QB thoughts so far.

    I like Tolzien as a future prospect, sharp, accurate, quick decisions. He has a real chance to be a starter someday soon somewhere.

    Kap is improving his under center reading of the D and throwing out of the pocket. We would throw more picks with him in, the zip he puts on the ball saved him from another pick this week, but more TD’s too. He can move the offense.

    JJ has skills but is behind Tolzein right now. I doubt he makes the team unless its as Chucks theory of future trade bait.

    Alex continues to show great confidence in VD and not much to anyone else although he and Crabs did hook up on a couple of broken plays so that’s improving too. He hasn’t made any visible strides from last year and fingers crossed that’s because they want to keep him under wraps for the real games.

    Pete Carrol has nuts the size of coconuts to start Russell over Flynn.

  81. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    1 Alex Smith
    2 Kappy
    3 Tolzein
    4 JJ

    Dennis, who on the roster would you start?

  82. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Carroll may have stones, but he’s setting that team up for failure. If Wilson struggles, what then? Go with the $25 million man? Start the QB carousel? We’ve seen how well that works. If those guys don’t work out, they go with Portis? If Wilson does OK, then they dodged a bullet, but not too many rookies come in and do well.
    .
    Whizzenhunt could have learned a lesson from Carroll in that you go with the hot hand. He didn’t with Kolb, and they had problems last year. This year? Well, their line sucks, so whoever is back there is in trouble.

  83. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Wilson has a mountain to climb no doubt, but Flynn isn’t $25 million, he’s $8 more or less.

    I’m not saying Carroll did the right thing, although he may have, just the size of the decision. Not many HC would pull that trigger, particularly with a so so record up till now. If Wilson bombs so does Carroll.

    Tales from the crypt Bradshaw predicted Seahawks as a sleeper team to win the division based mostly on starting Wilson. So we are good.

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just read that the Chargers have Cason at CB and rookies and free agents for their game on Thurs. The 3 CBs with NFL experience all have injuries and won’t play.
    Can’t read too much into a good showing through the air facing 3rd stringers. It’s a no win situation if they don’t do well.
    Just another preseason game so take it for what it’s worth.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I also read the Packers are not happy with their backup Graham Harrell and might workout Vince Young.
    It is almost a certainty that if Tolzein is released he will be claimed by the Packers. If nothing else just to get insight with the gameplan. Being from Wisconsin and a WCO it seems like a slam dunk that he’s be a Packer.
    I do believe Tolzein stays as 3rd string and development QB.

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzein is not getting released. JJ is the one to go. IF he even goes.
    .
    Regardless of who’s playing, the Niners have gone this far not doing much with the passing game. I sincerely doubt they do much this game. Unless Cappy Capperson gets to chuck deep balls to Moss all night. I’d love to see it, I just don’t think it’ll happen.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some news from the radio on the Niners and pro football

    http://tinyurl.com/8tapud6

    http://tinyurl.com/9h5646a

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How about the quiet move to place Jewel Hampton in protected slot Reserve/Injured/Whatever-list?
    Either way you slice that move, he’s protected.
    Curious if that makes Dixon a possible Trade Bait Candidate?

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Non-Football Injury List allows us to hang onto him until at least Week 6 I believe.
    This is the juggling act that takes place ahead of the Cut down/Waiver process of course.
    Every Team with a Roster need is lurking in the shadows waiting for the right guy to hit the wire.
     
    Something could happen via Trade between now and Friday perhaps?
    Should be interesting.

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, there are a few guys who should garner interest. JJ and Dixon being at the top of the list. Owusu as well.

  91. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    But I think they are more interested in keeping Owusu.

    Maybe trade for a CB. I can see Brock going, and Culliver moving to FS at some point in the season.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In hindsight they might have kept
    Spencer or Reggie Smith from last year.
    Brock might have promise but his bad plays outnumber his good plays
    3-1 which is 2 too many.

  93. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Reggie Smith was just Brock with a higher salary. Spencer was a good CB at one time but he cannot stay healthy, and again he’d be awfully expensive for your 5th CB. Baalke will comb through the waiver wire in search of someone better than Brock. 50-50 chance he takes a flier on some kid we never heard of.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jewel getting protected is somewhat curious to me.
    I’ve read that he’s a bowling ball with legs.
    Granted, he played in a small program but, he gets going in a hurry and will run between the tackles.
    Similar in size to Frank too.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, Bullit. They can get someone on the cheap.

  96. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care who we keep as long as they play good.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Absoulutely Winder, I think we’d all agree there.
    Anxious to see what the Coaching Staff & Baalke come up with in the next few days.

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yay winder! Best comment of the day except, “no nonsense Berger!”

  99. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Thank God we got Harbaugh to make the decisions.

  100. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs. Carolina, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Seattle, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams, 5:25 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2016 Prognostications
Closest To The Pin
  Grumpy: 3-13
  Spitblood: 3-13
  Winder: 3-13
Bakkentom: 0-16
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 8-8, 7-9, 9-7, 10-6
Mr Fletch: 4-12
NJ49er: 5-11
Phil Fan: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 7-9
Skeebers: 6-10

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