The 49ers closed out the 2014 Exhibition season by thoroughly routing the Houston Texans, 40-13. It was the scrubs finest hour. And for many of them, their final hour, too.
The first half looked pretty similar to the starting unit’s motif — dick around ineptly for almost a half, then suddenly catch fire and score two touchdowns in the final two minutes. After intermission, Josh Johnson took over at QB and shredded the Texans, making a strong case to be Colin Kaepernick’s backup this year, even though his case is more than likely to be denied, as it was in 2012.
Today and tomorrow are final cut down days. Sad days if you’re a cutted character, but fairly humorous and interesting if you’re a sadistic couch potato. 704 players will be fired. 320 will be rehired to practice squads. Leaving 384 to join the unemployment lines of America and begin the nomadic NFL career of a marginal, occasionally employed entity.
The 49ers are going to lose some good players, that’s for sure. And the Texans, who have first claim on waived specimens, were probably eyeing the Niners’ scrubs with particular interest Thursday night.
After getting torched in the first two exhibition games, the 49ers defense allowed a mere two TDs in the final two games. It was opined that the defense was tired in the first two games, after a rigorous but legal training camp, and a more refreshed crew lived up to its billing in the final two. Since the opination is comfortable and reassuring, I’m buying it and moving on into the regular season with inflated hopes!
Today is the final day for Roger Goodell to announce the length of Aldon Smith’s suspension. It’s quite tacky of the commissioner to wait this long to reveal his decision. Should the Niners plan on Aldon’s absence for a couple of games or half a season. It might be kind of important to know before making final roster cuts. Probably not, but any time righteous grumbling can be associated with Goodell it’s a fine day in the world that should be milked for all it’s worth.
The next two days are likely the most tense time of the year between GM Trent Baalke and HC Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh knows who he wants on the team, but final say on the roster belongs to Baalke. Harbaugh’s only concern is talent, but Baalke has to consider cap dollar trade-offs and, of course, his own ego. Blaine Gabbert versus Josh Johnson could come down to some steam wafting skyward from Harbaugh’s head. Johnson looks like the far better option at backup QB, but Gabbert was signed by Baalke and has a $2 million guarantee. Good luck, boys. No pie throwing in front of the players, please.
A great two days for waiver wire transactions, gentlemen. Let’s sit back and enjoy the drama.