The Cowboys come to town Sunday for exhibition game number two. This should provide an excellent opportunity for Jed York to get some tips from Jerry Jones on the fine art of ego-driven self-destruction.
The first string offense only played five downs against Houston, so there’s not enough data to pan them properly. Perhaps they’ll put in a quarter against the Cowboys and we can commence picking through the rubble.
The first string defense put in a bit more time, getting burned for a long TD, giving up a long drive to inside the five, then proved remarkably stout with a seven play goal line stand.
Backup QB Blaine Gabbert looked pretty good out there, leading the team on a 99 yard TD drive. If he keeps that up over the next three games, maybe we can add Quarterback Controversy to the list of dysfunctional elements of this year’s team. I can almost hear the cries now from a half empty stadium: “We want Gabby! We want Gabby!”
Former DC Vic Fangio‘s defenses rarely gave up big plays. That won’t be the case with Eric Mangini‘s defense. Big plays will be a staple of each game. We’ll get to see the backs of 49er DB jerseys chasing after WRs all year long.
The Cowboys have a terrific offensive line, which should have provided a decent test to the Niner D-line, but three of them are currently injured and will miss the game. I suppose you could look at it like a reverse kind of test. If the Niner D guys DON’T dominate the Cowboys’ backups, it will not be a good sign. For those of you looking for good signs, that is, groping forward with the faint hopes that this season won’t be a laughable disaster.
All around the league, players are dropping like flies and limping off the field and onto the IR lists, but we’re three weeks into Training Camp and the Niners have yet to incur a single meaningful injury. Amazing. It’s like the gods of football have decided to make this the healthiest year in 49er history — just to make sure there are no excuses for finishing dead last in the NFC West. Cruel.