And Away We Go

So, Thursday night, 49ers against the Cowboys. Two franchises in search of their former glory.

Best guess is that neither team will be reaching the Super Bowl this year, but one or both might make the playoffs. Or neither.

The starters probably won’t play very long, but we should finally get a look at the Niners’ top four draft picks, Mike McGlinchey, Dante Pettis, Fred Warner, and Tarvarius Moore. We’ll also see what our new FA RB Jerick McKinnon. We won’t see our other big name FA, Dickhead Sherman, who pulled his hamstring last week.

The defense will be mostly unchanged from last year and won’t strike fear into many opponents. Warner has looked good in camp, but he won’t be a starter. Arik Armstead is injured again and Solomon Thomas is still not a pass rush threat. Deforest Buckner is the only stud on the D-line, but he can’t do it all by himself.

We should, however, at last see the return of a dynamic and scary offense this year. Not in the game against Dallas, of course, which will feature CJ Beathard at QB for most of the game. Come September, though, this is a team that will be tough on opposing defensive coordinators.

That’s assuming the offseason book written by these DCs on Jimmy Garoppolo is a dinky little thing that wouldn’t scare a flea. Dallas QB Dak Prescott had a far less impressive second season than he did in his rookie year, and that’s a common tale for young QBs in this league. You can bet Rams’ DC Wade Phillips has pored over Jimmy’s tape from last year and has a book that will be much larger and more sophisticated than the tomes written by other DCs.

But that story won’t be told until September. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with re-training our butts for three hour vegetation sessions of exquisite anxiety, exhilaration, pain, anger, and all the other emotions that go into the noble art of the professional couch potato.



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45 comments on “And Away We Go
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Pappa on his radio show just paid Jimmy G a very high compliment saying he has “field vision” that all great QBs have such as Montana, Young, Brady and Rodgers.

    This is a football instinct most QBs are born with and it’s almost impossible to be taught.

    Pappa said that is what’s lacking with Raiduh QB Derek Carr who
    can be manipulated by opposing DCs into making stupid throws.

    That’s why Jimmy G is getting the big bucks and the QB position is the most solid since Jeff Garcia.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “So far during training camp, [Solomon] Thomas has played nothing but defensive tackle during one-on-one pass-rush drills. And on Sunday, [DeForest] Buckner started taking reps at defensive end.”

    Trying to salvage the Thomas draft pick.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/06/18/san-francisco-49ers-2018-preview-jimmy-garoppolo

    Andy already has previews on NYG, DEN, TB, and CHI that are on the season schedule.

    2. A defining trait of Shanahan’s scheme: base personnel. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk played 53 percent of the snaps in games that Garoppolo started. A fullback allows you to change the formation’s strength and create new gaps in the run game post-snap. To account for this, the defense must commit a safety to the box, which renders its coverages predictable. Those predictable coverages are a big reason why Shanahan throws the ball so often out of base personnel.

    3. Another defining trait of Shanahan’s scheme is pre-snap motion, especially involving backs and tight ends. Among other benefits, pre-snap motion forces the defense to reveal its coverage, which helps the QB play fast.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Kyle Shanahan said he is more excited to watch 49ers RB Joe Williams in the exhibition games this season than he was a year ago because he has seen more from him in practices this summer.”

    Picky, picky.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Would like to see Jimmy G and the first string offense get at least 3 series against the Cowgurls.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    More likely one series, and a second if the first is short.

    Beathard will get most of the time. I expect he’ll have to start at least a game or two this year, so that is not unimportant.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I am curious to see how Beathard has progressed. I was really impressed by his toughness and how he handled the situation he was thrown into last year. I have a feeling he is a keeper.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Beathard needs to be developed enough to trade for a 2nd Rd pick.

    Would like the extra 2nd either 2019 or 2020. All we have for next year is our own, except our 5th which is DET’s with the Laken Tomlinson trade.

    Can we pick up a bloated bust somewhere, like CLE got a 2nd for taking Brock Osweiler’s contract.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners announce how they’ll honor DC this season

    “The 49ers organization’s tribute to Clark will include:
    ◦All 49ers players will wear “87” helmet decals throughout the season
    ◦Levi’s Stadium field bunting will pay tribute to Clark during all 49ers games
    ◦The nationally televised game on October 21st against the visiting Los Angeles Rams will feature a number of tributes to Clark’s legacy:
    ◦The game will be highlighted by the unveiling of statues depicting “The Catch” outside of Levi’s® Stadium. The 350-pound statues of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana will be placed exactly 23 yards apart, just as the two 49ers were during the famous play. The representation of Clark, with his hands outstretched, will extend 11 feet in the air.
    ◦During the game, the playing field will feature an “87” marking in the north end zone commemorating the location of “The Catch”.
    ◦The contest will also serve as the 49ers annual Alumni Game and, therefore, funds will be raised throughout the weekend to support Clark’s charity of choice, the Golden Heart Fund. The fund was established in 2016 to support 49ers alumni in need of financial, medical, psychological or emotional support.”

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another reason for Beathard a lot of time in preseason.

    Protect Jimmy from our OL. C,RG,RT are new to team and need preseason to even start to gel. McGlinchey’s forte is run blocking. Much to prove on handling speed rushers around the edge.

    CJB is the FO’s insurance policy on Jimmy. Until OL gets it down there may be a lot of run and short passes. Until mid season.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    At the rate we’re going, it could be Person or Magnuson at right guard on opening day. The two vets still aren’t practicing every day (or at all for Garnett). Huge question mark for now.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Might as well put a target on CJB’s jersey. This preseason he will be a tackling dummy.

    I thought Cooper would have been the uncontested starter by now.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    MINN lost their starter RG all year from a neck injury, Nick Easton. Could not talk recently retired Joe Berger back.

    Trade Garnett for a 2nd, make it a conditional 3rd if he doesn’t meet certain playing criteria. They should know by now if he has potential to handle OZ.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In a trade nobody is going to give up more than a 4th rounder for Garnett.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    One of the reasons for a 4 game preseason is to showcase unproven players and injury recovery ok for trades. He needs to show for us that he is OZ capable.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LOL! Been there. Done that. Wonder if Crabtree had quotes like this. Besides holding out.

    The Panthers traded Benjamin to the Bills last season, and the receiver said earlier this week it was good riddance to Carolina. He told The Athletic he never felt a fit with the Panthers, specifically with Newton.

    “I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else. I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me,” Benjamin said. “If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like [Aaron] Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben [Roethlisberger] — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Whose brainchild was this. Who is the audience for this. Is this Goodell bending over backwards appeasing the kneelers.

    Knowing the press there will be no investigating reporting on the origins of this.

    https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/rams-saints-first-nfl-teams-with-male-cheerleaders-news.56760.html

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the 1980’s Rams cheerleaders/players video.

    Does Ram It have multiple meanings now. Why did SF refuse to be the 3rd team.

    https://youtu.be/QxkKlzInR4Y

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=elshcAP1ZSk

    Lost some of the vets so goody will make it up elsewhere. Expand ad campaigns for the different markets.

    Why the Rams are first with Michael Sams, and now the new dancers. Jealous SF.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good looking route Pettis, throw late but lots of seperation.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Really want to see back 7 all 22 film analysis. 59 Toomer missed a tackle behind LOS, Powell?? Broke a long run.

    Mistakes are going to be made. How well do these LB’s and DB’s learn.

    Elijah Lee missed coverage on TE where right side vacated on blitz. TE got down to 1.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rookie Julian Taylor just leapfrogged Armstead.
    He showed more in this one game than first round pick Armstead has shown in his several season here.
    Looks like a great late round pick.

    Also rookie WR Richie James is looking very good and has shown more than Quinton Patton or Bruce Ellington did in past years.
    Another late round pick that might prove to be a gem.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not a great start to the year, but not devastating, either:

    “TE Kittle-shoulder and will miss some time
    DL Thomas-concussion symptoms
    LB Smith-hamstring
    OT Gilliam-concussion symptoms
    RB Breida-shoulder and will miss some time”

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I guess there are a couple of schools of thought in preparing these guys for the season. I think there should be a some tackling and hitting in TC. I think the nutcracker is a little over the top but I think there should be some kind of in-between. Maybe then they won’t get hurt just falling down. The players will weed themselves out they have to be tough enough to stay on the field at least for a little while. I like the way KS played the players. Got to see a lot of some of the new ones.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Khalil Mack is holding out and if he doesn’t report today he’ll be $818K lighter in his wallet.

    Guess who his backup is? Tank has landed with the Raiduhs

    http://www.espn.com/blog/oakland-raiders/post/_/id/21829/tank-carradine-eager-to-show-worth-with-khalil-macks-holdout

  26. RobNo Gravatar says:

    The best news for me was that the two guys I wanted to see came up big. Richie James and Jullian Taylor both had good games ! It looks like we’ve added two guys who will give us some real depth at WR and D-line !

  27. RobNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Pettis’ 53 yd catch was a sign of things to come.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pettis had a TD if Beathard had thrown a better pass.
    Pettis had to slow down and adjust to the underthrow.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Some food for thought:NN or 49erswebzone,

    7) Pettis: I really like the guy and he’s a really bright kid, but yesterday there were times he looked lost. Clear miscommunications or bad throws/routes on several occasions. I don’t know if it was on CJ or on him but I tend to think its him as he’s spent far less time in the offense. As I said, he’s a bright kind so I’m sure he’ll get it down and he was able to show something with that deep route, but IMO it looks like he’s got some work to do.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Beathard having his 5 or 6 of his passes batted down or deflected at the line of scrimmage is unacceptable and shows a flaw in Beathard’s mechanics that needs fixing. Beathard needs to find clean throwing lanes and batted balls are turnovers waiting to happen.

  31. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t remember CJ having that problem last year maybe he did and I just don’t remember. It is something that he will have to correct. Except for the injuries the game was played just like a first pre-season game should be. Hard to really glean anything out of it.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CJB’s flaws may also be a function of playcalling. We may have just been more vanilla on O than Dallas was on D.

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2018/8/10/17675806/game-1-analysis-dont-overreact-to-the-run-game-woes

    Seems poor OL play affected QB and RB quite a bit Thursday night. Good reviews on McGlinchey.

    Always look on the bright side of life. Brits do some good comedy, at least in the 80’s. Cheers.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Is this funny? Will Skeebs delete.

    Dear Abby, My husband hasn’t worked for the last 14 years. All he does is get dressed in the morning and hop in his fancy car to visit his cronies. I know he’s cheated on me many times with young girls who could be his granddaughters. I know this because he brags about this to me. He smokes fancy cigars and drinks the most expensive liquor day and night. We sleep in separate beds because he tells me he knows I’m a lesbian and besides that, my varicose veins and fat behind turns him off. > > Should I clobber him with something heavy, or should I just leave him alone? Your advice would be appreciated. > > Sincerely, > Mad as Hell > > >

    Dear Mad as Hell, > > You don’t have to take that kind of treatment from any man. I suggest you pack oyour bags and move out a.s.a.p.! Don’t resort to violence and try to act more like a lady. > > Remember, you were almost elected President of the United States, so try acting like one. > >

    Sincerely, > Abby > > > >

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’ll leave it up, Bakken, as an example of a really lame joke attempt by a guy who wouldn’t know funny if it ran over him. P.S.: Abby has been dead for quite awhile.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers said RB Jerick McKinnon will undergo an MRI on his right knee after injuring it today during practice.”

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    There goes most of my fantasy teams.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cheer up Winder: “MRI on Jerick McKinnon’s knee was what 49ers hoped: per source, “good and just a muscle strain.”

  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, Good news.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No varicose veins at least – Thigh bone still connected to the …..

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27
9-23, L: Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
9-30, L: Chargers 29, 49ers 27
10-7, L: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
10-15, L: Packers 33, 49ers 30

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
 
2018 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
Grumpy: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Winder: 8-8

Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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