49ers 15, Farvettes 10

While watching the Bret Farve telethon Sunday night, I was surprised to see a 49er exhibition game spliced into the fawning endeavor. How annoying. What was NBC thinking? There must have been at least a hundred more facial expressions that this legendary bacterium had in his repertoire that we were denied seeing. Puuuuuuuuuuuuuke!!!!

Three cheers for Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes for grinding Farve into the Candlestick turf on his one and only appearance on the field. Off the field was another story. Have I said this yet? Puuuuuuuuuuke!!!

The 49ers did something in Sunday’s exhibition game against the Vikings that they did not do all of last year. They scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. With Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Frank Gore lounging on the sidelines, no less. Superb.

During that drive, the O-line provided something we have also not seen very often in recent years. A pocket for the QB. Those cute little half-shells that surround the QB, instead of wash over him, and allow him to have the time and vision to operate properly. That this occurred against the formidable Vikings defense, made it even more encouraging.

Our rookie O-line guys, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis, appear to be holding up surprisingly well. There is probably no other development that directly relates to the team’s success this year than the performance of those two giants. Be still, my heart. These could be the missing pieces to the playoffs.

Phillip Adams sure looked solid Sunday. This site had earlier ticketed Adams for the practice squad, but the 7th round rookie might just crack the roster, especially with the injury to Will James. He sure looks like a keeper, at any rate. Nice late round gem. Along with 6th rounder Nate Byham, who might even get some reps as an H-back this year, allowing the team to keep Moran Norris on the sidelines as often as possible.

Travis LaBoy debuted, finally, and he looked reeaaallly good. So did his competition for the 4th, and presumably final, spot at OLB, Diyral Briggs. Briggs has PS eligibility (and no history of injuries), but there is no way he would clear waivers at this point. A dilemma for the team. It would be a shame to let either one of them go. Especially with Ahmad Brooks’ injury and the possibility that Manny Lawson will not be here next year.

The 49ers pretty much dominated Sunday’s game from start to finish. Yet, as the goofy 40 yard QB scramble for a TD in the waning moments demonstrated, the score did not comfortably attest to that dominance. The team really needs to learn how to put games away. Far away. Past the realm of one weird bounce or lucky break turning the game into a nail-biter, and possible last second defeat.

Nate Davis duly trotted out to perform against real NFL players Sunday, a much anticipated and long pined for event by the fans who don’t care much for Alex Smith. And right away, Nate showed why fans fall in love with him, heaving an eye-popping 60 yard bomb to Ted Ginn. What an arm!

After that, however, there was not much to see. Davis twice let the clock run down, blowing two timeouts, and was excoriated after the game by Mike Singletary. Singletary questioned Nate’s work ethic during the off season in learning the playbook and the nuances of playing QB in the NFL. It was rather a crushing dissection for the Davis bandwagoners. Perhaps this was a motivational effort by Singletary, but if not, then Davis was given an ultimatum of sorts that he had better get serious about his work between now and the end of the season or he may find himself out on the street come 2011.

All in all, another enjoyable practice game. Next up, the Black Hole.



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15 comments on “49ers 15, Farvettes 10
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Defense looked great, Alex had the game we’ve been expecting, Nate had some nice moments and the two rookie O-linemen were much improved in pass pro.
     
    All in all, good, but the play calling still left much to be desired. If we call plays like that against Settle I will be very disappointed.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think there’s much of an effort in the exhibition games to “play call” versus just practice certain plays. I would certainly vote to scrap the shotgun draw play. I can’t remember it ever working.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, “disappointed” isn’t the right word for the play calling, and you know it. As Howard Beale so eloquently put it, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! …”
     
    I’m heading for my window right now.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just read MM piece this morning, and he mentioned that Nate Davis only had one pass protection call while at Ball St. Now here in the NFL he has seven or eight. Just one in college? That can’t be the norm even for QBs who predominantly work outta the gun. They were dummying down his play book back in Ball St.
     
    Why the hell we drafted a kid with a learning disability who plays the position which most requires a player to possess both the physical tools along with the mental acuity to master the play book among other things is beyond me. Another crappy Scoty M. pick. I’m starting to despise him more and more by the moment. This team still needs to draft another QB. If we don’t draft a QB in next years draft, I’m gonna go back to my window and scream, “”I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! …”
     
    Hell, if the play calling remains the same and we go into the dumper, I may never leave.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I would expect Abrayo Franklin to sign his tender today and show up for practice this week. We’ll see.

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    AF’s hold out has really been a blessing in disguise. RJR has really shown he can handle front line competition these first two games, and should garner more playing time come the reg. season. Keeps both he and Aubrayo fresh, and should pay dividends late in the game.
     
    I wonder what Franklin was thinking when the Niners wouldn’t sign him to a long-term deal….”I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! …” šŸ˜€

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t want to read too much into the play calling, but 10 of 11 1st down plays in the 1st half were runs. For a grand total of 3 yards.

    Yippee.

  8. DennyDimwitNo Gravatar says:

    I read 3 or 4 blogs regularly to get news of the team, and I read the comments for amusement. Up ’til now I have never submitted a comment. This time they go too far!
    I cannot believe everyone commenting about the play calling! Didn’t Sing say just a few days ago that winning the game is secondary? Obviously the plays have to do with finding what works and what doesn’t, and who does the job and who doesn’t.

    Get real!

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    DennyDimwit? An avatar created incidentally towards mine, a coinkydink if you will. Or, a back-handed attempt to slam my comments in regards to the play calling? I’m not really sure. But if it’s the latter…
     
    .ā€Iā€™m as mad as hell, and Iā€™m not going to take this anymore! ā€¦ā€

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Holy Smokes, DelMar. You actually made a comment on Barber’s blog. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you on that site before. You’re all over the internet these days.

  11. DennyDimwitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, if my slamming of the comments about the play-calling (yours and others) seemed back-handed, then I failed miserably.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dimwit, there’s playing it safe in the preseaosn, then there’s Jimmy Raye. If they aren’t going to try any meaningful plays, why bother using the starters at all? I mean, 10 runs on 1st down? If we open up the season like this, I’m going to storm the palace, pitchfork in hand, a la Inspector Kemp.

    “To the lumber yard!!!”

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dimwit- So what you are saying is we should practice the bad plays and not the good ones?

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee NoFear, with Franklin not in camp, what SHOULD they do?

    Name AF’s jersey as the starter? SOMEONE has to take the job. As of now, it’s RJF.

    You need a map for this?

  15. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I couldn’t resist. I’m really concerned about “my guy” Kyle Williams. After all, I did anoint him as our “sleeper pick/rookie surprise/dark horse etc…” at the beginning of camp. I asked Barber because he’s been real good about responding to my, and others questions on Twitter. I figured he’s my best shot at getting the real poop on his injury and probable return. Hell, I even had to sign up and create an acct. over there. Now they’re really in trouble.

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.
 
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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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Grumpy: 4-12
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