Nice try, Raiders. Har har hearty har har.
Those evil little boys tried everything. They juiced the play clock, they drained the playbook, they begged and prayed — all to no avail as the 49ers treated them like a light scrimmage of little consequence, flicking aside the pretenders like they were just a booger wad lofted out through an open car window.
Hate to tell you this, Raider guys, but when you play the Niners during the season, you’ll have to cover Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, not Delanie Walker and Nate Byham. Better phone in a forfeit right now. That game will be uglier than your average Raider fan, a class of ugly citizenry that Who’s the Biggest Loser culls voraciously for its contestants.
Okay Niners. Enough with the pre-season wins. Lay down like dogs against San Diego this week. Perfect pre-seasons are a jinx. We need a silly loss here.
I was able to watch the game live online via http://atdhe.net/index.html. But it was a Raiders broadcast. Yuck. Had to turn off the sound and turn on KNBR radio for the play by play. Still, it was annoying. All the screen shots and replays focused on the Raiders. I even got teared up during the opening intro with Jim Plunkett and Tom Flores sitting there in the booth looking out at the camera like two guys who had just spent the night in jail on a drunk bust. Not much life in these fellows. That’s what watching Raiders football over the years will do to you. The morgue crew.
Every time you think Frank Gore is good, but not great, he steps on the field for a couple of plays and boom! he shoots through the line, bowls over a safety, and takes off for fifty yards. Mike Singletary said he wanted him in this game so the new O-line guys could get a feel for his quickness. It didn’t take long. Mike Iupati was probably just hunkering down to hold his block when Gore shot past him leaving wind burn marks. Iupati had to be going, “Whoa. I don’t need to make a block with this guy so much as get out of his way.”
Iupati is the real deal, fans. He’ll be dominating that left side for a long, long time. Running backs are going to be standing in line hoping to play for the Niners. If the team makes the playoffs this year with that newly formed O-line, look out world for the coming years as this line matures and the QB-WR connections mature along with it.
The defense did not look good Saturday night. It missed Shawntae Spencer, obviously, but it seemed more than that. I’m going to chalk it up to pre-season. A little dibbling and dabbling gone awry. Let’s talk Patrick Willis instead. He seems to be adding pass rushing to his formidable repertoire. Straight up the middle blasts reminiscent of Gore’s running going the other way. When teams get the tape on this new Willis feature, it should loosen the edges for the OLB guys. Not to mention giving QBs a tremor of fear when they turn to drop back from center, wondering if their spine is about to be rearranged in the next second or two.
Speaking of OLB guys, where is Parys Haralson? He was invisible most all of 2009, but the Niners shrugged it off with the “battling injuries” excuse. The only time I’ve noticed him in the pre-season is when he’s getting beat to the outside on running plays. He’s supposed to be our three down OLB, with Manny Lawson coming off the field on passing downs. Looks to me like that designation is about to end as soon as Ahmad Brooks is healthy. You cannot keep Brooks and Travis LaBoy out of there come third and long. They appear to be our best pass rushers.
Cut down week is here. One last hurrah for the soon to be waived in Thursday’s game against the Chargers. If you have a favorite bubble guy, take a last look. You might not ever hear of these fellows again.