18 for 216 yards.
Not bad, if you’re a QB. But we’re not talking about yards gained. No, those were yards lost – to penalties.
Yes, the 49ers were in midseason form Saturday night, gaining 339 forwardly and 216 backwardly. Undisciplined play has been a dubious distinction of the wee hours of the Kyle Shanahan Era.
Good thing most of the players involved won’t be around in four weeks. Neither will WR Trent Taylor (busted toe) or swing tackle Shon Coleman (busted leg and ankle).
The new hi-tech training staff is off to a roaring start in curbing the Niners’ endless injury situation.
Both Nick Mullens (11-17, 105 yards, 2 int.) and CJ Beathard (13-17, 141 yards, 1 int.) looked ordinary. Either because they were or their WRs didn’t give them much to work with. Take your pick. Or select both.
On the bright side, none of our WRs have frozen feet or a frozen brain. For that deadly combo of highly weird shit, you need to navigate over to a Raiders’ blog.
The defense was reasonably effective, holding the Cowboys to 239 tiny yards, with no TDs and only 3 FGs. They pitched a shutout in the second half.
These exhibition games seem more and more pointless with each passing year, with teams using them mainly to evaluate the bottom end of the roster. Which they could do easily in practice without subjecting fans to the self-loathing experience of actually watching them while hoping nobody is noticing.
This reporter dutifully watched the first quarter live, then the next morning watched the final three quarters using the terrific Game Pass condensed feature that skips over all commercials and any action between actual plays. You can see a whole game in forty minutes or so. Managed pain.
Next week we’ll see at least one drive with the starters playing. But the real fun will be seeing former 49er DC Vic Fangio while he negotiates his first ever HC gig for the Broncos. It will be hard not to root for him in this game, but not hard at all in the regular season. One of the few straight shooters in the NFL.