The 49ers christened their new stadium by offering us a throwback game to 2005, the year Jed York christened himself as the new owner. A thoroughly tidy demolishing by the Denver Broncos was the result, 34-0. Anybody still think watching a bad team is better than watching a team good enough to lose NFC Title games?
Jim Harbaugh is a great believer in having his team look like shit in the exhibition season, but this year he’s really mastered his craft excrement-wise. It’s 57-3 after two games, prompting Harbaugh to comment: “We need to make decisions on who to play. We’re not going to keep experimenting. We need to tighten this down fast.”
Not to be redundant or repetitive, but No Shit, Jim.
For starters, let’s play some. Starters, that is. The first team defense has yet to play at all and the top tier offense has played only three series, one in the first game and two Sunday.
The third exhibition game is next Sunday against the Chargers, which leaves three weeks until opening day. It seems safe to assume that if holdout RG Alex Boone doesn’t report in this week, he won’t be in the starting lineup when the season begins.
Sixth round rookie CB Kenneth Acker was one of the very few highlights of Sunday’s thrashing. Cornerback depth has been a concern all camp and finding a diamond in the rough would be a most pleasant surprise. Of course, he was playing against the third team Denver receivers, so a rush to gushiness might not be warranted just yet.
The new stadium at least got good reviews Sunday. In fact, the crowd seemed more interested in wandering around checking it out than actually watching the game. Who can blame them?
The new, explosive offense promised all offseason by OC Greg Roman is still a closely guarded state secret. Obviously. Three points in two games is quite a long way from explosive.
Everybody says top rookie Jimmie Ward is playing well, but I have yet to see him knock down a pass when playing slot CB. Which is what we need him to excel at this year. Maybe I missed a play somewhere along the way while observing our D-line getting shoved off the map.
Astute readers may note I have not yet mentioned our backup QBs, who each coughed up a turnover Sunday, while methodically throwing high, wild, and nowhere. Saving the pain for the area of the column when most readers have already abandoned reading. Colin Kaepernick had best stay healthy this year. That is all I have to say.
Every year I tell myself not to worry about exhibition games and every year I worry about them anyway. P.T. Barnum is smiling in his grave. Seattle is destroying its opponents effortlessly and we’re getting destroyed limpily and I’m not supposed to worry? Please, real 49ers. Can you just give us poor saps a brief glimpse next Sunday of your manliness? Is that too much to ask?