Colts 23, 49ers 17

The 49ers cleverly disguised their offensive juggernaut Saturday night, pretending to hit a brick wall against the lowly AFC South cellar dwelling Indianapolis Colts.

You can almost hear the snores emanating from the game plan rooms of DCs around the league as they prepare for the Niners this coming season.

HC Kyle Shanahan did take the wraps off RB Alfred Morris, who was signed off the street a week ago and immediately grabbed a roster spot out from under the nose of one of the RB pretenders currently here. Morris rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries, with a couple of big gainers wiped out by the two holding penalties against LG Laken Tomlinson. Alfred is the only Niner back who’s looked decent so far this exhibition season.

The team had the usual ten penalties (98 yards) and dropped passes (6), with Garrett Celek dropping a TD pass and a couple of third downers. Jimmy Garoppolo had three passes nearly picked off, two in the Red Zone, and 7th round rookie WR Richie James continued to look far more impressive than heralded 2nd rounder Dante Pettis.

The endless Red Zone woes were once again on display. The team made five trips to this forbidden land, with only third string QB Nick Mullens able to punch it in for a TD. The other four efforts included a failed fourth down play and three Robbie Gould FGs. It looks like Gould will once again be a huge part of the Niners’ offense this coming year.

But, hey, us seasoned observers know that the best way to prepare for the real games is to stink up the fake games. And the 49ers have succeeded in this regard quite thoroughly. We’re primed for prime time.

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51 comments on “Colts 23, 49ers 17
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Ahh, we still have one more game to stink up before we unleash our brilliance upon the league.I think we should go back to using stick-em maybe then we could score some real points. Anyway, thank God this Bull**** is almost over.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Nick Mullens wins the 2018 Nate Davis Memorial Meaningless Achievement Award for looking good in shitty meaningless games.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Careful, you’ll rile up RTFirefly.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    OBJ signs for 5 years $95 mil with $65 mil guaranteed

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From an NN article was a good review of RG Joshua Garnett in the comments. This game was against a poor front 7 of IND. Person the backup C/OG. Cooper needs a little more time to come back from his MCL surgery.

    “It is only one game.
    But Garnett did play very well. He looks healthy (as of right now). I feel that he demonstrated that the drop in body weight has improved his agility enough to be effective in Kyle’s run block scheme. He finally showed some nasty and was finishing guys at the second level on run plays.

    For me, pass blocking is still a bit of a concern for him. But, if he can play the way he did on Saturday, at a consistent level (that is a big “if”) he will likely win the starting RG spot. I liked his combo blocks in tandem with Richburg. They seem to naturally work well together on their “gap/down/backer” blocks. Hips stayed paired together well and whichever of the two is responsible for getting to the second level seemed to do so consistently while the one staying behind on the DL was able to turn their hips and wall off the DL to open running lanes for Morris.

    I was pleasantly surprised with Garnett. But – I have to point out the elephant in the room. We still have zero idea if Garnett can be consistent. Consistency, to me personally, is one of the biggest assets a football player can have. Flashes of dominance are fun to watch and get us all excited. But I will take a guy who consistently starts, is consistently healthy, and consistently does his job well over a guy who has flashes of dominance but is not available to play or is a liability in the passing game.

    I was hoping to have a clearer picture of who Garnett was by this point of the preseason. But, in my mind, I don’t. Jury is still out on him. But I did like what I saw from him on Saturday.”

    Posted by MyLifeMyCode on Aug 27, 2018 | 8:46 AM

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jets are trading QB Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints.”

    Good for Bridgewater. Drew Brees heir is in the building.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers G Mike Person seems to have an edge over former first-rounder Joshua Garnett.”

    A 7th rounder who’s kicked around the league for 7 years is beating out Baalke’s 1st rounder.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Person has stayed healthy and been on the field. That’s more the basis of him having the edge than talent. Garnett needs to stay healthy if he ever wants to make it.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I see an improvement of 3 wins this year, prognosticating a 9-7 season.
    Stone cold lock? Maybe.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lot of bodies moving around over the next two days. When we had a stacked roster, this movement had intrigue as we would usually end of losing a pretty decent player. Now, I probably won’t recognize the names of any of the guys who get cut.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First guy released is WR Aldrick Eobinson. Richie James Jr just might make the team

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Williams cut.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Olinemen Pace Murphy, Chris Gonzalez Darryl Williams, DT Chris Jones and K/P Jeff Locke are all cut

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    John Lynch sent a 7th round pick in 2019 for OT Shon Colvin who was a 3rd round pick from Auburn in 2016 draft. Speculation is he’s going to be the swing tackle I/o injured Gary Gilliam.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Raiders and Bears have an agreement in place to trade Khalil Mack to Chicago.”

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Breaking news, per Schefter the Raiduhs are trading Mack to da Bears for draft picks that might be two #1 picks.

    Fangio gets a pass rusher. Funny that new Raiduhs radio analyst Lincoln Kennedy just stated no way Mack was going to be traded.
    Kennedy was hung out to dry by Raiduh management.

    Now da Bears have to come up with $22 mil plus a year and $85 mil guaranteed to pay Mack and keep him happy.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last night Stanford senior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside had a 3 TD 226 yd game. A big receiver at 6’3″ he’s worth keeping an eye on for next years draft. Yesterday San Diego St sold out to stop Bryce Love so Arcega-Whiteside dominated the DB trying to cover him.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In cae you missed it here are JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s highlights from last night.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t see your QB do this everyday or ever.

    Chesterfields or Lucky Strikes?

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two #1 picks for Mack? Would you trade Jimmie Ward and Erik Armstaed for Mack? They were #1 picks.
    It all depends how you draft. Throw in Solomon Thomas and give them 3 #1s and it still looks like a good deal for the Niners.

    Not so good if you are talking about Buckner and Foster for Mack.

    Just shows you drfat picks are hit and miss and Mack is a sure thing.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Kyle Shanahan said 49ers’ RB Jerick McKinnon hurt his knee in practice today and “we’re nervous about it, that’s for sure.”

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners cut defensive lineman Jeremiah Attaochu, who was supposed to give us a pass rush.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    List of 49er cuts from Cooper is also gone.

    DL Jeremiah Attaochu, WR Aaron Burbridge, G Jonathan Cooper, WR Steven Dunbar Jr., TE Ross Dwelley, DB Antone Exum Jr., TE Cole Hikutini, FB Malcolm Johnson, OL Andrew Lauderdale, DB Dexter McCoil, CB Tarvarus McFadden, RB Jeremy McNichols, CB Emmanuel Moseley, QB Nick Mullens, DB Tyvis Powell, DL Niles Scott, OL Coleman Shelton, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Korey Toomer, OL Najee Toran, RB Joe Williams, RB Jeff Wilson Jr.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers’ RB Jerick McKinnon did tear his ACL while making a cut on the last play of practice Saturday with nobody around him.”

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I can see us taking Powell, Hikutini, Mullens, McNickols, Taumoepenu, Exum, for the PS.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would also cut bait on McKinnon, pay the money we have to take the loss and move on. Big mistake that one.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Had high hopes for Cooper, Attauchu, and McKinnon.

    Two OG were available in FA for OZ, Sitton and forget the other. We may have to spend in FA next offseason for positions like OG, WR1, and an OZ capable RB.

    1st next year has to be edge.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers were assigned no players off waivers and they had no players claimed off waivers.”

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Implications of Mack trade?

    NFC North is now strongest conference and we play all 4 members this year. Just like LAR, PHI, DAL, … when the franchise QB is under rookie contract is the time to spend on the other positions.

    The AFC conf this year for us is the West. OAK now weaker and KC dependent on Mahomes. LAC high draft picks on plug and play D at SS, LB, and DT to fix run D. DEN got Chubb for D and Case Keenum to fix the underperforming O.

    Also we get NYG and TB who had very good drafts.

    Our weakest opposing teams are ARI and SEA. Combined with the loss of McKinnon, weak OG, and weak edge looks like no better than 8-8 this year.

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    With addition of Mack the Bears have 6 OLB with 54 players. If they cut Aaron Lynch does it make sense to add him here for SAM?

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Big receiver, pick him up? Did well with Big Ben late last season.

    Tom Pelissero

    Among those not claimed on waivers, per sources: receivers Corey Coleman, Breshad Perriman, Braxton Miller and Martavis Bryant. They’re all free to sign anywhere

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Obviously Martavis Bryant.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bryant is facing a year’s suspension, maybe more.

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Fun to be a virtual GM. Here is a good article presenting the pro position of the Mack trade.

    I would not have made the trade. Both the Bears and us need a star edge. The risk of injury of a 23.5 mil a year investment too much for a non-QB. Next year has 3 to 5 top prospects at edge in the draft.

    Bears made an all or nothing roll of the dice in offseason FA and Mack. Maybe their Kevin White experience pushed them in this direction.

    Burden on Gruden to hit on all his high draft picks.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The San Francisco 49ers announced on Sunday that they have signed the following 9 players to the team’s practice squad.
    WR – Steven Dunbar Jr.
    TE – Ross Dwelley
    CB – Emmanuel Moseley
    QB – Nick Mullens
    DB – Tyvis Powell
    DL – Niles Scott
    LB – Pita Taumoepenu
    OL – Najee Toran
    RB – Jeff Wilson Jr.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And here’s #10 – Quite the story line as well –

    OL Zach Golditch (6-5, 295, Colorado State)
    Golditch originally signed with the L.A. Chargers as an undrafted rookie. He played 19 snaps for the Chargers against the 49ers on Thursday. Golditch is a survivor of the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. He was struck in the neck by a bullet that went through a wall between his theater and the theater where the shooting occurred.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom this could be the likely option to your big WR –
    Still being developed 😀

    WR Steven Dunbar (6-3, 202, Houston)

    Dunbar signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie. Dunbar held his own as part of a balanced group of wide receivers in camp with the 49ers this summer. The tallest of the receivers with a good catch radius, Dunbar caught four passes for 36 yards in the preseason.

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    200 lbs LOL.

    Beggars can’t be choosers. We still have too much to fix on the roster. Mostly FA’s for WR’s for now, less risk per return on draft capital.

    Put our toes in the water with Pettis. Reality is scrawny WR will lose out to heavy hits of SS and LB. Please, no long term guaranteed contracts given out to the scrawnies.

    Bullit will bring up Antonio Brown, etc. But this is a man’s game and violent collisions over the middle brings out the gunshy in inverse proportion to their size.

    Explain Celek’s 3 drops. Looking over his shoulder to avoid hits?

    LB’s are too fast at 230 lbs. A Chris Collingsworth body type as a GM I would not want on my team. Small size for a slot receiver or RB’s maybe. Not WR that does both outside and inside routes.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Williams and Tarverus McFadden to SEA.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guys like Wes Welker survived so, it’s a 50/50 debate I guess?

    Can’t hit what you can’t catch in the right match-ups.

    When a WCO is clicking, the WRs and QB would prevent big collisions with well timed routes and well thrown passes.

    Much of what’s going on in this game now favors the Offense.
    Defenses are getting more and more restrictions applied.

    Sure, safety is important but, at what cost to the game?
    It’s getting to the point where football as we know it will be regulated into something less than Fantasy level entertainment.

    I’m already having my doubts about it’s authenticity with respect to the Officiating involvement changing the momentum from play to play.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry Rice 6’2″/200 (?) survived in much tougher times and wasn’t considered a ‘Big Target’
    Comes down to route running and hands.

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Back then Jack Tatum put a WR on a crosser into a wheelchair.

    The famous philosopher Mike Tyson said everyone has a plan, until they get hit in the mouth.

    DC’s are smart cookies. WCO isn’t new anymore. LB’s and SS’s are better at pass pro. But all your points are good.

    This game is still evolving, even for the cheerleaders.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Remember this. This would be Dante’s last alamo.

    For a 230 lb SS, Kam is slow. The stack LB’s that can cover will deliver more momentum. Not 250 lb VD but the WR that Shanahan prefers.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How about this.

    Dante’s last stand? Pierre Thomas was built to take a hit like that, concussion only.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Those were the days my friend, no more RIP

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gone are the days of Lott/Tatum/Dawkins etc threatening the real estate the Receivers dared to enter.
    Again, the regulations/restrictions being applied in the name of safety threaten the game as we’ve all come to know it.

    The sport is threatened by the very nature of it’s existence.
    Physical violence and the long term health ramifications from it.

    Enter… liability.
    Have you met my Attorney…..?

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, time to wrap up Goodell in packing tape. Stick a sex toy in every orifice.

    But I digress. Time for a music break. They can’t outlaw this from the 80’s.

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The assassin’s work

    Daryl Stingley died at 55, Tatum died at 61.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17