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.