The 49ers saved the best till last in the 2011 NFL Preseason exhibition fake games. As a side note, they won the contest 20-17, but who cares about that? The big story was the 49ers’ first team offense rising from the ashes of their abysmal performance against the Texans and somewhat resembling an actual, competitive NFL crew. Much to the relief of the anxious 49er faithful.
Next up, the Seattle Seahawks, who have ruined two straight seasons for the 49ers. Paraphrasing Mike Singletary’s words from the opening game loss a year ago, “Thank you, Seattle. You whipped our butts good.” Had they not whipped us, we might still have Singletary as the 49er Head Coach. Shudder. This year, let’s hope Seattle is forced to quote Mike’s praise after we turn things around and whip their own collective butts on opening day.
After the game, to the surprise of no one, and the dismay of a few, HC Jim Harbaugh named Alex Smith as the starting QB for this coming season. He also strongly intimated that rookie 4th round draft pick Kendall Hunter had supplanted last year’s 6th round pick Anthony Dixon as the second string RB who hardly ever gets to play behind newly enhanced multi-millionaire Frank Gore.
This year’s 1st round pick Aldon Smith finished the preseason strong, racking up 2.5 sacks for a total of 3.5, to easily lead the team in the maim the QB category. He was noticeably helped in this last game by Demarcus Dobbs, who has improbably made the team after no one in the league saw fit to draft him. This year’s feel good, got-no-respect story. Three years from now, as he signs a multi-million dollar contract extension, he will still be seething about the 250 or so players who were drafted when he was not. It will be a savory seething, though, not a bitter one. Go Mr. Dobbs!
Just ruminating, but is there any contract left in the NFL that can’t be termed “multi-million”? Hmmm. Uh, Dad, can we screw this idea of me being a doctor? I mean, I could be a bench warming nuthinger in a major pro sport and make more than any doctor in America. And retire earlier and play just as much golf. Please, Dad. Pullllleeeeese.
If Dad is a marginally aware football fan, however, he will advise his son to familiarize himself with the work “Turk” as it applies to the NFL. Over the next day and a half, Mr. Turk will be moving stealthily from locker to locker, or room to room, or leaning out of an In N Out burger window delivering not only your 10,000 calorie snack but muttering the dreaded words to 864 NFL dreamers: “Coach wants to see you. Bring your playbook.”
Good old much maligned RG Chilo Rachal sure put a dent in the goal line last night to allow Anthony Dixon to easily forge into the end zone, aided by a wall-off block from even more maligned FB Moran Norris. That was eye pleasing. The Revenge of the Maligneders. Norris also shockingly caught a pass and rumbled forward for very respectable yardage. It was almost a year ago at this time when Norris rumbled forward onto his face attempting the daring maneuver of pass catching. Apparently, he and Smith have finally developed chemistry. Is it too soon to anoint Norris with his new nickname of “Twinkle Toes Moran”?
Harbaugh now has about six days to put the finishing touches on his Seattle game plan. Last April or so, as the lockout gathered entrenchment, Harbaugh said he was filling his time by game planning for the Seattle opener. That’s a lot of game planning. I certainly hope we aren’t disappointed with the unveiling of this masterwork come a week from Sunday. Surely we won’t be, right?