The 49ers allowed themselves to be beaten Saturday in Houston, thus avoiding the perfect preseason jinx. The two players acquired in the offseason to provide RB depth both did their jobs by getting injured instead of our starting guys, leaving the starters healthy for the real games. Trent Baalke is a wizard.
Randy Moss and Vernon Davis have drawn attention in training camp for staying after practice to refine their receiving skills. Naturally, both guys immediately dropped big play passes in the game. The pass to VD drew some scolding by fifth rate TV analyst Tim Green, who suggested a higher risk pass to Moss would have been a better option.
Shoot From The Hip Unca swallowed this bait like a rookie and Plaxicoed himself by embellishing that VD was also covered with a blanket by the Houston LB, conveniently ignoring the old eyeball test which showed VD running a couple of steps ahead of the LB — a play reminiscent of the Saints game in last year’s playoffs. After some snicker-bicker jousting, the debate ended with SFTH Unca having the last word and declaring himself the winner — a scene reminiscent of Wile E Coyote savoring victory while splatted beneath a two ton rock.
Ah, but the blogs are officially rounding into reg-season form. Already, we have hotly contested interpretations and extrapolations from ordinary visual data arriving at retinae throughout blogdom, traveling up functionary optic nerves, getting manhandled in the brain, and then relayed down to fingers and thumbs which peck out descriptions on the web that miraculously produce wildly different tapestries. It’s conceptual art!
The 49er starters played two series, each time driving into scoring territory. The first drive ended with a field goal and the second with a failed 4th and 1 attempt at the Houston 20. The first drive featured a 24 yard pass to Ted Ginn and the failed catch by VD, mentioned above, which would have given the team a first down inside the Houston 20, at the least. The second drive had a long pass to Mario Manningham down the sideline, who was mugged en route, and the replacement refs declined to call the obvious PI. The running game was once again dominant. In three preseason possessions, the offense has yet to be stopped short of scoring territory.
Houston kept their starters in for the entire first half, finally taking the lead with a TD against the 49er second and third stringers with a minute left.
Three weeks till opening day! One week till fifteen players get Turked. And four days after that, the remaining 22 Turkables receive their walking papers. Some decent players are not going to make it, including one of our four QBs. Pete Carroll is no doubt licking his chops waiting to grab our rejects.