The candidates to fill the shoes at nose tackle and free safety — Ian Williams and Eric Reid — both played well in the first exhibition game. The sky, which had been threatening to fall all down upon our 49er lovin’ heads, returned to its rightful throne as Mr./Ms./It Firmament.
Delanie Walker left some empty shoes here, too, but Delanie’s shoes were never as big as advertised or even hoped for. Newcomer Vance McDonald gave every indication in his first game as a 49er that he’ll be adequate to fill those shoes and maybe even provide an upgrade.
My goodness. One practice game and we’ve solved all our problems! Oh what a year it will be.
The 49ers made three trips to the Red Zone against Denver and had to settle for three FG attempts. This has been the pattern of Greg Roman’s offense for two years and counting. His schemes work great between the twenty yard lines and fizzle inside the twenty. This is the exact opposite of Jimmy Raye’s offenses, which had good success in the Red Zone and not much outside of it. Solving this riddle is more important to the 49ers’ success this year than any solution to the great AJ Jenkins enigma.
Jenkins has now entered the Catch-22 Zone. He needs to make some receptions to get his confidence wheels rolling, yet our QBs have no confidence in him and are reluctant to throw the ball to him because bad things happen when he and the ball enter the same vicinity.
But the biggest question left in TC is clearly the stupendous log jam at WR. To wit:
Your challenge: pick four from the list to go with keepers Boldin and draft pick Patton. Keep in mind that two of the four you pick will only be here temporarily, waiting for the return of Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. Good effing luck. It gives me a headache.