Texans 24, 49ers 13

The San Francisco 49ers trampled the Houston Texans in the first half of Sunday night’s exhibition game in Santa Clara, but two costly fumbles — one on the Houston two yard line that prevented a score and one Houston returned for a TD — kept the score close and the Texans in the game. In the second half, the Houston scrubeenies whipped the 49er scrubs 17-0, erasing the Niners 13-7 halftime lead and giving the Texans a 24-13 victory.

After an opening three and out, the 49ers moved the ball at will during the first half. Most of the yardage came from the running game. The passing game looked reasonable on the stat sheet, but wasn’t very impressive through the eyeball lens.

Blaine Gabbert threw a 43 yard TD to TE Vance McDonald, who was covered tightly by a guy lying on the ground, but other than that, Gabbert’s three offensive series were very pedestrian. Thad Lewis and Jeff Driskel played the rest of the game and had their best success handing the ball to a running back.

The 49er defense played very well in the first half, though highly regarded first round pick Deforest Buckner didn’t stand out at all. He was good in backside pursuit, but poor at plays in front of him. The rest of the defense made Houston mega-dollar QB Brock Osweiler look like just another Brock Osweiler.

The game was a virtual sell out, but less than half of the stadium seats were occupied by a real butt. The York legacy at work.

Sixth string RB Kendall Gaskins had an interesting night. He had two runs for three yards, caught two passes for seven yards, and made two tackles while playing defensive back. The Gaskins Fan Club will be open for business this morning.

All in all, it’s great to have football back on our plates. Jim Harbaugh lost his first exhibition game, but Jim Tomsula did, too. We’ll have to wait another week to make premature estimations of which fellow Chip Kelly will most resemble. The winner or the loser.

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118 comments on “Texans 24, 49ers 13
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Player of the game was Mike Davis who lost weight and seemed to be more decisive in his running. 5 carries 72 yds for a 14.4 yd average on 5 carries.

    Of all the rookies undrafted Free Agent Garrison Smith outplayed first round pick Buckner. Ronald Blair also stood out.

    Quinton Patton was targeted twice but had no catches. If he is to stick around he needs to show more in the pre season games
    and should not be pulled along with the first string. I would have no problem if he was still playing into the 3rd quarter.
    Patton needs to show his ability in game situations.

  2. earlNo Gravatar says:

    Over 400 yards offense. Not bad. But a familiar problem. Can’t score.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It looked just like the first preseason game of the year. The days of Montana and Young just marching down the field on the first set of downs is WAY over. I like the way Davis looked too. And, Blair looks like a keeper. Yay Gaskins

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    QB Thad Lewis suffered a torn ACL. He’s out for the season.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good thing we played this game. A couple nice passes by Gabbert. As expected the running game looks good.
    Nothing else stood out. I’m not at all excited by what we did yesterday.
    Hope to see more in our 2nd and especially 3rd game

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    What we have to do is decide on who starts where and roll with it.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rob-We’re gonna roll with it no matter what. I hope Denver starts their 1st string D this week. That’s really the only way to see who’s doing what and even then no team is gonna show much.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO we start 2016 with Garnett, Staley, Beadles, Kilgore,AD on the O-line. Smith Ellington and White at WR . Buckner, Dial and Armstead on D-line. Tank and when he’s back Lynch at OLB. Bowman and Hodges at ILB.
    Ward and Brock at CB . Reid and Bethea at Safety with Tartt,Johnson and Acker to complete the secondary.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    Most importantly
    Kap at QB

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Watched the game today.
    Enjoyed the play from the Secondary.
    Chris Davis is drawing praise, and rightfully so.
    Thought the scheme was decent, short of a few missed communications late in the game but, these are the 3rd stringers so, it’s to be expected.
    Good infusion of youth overall IMO.
    We do have some potential to look forward to.

    Have to amend my criticism regarding the fumble inside the 5 as well.
    Think I’d called out Draughn last night from info I picked up from the stats line.
    Looked like a bad exchange between Lewis and Dejuan after watching the replay today.
    Overall, the trenches show promise.
    Which is all good in my book.

    I will tip my cap to the Defensive side for having the foresight to cross-train the DBs between S and CB assignments.
    Should dividends down the line for us.
    Offense needs time to find their rhythm, which 1 PS game made abundantly clear.
    Hang our hat on Defense and, getting production from the RBs in the meantime.
    Not a bad way to usher in the Chip-Era.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    Right NJ
    IMHO Acker at FS too was a great idea!

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Acker gets into the plays Rob.
    He’s a busy guy for sure.
    Missed the tackle which allowed the final TD but, it’s PS.
    I can’t crucify him this early.
    Overall, there’s a lot of competition, which is all you can ask for at this point of the PS.
    Gabbert was missing badly on some easy throws early.
    Hoping that was just nerves and poor mechanics.
    Play designs looked legit at least.
    All comes down to smoothing off the rough edges and getting things to click.
    From the looks of it, Ellington, Patton and Simpson could thrive in this Offense.
    We’ll see how it develops…

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Acker did not have a good game. He had 3 bad plays in a row getting burned and missing tackles.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From cohn’s grades piece:

    DEFENSIVE BACKS: A. Chris Davis broke up two passes and gave up zero catches on three targets. He looks like the overwhelming favorite to start at nickel back Week 1. On the outside, starters Tramaine Brock and Jimmie Ward also played well. In fact, every single 49ers’ defensive back played well except last season’s starter, Kenneth Acker, who missed a tackle and gave up two touchdowns. He’s a liability in man-to-man coverage and probably won’t make the final roster.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All I can ask for at this point is healthy competition.
    The strong survive.
    New schemes, bad communication, bad angles etc, all are to be expected early on.
    If it doesn’t improve, the weak links won’t survive the cuts.
    That’s football.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One of the TDs surrendered by Acker could have been a miscommunication with Ray-RayA who turned his man loose while Acker appeared to be committed to another assignment.
    It’s PS. Game 1.
    Plenty of criticism to pass around.
    For the most part, I thought the schemes were pretty decent.
    They’ll Coach it up and move on.
    It also looked to me, that Thad Lewis tore his ACL trying to scramble out of traffic midway through the 3rd Qtr.
    Didn’t see any contact involved, unless it occurred when one of the Texan DLman landed on him following said scramble.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    That’s why it’s tempting to view this chatter about a “dead arm” as a way to get Blaine Gabbert ready for Week One without declaring Kaepernick to be No. 2 at best, which in turn would diminish his potential trade value. (Then again, the “dead arm” thing likely doesn’t help matters.) With each practice and preseason game that Kaepernick doesn’t participate in, the question becomes whether he’ll simply be paid $11.9 million not to play this year, so that the team can avoid paying him $14.5 million next year.

    Regardless of whether it’s the approach the team takes, it’s the best business decision if coach Chip Kelly has decided that Kaepernick’s skills don’t justify the financial commitment — which is precisely the decision Kelly previously made in Philadelphia about receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy. The only real question becomes whether they pay him $11.9 million to sit on the bench, or whether they give him $11.9 million (less whatever he’d made as a free agent) to go away.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Bakkentom, I read the piece and find this to be a curious situation at best.
    The fact that he flirted with Denver in the off-season, suggested to me, that he doesn’t want to be here any longer.
    Whether it’s his Agents driving this agenda or not, he’s not viewed as being committed to SF any longer.
    This will be an interesting trip to Denver this week.
    Steadman Clinic (Vail CO) did the surgical procedures.
    Broncos (Denver CO) showed interest, though they low-balled him.
    Sanchez mysteriously gets added after the courtship flopped.
    It all smells like a conspiracy/collusion effort to me.
    Can we still speculate on a Sanchez to SF/Kaep to Denver scenario?

    We’ll see…

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also reflective on the clause in his Contract which called for the Insurance Policy.
    Could that offset any concerns for his current Cap hit?

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It may not apply to Cap expenditures directly but, it did provide for this Insurance to be paid to the team as Beneficiary.
    A curious clause to say the least.

    Where exactly does that payout go if exercised?
    Have to guess..Directly into Jed’s bank account?
    Sure would make those residual payments to Harbaugh and Tomsula seem like peanuts wouldn’t it?

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    IOW, does the clause account for a missed season due to injury or, if it’s an injury that curtails his career?

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    Acker caught my attention as a CB . Playing him at safety too means he has a good shot to make the team. There was some talk he might not make it because his style of play didn’t fit our defense. 49ers webzone has Chris Davis under the ‘ugly’ on their good bad and ugly list.
    To me the DB’s like the rest of our team were a mixed bag.

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke’s boo Mike Davis however was a bright spot !

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rob- The starting o-line was a bright spot and hopefully it will be a strength. I liked Davis also but I would like to see him against a first string D. Houston had some major players sit out our game.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers announce that they’ve placed Thad Lewis on injured reserve; signed Christian Ponder to a one-year deal.”

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    He should fit right in since he hasn’t thrown a pass since 2014.

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Another 1st rounder that couldn’t quite make it. Yippee.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    You know I always liked Ponder. I wonder what Chip can get out of him

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From his viking days, he is athletic with an average arm. They beat us because they had AP with a run first offense that kept our nickel 4-3 off the field. The older Sopoaga became a liability.

    Ponder used play action and scrambling while the Sopoaga 3-4 was out there.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No practice for Kap today again because his arm is tired.
    If this continues it means he was never in the running to start.

    More and more of the Niner beat writers are echoing these comments


    It is never a good thing to demand a trade and have it blow up in your face. Can you say “awkward”?

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom line?
    He wanted out but didn’t want to take less money to leave.
    Not going to surprise me one bit if he stays in Denver before the plane leaves there on Saturday night.
    Sanchez’s signing immediately after Kaep turned down the Trade offer was curious from the start.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So NJ senses the reason for the Kap disappearance from the field may be to bubble wrap him for an exodus to Denver at some point.

    They took Paxton Lynch early in the draft so Kap is finis in DEN is my guess.


  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner Nation had a video of Mooch working with Gabbert and Ponder back in 2011


  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom there was interest in Kaep during the off-season as we know.
    Money offered was too low for his liking.
    Seems just a BIT curious to me that Sanchez was the next option.
    Chip and Sanchez already a known partnership via Philly.
    Thus far, Kaep hasn’t done much in terms of competition simply due to rehab/clearance issues to participate.
    We’ll see what happens.
    I’m just not going to be surprised, if something occurs, between us and them before this all gets settled.

  35. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Dan Fouts blah blah blah. Dan Pastorini blah blah blah. Lynn Swann blah blah blah.
    Barry Bonds Serra Padres blah blah ,blah (had a friend who struck him out in a Senior League game, though Bonds had two triples along the way. Game was coached by Bobby.)

    We had Kerri Walsh, the world champion all time best ever Women’s Volleyball player. (‘Course she was there years later, but hey).

    Archbishop Walter Mitty Monarchs – The Academic WCAL School (OK, us and the St. Francis Lancers).

  36. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We had an awesome running back, Paul Jones, my freshman year. I saw him run for over 350 yards in a game more than once (he was a man among boys in high school). He blew out his knee in practice at Cal the next year – closest Mitty ever came to football grandeur.

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    So NJ you are uh, pondering, a switch of Kap for Sancheese? Interesting if so. I could see it if Kap goes on IR or something then gets traded (with his permission I assume) for Sanchez and maybe a sandwich? Niners solve their problem (at a cost but hey…) and the Broncos get a better grade of back up. I like it…devious. Could be unless Kap recovers his form all of a sudden.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Phil –
    I simply smelled a conspiracy after Denver made an offer to Kae, (albeit a low-ball offer).
    Perhaps it was meant to pressure Baalke into releasing him prior to April 1?
    Given what we have now, Kaep retained beyond said option date, getting cleared to resume activity and all, it might now put a different perspective on Kaep’s trade-ability?
    Sanchez was a curious move by Denver, coming on the heals of the Kaep offer, no?
    Sanchez needs no intro to Chip’s Offense having run it in Philly.
    Might be a longshot but, it could fly if Baalke wants to move on.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez is playing on a 2yr $9Mil deal last I recall.
    If Baalke and Elway wanted to swap Contracts it would only involve this year’s number on Kaep.
    A difference of approx $10mil between them.
    Something could be worked out if both parties really wanted to do it.

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez’ upside was reached his first year with that awesome Jets defense. If we’re already looking ahead to high draft picks next year, he’s your guy. I would prefer him over Gabbert, though. Doesn’t say much – Kappy or Bust!

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My concern RT is that Gabbert will likely win out over Kaep at this point, seeing as there hasn’t been any meaningful competition to measure.
    I can’t see Kaep backing up with the bucks attached to him.
    Sanchez as a backup makes more sense to me.

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez or Gabbert I’d take Sanchez any day, NJ. Just my opinion.
    It doesn’t change the fact that it’s another rebuilding year, but then nothing we write will.

  43. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m talking about starting by the way, with Kappy out of the picture. Sanchez starting, Gabbert backing up. Oh Gawd…….

  44. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I almost started to cry after that last post. To channel the ghost of JFK, we have a QB Gap.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez currently their number 1 with all the 1 camp reps. No deal, Kap is a scrawny, breakable flounder that can only be released to allow any transfer to happen.

    He breaks on the field. Jed pays.

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever troll. You think Jay Cutler is a good QB.

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


    You show me one playoff game, just one game, where Gabbert outplays the best in the business future HOFer. JUST ONE GAME.

    Or Sanchez. Find me one game where he outplays Brady.

    Then I’ll pay attention to your cracker BS. Otherwise it’s ignore.


    Need I mention that this was for the Super Bowl? Gabbert? Sanchez? LOLOL. Well, it is Chip and he TRADED for Sam Bradford. Have fun with it.

    No Gabbert highlights? I’m waiting…

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The ATL NFCCG happened 3 seasons ago. Kap threw 1 TD pass in that game and 223 yards. Kap ran for 21 yds and no TDs. Gore had 2 TDs and LMJ one rushing TD.
    Matt Ryan outplayed Kap throwing for 396 yds and 3 TDs.

    Kap was a good game manager in this game but IRRC it was Bowman
    who propelled the team into the Super Bowl with his 4th down play with Falcons with 1:13 left in the game at the Niner 10 yard line. Bowman saved the game with his play.

    Definitely a great win but for me it’s a stretch that the team rode Kap to this win. The Niner running game produced 149 yards and 3 TDs. Kap was a contributor among others and it was a team win.

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Who won those games?

    Kappy may not be the answer after he let his 8888 run with Aldon’s ex. His upside, however, if he gets healthy in mind and body, is the Super Bowl.

    Gabbert and Sanchez’ upsides are temporary joy followed by massive disappointment.

    It is a rebuilding, teaching under Chip’s coaches year. Making the playoff would be a major surprise, but if the Niners are going to do it, it would be with Kap.

    Don’t you see? It’s a moot argument. Draft David Carr and this all goes away.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kap not throwing again today. Ellington where he usually is – injured.

  51. winderNo Gravatar says:

    There is a reason Gabbert is getting paid what he is.

  52. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I just read on ESPN the 49ers now have Ponder. Ponder and Gabbert? And Chip Kelly? Words can’t describe how disgusting this team has become…. what blows my mind more is that you guys still follow and waste your time watching games. Jesus.

  53. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey spit, good to see you how about them Raiders.

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    Kap played a good game vs Atlanta that day. The matchup was their hi powered offense vs. Us

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is also a reason why the entire NFL won’t give up a 4th round pick for Kap.

    I have always said that Kap lacks any kind of consistency. Some of wowed by his highlight reel which features amazing plays. The problem is those plays only happen a few times during the season. The rest of his plays are below average to mediocre.

    Kap will never win a Super Bowl if he can’t beat Seattle and overcoming his one read. He needs to master the playbook and learn to read defenses.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A tired arm is a strange excuse for not playing especially when you are a QB and are required to throw for a living.

  57. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Spitwad sells Kelly short as proven by 300+ yards in first half with over half on the ground and Gabs misfiring. But who am I to mock the dead? If being a fan means Always being Right then you see where that goes. Ho hum.

    RT has it correct me thinks in that Kap, old wounded wing Colin, is whut will bring us to glory or we’re not going there any time soon, A safe bet. Camp arm Ponder? Nervous Nelly Gabby? Right. Pray for a miraculous cure of Kap’s brain, his wounded wing and his relationships to the FO.

    BTW Al Sacco at 49erswebzone ponders (sorry) the fundamental question “What was Balkey thinking in NOT DRAFTING QBs and early round WRs in the last 6 years?” Hemorrhoids? Trauma secondary to falling off his Jenkins? Old school malaise? Whut? Glaring weakness in his game and this is hurting us and may very soon hurt him.


    Sacco ponders (not sorry) the big questions.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Which is why the relationship between Kelly and Baalke has to work Phil.
    Baalke is stronger on the Defensive side.
    He needs help from a qualified Offensive guy.
    If Kelly can’t get those pieces to compliment his scheme, we’re mediocre at best.

    I’ll ponder the influence applied from the Meddlers, while hoping it will be eliminated from the interactions between Baalke and Kelly going forward.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    By extension, reports of Baalke not being sold on Kaep in 2011, as Harbaugh was, could be a factor in this ‘dead arm’ thing and, a possible reason why Baalke allowed Kaep to seek a new deal this past off-season.
    I think there was friction with Kaep between Harbaugh and Baalke from the start.
    If you look back to the Parcells/NYG days, their success was predicated on a strong running game and stout Defensive play.
    They won with guys like Simms and Hostettler.
    That is where Baalke learned his brand of football.
    Let’s hope Chip can be the Walsh-ian influence on today’s 9er Offense.

  60. robNo Gravatar says:

    A QB who can take a team to two straight NFC championships and was one play away from winning both and lost on the last play of the Superbowl is incapable of winning a championship ? This against a team that went to two straight and if not for an incredibly bad play call should have won back to back ?

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob the bottom line with Kaep is decision making.
    With Harbaugh, he was the beneficiary of a solid running game and an above average Defense.
    When teams like Seattle began to flush him from the pocket and, force him into quick decisions, he often failed. Miserably.
    His issue is mental. Not physical.
    He beat GB with his legs.
    He doesn’t possess the poise to keep a play alive within the pocket, as a guy like RWilson or Aaron Rodgers does.
    His instincts are to simply run.
    His accuracy and touch are other factors that need drastic improvement as well.
    I concur that he had no chance under the rag-tag Coaching Staff he was forced into last year.
    If he can’t get himself into a true competition with Gabbert, I simply can’t see how they pay him his current salary to hold a clipboard.

  62. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Agendas and hanging on to history. What is it with these Kap fanboys.

    Everyone is supposed to learn and evolve. Adapt and change. All of us have varying amounts intrinsically. Work and persevere to get better.

    Kap has proven not to be able to execute on the previous paragraph. What have you done for me today applies to all. Kap is a dud, a failure. Why keep hanging on to the past when he cannot deliver today.

    DC’s have him all figured out. Stop sticking with a bad QB that brings down the entire O.

  63. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Again some blog experts have made up their minds in a superficial way about our QB Kap but Chip and Balkey have NOT. So their evaluation is ongoing and there is no rush to make a final grade yet. Kap is going to get all the time he needs to heal up and show what he can do for the Niners. Despite the fond wishes of blog people, the anti-Kaepernicks. Who you gonna call? Obviously no move or conclusions are going to be made until CHIP KELLY is satisfied he has seen all he needs to see on the field regarding our man Colin. As Kelly has said several times. The Niners have a lot of money invested in CK and even our FO is not going to pull the plug without determining what they have. Balkey has said he is NOT making this call so clearly it will be the HC’s.

    Luckily the negative nellies and the anti-fanboys have no part in the process except for our entertainment. You are having fun, right?

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “Don’t you see? It’s a moot argument. Draft David Carr and this all goes away”

    David Carr??? Really??? Perhaps you meant his much younger brother Derek Carr.

    Oh, I forgot you went to Mitty.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Charles Haley has been in the Niner training camp as a tutor for the younger linemen teaching them his pass rushing technique.
    He’ll be around past the 3rd preseason game.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you are a Kap supporter this will not please you but the truth hurts.


  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I’m of the belief that Kaep’s Contract puts him squarely into the RG III situation of last year.
    If he doesn’t win the starting job in the next 3 weeks what do you do?
    I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, since he wasn’t cleared until Mini Camp was just about over.
    Thus far, he’s well behind the curve in terms of ‘fighting’ for his starting job.

    Could it become an IR with designation to return situation, if he isn’t capable of performing in the coming weeks?
    Time will tell but, I just can’t see a situation right now where he’s going to be paid starter money to hold a clipboard.
    At least not with The Cheapo Regime in charge.

    I’m thinking it’s a protection-mode thing right now, with the potential of waiting for a Trade opportunity or, could they bubble wrap him, and look to squeeze his payments with an IR designation, maybe even de-act him to save money?

    Who the heck knows with these guys?

  68. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Right NJ we don’t know and won’t until the HC makes a determination. It’s fun to speculate and try to separate the method from the madness. If Kap regains his form, a big If, I expect him to beat Gabbert handily but will be fine with Kelly’s decision. We’ll see what happens

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Exactamundo Phil –
    Blognosticators-R-Us…. 😀

  70. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Ooooo – Derek not David. Got me. That’s somehow going to transform Blaine (did I spell it right, Bulit?) into a winning QB. Have you seen the young QB play? He and Teddy Roosewater are the best young un’s. Both can still yet fail. But if you give me Carr for every QB on the Niners roster, I’ll take it in a heartbeat.

    I’m not worrying about this season. The Niners are going nowhere in a big hurry. I want to see Chip improve the offense that was dismal last year after preseason glory. I want to see the O-line improve dramatically. I want to see what he does with those Ducks on the D-line (did I mention that I loved my time living in Oregon and I miss it?).

    Everything else is just blog-throwing grenades and you know it.

    The Raiders were there just three seasons ago, maybe two. Now they’re going to be one of the most exciting teams in the NFL.

    We have to be patient unless one of you can afford to buy out Denise.

  71. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *(Chips offense was dismal last year after preseason glory. That’s what happens when you have the best running backs in the league and a crappy QB).

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    If you have been paying attention I have always advocated Bill Walsh’s golden rule of drafting at least one QB every draft.
    Baalke has boasted his multitude of draft picks but he’s a quantity guy and not into quality.

    For me drafting a punter in the fifth round was a wasted pick with Andy Lee on your roster. Total BS to say it was a salary cap move when you’ve accumulated almost $50 mil in salary cap space and don’t spend it. Should’ve used that pick on a QB and the Niners wouldn’t be in the predicament they are in now.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trust me I do not think Gabbert is the answer at QB. There is just nobody there to challenge him. Kap is a flawed and broken QB.

    Sadly this is fact and not fiction. It had been publicized that Chryst simplified the offense for Kap.


    Kap didn’t respond to the accommodation well and was eventually benched.

    This all falls into Kap’s lap. He needs to prove himself and show the Niners and the NFL he has. No the BS tutoring under Kurt Warner that proved to be more PR than a sincere effort to improve. If you noticed Kap did not hook up with Warner again this past off season. I realize Kap was rehabbing but Warner’s session would have been in the classroom and about reading defenses. Last year Warner gave Kap an incomplete when asked to evaluate him.


  74. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing reports that Kaep is expected to see action in PS game #3.
    This is the game typically designated as the prime warm-up game of the PS.
    Curious to see if he starts with the 1st team.

  75. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I believe Andy Lee was let go to be close to his family in the Pittsburgh Cleveland area. A death or illness to a daughter? It was a compassion move.

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Mathieu and cards secondary liked that simplified playbook as well. Routes were jumped all game. In fact after all the interceptions in the first half, Kap ran all running plays at least 15 straight.

    Chryst’s crew had to conclude the DC’s had it all figured out. Kap sabotaged the entire team and buried them in an early hole. Make it easy on Kap also makes it easy on the DC’s.

    Now when the cards gameplanned that week who might have played kap? Chuck Wood?


  77. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Blake Bortles is the best young one.

  78. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    AD showing more team spirit = volunteers to play RG if it will help the team/OL improve. Also said “T Brown is too big to play G so maybe I should.” Brown must be doing a good job at RT for AD to want to move to G. I like his spirit. This shows he really put in the time in the year off to get right and healthy and is now back to help us WIN. OL goes from weakness to team strength w/ return of AD, Kilgore and addition of Garnett. Kelly’s running game is coming along just fine so far.

  79. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    49 Wins finally get his raise with UM picking up the annual premium on his life insurance policy = $2 mil. So now making $7 M per year after his first 10 win season. This would never occur to a certain NFL team as we know. Way to go Jimi you are worth every penny.

  80. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I see Dennis has a violent streak.

  81. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I went back to see if that was THE Dennis. Yep sure enough. He’s an angry old drunk who thinks Being Right is the only point of blogging and screw you and everyone who won’t buy it. Moron, but fits well with the Chuckie stooges. At least Nipper is a happy drunk…

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, Chuckles at the Pyongyang Fairyland blog is disparaging my mentioning the Bill Walsh principle of drafting a QB every year.
    What Chuckles with his head up his ass fails to mention is Walsh also either traded for QB talent (Steve Young) or plucked QB talent off the waiver wire which resulted in Jeff Kemp, Steve Bono, Bill Musgrave and Jeff Garcia. Montana and Young gave the Niners 18 years of HOF quality play at the position so the team was never lacking talent at that position..

    Chuckles just has to be the contrarian no matter how stupid it makes him look.


  83. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck f’D up on one of the 12th man posts and was his normal self.

  84. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thx again bullit for posting the Strassman video a year ago. Seems like he did a TV show gig some with that.

  85. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    There are 5 receivers in Chip’s pass O. Read’s determine which of the 5 are targeted. Pre-snap identifying of D helps to know which defender is stressed and his decision leaves one receiver open.

    Lots of opportunity for a stretch the field TE like Vance MacDonald or a good hands RB like Carlos Hyde running wheel and circle routes.

  86. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t help myself, more anti-Kap pugilism.


    If a nearly four-year starting quarterback can’t be trusted to even attempt—let alone complete—something like a fullback flare on the game’s first play, then he can’t be trusted. You can’t construct, let alone perfect, a passing attack with such instability.

    All of these flaws speak to an ill understanding of basic progression reads and coverage diagnostics, as well. Because if Kaepernick consistently knew what he was looking at on his dropbacks, there’s no way his pocket poise and decision-making would be so erratic. Adding to this: when Kaepernick does play with patience, he has a tendency to be late with the ball or to flat-out leave open receivers untargeted.

  87. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ryan Clady LT of NYJ had two ACL surgeries, including last year. If NYJ fashion themselves as playoff contenders and Clady injured prior to trading deadline, I pose the same question as last year.

    Would you trade Staley for a 2nd in 2017.

    Just an example, a trade to any playoff contender.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From this morning Ex Niner and Denver Bronco DL Alfred Williams who has a sportstalk show in Denver thinks Kap is done as a Niner.

    He carefully lays out why he thinks Kap is finished. Williams echoes what I said earlier this year. If the Niners ate part of Kap’s contract, the deal would’ve been made.


  89. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The transcript of that was unreadable but TB and/or Jed wanted to play the anal back and forth jawboning the payment down.

    FO f’D themselves hard. Stuck with 11.9 mil base salary this year. Choke on that, jedster. If injured again and rehab goes beyond April 1, 2017 the jedster gets a second fudgepack on himself for 12 mil. If a career ending injury could be more.

    Niners are in good hands with Jed. OK, so sue me Allstate.

    Jed may have flunked the negotiations class earning his MBA.

  90. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Listened to it. So twice they offered to do a trade, colin for a pick, if jed would eat 5 mil of his guaranteed 12 mil contract. Jed refused.

    So Jed pays the full amount and release him or do the bubble wrap for the season. How sure are his sources. Colin is finished as a niner.

    So TB thought they had leverage to trade him to cleveland. Risky decision. Niners stuck the full 12 mil. Will this be a case study for future MBA classes.

  91. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It’s no secret York and Balkey want Kap out and have for quite awhile. Same thinking brought us the exit of 49 Wins and the reign of teachers pet the unqualified. Now if they get their way we will have Gabbert and Ponder the equivalent to Tomsula. But one small problem = the Head Coach loves the Kap we have seen and insists he, Kelly, have final say on retaining and playing this QB. Or Else (I assume) the poison pill kicks in for breach of contract and the whole $24 million is due while Chip Kelly laughs all the way to the bank and his next lucrative gig. This on top of the 4 year Tomsula contract with 3 years due – $10.5 Million. So it is far worse than just screwing themselves with bungling the Kaepernick and Tomsula’s deals, it is Kelly’s $24 Million too. And yep this level of arrogant stupidity is worthy of inclusion in the MBA course “Bungling the Deal”.

    I laugh and pray for a good outcome for the victimized Kaepernick.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Part of the blame falls on Kap too because his injuries didn’t come to light until 5 weeks after they happened and only after he was benched.
    Then Kap opted to go his own doctors in Colorado and shunned the care he would’ve gotten at Stanford or UCSF two of the best medical facilities in the country. IIRC Kap mentioned he didn’t trust the 49er doctors o and the training staff. That’s not something you say if you want to be the face of the franchise and expect to stick around. Lot’s of fences to mend and things might never be the same because of what was said.

    The team doesn’t need this BS drama for the 3rd year in a row. The dumpster fire just keeps on burning. The org is wrought with dysfunction that distracts them from concentrating on playing football.
    Kap should take a couple of Advil and go out there and compete.
    Tired arm after throwing 100 passes? A few months ago if this was suggested you would have laughed especially with the fastballs Kap throws.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kelly’s offense usually has 5 receivers in patterns which means up to 5 reads. Quick decisions must be made and knowing what pattern each of your 5 receivers is running can only be understood by intense film study and knowing the playbook.

    Forget the physical challenge of tired arm for Kap. I would like to see how he has progressed in his reads and decision making.
    Not making quick decisions results in eating the ball and sacks.

  94. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The Management aka Front Office + ownership of the Niners have sabotaged this team since the SB with increasing attacks, backstabbing coaches and players incl. Kaepernick. York listened to his suits Marathe etc including the daughter of the GM Cassie Balkey (!!) to clean house in an amateurish, reactive, egotistical effort to do just that. Kaepernick is just the last victim of their regime purge. Why (and no one can say ‘why’) should Kap place ANY trust in this pack of manipulative liars? Including their Mds. Good for him in getting outside medical advice and treatment. Kap is not obligated to trust these people unless you believe sincerity to disintegrating influences is wise. I don’t for one second and applaud his hanging in there maybe too long.

    The San Francisco Forty Niner MANAGEMENT is 100% to blame for the current state of this franchise and not this QB whose injuries happened long after the FO started playing their suicidal games. Some day the 9ers will be run by professionals but we are not there yet. Maybe management should think about the good of the team, the coaches, the players and the fans and lose their self-important ego trips. Disgusting.

  95. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    That is why it is foolish to even keep Kap around.
    Too much has happened and with mutual distrust the relationship will always be dysfunctional. Doesn’t seem like these wounds will heal in the short term.

    The players on the team deserve a clean slate without a malcontent on the roster. If it has gotten to the point where you don’t trust the team doctors and training staff, how would you function? Time to move on because the situation is toxic and cannot lead to success.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Just look back to the second and third games last year. Niners were down by 26 points at halftime against the Steelers. For some reason the Niners failed to convert on 4th down 3 times which led to zero points and might as well have been turnovers.
    Niner offense was inept until Steelers went to a prevent defense.

    Following week was the debacle at the Cards where Mathieu stated they knew what Kap was going to do and had 2 pick sixes and 4 INTs already one play into the second half. Kap had a QB rating of 16 and stunk in what was his most horrible game as a pro.

    Instead of improving Kap has regressed greatly after Harbaugh left. Defensive Coordinators have figured out his tendencies and he is unable to overcome their strategy because he has yet to show that he is nothing more than a one trick pony.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Imagine how things have worked out this preseason.
    Kap might be able to play in the third preseason game.
    The opponent will be the Packers, the team which he has had his greatest success as a pro.

    Can he earn the starting job playing in 3 or 4 series? Stay tuned.

  98. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll see. Going to have to wait to see what happens in this new regime rather than basing it on the organizations recent past. You could be right but you could also be wrong. Chip Kelly will form his assessment based on what he sees this year not on the past. I will accept his decision as what is best for the team. He is far more competent than anyone incl. Balkey to make that call.

    The Niners problems are structural based on same old bozos making mud pies and not functional teams. That’s what needs to change and not shuffling a few players around. Kaepernick is a nothing burger compared to what ails this bunch. Brace yourself for another patented melt down if the org structure does not change. This is not a secret as many understand that success on the field starts in the FO. Look at Warriors for the polar opposite of what we have.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’m one of the very few Crabtree supporters here and no doubt have been scrutinized for this.
    Crabtree signed with the Raiduhs for one year $3 mil and then the Raiduhs gave him a 4 year deal for $32 mil. That’s 5 years for about $7 mil a year.
    The current team has Torrey Smith and his 33 catches and Ellington who is always hurt and Patton who can’t get on the field. Besides QB the WR corps might be the weakest part of the team. Had hopes for Smelter and Rogers but Rogers is out with a knee injury and Have yet to see Smelter even in a pre season game.
    With Crabtree and Boldin you had 2 WRs that would give you first downs and 70 catches a year.
    Baalke screwed the passing game big time with his lack of attention in the last few years. He let quality talent go when the replacements were found to be lacking.

    I sure hope Smelter comes off injury and proves reliable. I had hopes for FA Cajuste but there has been little mention of him and he at best might be PS material.

  100. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers not playing tonight: Kaepernick, Ellington, Smelter, Dorsey, Armstead, Buckner.”

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to Shan Draughn tonight?
    Don’t think he’s been in nor touched the ball.

  102. 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