The Expendables Game

The 49ers kick off their exhibition season this Saturday night against the Cowboys, who, I might mention, have not been to a Super Bowl in 24 years. Not one Title Game, either. Loooooooooozzzzers!!!

So, just when you think the world would be entirely better off without Jerry Jones in it, let’s remember he’s almost single-handedly brought an arrogant, overrated franchise to its worthless knees. Amen, brother! Looooooooooozzzzzers!!!

Each team has 37 players who won’t be on the team in four weeks,  so this Scrub Bowl game is probably the most important game of the year for these 74 wannabes. And their families. And relatives. And guys who knew them in grade school. And cops who busted them for pot. And girl friends who are thinking twice about dumping them in high school.

That’s a lot of people who care about this game. None of them are us, however. No, we’re all steely-eyed experts who don’t bother with vanishing acts. If these characters are still on the roster come September, we’ll try to remember their jersey numbers on special teams plays. Maybe.

One thing that will hold some interest during this game will be the backup QB competition between Nick Mullens and CJ BeathardKyle Shanahan says the two are even, but everyone else knows that Mullens is the better QB. It’s probably not too much of a stretch to wonder whether Mullens is actually better than Jimmy Garoppolo.

But Shanahan used a third round draft pick on Beathard, and there’s a suspicion he’s biased a bit by this factoid to the detriment of Mullens. Which would also be to the detriment of the team and its fans.

Nothing like a little palace intrigue to spice up a meaningless exhibition game.

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36 comments on “The Expendables Game
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, watching Dallas suck never gets old and I am all for it.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    About time: “49ers activated RB Jerick McKinnon from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.”

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hahaha. “Antonio Brown burned his feet by entering a cryotherapy machine without the proper footwear, and his feet were frostbitten.”

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden has to be pulling his hair out even while laughing all the way to the bank.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan’s preseason plans for Jimmy G per Sac Bee

    “Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday Garoppolo will appear in the second and third preseason games against the Broncos and Chiefs, and reiterated the franchise signal caller would sit out the exhibition opener Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One guy to keep an eye on Saturday is rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky, Will bring some excitement as he not only punts
    conventionally but can punt on the run rugby style.
    The punt defense must account for this and put players to defend
    or he’ll take off and run for first downs.

    Supposed to have a powerful leg so let’s see how deep his kickoffs are.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Week one training camp footage

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan Presser on state of team

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today the 49ers have designated 8/7 as Dwight Clark Day.
    Why today and it took me 20 seconds.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bosa might have turned an ankle and left practice with a limp

    Per Barrows
    “Robert Saleh says he doesn’t have anything definitive on Nick Bosa yet but didn’t think the injury is serious. “I think he’s alright,” he said.”

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Nick Bosa and Jason Verrett both will have MRIs on their ankles.”


  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Did Verrett make it through even ONE practice without getting injured?

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Update on Bosa

    7:49 p.m. update: The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that after undergoing MRIs, Nick Bosa and Jason Verrett were both diagnosed with sprained ankles. Rapoport added that the 49ers could exercise caution and hold Bosa out of the entire preseason.

    Key word is COULD so we’ll have to wait and see what happens

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I will continue to rave about THE ATHLETIC as they have amazing premium content on on most teams in Sports. Best sports publication since The Sporting News.

    Here is Barrows analysis on 49ers offense

    “Wide receiver: Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne, Jordan Matthews, Deebo Samuel, Shawn Poindexter, Chris Thompson
    Pettis is listed as the starter here, but it was clear from listening to Kyle Shanahan this week that he wants all of the receivers — Pettis included — to begin practicing with more urgency and consistency. Bourne was perhaps the most prominent of the group during the opening week of training camp, and his status on this depth chart is warranted. He’s been almost impossible to cover in red-zone drills. Samuel had his best practice of the summer on Tuesday.
    Left tackle: Joe Staley, Shon Coleman, Daniel Brunskill
    The only news at this spot is that Coleman is clearly the top candidate to be the swing tackle this season. He was a healthy scratch every week last season, which means … yup, he gets to wear his uniform at Levi’s Stadium for the first time on Saturday.
    Left guard: Laken Tomlinson, Najee Toran, Ross Reynolds
    Tomlinson dedicated himself to recovering from his Week 17 MCL tear quickly and he hasn’t missed a snap from OTAs onward. Reynolds, an undrafted rookie, looks good in run blocking but must cinch up his pass protection.
    Center: Ben Garland, Wesley Johnson, Dillon Day
    Weston Richburg’s workouts get a little more intensive and football-specific every day. The team thinks Richburg, who is on the PUP list, can return from his knee injury in time for the opener against the Buccaneers. If not, Garland has handled nearly every first-string snap since early May. One note: Toran also has taken snaps at center.
    Right guard: Mike Person, Joshua Garnett, Christian DiLauro
    For the second straight summer, the competition at right guard never got out of the starting block due to an injury to Garnett, this time a finger issue that will hold him out another two weeks. The team has been working in several others at this spot, including Justin Skule, Willie Beavers and Johnson.
    Right tackle: Mike McGlinchey, Justin Skule, Willie Beavers
    Skule, who is one of this year’s sixth-round picks, has looked sketchy in pass protection. A year ago, McGlinchey had a rough time early in training camp. He is decidedly better this summer, although he hasn’t been able to sharpen his skills against pass rusher Dee Ford for a week.
    Tight end: George Kittle, Ross Dwelley, Levine Toilolo, Kaden Smith, Tyree Mayfield, Daniel Helm
    The pecking order here is accurate: Dwelley has been the No. 2 tight end since the spring and has even filled in as the top player at the position when Kittle was absent. There’s still time for others to overtake him and it seems probable that one of the blocking tight ends — Smith or Toilolo — makes the team. Veteran Garrett Celek probably will begin the season on PUP with a back injury.
    Receiver: Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor, Richie James, Jalen Hurd, Malik Henry
    Goodwin is listed as the starter here. That may come to pass, but Shanahan has said the plan is to lighten Goodwin’s load this season in an effort to squeeze more quality snaps out of him. This depth chart does not break out the slot receiver, which is where Taylor and Hurd most often line up.
    Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard-or-Nick Mullens, Wilton Speight
    Shanahan said this week the plan is to get Garoppolo some snaps in preseason Games 2 and 3. What he hasn’t yet announced is whether Mullens and Beathard will both get a chance to operate behind the starting offensive line against the Cowboys. The two appear neck and neck in training camp. Perhaps the preseason will bring clear separation … and signal to the 49ers whether they could sneak one through waivers and onto the practice squad next month. Speight may be granted clean-up duty in the fourth preseason game.
    Running back: Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, Austin Walter, Jerick McKinnon
    It’s surprising that Breida is listed first here since Coleman almost always is the first running back to take the field during team-wide drills. Neither McKinnon nor Wilson (calf) is expected to play against the Cowboys. Look for Mostert and Walter, a good-looking undrafted rookie, to get a lot of work in the preseason.
    Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk
    The 49ers list only Juszczyk at this spot. Mayfield, who plays tight end, has been moonlighting as the backup fullback since the spring.’

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From THE ATHLETIC Barrows on the 49ers Defense and Special Teams

    “Left defensive end: Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore
    With Ford out of action, Bosa has been playing with the first-string defense and has looked sharp. When Ford is healthy, the expectation is that he and Bosa will line up at defensive end on obvious passing downs.
    Left defensive tackle: Sheldon Day, D.J. Jones, Kevin Givens, Jordan Thompson
    The 49ers list this spot as defensive tackle, but the coaches still refer to it as nose tackle. This year, that player usually lines up over the guard’s inside shoulder instead of over the center. Day has gotten the most snaps with the first-string offense. He’s small for an interior lineman, but is quick off the ball and has been adept at firing down the line and sweeping up running backs. The Cowboys’ beefy offensive line and well-honed ground game might serve as an early test of how well the 49ers’ “Wide 9” alignment handles inside runs.
    Right defensive tackle: DeForest Buckner, Jullian Taylor, Jay Bromley
    Taylor was prominent during the 2018 preseason while playing defensive end. This year he’s mainly been on the interior and actually has been playing nose tackle on the reconfigured defensive line. He and Jones are the only defensive players heavier than 300 pounds, and both are barely past that mark.
    Right defensive end: Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Kentavius Street, Jamell Garcia-Williams
    This is the so-called “big end” position that plays on the side of the alignment where the tight end lines up. Bosa is stout enough to play this position as well. Armstead also can play nose tackle while Thomas and Street also play defensive tackle.
    Middle linebacker: Fred Warner, David Mayo, Azeez Al-Shaair
    Warner has looked very good after missing the spring practices, especially in pass coverage. Al-Shaair might be the hidden gem in this year’s rookie class. He moves well and should get even faster the further he gets from last year’s ACL injury.
    Weak-side linebacker: Kwon Alexander, Dre Greenlaw, LaRoy Reynolds
    Shanahan already has said Alexander won’t play in the preseason opener. The guess here is that Elijah Lee will start in his place, although it also could be Greenlaw or Malcolm Smith. Greenlaw, a fifth-round pick, has been the most consistent practice standout in this year’s draft class. Well, he and fourth rounder Mitch Wishnowsky.
    Strong-side linebacker: Malcolm Smith, Elijah Lee, Mark Nzeocha, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
    The strong-side linebacker is replaced by the nickel cornerback in the team’s nickel defense, which means that the starter here probably will play a limited number of snaps this season. The starter, however, also likely will be the first guy off the bench if there’s an injury to Warner or Alexander. Smith has taken the most snaps here with the first-string defense, although Greenlaw and Lee also have been worked in. Smith is dealing with a tight hamstring.
    Left cornerback: Richard Sherman, Dontae Johnson, Tim Harris
    When Sherman had a day off last week, Greg Mabin filled in at left cornerback. In a regular-season scenario, Jason Verrett likely would fill in if Sherman had to leave the field. It’s probable that D.J. Reed will be on hand to play outside cornerback in a pinch, too.
    Right cornerback: Ahkello Witherspoon, Jason Verrett, Greg Mabin
    Witherspoon has been consistently good from the spring onward and returned to practice Tuesday after sitting out the previous two. Verrett also has been sharp as he’s been ramped up to full speed after an Achilles injury a year ago. The bottom line: The cornerback group seems poised to be significantly better than it was a year ago.
    Nickel cornerback: K’Waun Williams, D.J. Reed, Emmanuel Moseley
    Williams has been as sticky in coverage as he usually is. Reed, however, has jumped out since missing the spring practices with a shoulder injury. He’s looked good at both this spot and at outside cornerback.
    Free safety: Adrian Colbert, Tarvarius Moore, Antone Exum, Jimmie Ward
    The 49ers list Colbert as the starter, but Moore has taken the lion’s share of the first-team snaps at this position for the last week. If the team is intent on accelerating his learning curve, it makes sense that he starts against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, the 49ers still are eyeing next week’s joint practices in Denver for when Ward (collarbone) returns to practice.
    Strong safety: Jaquiski Tartt, Marcell Harris, Tyree Robinson
    The 49ers defense got a lift when Harris played strong safety late in the 2018 season. Tartt, however, has taken all of the first-string repetitions at the position this year. Tartt, Robinson and Exum are capable of playing strong and free safety.
    Kicker: Robbie Gould
    There’s no competition or controversy after Gould signed a two-year contract extension — with the possibility of it being bumped to four years — before training camp. He’s working with a new holder, Mitch Wishnowsky, and a new-ish longsnapper in Colin Holba, who joined the team late last season.
    Punter: Mitch Wishnowsky
    He’s looked very good since joining the team. The only question as far as Saturday’s game: Does he break out the helicopter punt now or wait until Sept. 8?
    Punt returner: Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis, Richie James
    The 49ers have gotten little oomph from this spot the last two seasons. Would the team risk playing Pettis, a sensational punt returner in college, if he indeed winds up as a starting receiver?
    Kick returner: Richie James, D.J. Reed, Matt Breida
    James had a 97-yard touchdown against the Seahawks last year. The team didn’t list Henry, but he was a productive kick returner in college.
    Longsnapper: Colin Holba, Kyle Nelson
    Nelson still must serve six games of the 10-game suspension he was hit with last year.”

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nick Bosa, suffered a “significant” ankle sprain and he will not play in the preseason.”


  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ward and Garnett are just hurt too damned often to bother with any further. The team needs to cut its losses with both and move on.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows reporting on Bosa

    “Lynch said it’s not a full-blown high-ankle sprain but that the expectation is that he’ll miss the rest of the preseason. Is Bosa injury prone? Lynch: “We don’t feel he is injury prone…. Yesterday he had a big human being fall on his leg while he was engaged with someone else.”

    Fair enough because often times lineman get hurt mostly when they get rolled up mostly after the play is over. Part of football.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He hasn’t played in nearly a year due to three separate injuries. Either he’s injury prone or really unlucky. Either way, not good.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    My question: Is Bosa really too hurt to play, or have the 49ers just taken advantage of this to say, “We’ve seen enough to pencil this guy in, let’s bubble wrap him until the games mean something?”

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    K’Waun Williams out for the preseason, too.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, a wise observation. Two points.

    This allows niners to showcase the depth and determine if any good trades can happen before trading deadline in October. Prefer player to player trade.

    Why stress his wheels. 16 regular games. Keep him fresher for a playoff run.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have always believed you must play with reckless abandon when healthy.

    When you start thinking about getting injured is when you will be injured.

    There is no reason for Bosa to play in the preseason given that there are basically 2 more games after this as game 4 is when every starter sits out, and his ankle won’t heal that fast and it’s 30 days before Game 1 against the Bucs.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Second episode of 49ers “Brick by Brick”

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We have enough pieces in place now to be a decent team, though we still need to shore up the O-line to be a real contender – but only *IF* we get the Quarterback play that we are paying Garoppolo for.

    It all comes down to the QB position at this point. He’s got to stay healthy, and he’s got to play like one of the best in the league. If he does, we’ll have a better year with the chance of even more success just over the horizon. If not? Then KS and Lynch will be on the hot seat and one if not both will be out no later than 2021.

    We’ve put the team in his hands. It’s time to see if he can carry that responsibility.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Pittsburgh is laughing: “10 practices into training camp and Antonio Brown has already gone ‘radio silent’ with the Raiders. They have zero clue where he is or what the progress of the foot injury is.”

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners dodged a bullet by passing on Antonio Brown whose best days are behind him.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just keeps getting better.

    “Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown has filed a helmet grievance against NFL, league sources tell ESPN.”

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If only it were true:

    “WR Antonio Brown has told team officials that, unless he gets to wear his old helmet, he will not play football again.”

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What a F-ing clown. I think he can take the WR diva crown away from Chad Johnson or T.O. It also doesn’t look to good for the GM.

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    AB signed with the right team for his… Skill set… it appears.

  32. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I just tried to watch the Raiders ‘Hard Knocks’ but after a couple of minutes I just couldn’t do it.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden probably can’t, either.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely need a scorecard to decipher this game:

    “28 players OUT for the 49ers.”

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners lost Shon Coleman for the year with a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle which he had surgery on this morning.
    He is more than likely done for this season as injury is catastrophic.

    Niners are now looking for a swing tackle.

  36. 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