Yes! The Preseason is OVER ! ! !

The Niners won a thrilling (zzzzzzzzzzzz) contest of wills and flags in Sandy Eggo as the backups from SF beat the backups of SD 31-21. 2-2 in these meaningless games, but the takeaway from this game is that no one got hurt.

Colin Kaepernick afro’ed himself  into a middling performance that didn’t change any minds about the pecking order. Blaine Gabbert is our starter, Kaepernick is the backup. After that, Jeff Drisekll looked horrible, throwing 2 pick in 3 passes in a bad 3rd quarter stretch. Christina Ponder continues to impress against the backup brigade, throwing passes to WRs and generally looking like he should stick. Over Driskell? Yes.

Other that that, the other hot players coming out of camp are Marcus Rush and Mike Davis. But for two fumbles, Davis would be even more of a shoe-in for the back-up RB spot. That should be his.  Carlos Hyde is once again a question mark, and Shaun Draughn is battling a rib injury himself, so Davis, and possibly Kelvin Taylor, will make the squad.

WR is a big question mark as well, but Kerley made a few nice catches from CK. Beyond Torrey Smith and Kerley, we got a lot of young guys. Dres Anderson had a clutch catch on the goal line on the 1st drive, and after that? Unsure.

For the D line, Ronald Blair had another solid game, and the D line in general has played well despite losing Ian Williams, and Dorsey’s uncertain status. DBs as well. No surprises there.  I was a little surprised to see Kenneth Acker traded, but we have a soliod group of defenders.

Optimistic? Who knows? I’d like to be, but this season has been way too wacky to be realistic. Will Kappy get cut? No. Despite the hooraw, he’s better than Driskell. Ponder? Well, that’s harder to tell, but I think they carry all three at this point. Kelly can’t afford to be caught short-handed with all the weirdness circling the team. Still think this could be an 8-8 team if they can get healthier and not get too many injuries.

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108 Responses to Yes! The Preseason is OVER ! ! !

  1. Nipper says:

    Pre-season games are tiresome. They should be replaced asap. Boo hiss!

  2. Winder says:

    HaI ve we even seen a first team defense yet? I guess GB put some out there. There are way to many distractions/injuries facing us at the moment to even consider any regular continuity. I think we will implode when we face some tough teams. I just don’t see us doing very well this year. 3-13.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Well, you underestimate the shittiness of other teams. I say 7-9.

    This team looks organized at least. Hey, maybe we crater. I can have a little hope now. Tell ya one thing, we’ll beat the Rams to start the season.

  4. Nipper says:

    Yeah this team may be 3-13 but think of all the fine discourses that will take place before the games as Kap becomes the new spokesperson for life, liberty, and justice for all!

  5. NJ49er says:

    We ended the PS with some faux-mentum.
    Whoop Dee Fuk’n Doo.
    Kaep still looks like he got benched last year for a reason.
    Nothing changed but his Politics apparently.
    He should’ve learned as quickly with Warner.

  6. Nipper says:

    So far we have two QBs. I know one of them will not be Driskel.

    • 12th man says:

      Last night was brutal. Lo Co Jr has been praising Driskel all TC and pre-season, repeatedly saying he is the best QB on the team. I didn’t see much from Jr this morning on the subject.

      Its no sure thing they put him on the PS.

  7. Winder says:

    I am gonna look for every bright spot on this team that I can. Hopefully, by the end of the year we get a new GM that can get us back to respectability. And, an owner that just writes checks. And maybe that lemonade stand in Hell wouldn’t be so bad.

    The only way we beat the fucking Rams is if Gurley Breaks his leg.

  8. Nipper says:

    If any of you guys feel oppressed perhaps you can get in line for that million bucks Kap professes to give away. That’s one expensive sit-in!

  9. 12th man says:

    My best guess is its Grabbernick and Ponder gets cut with an outside chance they dump Crapernick and keep Gabbert and Ponder.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Ponder should stay based on what he showed. Driskell? PS him or cut him. He played against the 3s and looked terrible.

  11. Berger says:

    I would cut Kap so we don’t have to chance paying him 14.5 mil next year and keep Gabs and Ponder. Driskel looked good this preseason but he needs to develop. The 2 ints were a good thing to insure nobody claims him before we stash him on the PS.

  12. Nipper says:

    If Winder is right about those three wins for the Niners let them be against the Lambs. I’m an optimist and hopeful of at least seven or eight wins. That’s still very bad but this is a young team. Hopefully Kelly and his coaches are smarter than last season’s pathetic bunch of fools.

  13. Winder says:

    when is final cut anyway? it can’t come soon enough

  14. Nipper says:

    Reminder from Honda: Don’t text and drive.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Sharks and Dubs both lose game 7s. The Giants are in the middle of an epic collapse.

    The Niners?

    Yikes. For all the recent success, this has been a brutal year for Bay Area sports fans.

  16. Berger says:

    I’ll repeat what I said a couple of weeks ago, the Giants should change their name to the DeBergs because they play just well enough to lose.

  17. 12th man says:

    Maiocco says Crapernick makes the roster, probably. Dare they keep 3 QB’s?

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. I think Driskell goes to the taxi squad. So that would be 4.

  19. Lurker John says:

    Lots of chirping here about the demise of the Niners. I just watched the game and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Gabbert is NOT a lock to start at QB. If he does get it, I think he’ll be on a short leash with Kap waiting in the wings. He looked good to me last night, nimble and athletic, made some good and not so good throws, and twice took the offense on good drives. The offense looked more dynamic with him in there than with Gabbert. I think he’s in the mix. Yesterday I didn’t think so.

    4 preseason games, 4 QB’s and 1 TD pass. Not good. I have Driskel on the PS. He had a bad game, Chuck, but be looked pretty good in the previous 2. I think that warrants the further development, because he does have the physical tools. So, because Kap missed a lot of time, Gabbert starts to begin the season with the competition ongoing between the two. I’m agreeing with Chuck on this one, Kap stays. For now.

    Beating the Rams is always a good thing, but I’d rather they beat Seattle at least once. It’s probably going to be a rough year, but I’m a lot happier with Kelly in there. At least he exudes some confidence and looks like he knows what he’s doing. As a fan, that’s something to hang your hat on.

    Bring on the regular season. Beat the Lambs. Can the Embraceable Ewes.

  20. Lurker John says:

    How does Marcus Rush not make the team? 6 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. He could be a dynamo on special teams.

    • Berger says:

      Because he is not a run stopper. But I’m with you John. No position is more important than somebody who can apply the heat to the passer. Fred Dean was a designated pass rusher. I’m not going to compare Rush to him but it is hard to deny that Rush is very good at doing just that.

  21. Berger says:

    What a great day it would be if we find out that we cut Unca’s new idol.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    Badford to the Vikes for a 1st and a 4th. Bad Week at Black Rock for the Vikes: first you downgrade from Teddy to Badford, then you lose a 1st rounder to boot. Wow.

    AP, a good defense and pray for rain – the Vikes new credo.

  23. rtfirefly says:

    The Santa Clara PD Union is threatening to refuse to protect football fans attending Niner home games if Kappy is not cut today. Now who’s asking for trouble?

  24. Berger says:

    Did Brandon Thomas already get cut from the Lions? That is what I an hearing. We traded him for Curly.

  25. Flavor says:

    The SCPD memo is an overreaction but it’s exactly what I was talking about before when I said this is hardly “no big deal.” Everyone is reacting to it, and do you think the players are stoked about a memo like that? Kaep’s powerless protest is doing NOTHING except dividing the team and distracting them from the only thing they should be concentrating on and that’s coming together as a team and being as good as they possibly can be. Which, granted, isn’t very good. But we’ll never know how good they coulda been because of this dumbass protest bullshit that is a CLEAR distraction to the team…….

    • Berger says:

      My point too. I don’t have a problem with him having an opinion and stating it. I have a problem with him doing it in such a way that he is polarizing the fans, the team and the community. Us football fans just want some football and politics left out. If he was sabotaging the Seahawks or the Rams it would be great. Instead, he is sabotaging the 49ers. I wish he would just go away.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Well, maybe he’s right. This is bigger than a game.

    • Winder says:

      This is football not a platform for the ills of the world. All this does if he is gonna continue is hurt our football team. Nothing is going to get done because of this protest and it is a big cover up for his QB inadequacies. Everyone gets his right to protest that’s not even a point anymore.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    If everyone is reacting to it, then it isn’t powerless. It is being talked about. And Kppy did donate a million dollars to various charities. Beyond that, I don’t think there’s raging fights in the locker room over this. If they can’t deal with this, then they are too insulated from reality.

    • Winder says:

      chuck- the problem is the media will keep this shitstorm going until it truly hurts our football team. People can only take so much bullshit. And this protest is bullshit.

    • Berger says:

      This the equivalent of wanting Tebow on the team and thinking the media circus that follows is not a distraction.

  28. Berger says:

    Kap said that hair stylists have more education than police. An all time ignorant statement. To think the police did not hear that is equally ignorant.

    Kap’s presser after the game sounded like damage control to me and it cost him 1 million dollars. Let us see who he gives it too. I’m going to bet that creates another firestorm.

  29. Nipper says:

    Let the cuts begin! I bet they’re all no-names. We all have to get beyond this Kap thing somehow, someway. What Kap does with his money or his mouth matters little to me. I’m interested in production on the field……period. Well, that’s just me. I know, who cares?

  30. Winder says:

    I wonder if this means Rodney King t-shirts will be back in style.

  31. Berger says:

    Lemoneir is gone. Whalen, Cajuste and McBryde are gone too. Lynch to suspended list.

    • Lurker John says:

      Yeah, Rush maybe makes it simply because Lynch is out until October. I think he makes it anyway, but this might lock it up. I like Cajuste, but he didn’t do a ton in camp. I think he’s a big, tough receiver who could be a weapon, but…

      Je’ron Hamm had a really good game the other night, and they were targeting him a lot. He looks like a good downfield option at TE, big, agile with good hands. I wonder if they were giving him a serious look to help decide between him and the spotty Bell.

  32. Berger says:

    Per Eric Branch on twitter:
    Of the #49ers top five picks in 2013, Corey Lemonier is now only selection not on roster (Reid, Carradine, McDonald, Patton).

  33. Berger says:

    This one surprises me, Garrison Smith is being cut.

  34. Berger says:

    Taylor and Cherry waived. Kap seen in work out clothes heading to practice/weight room.

  35. rtfirefly says:

    Herm Edwards said he had an afro just like Kappy’s at one time. He also said Kappy would be starting by Week 3. He pointed out that Gabbert had all OTAs, all training camp and most of the preseason without competition and he still was unable to lock down the job.

    • Lurker John says:

      That’s what I was saying last night. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Kap end up in there at some point.

  36. Lurker John says:

    Kelvin Taylor had a good game last night. Looks like he runs well inside and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. And he’s Fred Taylor’s kid. All the backs have had pretty good camps, so I was trying to figure out which 3-4 are going to make. Draughn hasn’t played,m so he’s vulnerable. I’d keep Taylor because he’s young and looks to be talented. Davis, Hyde, Taylor and Draughn or Harris. I keep Harris because he had a good camp.

    • Lurker John says:

      Berg’s just made this post irrelevant. Too bad about Taylor, maybe he makes it back for the PS squad.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah if the team is not going to be very good may as well go young. Older players on a poor team are useless. I hope this year’s coaches are up to the task of bringing up young players. Last year was a horrible waste of everyone’s time.

  37. 12th man says:

    They cut OT Kelly too.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    In the end it comes down to Kappy’s play on the field. Much like Tebow, the media can frenzy all it likes. If the team can’t see past it, then they bow to the media bullshit and cut him? That will make the 49ers look like the biggest pussies in the world. Everybody and their brothers whine about political correctness ruining the country, and this is political correctness in the extreme. Yay! Let’s be free to do everything the same! Let’s be free to not make waves! Yay Up With People!

    If Kappy can prove to wins games, he’ll be in there. If he doesn’t he’s gonna back up this year. Then he’ll be gone. If fans are so hurt by his actions that they don’t watch, well, boo hoo. Your choice. Your poor little feelings don’t get hurt cheering for wife beaters and felons? Sitting for a song draws your ire?

  39. Berger says:

    It is being reported that Kap and Ponder are both making the 53.

  40. Berger says:

    Rush has been cut. This is a major disappointment for me.

    • Lurker John says:

      Wow. They can’t use him on ST? Lemonier better not have made it. Rush will land somewhere and probably come back to haunt the Niners for he next 5 years or so.

      • Lurker John says:

        What do you want to be he lands in Seattle.

      • Berger says:

        Lemoneir was cut. Rush doesn’t possess a huge array of moves and isn’t considered somebody to hold the point. He did his damage against 2s and 3s. I do understand but I don’t agree. Having a good pass rush is what makes DBs look like all pros.

  41. Lurker John says:

    Lemonier was little more than a black hole his entire time with the 49ers. He won’t be missed. Carradine needs to step up and be a pass-rushing threat from the edge. And the continuing development of Buckner and Armstead needs to happen. Another year with a shit pass rush could spell doom for the defense.

  42. Lurker John says:

    Smelter gone.

  43. Lurker John says:

    Wow, pretty much all the young guys I was hoping would stick are gone. Maybe I’m too emotional about these things and don’t do enough to take into account playing against the 2’s and 3’s. I’m terrible at predicting who’ll make the roster.

    • Winder says:

      They always cut my favorites too. I hope they either come back to the PS or get picked up by anyone out of our division.

  44. Lurker John says:

    I’m glad they kept Rashard Robinson.

  45. Berger says:

    We traded for WR Rod Streeter with KC.

  46. Berger says:

    We traded McCrae to Seattle.

  47. Lurker John says:

    I was hoping Dres Anderson would make it.

  48. Berger says:

    Here’s the link to the moves:

  49. Lurker John says:

    Driskel tagged for the PS?

  50. Flavor says:

    I called Kaep’s protest *powerless* if it doesn’t end police oppression which is the reason he said he’s doing this. People talking about it doesn’t mean anything, doesn’t change shit. All that’s happening is disruption. Will that be enough to one day achieve Kaep’s glorious dream of eradicating police oppression everywhere? Hey, we’ll see. But for the 49ers right now and the fans all it’s doing is fucking up a season that hasn’t even started yet. Again, if you think the players are enjoying having throngs of national media people asking them about this every day, if you think they’re down with that memo from the police, I don’t think we are looking at this the same way. And that’s fine, we don’t have to. But to say this is all just no big deal and a few of us are overreacting on the blog and the network isn’t going to show the protest anyway so none of this matters….well, I totally disagree….

    • unca_chuck says:

      I’d say on average, 2% of any protests work. What throngs are swarming the 49ers? They are at home getting ready for the season. Their exposure to the media is 1/2 an hour after the game. Maybe at practice a couple times a week. Big fucking deal. This in no way resembles what Bonds did to the Giants, or even Mantle’s home run chase.

      If the cops go on strike over this, they are a bunch of idiots. They deserve to be fired if they walk out on their jobs. If people get seriously hurt at the game, that falls on the police, not any of the protesters.

  51. rtfirefly says:

    3-time Pro Bowl G Josh Sitton, 30, recently of Green Bay, is free and clear for $6.85 mil in cap.

  52. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

  53. Nipper says:

    I expect the Niners to be lousy and if so they have to stay cheap with lots of cap space. Hey, that’s the York way.

  54. Winder says:

    I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks I wanted Kap gone because he’s lost the ability to be an effective QB. And, it is a big distraction that’s all the national media is talking about. I hope the
    sc police do boycott the games. Fuck Jed. I cannot be anything but a Niner fan but right now I am not at all happy with the way things are.

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