The Kyle Shanahan Era Starts with a Whimper, and a Win

Or something. In a battle of non-epic proportions, we did get to see some good things. For one, the team is much faster than the previous version. And I don’t mean getting-to-the-line faster. I mean speed on the field faster.

The newly retooled offense had little to show short of a nice drive thwarted by 15 penalties called in the red zone. The worst being a OPI call on Burbridge when he ran his route and stopped as the throw went behind him for a TD to Robinson.  Hoyer hit a nice 15 yard penalty on 3rd and 12 negated by a penalty as well. That was pretty much the operating theme.

17 penalties for a total of 131 yards.  Certainly we need to lean that up. On the plus side there were no ints and no fumbles. CJ Beathard looked good playing the 2nd stringers. Joe Williams is fast as hell and looked very good in the open field. Reuben Foster nearly had a pick off of Alex Smith on their first TD drive. The defense was a little slow off the ball and gave up a big 42 yard pass play to speedster Tyreek Hill to set up that score.

Rashard Robinson had a bad start but did get a pick on KCs 2nd drive. Other standouts include Aaron Lynch, who had his way with RT Jah Reid. Of course he just got an ankle injury in practice. Trent Taylor looked very good when his punt returns weren’t being called back. He also made 3 catches for 33.

What to glean from this? Not much. Hoyer got one series, 1/3 for 3 yards. I’m sure they will all get a little more playing time next week. EWould like to see the line do better at holding the defense at bay while we actually try a deep pass.

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62 Responses to The Kyle Shanahan Era Starts with a Whimper, and a Win

  1. Nipper says:

    Pre season or practice games will always be a whimper and I predict will be replaced by something else………perhaps two games.

    • Winder says:

      yeah, they are just glorified auditions but that’s the way we can see what they bring. The only problem with that is all the teams are auditioning, so who knows. I would like to see em cancel at least one of the preseason games and use that week for more of an intense practice. But then I would like to see us go back to the 15-18 round drafts and expand the 53 to 58 or so. The owners wouldn’t like that but I would.

  2. rob says:

    ok how excited am I ! the seahawks just signed brock ! Is it just me or is our weakest spot on defense at CB ? Hey the seahawks only have Sherman and might use brock as their 2nd or third corner ! gee I thought we could use him but then what do I know !

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Saw that this morning, Rob. Not surprised in the least bit. I think Brock wants to stick it to us for cutting him. He found a willing partner in Seattle

    • Winder says:

      No love lost there. Hopefully we have better cb’s now than before. Brock used to get beat all the time.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    He was OK. Rashard needs to keep improving. He had a nice recovery after getting torched for 2 quick bombs (one was called back for OPI).

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    Being a 1st year head coach Kyle is not going to show any plays in an exhibition game, no reason to give other teams an edge.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    We’ll see. I’m hoping to see some more offense this game. At least a little more of Hoyer.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    I know it’s only preseason, and Ryan Leaf looked like a God in his preseason debut, but Trubiscuit may make a believer out of me. He’s looking pretty solid against Denver. Yeah it was last week, but they are showing it on the NFL Network and I’m working from home today,

  8. 12th Man says:

    Going to the game Saturday, hope to see some O for a change even pre-season.

    • Winder says:

      12th, hopefully the fans will show up and make some noise even though it’s only is a practice game. I think the players will really respond to that. Let us know what you think about the whole atmosphere.

    • 12th Man says:

      Hey Kevin, I have a spare free ticket for tonight if you want to go?

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Ahhh, was gong to ask you about that, Kevin. Sorry to hear that, but it may be a blessing in disguise.

    I’m sure I’ll hit at least one game with Garrett. No bags this time! -2th do you have season tix?

  10. unca_chuck says:

    I’m looking October Nov to avoid the heat, Be great to meet up for a beer or 3.

    • Winder says:

      If I can get away and do it I will let you know. It would be fun since we’ve been talking for years.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Dallas would be fun. If not that, the NY Giants. If only for NJ!

  12. 12th Man says:

    Didn’t see any Miner kneeling..they’re better already lol.

  13. 12th Man says:

    Reid bringing the wood.

  14. Lurker John says:

    Why would Shanahan decline the illegal motion penalty and take the ball at the 10 instead of going for the offsetting penalties and a re-kick? I think these officials have their heads up their asses.

  15. Lurker John says:

    WTF. Some good plays, but penalties and a bone headed fumble take care of that drive.

    • 12th Man says:

      Hoyer lost the ball but he reminds me of Alex Smith but better. Garcon and Goodwin light years better than any WR last year. OG make no holes for the RG.
      Reid and Jerome look good at safety.

      • 12th Man says:


      • Lurker John says:

        Yeah. Hoyer did make some good throws. I agree about the wideouts, they should be a lot better and to me McDonald looks good and in great shape. I think he’s motivated to have a great year, plus he blocks well. So far, no holes for the backs.

  16. Winder says:

    fuck. I guess we can’t have a drive without a shitload of penalties.

    • 12th Man says:

      You asked about atmosphere Winder. 50% crowd attendance, good for pre season, but very into the game. Feels like regular season in terms of crowd excitement, upbeat.

  17. Maggie says:

    Carlos Hyde looks like shit

  18. Lurker John says:

    Robinson has looked like shit in 1+ games coming up and tackling ball carriers.

  19. Lurker John says:

    Reid’s been flying around so far.

  20. Maggie says:

    Hoyer certainly throws the underneath route well

  21. Maggie says:

    Still: 3 and out, fumble, interception for the starting offense.

    • Lurker John says:

      That interception was pretty much all on Goodwin. The ball was behind him but he has to make that play.

  22. 12th Man says:

    Tartt making some noise. Not so impressed by the pass rush, nothing really of note.
    Had some bad luck/plays for turn overs. O has been inconsistent.

  23. Maggie says:

    Geez, sucking it on both sides of the ball

  24. Flavor says:

    that’s one of the worst halves I’ve ever seen the Niners play, pre season or otherwise.

  25. Lurker John says:

    Good start to the 3rd quarter.

  26. Lurker John says:

    Asa Jackson sucks.

  27. Winder says:

    well this sure isn’t what I had expected. I think our coaches gotta go back to fundamentals.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    As much as we sucked, I was encouraged by the way we moved the ball. That’s something. The d did well despite being in the hole all 1st half. No pass rush is pissing me off.

    Hoyer looks better than anything we’ve seen recently at QB, but that bar is low. No blocking for the run game, and Denver rested 7 starters on D.

    • 12th Man says:

      Pass pro was very good. I think they need to trade for a guard and a cornerback.
      Hoyer was really good other than losing the ball. He made decent decisions and I didn’t see him miss any “open” guys.
      Beathard did miss a few but he was composed and throws the ball well, I think he has a chance to be a starting QB at some point.
      I expect Barkley will be cut if Beathard plays at this level next week.

    • Lurker John says:

      Garnett will be coming back and he’s known as a run blocking guard. Robinson needs to stop reading his press material. He’s been pretty bad.

  29. Nipper says:

    Oh well……… it was practice. Niners have miles to go before they sleep.

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    Well can anyone say 2-14?? Does not look like much has changed since last year. The 2nd and 3rd stringers can beat the other teams 2nd and 3rd stringers, but the starter….same problem the Niners have had over the last 3-5 years, they can not get into the end Zone! But they are working on it??

  31. Lurker John says:

    Let’s give it a chance. 4 wins is probably realistic, but with the new receivers, Yoos-chek and Kittle or McDonald, you can’t tell me they won’t score more, even with Hoyer. He knows how to run an offense. Kap doesn’t. Hoyer made some good throws the other night and the pick wasn’t his fault, so he should have been 9-11 for around 100 yds. The fumble-rooski happens to a lot of QB’s every once in a while. Big deal. This third preseason game should be a better look at the team.

    I refuse to believe right now that they won’t be better and they figure to improve as the season moves on and they figure things out. The secondary (corners) looks pretty bad and Rashard hasn’t impressed at all so far, but the run D should be better. I’m going with 5 wins, maybe 6 if they can stay healthy. Lots of work to do. What I wouldn’t want to be is one of the players in practice this week. They’re going to get rode hard and put away wet.

  32. Lurker John says:

    Beathard looks like he has the potential. He’s one of those guys with excellent accuracy who throws a nice, catchable ball for his receivers, a la Montana (that’s right, I just compared C.J. to Joe Cool). The throws to Robinson and Kittle were perfect and both guys were in full stride. He seems comfortable in the pocket. My guess is that the Niners will carry 3 QB’s to start the season, with Barkley as the backup. If Beathard continues to progress, maybe he moves to #2 and Barkley gets let go.

  33. Lurker John says:

    Kittle looks like a keeper. If he can block at all he’ll end up the starter before season’s end.

  34. Irish Kevin says:

    How many of you think Football will be around in 10-20 years. There may be some form of football in that time span but it will look nothing like the football we see today. Big article in the Sac Bee about high school football. Over the last two years there has been a 6% drop off of kids playing football, some high schools have had to scrap there football programs due to not enough students to form a team. Football injuries are no longer looked at as minor and the student will heal due to his age.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it’s gonna have to change a lot to continue. As it is going, they are gonna get sued to oblivion given what they knew and when they knew it.

    As for the Niners now, I’m encouraged by the offense at this point. For where they came from, I see improvement from the QB play anyway. I think the rest should follow. The defense, minus a few misplays by Robinson has been solid.

    But yeah, the lack of pass rush is a big problem. I’m sure they are not showing their hand at this point, but more pressure is needed badly.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      If you can find the article it talks about some high schools that were ranked in the state have closed their programs!

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of TEs’ VMcD is up to his 50% catch rate. Man, he sucks.

  37. 12th Man says:

    I am not down on the teams prospects based on the Bronco pre season game. I think they are good enough for 8 wins, maybe 9 based on what I saw. 5 turnovers is unusual and Denver never moved the ball on the starting D, they were gifted field position. Hoyer was better than I expected, Alex Smith plus, small sample size but thats what he looked like.

    Garnett comes back but they really need 2 guards so I still see the need for a trade there and corner looks weak so a trade there would make sense if possible.

    Safeties both looked really good.

    I really think Lynch did a solid job changing the roster and the culture. I don’t see playoffs just yet but competitive is realistic.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    I[m with ya, but I’m still worried about the O line. We did little to fix it and the run game is suffering. The protection is actually better than I expected,

  39. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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