All Quiet on the Western Front

We are practicing (and fighting) with the Texans this week, and other than the fight between Jimmie Ward and DeAndre Hopkins (who was then ejected rom practice), there’s not much to report.  Other than that, safety Terrell Williams ‘slightly’ injuring his knee, there is not much to report.

Speaking of balls deep. The Jimmy G deep passing game is still floating out there in the stratosphere. These have been somewhat allayed by many connections with Marquise Goodwin in practice, but Garoppolo still thinks that, like his whole game, it is a work in progress. He holds himself to high standards, as does Shanahan, so I think the passing game should be fine. The WRs look a hell of a lot better than in recent memory, and the progress is evident to those watching. I guess.

Anyhow, game 2 is coming up against these very same Texans, so expect a few more fights as these guys get tired of facing each other.

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44 Responses to All Quiet on the Western Front

  1. Winder says:

    I doubt we will see very much this Saturday. I think the plan is to get everyone some reps. I have a feeling we will see some really good football from Jimmy but I also think we are gonna see quite a few interceptions. It looks to me that we have the best core of WR’s that we have had in many years. I am waiting for the 3rd game where our 1st string should play at least a full quarter.

  2. Lurker John says:

    Per Shanahan, don’t expect to see much more than last week from Jimmy G. No real surprise there. No sense putting him in harm’s way I guess. Beathard and Mullens again. They need to get the running game going and find some kind of pass rush.

  3. Lurker John says:

    Garoppolo sure is a likable guy. Every interview he does is full of grins and jokes. Coming off the sourpuss Kaepernick years, it’s refreshing. The press has to love him. It seems like a night-and-day locker room from the Harbaugh years.

  4. Lurker John says:

    From the Niner’s website, after today’s practice with Houston. I thought this was cool, coming from one of the best wideouts in the league:

    1. Dante Pettis had another strong day. The rookie seemed to be open the entire practice. Pettis dominated 1-on-1s and had a long catch down the left sideline from Jimmy Garoppolo during team drills. He also beat the Texans secondary deep down the middle of the field but was underthrown by C.J. Beathard.

    In a cool moment after practice, DeAndre Hopkins approached Pettis and gave him some love as they shook hands.

    “I like your game, man. I like your game,” Hopkins said.

    Pettis was understandably pumped, given that the two hadn’t chatted up till that point and they spent practice on separate fields.

    https://www.49ers.com/news/10-observations-from-49ers-practice-against-texans-aug-16

    • Winder says:

      Nice. I imagine Houston kinda likes the name Pettis since pop’s works for the Astro’s. The way it looks is if he is tough enough to take some hits he will be a really good WR in he NFL.

      • Lurker John says:

        Yeah, I think he’s tougher than his build might suggest. He could stand to put of some muscle, which I’m sure the Niners training staff is working on. He’s a good punt returner too, really good at the UW.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Very cool, LJ. Pettis looks like the real deal all the way. He gets his as open all the time. His pops played for the Astros. OFer I think?

    High praise from Hopkins. H’e a bona fide stud WR.

  6. Rob says:

    Watch ward vs. hopkins at 11:48 lol

  7. Lurker John says:

    Gary Pettis spent his best years with the Halos. He was never much of a hitter, but he was a 5-time Gold Glove centerfielder who made any number of spectacular, highlight-reel catches. He was also fast as hell and an excellent base stealer. I got to see him quite a bit on TV when we lived in Goleta, where we got Dodgers and Angels broadcasts.

    I’m stoked about his kid, though. He’s having a heck of a camp! The Niner wideouts should be markedly better this year, and that’ll be a welcome sight, especially with Jimmy G throwing to them.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pettiga01.shtml

  8. Lurker John says:

    I was watching some of the Jets-Redskins game last night, and Rashard Robinson had a horrible game, as well jawing with the officials. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up getting cut.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    He had such promise. Glad we dumped him.

  10. I know you guys never talk about it but Roger Goodell and the feckless owners have ruined America’s favorite pastime for millions of Americans. I pray it hurts them in the only place where they feel pain: their financial bottom line. Sad but no ones talking about it but the York’s thinking about money over the game and it’s great traditions created this mess by doing nothing when Kaepernick was acting like a worthless punk. Eddie or Walsh wouldn’t have put up with Kaepernicks antics, not for one moment. I never thought I would be forced to choose between my love of pro football and fidelity to the patriotic traditions I was raised on, but now that it comes to that, it’s a very easy choice. The NFL loses.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of injuries, Terrell Williams to the IR. Niners sign Dexter McCoil. He of the Los Angeles Kiss of the arena football league. Huzzah. Dumpster diving already.

  12. Lurker John says:

    It’s such a crap shoot with injuries during preseason. You practically hold your breath until the season starts. You just never know who might get it or when. Roster depth might be the single most important thing a football team can have, and the Niners have done a good job of improving that and in a short amount of time. You can tell that Shanny and Lynch value it as well. It needs to continue, and will, but it’s night and day from where it was when those guys came in.

    • Lurker John says:

      Depth was also a hallmark of the Walsh years. The 49ers always seemed to have good players who could come off the bench and get the job done. Walsh is arguably the greatest evaluator of football talent in the history of the game. IMO, he is the best, bar none.

  13. alleykat69 says:

    On the money throw Jimmy to Goodwin, gonna see that connection all year hopefully..

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    The running game still sucks

  15. Lurker John says:

    Niners unable to handle a guy they cut. Just carving them up.

  16. Berger says:

    I’ve seen enough of Beathard. I want to see more of Mullens

  17. unca_chuck says:

    These penalties are ludicrous. Esp .the leading with the head to initiate contact. Attachou’s penalty was terrible. No calls on 2 shots to Beathard’s head, and an incidental brush on Weeden gets called.

    I’ve seen enough of Joe Williams.

    • Winder says:

      If he doesn’t get something going by next week he is probably gone.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yeah, they’ll keep him until cut down day and when Brieda and McKinnon are back, he’ll go.

        I’m curious to see if Mullens gets 2nd team reps next week. I’ve see too many tipped passes by BeatHard, He’s tough and all, but he isn’t progressing very much.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    And the refs blow the call at the end of the game. At least they didn’t go to overtime,

  19. unca_chuck says:

    15 penalties for 140. 5 were shit calls tho. I guess the refs need their preseason too.

  20. Berger says:

    DJ Jones was dominant What a pleasant surprise. He and Day were taking care of business. They were one gapping, they were two gapping. They were pushing opponents into the play, disengaging and making plays. Very impressive!

  21. Berger says:

    I haven’t seen enough of Mullens to want him over Beathard but I definitely am starting to have those thoughts. Mullens just processes the info faster, throws over the top and has a quick release. I am looking forward to see more of his play. He did have one bonehead play. His throw to Williams right arm with a defender in his hip pocket looked like a panic throw. Williams had very little chance of catching that pass. If he was going to throw that it had to be between the numbers. Mullens should have just taken the sack. But that was one play, overall he looked in control and decisive for a 2nd week in a row. It looks like Beathard just doesn’t anticipate as well as Mullens.

  22. Lurker John says:

    Beathard looked like ass, including missing Pettis for an easy 63 yard TD after a great double-move by Dante. I agree, I’d love to see Mullens get some time with the second team next week. Jimmie Ward also had a poor game, getting shredded by a guy the Niners cut last year, and giving up a couple of other completions on which he was completely turned around. Is he on the bubble? Probably not, but I still contend he is not a CB and continuing to put him there is detrimental to the team.

    Pettis looked good, but should’ve caught the ball that was intercepted. High throw from Jimmy G, but he got both hands on it. Cole Hikutini had a nice game, including one catch taken off the books because of a Houston penalty.

    Sheldon Day and DJ Jones both continue to look good and Rueben was all over the field. I think he’s going to break out this year. And Goodwin. He looks like he’s primed for a huge, career year, IMO. He and JG have a great chemistry and nobody seems to be able to cover him. He’s really coming into his own, highlighted by displaying a toughness he didn’t get credit for earlier in his career. He’s not just a speed guy, he’s a wide receiver, one who’s perfectly willing to make the tough catch over the middle.

    Akhello also looked good.

  23. Lurker John says:

    The NFL is continuing to do things to make their game unwatchable. I’m all for player safety, but this stupid fucking helmet rule is, without the support of replay, turn into an unmitigated disaster. The great play Mostert made in the second quarter was a classic, textbook tackle and he gets flagged for 15 yards? Complete bullshit. That was a shoulder hit.

    The officials dominated this game and I don’t buy this “it’s preseason for the officials too” line of reasoning. They aren’t athletes, they’re just a bunch of old men running around with whistles hanging out of their mouths. This could be a long season from an officiating standpoint. Teams will lose plays, and maybe games because of these calls.

    • NJ49er says:

      Officiating…..
      The yoke the guides the NFL plane Lurker John.
      Ultimate authority is the tail number.
      The Airship Goodell.
      Billionaire Boys Club Charter Service.
      Anyway you slice it…..
      A Fuk’n Scam all the way.
      All in the name of player safety of course. And removing the threat of future injury claims.
      I’m canceling my NFL Sunday Ticket Plan this year too.
      Tired of being bent over by these A$$ Hats.

    • Luker, they’ll even go further if people say nothing and continue watching.

  24. Lurker John says:

    Antone Exum had some booming hits in this game. The Niners appear to be pretty deep at the safety position.

  25. Berger says:

    IMO, the new helmet rule is the result of the concussion law suits. Any business would try to protect their profits. I don’t like the rule but it was predictable that it was coming.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Well, if they implement this w/o replay support, then the game should be simply flag football. The play called on Attachou was ludicrous. The punt was a straight shoulder tackle.

    The pick was on Garoppolo. It was fast and too high. Pettis barely got his fingertips on it.

    All in all a good game minus the penalties. I thought Attachou looked good when he was in there. He wasTHe only goo news is most of the flag came on the 2nd team and later.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’m on the DVR / Catch Up schedule for this one Chuck. Likely going to try to do the whole Season this way too.
      DTV is raping us for the ‘Live’ experience.
      Given the current nature of this game and, constant rules changes, I’m finding it better to race through them on the DVR anyway.
      Too much, is TOO much, with respect to how these clowns are slicing the NFL pie.

      Strictly a profit grab with no mercy on the Avg Joe.

      • NJ49er says:

        PSLs, Primetime games up the whazzoo, endless replay delays, yada.. yada.. yada.
        Eff DTV.
        Eff Goodell.
        Eff The Man in general.
        Cuban has a point.
        Pigs get fat.
        Hogs get slaughtered.

        Time to hit’m in the kitty.
        AT&T (DTV) gives out better deals to attract new customers.
        Something wrong with that business model I’d say. No loyalty.
        No respect for guys like me who’ve been subscribers since the start?
        Homey don’t play that….. 😀

  27. unca_chuck says:

    New theread is up…

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