But all in all, it turned into a penalty-fest. they shoulda lost the Dallas game and won this one, but in the end, these don’t matter so who gives a fig? A 16-13 loss to the Texans was the score of this one, and the good news was the ref effed the call to give the TD to Houston, thus otherwise avoiding the dreaded preseason overtime. I mean really, can’t they just say ties are OK in the pre-season? Stupid fucking clowns running (ruining) this game of ours.
Speaking of ruining, the latest penalty du jour is the “leading-with-the-head-to-initiate-contact” rule. Raheem the Dream Mostert laid a textbook shoulder-to-chest tackle on a punt return and was flagged for the mouthful above. As was Jeremy Attachou when he was attempting to rush the passer and couldn’t put his head behind him as he initiated contact with the right tackle. I now everyone across the Earth bemoans the idiocy of the new rules that come out every season, and the reasons these rules are being implemented. It is to appease the lawyers of the players who later on down the road will sue for their maladies and blame football (and rightly so) for their issues.
Perhaps the league should just come up with a better response to these issues than they did with the older vets, who were basically told, tough shit guys, we are making more money than Croesus, but we’re OK with you dying in the streets of CTE, brain damage, and a myriad of other ailments. Give you 1/2 of 1% of the multi-billion dollar pie? Greedy bastards! But I digress.
Jimmy Garoppolo avoided any head injuries by actually having solid protection for his 12 passes, and completed 10 of them. He hit a nice deep ball to Goodwin for 40 yards, and had a nice improv on passes to the FB whose name I can’t spell, and Trent Taylor in the back of the end zone. Beathard continues to look too small to play in the NFL as yet again he had more than a few tipped passes and a shit load of checkdowns. Jimmy G was 7-7 on 3rd downs (and 1-1 of 4th) while CJ was 0-6. By the time Mullens came in the refs were in full laundry mode and every drive had at least 4 penalties attached to it.
And, as I wondered after the game if Mullens would get a shot running the 2nd team word has come out that CJ sprained his foot at some point in the Hou game so it’s likely. Beathard is tough, sure, but he appears to be too methodical and doesn’t see the field fast enough to get to anything more than his 1st read, then the checkdown.
Other than that, Joe Williams, he who was about to be cut, was given a reprieve by cracking his ribs in the game, and Eric Magnuson tore his hammy and is out for the year. Not good.