Preseason Game III – The Colts

Of all the preseason games, this one is at least mildly interesting. The Niners will likely play the starters for the whole 1st half, and they will also do a little game planning. Something absent from the first 2 games, and definitely missing from the last (scrubbini) game.

Beyond that, we will get out first sighting of Richard Sherman, our newly minted player-coach-mentor to the young secondary.  I hope he plays slow and easy and saves himself for the real thing in Minnesota. As it is, the secondary, along with the defense as a whole has not been very exceptional. It has been fairly flat. Run D is decent, but we are getting little to no pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. Granted Salomon Thomas, the guy poised for a breakout year, and Arik Armstead, another guy who has been injured a little too much, bot are on the shelf for the remaining preseason. Hard to know what we have there. Jeremy Attochu looked good last week, and I hope he gets first team reps this weekend.

Of course Eli Harold and his bad angles and blown coverages has finally been jettisoned, but we have a couple unknowns in Mark Nzeocha, and Pita Taumoepenu to fill his spot. Guys who, before I started writing this, I’d never heard of or seen on the field. What they’ll likely do is move Dekoda Watson from DE to the strong side. I guess. Like I said I know nothing about Eli’s backups, and really, if they couldn’t out-play Eli, how good are they?  At least they have three weeks to figure it out. As it is, Nzeocha gets the start on Saturday.

Frankly, I think the offense looks really good at this point, despite the run struggles. I think that will come around as the season progresses. My big concern is was and will be our pass rush.  Good secondary play can only last so long, but a strong pass rush makes a middling secondary look great. Fred Warner looks solid in his limited play, and the LBs in general seem fine. Even the line play up the middle has been decent. Jones and Buckner have  looked solid. As a whole though, the defense isn’t thrilling me. Yet.

I’m sure the regular season will be different, but again, pass rush is king.


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52 Responses to Preseason Game III – The Colts

  1. Winder says:

    The only thing i am worried about are injuries we can’t take to many of em. We now have speed all over the field I am looking to see what Warner, and Moore can handle. Should be a fun game to see. I also think Mullens is gonna get more playing time.

  2. Lurker John says:

    Arik Armstead is scheduled to start against the Colts, so he isn’t on the shelf for the rest of the preseason. It’ll be interesting to see what he brings in this game, because he needs to bring something. Alfred Morris is slated to start at RB, and will likely get quite a few carries. Richard Sherman will also see his first game action.

    A lot of stuff to watch tomorrow night!

    • niOnibA says:

      I have a good feeling with Armstead. Last year he was not in the right position (BigEnd) if I understood correctly, which is on coaches, and there is also a good back up rookie (Taylor).

      • Lurker John says:

        Yeah, he will be at the so-called Big End position. I should also add that Malcolm Smith will also be getting his first game action as a 49er.

  3. Winder says:

    Everyone we drafted this year is gonna make the team. I just wish Harris could get on the field. We already knew about Street. So there is a whole bunch of bright sides to look at but it will probably take a little bit for everyone to gel. Just look what we got in the 7th rd the last two years.

    • Lurker John says:

      I agree, Winder. As of right now, this is looking like another solid draft. I think we’d all like to see the defense step up tonight, as well as the running game.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Interested to see Luck. Been a while for him.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Good to see Thomas back. And l like them starting Warner as if this was game 1

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Get these drops out of the way

  7. Lurker John says:

    Jimmy has been sailing a lot of his passes the past couple of games. Get the damn throws down. Garcon made an excellent catch and run on his high pass.

  8. Lurker John says:

    A good throw and it’s at least first and goal there.

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    Good play calling, I like that these are plays they will run in the regular season. Keeping with the running game to see what lineman is producing. So far I like what I see

  10. Lurker John says:

    Looks like we may have a starting RB.

  11. Lurker John says:

    Niners pounding the run.

  12. Lurker John says:

    One thing that needs to be shored up is the fucking penalties. A first down run called back because of a hold.

  13. Lurker John says:

    Fucking mistakes. Penalties, dropped TD’s. WTF.

  14. Lurker John says:

    It should be 14-0. Morris looks fucking awesome. I don’t know anything about Jeff Wilson, but he’s looked good on his carries, too. 15 penalties last week, and more this week. That has to change. Still, the team is moving the ball

  15. unca_chuck says:

    3 drivenkilling drops and too many penalties

  16. Lurker John says:

    Again, pathetic pass rush.

  17. Lurker John says:

    Easy money. Saleh better pull his head out of his ass. That’s a terrible drive to give up. The Colts did everything the Niners couldn’t do on their drive.

  18. Lurker John says:

    Morris is excellent at making cuts in the hole and he’s pure north-and-south, none of this dancing bullshit. Joe Williams may be down the road.

  19. Lurker John says:

    Morris and McKinnon sounds like a good combo, with Breida in the mix as well. Morris is a professional running back. How refreshing.

  20. Lurker John says:

    JG should’ve been picked at least twice. Not liking that at all.

  21. Lurker John says:

    Sloppy, sloppy game, again.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Goddqmn penalties

    • Lurker John says:

      And drops, this time by Pettis. You ain’t in college anymore, dude, gotta bring those in.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Eat hard looks a little better anyway

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Couple dumb play calls but too many drops and penaltirs.

  25. Lurker John says:

    Unbelievably BULLSHIT CALL. Fuck the NFL if that’s a penalty.

  26. Lurker John says:

    Everything they throw up gets caught, while we drop passes left and right. WTF Shanahan.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Isn’t that a horse collar tackle?

  28. Lurker John says:

    10 more penalties for 98 yards and a whole quarter to go.

  29. Lurker John says:

    45 is getting abused out there.

  30. Lurker John says:

    Nothing like taking a huge step backward in your “dress rehearsal” game.

  31. Winder says:

    Not very inspiring but it’s still pre-season so I hope we at least answered some questions. That lowering of the helmet rule is gonna cause a lot of problems and it pretty much gives the fucking refs total control of the game. Sad.

  32. Lurker John says:

    Doesn’t sound like any serious injuries occurred, so that’s good.

    • Lurker John says:

      Seems I was a bit premature. From

      “There were two notable injuries for the 49ers. Reuben Foster (concussion) and Jimmie Ward (quad) left the game early. Foster should be cleared from the protocol by the time he returns from suspension in Week 3. It’s unclear how severe Ward’s quad injury is and whether or not it will impact his availability for Week 1.”

      Jimmie Ward is proving to be another China doll, as fragile as glass, constantly injured. As indicated above, Rueben’s concussion is less concerning because he’ll be out till week 3. He looked good in the game otherwise.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Ward is no great loss. He’s been getting toasted regularly. Foster will be fine by the time he comes back. WAY too many penalties. Got to clean that up.. The drops killed 3 TDs, if not more.

    • Winder says:

      Problem with Foster is that he’s had some concussions at Alabama. You can only get so many of those and they start to mess with you. Hopefully, it won’t be a recurring thing. I saw Moore get beat a couple of times it might take some time with him being a new position. We are gonna be a work in progress this year.

      • Lurker John says:

        He was awful in the second half (Moore). I agree about the concussions, they definitely have a cumulative effect. Hopefully Sherm can stay healthy, be effective and act as a steadying influence on the young secondary guys.

      • Lurker John says:

        Moore wasn’t awful in the second half. Hopefully Sherm can stay healthy, be effective and act as a steadying influence on the young secondary guys. And I agree about the concussions, it’s known that they have a cumulative effect. Not good, but Foster will have a full month to get right.

    • Lurker John says:

      Yeah, it’s known that concussions have a cumulative effect. Not good, but he’ll have full month to get right. Moore was awful in the second half. Hopefully, Sherm can stay healthy, be effective and be a steadying influence on the young secondary guys.

  34. Berger says:

    Was it a coincidence that Arik Armstead comes back and the D-line stopped the run game cold? He takes so many double teams, everybody else gets to work one on one. Also, this was the best game I’ve seen from Solomon Thomas. DJ Jones was an animal again. Great game by the D-line!

    The offensive line was killing it too. Garnett looked like a starter! The only negative for the starters was Tomlinson’s penalties.

  35. Winder says:

    It did look like we were getting some good push from the Dline. I am not sure how many starters Indy had on their Oline though.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up- . . . .. . .. . . . . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . …. . . .

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