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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
Interested to see Luck. Been a while for him.
Good to see Thomas back. And l like them starting Warner as if this was game 1
Get these drops out of the way
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.
A good throw and it’s at least first and goal there.
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
Looks like we may have a starting RB.
Niners pounding the run.
One thing that needs to be shored up is the fucking penalties. A first down run called back because of a hold.
Fucking mistakes. Penalties, dropped TD’s. WTF.
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
3 drivenkilling drops and too many penalties
Again, pathetic pass rush.
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.
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.
Morris and McKinnon sounds like a good combo, with Breida in the mix as well. Morris is a professional running back. How refreshing.
JG should’ve been picked at least twice. Not liking that at all.
I’d say the Colts were looking at tendencies there, something to watch for in the season.
I will say they were killing the Colts over the middle all game.
They did finallynadjst
Sloppy, sloppy game, again.
And drops, this time by Pettis. You ain’t in college anymore, dude, gotta bring those in.
Eat hard looks a little better anyway
Got to love autocorrect
LOL. I thought it was intentional.
Couple dumb play calls but too many drops and penaltirs.
Unbelievably BULLSHIT CALL. Fuck the NFL if that’s a penalty.
Like Ryan said , if they make these calls in the regular season, they WILL lose a lot of fans.
I’m watching the Colts broadcast, and they pretty much admonished the official for that shit call.
Everything they throw up gets caught, while we drop passes left and right. WTF Shanahan.
Isn’t that a horse collar tackle?
10 more penalties for 98 yards and a whole quarter to go.
45 is getting abused out there.
Nothing like taking a huge step backward in your “dress rehearsal” game.
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.
Doesn’t sound like any serious injuries occurred, so that’s good.
Seems I was a bit premature. From 49ers.com:
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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