Well, that was ugly. The Niners win, but boy, it’s raining flags. The good news is our 2nd string offense and defense played pretty well against Dallas’ 1st string o and d in the 1st half. We kept Dallas out of the end zone, and even got some pressure on their QBs.
Mullens and The Beater looked decent, with a couple hiccups. Jalen Hurt had a very nice game, with 2 red zone TDs. Bourne looked rusty with a couple drops, the run game was not really there, but then again, we were down to our 3rd stringer there with the mirage (McKinnon) not playing, and Brieda and Coleman out as well. Deebo had a play or 2, and Dwelley had a nice gain over the middle on 3rd down.
D was decent. We held their Elliott-less run game in check, and did a good job on Dak and keeping him corralled and out of the end zone.
Whether this is the new NFL or not, the Niners decided to not play 90% of their 1st stringers in this game and won’t play them in the last preseason games. That didn’t stop the injury bug from hitting the team as swing tackle Shon Coleman was lost for the year, and a nagging foot problem for Trent Taylor turned out to be a broken foot.
Frankly I like the idea of leaving the starters out for weeks 1 and 4 of the preseason as the injury rate is skyrocketing in today’s NFL. And, I sure don’t get how that game was called by the refs. They neglected to review a questionable PI call that was supposed to be automatically reviewed, and some of those holding calls were dubious at best.
Hochuli, like his dad, craves that air time.