The Season is Nigh

Here we are 4 days away from the opening preseason game with the Chiefs. 12th man will ably represent the gang here, so I can’t wait to see how this goes. Given the COVID nature of things, the shorter practices, less hitting, less time in camp, and now one less preseason game, it is hard to gauge how well we (or any team) will come out of the gate. But the possibilities seem endless.

Camp has been fairly quiet, which is good, but most of our starting D line hasn’t been on the field yet. That includes Armstead, Bosa, Ford, and Ebukam. We’ll see how that goes. They may be rusty. I just hope they are ready. Guys like Trey Sermon are making a big impression, Verrett is apparently playing as smooth as glass, and guys seem to be in the right place at the right time.

As far as the Franchise goes, word out of camp is that the 49ers have already vastly improved Trey Lance’s passing accuracy within the six short weeks he’s been part of the organized team activities. Troy Aikman said a while back that you can’t teach accuracy, but by looking at Josh Allen’s stats they tell a different tale. In his rookie season, he threw for 53%. 2019, 59%, and last year 69%. Sure, routes being run, length of passes, yadda yadda yadda, but that’s a pretty steep climb. One of Lance’s issues coming out of college has been his accuracy, but the Niners seem to have a handle on that.

Mainly because accuracy is all about Bill Walsh’s mantra. Footwork. He would tell the other coaches, don’t watch anything but Joe’s feet. Watch his feet. Walsh taught Montana that the cadence and placement of his feet dictated everything about a given play. He would repeat the drops over and over for a given play so that his feet would always be in the right place once he reached the end of his drop. Joe, being smart enough to get what Walsh was saying, figured it out pretty quickly. Also, repeating that footwork as a platform th throw off of build consistency and a repeatable pattern of success.If a 3 step-drop play went to 5 steps, then the progressions would be off and the play would be where it was designed to go. If the passer double-clutched or hesitated, the play was usually lost. These plays were designed with precise timing in mind.

Flash forward to now, and the 49ers coaches noticed immediately issues with Lance’s footwork. in the short time they have worked with him, his accuracy has shot up. 22-24 in yesterday’s practice. Sure, it’s practice, but again, like Walsh taught, you find the problem, you fix the problem, then repeat it over and over until it becomes automatic. He has become more and more of a possible starter this season in the eyes of the coaching staff because of his grasp of the tuning of his throwing motion and footwork.

Can’t wait to see this!

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11 Responses to The Season is Nigh

  1. NJ49ER says:

    Seems from reports I’ve read, Trey is fearless with his throws. Trusts his eyes and his arm.
    That alone puts him ahead of Jimmy IMO.
    Speed of the game is the hurdle he’s got to conquer.
    So long as Jimmy double taps and fails to pull the trigger, Trey moves closer to seeing playing time.

  2. The Failure is Nigh says:


  3. Irish Kevin says:

    Article in the Chronicle, Kyle ran a play with only 8 seconds on the clock. Trey didn’t do so well. And JG did a little better

  4. alleykat69 says:

    49ers add depth at Safety with uncertainty with injuries to Tartt&Jefferson by signing Ha Ha Clinton Dix. Solid pickup with 16 career picks a former 1strd pick of Packers and also played with the Bears..

  5. Winder says:

    All it’s gonna take for Lance to start is for Jimmy to not play up to his capabilities and/or gets dinged up. Once Lance gets to start I doubt he’s gonna give it up easily. We are already in the not know zone about a whole crop of players who are coming off of injuries. Looks like Hurd is out the door already. If that is the case I know Seattle will pick him up. I can’t wait for this to start either. Go Niners.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I’ve liked Ha Ha for a while now. Solid safety.

    Our whole starting D line may not see the field until September 12th. Hurd is 4/5ths of the way out the door. Shame. If he ever gets on the field, he’ll be a stud.

    • alleykat69 says:

      Could of taken Scary Terry McLaurin instead of Crystal Jalen Hurd in that draft!
      How scary would they be now with McLaurin,Samuels,Aicuk (sp), & Kittle? lining up? Just freaking unstoppable that’s what.
      But hey, they got the 2 Trey’s Stud Lance, and Stud RB Sermon who I believe will take over as the lead back and could be included as ROY before is all said and done.RB Elijah Mitchell another value pick as well.They did great getting those 2..

      • Winder says:

        Yeah, I draft McLaurin in FF just about every chance i get. With Fitgerald(sp) at QB he should really shine.

        When we drafted Hurd we thought that he could be a TE, RB, and a WR. And, be good at all of those. Little did we know he was made of glass.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, 20/20 hindsight and all that. But I think they’ve done well for themselves these last couple drafts. All about staying on the field. Or getting there.

  8. 12th Man says:

    Game day!!….

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