Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
3rd preseason matchup against Denver should be THE game to watch:
1) starters will play most of the 1st half
2) it's sorta a "tune-up" game for week 1
3) nationally broadcast on FOX
4) we see what we missed out on (for better or worse) in Peyton
Normally yes but remember the 3rd game and tune up against the Texans. We started off real good with an Ahmad Brooks pick 6 like a few plays into the game and after that we didn't do anything. It was 30-7 and look how the season turned.out. A lot of people were already calling for Baalke and Harbaugh's heads. People have to be patient. It's obvious we are going to play vanilla and not show other teams anything. So expect a lot of struggles especially since we will play our backups a lot more than most teams. We have a lot of good position battles. No need to really see the 1st string defense. 1st string offense might get a bit more work than the 1st string defense. A lot of work for the 2nd/3rd string defense like Tukuafu, Dobbs, Ian Williams, CJ Spillman, Cam Johnson, Brock, Cox, Robinson and Colin Jones, etc. Good thing is we know what we have in the 1st string defense so we can find out what we have in the 2nd/3rd string and if they are valuable backups or if they need upgrading next year.
As for the offense I'd expect to see a lot of Kap, Johnson and Tolzien. We probably get a lot of Jenkins, Williams and Ginn. Manningham and Moss should get more than the 1st string to catch them up but not as much as the backups. Other spots on the 1st string that will get extra work include RG (boone/kilgore) and expect a lot of work from Kilgore at center. Some from Slowey and Beeler to see if they are worth keeping as 3rd backup. Expect a lot of work from Dixon, Jacobs and James at RB.. Hunter and Gore don't need much work. A lot of action for the 3 3rd TEs as well. Bottom line don't expect much out of the 1st units and expect a lot of vanilla. Expect us to get a lot of work out of the backups which is good because we can find out how deep we are or if we need to replace some of these guys next offseason. P.S. Don't be surprised to see us trying Tukuafa at FB or maybe even Cartwright as well. We need to see who would be backup if Miller went down. Is Sopoaga a full time replacement or are those other two more long term or do we have to get someone from the outside?
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Jul 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM ]