A few thoughts related to the topic:
- EVERY year the defenses are ahead of the offenses all through TC
- EVERY year the running game develops more quickly than the passing game...because it is less complex.
- this game was a better learning experience for the 49ers than Houston because the 49ers can now evaluate their OL against a VERY good defense. Houston not so much because Aldon and Brooks did not play. This game reminded me a bit of the NO pre-season game last year.
- I'm quite certain that, barring injury, Harbaugh and staff could fill the 53 man roster right now based on what they have seen in practice and these two games. At best they would not change more than 1 or 2 players. The only question is which ones will they try to slip through waivers to the practice squad and which will have to go to the 53.
- the offense is going to be much improved over last season. Receivers were getting open against a pretty good secondary.
REMINDER: It is PRACTICE TIME. Harbaugh showed far less than Kubiak for a reason. Kubiak needed to see if his team could play against a top notch team. Harbaugh already knows his team can play. Harbaugh managed this game very well. He had a chance to look at the best Houston could offer without exposing his best for more than just a couple of cameos. HARBAUGH = WINNAH! (don't mean to be a homer but that is the way I see it)