Originally posted by NinerBuff:
- WR play until Manningham and Williams are healthy, when Crabs is back, we'll be fine. Until then, it should be tough.
- O-line play if/when we get an injury to our starting group.
- QB play if Kaep goes down (which will pretty much signal the end of the season for any team)
- Pass Rush - have multiple levels of pass rushers
- TE - Vernon + McDonald + Celek is a great TE corp
- RB - Gore + James + Hunter + Dixon will be strong
- Boldin - Beast
- Secondary (surprisingly, Reid looks legit)
- 1st team O-line (Davis got beat by a ridiculous spin move by Miller, but Kaep is too fast for even Miller)
I don't think we can judge backup QB play based on last night. Here is why:
I will likely get flamed for this because I understand it is high heresy to criticize the great Jim Harbaugh, however, Harbaugh gave Tolzien and McCoy no chance last night. By playing both QBs behind the backup OL while Denver's first string defense was still on the field was just plain dumb. If, either of those two guys have to come into a regular season game, they will NOT be playing behind the backup OL. Consequently, it would have made a lot more sense, and given everyone a much better idea of how they could function, had they been able to play behind the 1st string guys.
Back up QB in this league is a HUGE deal. You have to have someone who can come in and win games, not just keep the ball from falling on the ground, if you are going to get into the playoffs. Therefore, extra time needs to be given to doing everything you can to make sure you have a guy who can do that. This is even more true for the 49ers this coming season than last. Last year everyone knew that Alex Smith could come in to relieve Kaepernick if he were injured. However, that is no longer the case. As important as it is to solve the WR issue, picking the right backup QB is even more important.
Last night, in terms of identifying which of the the two primary candidates is the better backup was a waste of time. Moreover, the fact McCoy suffered an injury while trying to play behind a bunch of guys who will not even make the roster was an inexcusable piece of dumb by Harbaugh. The fact Denver chose to keep their first string defense on the field as long as they did gave Harbaugh a great opportunity to get a much better feel for the most important personnel decision he will face this year, and he wasted the opportunity. Not good coaching.