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Preseason 2013 - Week 3: Thoughts after rewatching the game...

Corey lemonier looked phenomenal...he gets so much push and pressure on the qb. He an Alcon will be something serious together...

Patton. Smooth...

Baldwin made some good catches too...funny that they said he has bad hands...

McDonald...dude knows what to do w/ the ball for sure.

Reid looked good but I missed the 2nd quarter so I didn't see everything
It sounds a lot to me like when Harbaugh was saying that they would NOT release Alex Smith knowing full well that they couldn't keep him. It smells to me like they are trying to signal to somebody that Colt will not be released and they need to pony up a pick if they want him. I have no idea if it'll work, but I never thought they'd get anything for Alex...let alone what they got.

Ya just HAD to do it, didn't ya? Just couldn't leave him out of a game day observation thread that he had no part in...


( j/k... not a deal... enjoyed the OP )
I think theres a spot for hawkins. He seems to have the only deep speed on the team at wideout. Im worried about lmj returning punts. that did not look good. great write up!
Good post. Im was just happy to see wr making catches. Patton with the TD catch and Baldwin not dropping passes. Overall a good game.
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*** How did Greg Jennings get matched up on Eric Reid on that first deep pass? Where was the Cb? Thought Reid did good to get in position on that pass. Loved his tackling.

Quinton Patton has to get some snaps he is a player like Kendall Hunter whom needs to be getting some snaps.

Nnamdi looks way better than Brock or Cox,

Joe Staley had an outstanding game against Jared Allen.
Another post with observations I agree with

Regarding point #2: It looked to me like Harbaugh put in a game plan that was tailored to McCoy's strengths - short swing passes. He completed a bunch of those. I don't remember any passes that were over about 20 yards in length. This looked like a conscious effort to make McCoy look as good as possible.

There are two ways to look at this: It was a realization by the Staff that McCoy is not ready at this point to do anything more (due to lack of time in the system, injury, or that's really all he can do), and they think that this is enough to mangae a game and keep the team in it if Kaep goes down for awhile

OR

Make him look as good as possible to any teams who might have been on the fence about giving up a draft pick, even a 6/7 rounder, to acquire him.

I ask myself "Do I really think Harbaugh and Company want somebody who can throw swing passes (and little else) as their QB?"


If it hadn't been for the 2 really poor passes (Interception thrown into tight coverage and the overthrow on third down to wide open receiver), it might have worked.
Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
Marvin, I'm with you about want Wallace and Daniels as the backups.
I think the reason McCoy was intercepted is that he threw the slant four or five times in a row. If that's all he can throw, then he'll be essentially useless.
I don't know whether Daniels will survive on the practice squad.
I didn't see the Looney block as a cheap shot. I think he was already low to the ground and Williams got caught changing direction. Time to watch the replay.

It definitely was a cheap shot, no doubt about it.
Originally posted by Whomeam:
It definitely was a cheap shot, no doubt about it.

It wasn't that it was a cheap shot as much as it was a p**** shot. Like someone else mentioned, he could have just blocked like a man. Instead he gets back up, to go back down to his knees. If I was KWilliams, I would be pissed too.
I think if looney had hit him high they would have flagged him for a crack back block. that being said. its really low to hit a guy like that.
Originally posted by LottOfDefense:
Originally posted by Whomeam:
It definitely was a cheap shot, no doubt about it.

It wasn't that it was a cheap shot as much as it was a p**** shot. Like someone else mentioned, he could have just blocked like a man. Instead he gets back up, to go back down to his knees. If I was KWilliams, I would be pissed too.

No to me at was definitely both.
Originally posted by outside4949:
I think if looney had hit him high they would have flagged him for a crack back block. that being said. its really low to hit a guy like that.

anyone got a gif of the action in question?
Nice post Marvin. Agree with all your points but am sad/unhappy with a couple developments.

  • Tolzien is really underwhelming for a guy who has been on the team for two years. The niners really need a veteran who can keep the team on an even keel if CK has a game off. Wallace is a vet but new to the team and Daniels is a rookie. They are the best players but neither has a keen grasp of the offense yet. How quickly Wallace can gain this will dictate what happens to McCoy and Tolzien.
  • Hawkins/Looney--two guys who evidently have no clue. Perhaps they know they are on the bubble and felt they had to make a play...but had no clue what to do after the play? Yikes! Dumb x 2.

A couple of things that made me smile as I read your post:

  • MacDonald was my favorite draft pick (and the most needed this year with the loss of Walker--tied with Reid). You are correct--every time he is on the field I notice the guy. A block downfield, a nice catch...whatever, the guy can play.
  • Patton is a smooth route runner. Perhaps the best I've seen on the niners since...naw...can't say it...love watching this gtuy.
  • Baldwin--every time I noticed him in KC he was high pointing the ball and making a nice catch...usually on the sidelines. That is his strength and I see him as a killer receiver in the RZ. FINALLY! A guy who can make those important catches. With Boldin and Patton they have some very nice options.
Originally posted by Whomeam:
It definitely was a cheap shot, no doubt about it.

This, it was the definition of a cheap shot. I still dont understand lineman that chopblock when all they need to do is get in the way to nullify the defender from the play. He could of literally stood still and Williams would have been just as blocked. Instead he dives for the knees and almost ends a dudes season, hopefully he apologizes and learns from it.
Nice post as usual Marvin.

For QB's it is just the law of supply and demand. The Jets have none and the Bills have only Leinart right now. We have 5. We can afford to deal and will get an above average return in draft picks for a small initial investment.
Michael Wilhoite is a keeper. He's worked his way up through the practice squad and is a good replacement at inside linebacker. Cowboy looked nasty, he's poised for a monster year. It's going to be interesting to see how many players cut by the Niners are resigned around the league. I would imagine many.