I have to admit I only really watched it once...from the stadium. I tried to watch it again but passed into a sunburnt enduced coma that I'm still not yet recovered from. Forgive me if I miss a few things as I haven't had that much of a chance to really go over the game on my DVR outside of a few plays here and there.
1) Kap: Just fine thank you. Deep shot to Lloyd should have been a TD. Not sure if Lloyd lost it in the sun or what. Looks quick, nimble, and decisive. Checked down to a back on a few occasions for good gains. Was off target a bit and had some dropped....but all in all not much to complain about.
2) Gabbert: ...........................................
3) Dial: From what I saw, continues to impress. A presence in there that needs to be accounted for. Huge and mobile. Works hard. I'd like to see him sub in from time to time for Jerod-Eddie and Dobbs just to see how he fares with the "first team" on D.
4) Carradine: Same deal. He seems to get pushed past the play sometimes and gets caught in the wash....but from time to time he really flashes something. The should have been sack was a good example.
5) Borland: Yeah...he free-lanced again and left Dahl exposed in coverage for the TD, but he also made several good plays on D. Really knifed in on a few occasions like a bowling ball to take down ball carriers. Far more impressed with him after this game than I was after the last one.
6) Ward: Seems to be going through what most DBs go through when first playing in the NFL. He's getting his lunch handed to him in coverage. It happens. He's learning. Where I've seen him really impress tho is in run support and just making tackles. A guy may make a catch on him, but that guy goes down. No RAC. After the Carradine "sack", it was Ward that came up and made the play to make sure the 3rd down didn't get converted. He's not quite ready for primetime, but I see what the team saw when they drafted him.
7) Hampton: Please cut him. Soon. I'm not going to claim that he had great running lanes or that the line was helping him all that much, but it just seems that the guy is constantly "running to darkness". I'm liking Smith more than Hampton right now. Please LaMichael, get healthy. No more Jewel Hampton.
8) Dawson: Preseason for Kickers too. :)
9) Levi's Stadium: I'm already in love with the place. Maybe its just my seats I love or maybe I've just been fallowing the process for so long that the fact that I was sitting in ANY new stadium would elicit this reaction...but I'm in love with the place. I love my little alcove with food and bathrooms about 30 feet away. I love that I ran to the bathroom during a TV timeout and was in my seat before play resumed. I love that I was able to get food with no line halfway through the game (tho there is certainly a training issue there...I ordered a cheeseburger, Hot Dog, Diet Pepsi and a water and the laty looked at me like I was speaking Portuguese. That will improve...but pretty clear most of those peeps were really, really new.
Bottom Line tho....GREAT new building to enjoy for the next few decades.
10) Preseason in general: I really didn't spend much time here after the game yesterday because I already knew what was gonna happen. I knew the sky was falling. I knew we'd be lucky to win a game this year, etc, etc. Same stuff happens every year...people WAY, WAY overreact one way or the other in the preseason, and the lesson here is that you learn NOTHING about team success or failure in preseason. You might learn about individual players in certain scenarios, but NOTHING can be drawn from a final score.
Instead of beating my head against a wall calming 49er fans down, I was on Seahawks.net forums because that was a lot more fun. While there are some in there who are much more pragmatic and are just poking fun, there are really 'hawk fans in there that think these preseason games mean something. They really think the Niners are about to completely implode.
MAN I can't wait for the season to start.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Aug 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM ]