Observations from the first pre-season game

Aug 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM


Observations from the first pre-season game

On the evening of the 49ers first pre-season game, here are some observations that manage to stick out like Alfalfa's cowlick.
  1. The 49ers are still lacking a pass rush. When the first team was on the field there wasn't a push up the middle by B.Y. or by Adams. The 49ers didn't register a sack until the 3rd quarter when all of the second and third stringers were in the game. Adams, however, did show some promise. He executed an excellent spin move and managed to get a QB pressure that should have been a sack. He also showed great hustle in breaking up a screen pass where he first tried to jump in an attempt to swat the ball and still managed to tackle the running back for a minimal gain. The lack of pressure on Trent Green was one of the reasons that he was able to move down the field. Last year's ghosts still remain and there is yet to be a solution.

  2. Brandon Lloyd made a spectacular catch to post the Niner's first touchdown of the season. The pass and the grab were great, definitely up there for the play of the game. The pass was a show of things to come. Lloyd was often knocked for his lack of speed, bit on this particular play he showed that he is deceptively fast, or at least fat enough to get behind Kansas City's corners. It also showed the philosophical difference between Mooch and Erickson. Ex-head coach Steve Mariucci would call plays for throws down the field about as often as President Bush makes an intelligent comment—not very often. The fact that Rattay, Doman, and Dorsey were all willing to throw down the field is definitely a welcome sight.

  3. Jamal Robertson is a speedy back that will contribute on special teams. It seems like every pre-season game he manages to break a long run and this game was no exception. He broke open a sweep to the right side for 33 yards exhibiting his ability to hit the hole fast and his speed on the outside. Not only that, but his kick returns always seem to be one block away from a touchdown. He is an explosive backup that earned his stripes as the MVP of NFL Europe as a member of the Rein Fire. He adds nice depth to an already talented running back corps. I find it hard to believe that the 49ers would keep Rashan Salaam with someone like Robertson on the roster.

  4. The special teams unit has improved. Erickson's emphasis on special teams has shown up like a beacon in the middle of the ocean. Players look excited to be on the coverage units, the coverage doesn't allow players to break away (like Dante Hall, one of the most explosive return men in the game), and they are tackling better. Special teams, and specifically containing punts and kick-offs are improved, and any facet of the game that is improved upon gets the organization one step closer to the elite bracket of teams.

  5. The Doman vs. Dorsey controversy rages on. Dorsey looked like he ran away with the competition early by completing 2 for 2 with an early TD srtike. He looked sharp as a Ginsu Knife in his delivery and exhibited good decision-making. The second TD pass that Dorsey threw to Battle was on a rope, the type of laser pass that you see elite quarterback's make. After that drive however, it was a whole different ballgame. Doman came on strong later in the game and put together some nice drives. He demonstrated nice mobility and hit many of his intended targets; he completed 11 of 12. On one scramble he reminded me of a seasoned vet; making sure he didn't cross the line of scrimmage and drawing the linebacker toward him enough to deliver a strike to Salaam for the first down. Dorsey looked a bit frazzled after the first couple of series. He was overthrowing receivers and looked like a rookie. Unfortunately, given Doman's experience, Dorsey can't afford to look like a rookie. The competition looked neck and neck to me, and we'll just have to wait out the rest of the preseason to see if one of these prospective 49ers proves that he is above the competition.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



First look at 49ers rookies on the practice field

By David Bonilla
May 13

The San Francisco 49ers kicked off a three-day rookie minicamp this afternoon. It's the first time players from the team's latest draft class have been able to suit up and get on the practice field, including defensive lineman Drake Jackson, running back Ty Davis-Price, and wide receiver Danny Gray. David Lombardi of The Athletic shared some videos of the rookie draft class going through their first practice in red and gold. Rookie QB Brock Purdy in a 49ers uniform for the first time pic.twitter.com/NQnawclz62— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself)



49ers missing from this 2022 season playoff prediction

By David Bonilla
May 11

The San Francisco 49ers should be pretty good in 2022, right? Yes, they are entering the upcoming season with a second-year starting quarterback who played just 178 snaps last season, and the interior of the offensive line is uncertain, but the rest of the core remains. San Francisco has been a playoff participant in two of the last three seasons, with an injury-plagued 2020 campaign being the exception. There is still star power with names like George Kittle, Trent Williams, Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, and, hopefully, Deebo Samuel. Winning the NFC West over the favored defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams may be an uphill battle, but surely they will participate in postseason play, right? Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports doesn't believe so. He



Top 5 most-anticipated 49ers games of the 2022 season

By Romelo Bracy
May 11

After posting a 10-7 record and winning two playoff games in the 2021 season, expectations for the San Francisco 49ers for the 2022 season have only gotten bigger. The 49ers opponents for next season have already been revealed and they have the fifth toughest schedule this season when looking at the combined teams 2021 win percentage (.533). With the schedule looking to be quite challenging, there should be a plethora of epic 49ers games this season. In turn, let's take a look at the five games 49ers fans should have circled on their calendar this season. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 49ers Tom Brady will march into Levi's Stadium for the first time since 2016 in Week 11 with the New England Patriots. Brady and the 49ers have had



49ers rookie Kalia Davis not molding his game after D.J. Jones

By Rohan Chakravarthi
May 13

The San Francisco 49ers begin their rookie minicamp on Friday afternoon, giving fans and media their first look at the nine rookies the team drafted, as well as the undrafted free agents the team signed or invited to camp. One player that likely will not participate in team drills is sixth-round defensive tackle Kalia Davis, who is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last fall, which likely played a role in his falling draft stock. Davis has had an intriguing journey, playing linebacker during his freshman season before transitioning to the defensive line, which he attributed to his bigger size. "Well really, I moved from linebacker to D-lineman because my body was changing," Davis said. "I [gained] a little too much weight. The biggest part about


Featured

More by Oscar Aparicio

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone