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It’s only preseason, right? No need to be worried right now after what we saw with game two. Well, maybe a little worried. There were some hiccups as the 49ers took on the Broncos Monday night. But we also must remember the 49ers still haven’t played a complete series yet with all their starters, on both sides of the ball.
First the offense:tight end George Kittle, starting center Weston Richburg, and starting right guard Mike Person did not suit up for the game and you saw their absence on the field. Jimmy Garoppolo had more Broncos than 49ers in the backfield,and Denver linebacker Bradley Chubb made it a point to have his presence felt the entire time he was on the field.
O Jimmy, Jimmy, wherefore art thou Jimmy? Garoppolo hasn’t played in almost 12 months and it showed. Garoppolo was rustier than the Tin-Man from the Wizard of Oz. He was 1-for-6 with zero yards and an interception. He should have had two, but the defender dropped the ball.
Now interceptions have always been my biggest gripe with Garoppolo. Even going back to the five games he won in 2017, he still threw five interceptions and only seven touchdowns. Last season, before he was injured, he threw three interceptions, which should have been four but the interception that would have cost the 49ers the win against the Lions was called back because of a penalty. And to top it all off this game is following the much-reported story of Garoppolo throwing five straight interceptions in practice.
It’s only preseason, and with more practice and more games,it will hopefully provide the necessary oil to loosen Garoppolo up and take away the rust.
Enough bad, let’s talk about some good. For the second week in a row we have seen some improvements on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos could not get any type of running game going Monday night and the 49ers’ front seven was still without Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and Kwon Alexander. Get these guys in the lineup and sky’s the limit with this defense.
The 49ers’ running game hasn’t missed a beat from last season, no matter who is in the backfield. We got a glimpse of Coleman in a 49ers uniform and his first two runs for the Red and Gold went 12 yards and four yards. As of right now Coleman looks to be the locked-and-loaded starter in a Kyle Shanahan offense, as well as a fantasy football darling.
Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd continue to make the presence known this offseason. Samuel took a jet sweep 45 yards all the way down to goal line.
Just imagine four-wide with Pettis and Taylor or Pettis and Goodwin this upcoming season.
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