I’m sorry I missed last week’s game and I won’t be able to deliver another one for this week. Between projects picking up at work and traveling / family things at home, I just haven’t had the time to dive into the stats and write something good. Instead, I’ll write briefly about what I’ve watched over the past two weeks and add some news:
First off, my apologies for the long delay. I was out of town this past weekend and, for privacy and security reasons, I didn’t want to inform everyone prior to leaving. I recently got married and we went to visit some family and friends on the east coast who couldn’t attend.
This game came as a complete shock to me. I had a strong feeling we would lose this game, but I am pleasantly surprised. One of the largest observations I have to say is that I think the Bengals beat themselves more than the Broncos beat them. There were two obvious interceptions that were dropped, and the Broncos got 5 first down from penalties that extended drives.
In my recent 10 things I liked/didn’t like post, I alluded to Trevor Siemian’s ability to go through progressions and getting the ball to open receivers. I also mentioned that he has a tendency of checking down too quickly.
I previously wrote about Brock Osweiler when he was still with our team. As I was watching the Houston Texans game against the New England Patriots last night, it’s unfortunate for me to say he hasn’t improved in his weaknesses at all. There still isn’t enough tape for me to properly evaluate Trevor Siemian, but I like what I see so far. I say his biggest weakness is he is too conservative at times and reminds me a little of our previous quarterback Kyle Orton.
I’ll review our last game against the Colts, since they had a little more tape from another game and could adjust their defense accordingly.
I rare pay attention to the media, but I was getting a good laugh at the power rankings prior to this game. It’s amazing how if you lose three players on defense and get a new QB then your rankings drop significantly. Statistically, Trevor Siemian is looking better than Peyton Manning.
However, the statistics don’t show everything. What they don’t account for is 100% of the job the quarterback does prior to the snap: changing up the play, making checks, reading the defense, etc. Despite Manning’s poor play in the regular season last year, we still had an effective offense because of his pre-snap decisions. This showed in the Super Bowl too.
Siemian is a work in progress. He should’ve made some changes at the line of scrimmage on Sunday. When it came to throwing the ball, though, he played decently. One of his biggest strengths is the ability to sling the ball despite the pressure. He makes defenses pay for blitzing him by completing passes to open receivers. His weakness is going to his checkdown too quickly. He doesn’t believe in his ability enough to sling it out to his first option. At least he is reviewing his throwing options unlike a particular someone (ahem Brock Osweiler).
I think I stopped breathing the last 5 minutes of the game. I honestly thought the Panthers would win this game, and they nearly did! Nearly is the important keyword, as they did not, obviously. We made a lot of adjustments at halftime and we looked like a different team in the second half. In any case, here are the 10 things I liked, and the 10 things I didn’t.
Last night we witnessed what the quarterback of our future, Paxton Lynch, is capable of. We also witnessed why he isn’t our starting quarterback. He requires at least another full season to learn the system and all the parts of being a quarterback. A quarterback just doesn’t throw the ball; They have to read the defense and setup the offense to succeed. He is partially to blame for the poor play of the offensive line.
One person I’m not going to throw on the list of bad things is Punter Riley Dixon. After the game, head coach Kubiak stated that Dixon was requested to try some new techniques during the game. Here are the 10 things I liked and the the 10 things I didn’t:
This one was hard for me to find things I didn’t like outside of a few players who will likely be cut. The Rams look much improved from last year with a good defense. It will be interesting to see if they claim the division.
This is my personal opinion, so take everything with a grain of salt. I don’t feel like writing a long introduction, but I will have additional thoughts at the end, so without further ado:
The 49ers defense looked pretty good. Listen, the game didn’t go as we all wanted, but that’s why we have a preseason. The common topic that is on everyone’s mind is whether we should throw Paxton Lynch into the quarterback conversations. We absolutely should, however, keep in mind that almost all of his snaps were against a majority of players who won’t be on the 53-man roster. I still think he requires a season of grooming under his belt before he can play against a team like the Carolina Panthers.
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I love the preseason! It gives an opportunity to see how strong our depth is behind the starters should they go down. This game also displayed the flaw of John Fox’s philosophy “next man up.”
In Kubiak’s system we see players rotate in the game. Some of these players stood out as taking huge strides last year in comparison to the years prior. One player that stood out to me was CB Kayvon Webster. Drafted in the third round of the 2013, I worried every time he was the next man up for the years that followed. This all changed in 2015 when Kubiak entered the picture. Webster looked like he needed development earlier in the season, but as the season went on we witnessed an overdue growth. In the playoffs he was fantastic, and we witnessed more of what he’s capable of yesterday.
It wasn’t only him. Todd Davis, Virgil Green, Shaq Barrett, Cody Latimer, and a few others from the John Fox regime were electric last night. But, here’s the amazing thing: 0 points against. This shows we have serious depth on defense.
Here’s the 10 things I liked and the 10 things I didn’t like: