Posted: 5:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013
By Aaron Malone
Nearly all of today's links are still dealing with the aftermath of the sloppy victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Sure, it wasn't pretty, but it sure was fun....the ending at least. Our second team defense looked beastly agains the Chiefs first string offense. Perrish Cox looked great once again. Nobody has scored an offensive touchdown on the 49ers this preseason. Parys Haralson was great on defense and special teams, blocking and recovering a punt. The Chiefs were unable to pass the ball on our secondary, and, to be honest, it would be difficult to accomplish that feat with such pressure from the likes of Corey Lemonier and a variety of secondary blitzes.
How did you like the secondary blitzes? Cox had two sacks! Eric Reid made a big play in the red zone to force the Chiefs to settle for a field goal.
Once again, our wide receivers looked subpar. They were nearly shut out in the first half. It gets back to the chicken and the egg debate, when you factor in our less than impressive quarterback play throughout much of the game. It wasn't until the Chiefs scout team defense came on that they started to look alive.
And, of course, special teams stunk. Phil Dawson nailed all three of his field goal attempts, two from 55-yards. But the coverage unit was terrible, giving up a long kickoff return for a touchdown and generally looking like they didn't know their assignments. I know that a lot of these guys are not going to be on the team and everyone deserves a shot to show what they can do, but this has to be worrisome.
Hate to do this to you guys, but I have to get these Nuggets finished up a bit early due to a dinner date with my brother-in-law. There will undoubtably be more links coming out, so if you happen across any, please get them in the comments below.
49ers vs Chiefs
Christian Gin gives out his grades for the each position group on the 49ers. As could be expected, most of the offense received poor marks, while the defense stood out. Special teams, as we witnessed, stunk. | 49ers report card against the Chiefs in Preseason Week 2 (Gin)
Sando gives us a few things he took from the game. Michael Wilhoite shined once again. His play to break up the pass to Dwayne Bowe in the red zone probably saved a touchdown and was what you'd expect from NaVorro Bowman. | Three things revisited: 49ers-Chiefs (Sando)
For the second week in a row, Marlon Moore started the game and finished it after the first series. It implies that he's the starter. One would assume Kyle Williams will have something to say about that when he's healthy. I still want to see what Moore can do. Is Coach trying to hide something from us? | 49ers playing time: Short night for starter Moore (Maiocco)
Eric Reid got that big hit on Alex Smith to force an incomplete pass (should have been ruled a fumble). He got most of the snaps with the first team, and I'm hoping he's squeezing out the rest of the competition on his way to winning the starting free safety job. | Snap judgments: Craig Dahl starts but Eric Reid gets snaps vs. Chiefs first string (Barrows)
Eric Branch notes how the 49ers receivers struggled against the Chiefs first team defense in the first half. They were nearly shut out until Chad Hall made a reception 28 minutes into the game. They really didn't show up until they were playing the Chiefs scout team defense toward the end of the game. But a game winning drive is a game winning drive. | WRs can't catch on vs. Chiefs' first-stringers (Branch)
Glenn Dorsey Enjoys Return to Arrowhead (49ers.com)
Daniels Emerges in QB Battle (49ers.com)
49ers Evaluate Receivers in KC (49ers.com)
Being a Sheep
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