Chris Culliver. Nnamdi Asomugha. Patrick Willis. Aldon Smith. Michael Crabtree. Mario Manningham. Eric Wright. Quinton Patton. Ian Williams. Quinton Dial. Tank Carradine. Marcus Lattimore. Nick Moody. Darcel McBath. Darius Fleming. Ray McDonald.
Read this aforementioned list. Read it once again for good measure. Scroll through it backwards a few times for me if you will. Let all those names soak in.
Excluding Marcus Lattimore, Ray McDonald (injured during the game), Eric Wright (not yet a 49er), and maybe Tank Carradine, these are all men employed by the 49ers who were expected to contribute to a 49ers victory over the Houston Texans before the start of training camp. It’s the nature of the beast in the NFL, but still, it’s a staggering number of talented players sidelined for the 49ers.
Instead, the 49ers strolled into Candlestick Park with key contributors named Michael Wilhoite, Tramaine Brock, Corey Lemonier, and Dan Skuta, and dominated the Texans nonetheless.
It was another one of those type of games that was tough to peg from a fan’s perspective. The 49ers defense, led by undrafted cornerback Tramaine Brock, posted 4 turnovers that seemed rather mundane. Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub played a terribly uninspired game throwing listless passes that were mistimed and way off mark. A combination of Schaub, who is a 2 time Pro Bowl attendee with a 91.6 carreer passer rating, and Andre Johnson, one of the best receivers in the NFL, were off sync. The Texans were consistently flustered in the passing game by a 49ers defense that rushed four and dropped seven into coverage.
Vic Fangio’s defense had 10 days to prepare for this game. Those 10 days gave the appearance of his defense being light years ahead 0f the seven days Gary Kubiak’s offense had to prepare for this Sunday night matchup.
Offensively, the 49ers were rather pedestrian once again. They’ve seemed to concede that Colin Kaepernick has quite of bit of developing to do yet and handed the offense back to Frank Gore and the offensive line. It’s exactly what’s needed to win right now, but it still puts all of us fans on nervous edge. We were spoiled by the early success of Kaepernick and to revert back to a mauling, rushing team seems….well, just plain boring. But “boring” wins are better than exciting losses any day.
Heck, Tony Romo will tell you that.