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Instant Analysis: 49ers 17 – Chargers 14

Posted by Scott Kegley on September 2, 2010 – 11:43 PM

The 49ers finished undefeated in the preseason after Thursday night’s 17-14 win over the San Diego Chargers.  That won’t mean anything however, when the 49ers kick off the regular season in Seattle a week from Sunday.

Here is some initial analysis…

Standout Stat: Anthony Dixon – 12 carries for 80 yards and a 46-yard TD.  The rookie out of Mississippi State has made quite an impression, scoring a touchdown in every preseason game.  His touchdown in this game showed everything you want to see from a running back.  He was patient getting through the line of scrimmage, allowed his blocks to set up down field, showed great vision to find the seam and was physical enough to stiff arm starting safety Eric Weddle for the score.

Highlight Reel: Manny Lawson showcased his athleticism at the start of the second quarter when he blitzed Billy Volek, tipped the pass in the air, caught it himself and raced all the way back to the San Diego 38-yard line. After the game, Lawson credited the play to “great team defense” and while that is probably true, the fifth-year linebacker made a spectacular individual play.

Put it in Perspective: It’s great to finish the preseason 4-0 and feel like there is still plenty of room to improve.  The 49ers failed to convert on 4th and inches on their second drive of the game.  At that point, the offense looked to be clicking on all cylinders and Singletary has stated he expects to convert in those situations. There will be some tough decisions tomorrow when the 49ers coaching staff has to make the final cuts to get down to the 53-man roster.  The true test for this team will come on September 12th when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks.

Quotable: Navorro Bowman – “It’s good to know we have guys to win.  We’re kind of seeing how good our young guys really are and how good our depth is.  Coach Sing, he’s always going to critique and get the best out of us and that’s what he’s a coach for, so we just got to keep getting better every single game.”

Mike Singletary – “Trust me, I’ve been 4-0 before in preseason and get the crap kicked out of you in the regular season. So I mean, we’re smart enough to know better now. The most important thing is you look at the film, you’re honest with yourself about what you see. We know we have a lot of detail work to do. I mean a lot of detail.  So I’m looking forward to that, I’m looking forward to getting into the rhythm of the regular season, and our guys understand the challenge ahead of us, and the focus we have to have and the detail we have to have and the consistency we must have in order to be effective once the season starts.”

Stay tuned to 49ers.com in the coming days for news about the team’s final roster.


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15 Responses to “Instant Analysis: 49ers 17 – Chargers 14”

  1. By Richard Barnett on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I know it’s only pre-season and results don’t mean too much, but 4-0 generates a winning mentality and the whole team can take that into the new season.

  2. By palco on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I could care less about pre- season, Its take a look time. One concern is the coach’s comment about Nate Davis not guaranteed a place on the 53 man roster…What ???, you don’t give up on talent like that this early, he will never make it through waivers, he will be snatched up in a New York minute. Of the three quarterbacks he shows the best promise for the future., and he young…I think this would be his senior year in college. Coach may know defense, but offense is not his strong point..It would be a major blunder to cut N. Davis, especially when you consider the five years given to the “Deer in the headlights” quarterback.

  3. By Alex on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    The reason that Davis may not make the final 53-man roster is to give that extra spot to a Special Team’s player. They’ll place him in the practice squad. Coach Sing is trying to make Special Teams a priority as well. Maybe keep both Briggs and LaBoy. I agree with you 100%, it doesn’t make sense. But do know that they aren’t giving up and QB Davis. (Too many Davis on this team) Note what Spikes had to say about him during the off season on NFL Network and what they are trying to do with him. He’s a project and its hard for him to learn.

  4. By O'Shaughnessy on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Palco, on Nate D! He’s always calm, always accurate, always consistent and his vision is on point… unlike the “Deer in the Headlights.” The only reason he’s still on the team, in my humble opinion, is because his contract is over-leveraged, in foreclosure, by millions of dollars… we’d have to pay another team to take him off our hands. “The O.C., the O.C., new play book, new play book, five times in five years.” Excuses – that ‘s a QB’s job, learn the play book, make good decisions, and throw accurate passes. One only gets so many excuses, before the burden falls on one’s own shoulders… Alex. They can’t cut Nate – he’s too smart, he’s a machine.

  5. By D905701 on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I AGREE NATE DAVIS IS A KEEPER. Jason Hill can look for employement elsewere and the jury is still out on Ted Ginn..He is the 2010 version of Willie Gault..has all the speed, but every catch is an adventure. I still have questions on the defense being able to close the deal at the end of a game like they fail to do so against Minnesota last year, because had this san diego game been a regular season game we would of be going into overtime because Norv would of kick the field goal and who knows what would of happened in Overtime..and Yes I realize that was our 3rd team unit..but the standard should be set to close the deal no matter who is in there.

    I am worried about the play of Crabtree and Vernon davis since crabtree had no pre-season play and the last time I seen davis on the field it was a mis-communication touch pass from alex smith that they both fail to deliver on. So timing and route running will be rusty.

    Zeigler needs to start on the other side of crabtree, dixon is a keeper..but he dances in the backfield too much, defense are too quick to allow him to have the type of pre-season he had during the regukar season if he continues to dance in the backfield..hopefully he will learn a lot from Gore, because he is the future.

    Had not seen enough of westbrook in this offense to determine wether its a good fit or not, but I still thinks it was a good aquistion anyway.

    I like LB’s Briggs and Lawson coming off the bench..Also I like kickoff return guy bobby guilory energy and heart.

    Overall I think Singletary is doing a hell of a job..and we should win the division
    .Also the play of Greg Munusky defense has been stellar.my only worry with the defense is that we are so aggressive at time..it makes us easy prey for long yard gainer screens.

    So letrs get ready for a good year watch The 49ers AKA ( Mike and Da Boys )

  6. By Ron on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Sing is NOT going to cut Nate… he is motivating him!

  7. By robb on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    why so hard on alex? he did not make a lot of mistakes last year in fact had better numbers than some 16 game starters last year in 10 games. he looks pretty good right now and this is his make or break year, he has all the pieces for once. can you imagine trying to learn all new plays every single year? how can you be good at something you just learned(without a line too) and now he knows a system looks pretty good in it and no faith from the faithful or anyone else except the organization and MIKE SINGLETARY. he knows what hes doing obviously because sing dosent play- he wants to win!. btw we are one of the best redzone teams in the nfl – 3rd- and it was our running game that had the issues last year with insufficient run blocking (now fixed) we lost 6 games by less than 7 so with the additions made and the same system lets have some faith in alex for at least this year!!!!!! remember a trent dilfer won a superbowl! i believe alex is much better than him.

  8. By KezarGeezer on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Nate is a keeper!! Alex, as improved as he is, still has to show us something. Changes with the offensive schemes aside, his problems seem to be more about poor decision making and poor passing in critical situations. I hope that he excels this season, but I also hope that the coach doesn’t dally around with replacing him if he underperforms!

  9. By Ralph Delso on Sep 4, 2010 | Reply

    Great preseason everything is coming together. Alex is startin to learn quarterbacking. It only took like 5 yrs. Not too sure bout david he’s off n on. Nate is showing y he should b competing for 1st or 2nd string. He gots a rocket arm n accurate unlike russel. I kinda figured hill wasnt gonna last too much longer. He hasnt been puttin much work n since shawn was traded. If alex doesnt do nothin this year I think der gonna go for another qb n next years draft or a db to b clements sucessor. Not sayin spencer aint. Jus have another lock down corner to b on da opposite side or #3 slot. We also need a defensive end to b help justin on da other side of the d line. Bt this year I still c a 14-2 year hell mayb even a 16-0 jus gotta come together like da saints have n win ring #6

  10. By paul stom on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    watched first game of sf in 1959. bobby water, joe perry, leo nomillini, etc.
    kezar was so small and cold because the sf seals played hockey underneath.
    change came with a little known qb from norte dame. slight of build and a helmet
    that always looked too large. but when you saw him under center his eyes.
    Joe Boy Montana could see the field and understand his priority receivers before
    the snap. with all of the weapons that sf has (and they are many) the offense
    should prevail in just about any senario. the defense is likewise talented; and
    with Mikey at the helm, they should rise to #1 with his influence. its more import-
    ant that these young player take on the humble persona of Mike. the man was
    not about talkin. He did it on the field. kick ass and take names. Nowadays,
    so many player (t.o) think they walk on water. they don’t! they should count
    their blessings that they get paid to play the game they love. pay it back.
    be unselfish, sacrificing, dedicated and humble. leave it all on the field after
    each game. hoorah bring home #6 as you should.

  11. By 9er4ever on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Michael Robinson was a good cut. The coaching staff finally realized that a special teams player can be made of anyone. This team is now legitimate. Alex Smith is the only question mark. Nate Davis has shown he is more than capable of getting the job done. Every interception was due to due to a reciever error excpt the one he undre threw to Guillery.

    Nate just has to step up to the challenge of Coach Singletary and become a pros pro. He must become a student of the game. A gym rat. If he does that he has the tools necessary to make it on this team and in the NFL.

  12. By ChillyNinerWilly on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    YEAH FAITHFUL NEXT WEEK IT IS ON 4 REAL!!!! DESTINATION—-NFC CHAMPS THIS SEASON…..I AM SERIOUSLY GONNA BE SO UPSET IF OUR BOYS DON’T CAPTURE THE NFC WEST…..I THINK THE NINERS AT BEST CAN GO 10-6 OR EVEN MAYBE 11-5. MY CONCERN IS ALEX..CAN HE STEP IT UP FOR SURE ????….AND CAN THAT SECONDARY HOLD IT DOWN????
    SEATTLE SHOULD BE THE FIRST VICTIM ON THE HIT LIST… SEATTLE ALWAYS PLAYS THE NINERS WELL THE ONLY TEAM WE LOST TO IN THE WEST DIVISION LAST SEASON SHOULD BE A GOOD TEST. BUT I’M TELLING YOU NOW COME SEPT 20TH I KNOW THE NINERS ARE GONNA TAKE IT TO THE SAINTS ITS GONNA BE MAYHAM UP AT THE STICK…. STILL TRYING TO GET ME SOME MNF TICKETS….YA’LL PRAY FOR ME!!

    NINER NATION WE BLEED THE RED AND GOLD!!!!

    P.S. CONGRATS OUT TO HOME BOY KEVIN JUROVICH….STAY UP BRAH!!

  13. By jamesrp on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Dumping Nate Davis for Troy Smith?!! I do not see the logic in this move.Davis understands our system and has made decent progress, while Smith doesn’t know our system and thus far has been a bust. Smith is also short (6’0″)by pro football standards, while Nate, at 6’3″ 220 pounds, has the height and weight that you look for in a quarterback.

  14. By dg on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    NATE DAVIS GETS CUT..end of story..fools

  15. By NORA on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    I LOVED THIS GAME I LIVE IN SAN DIEGO AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A NINER FAN I’M GLAD WE WON THIS GAME AGAINST THE CHARGERS

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