I was looking forward to San Francisco’s season opener. Preseason games are pretty dull since star players see little playing time to avoid injuries. And our rural cable TV system had outages during 2 of the 3 Niners’ preseason match-ups.
The 49ers-Vikings contest was the second part of a Monday night double-header. I thought the SF offense looked pretty good, but the defense needs to improve if they want to get to the play-offs. Minnesota’s offense was able to move downfield with little opposition on the first three downs of most series. The SF defense does deserve credit for stepping up when it counted, and keeping the Vikings from scoring – although I wouldn’t have been surprised if Minnesota had put points on the board a few times.
ESPN game commentators mentioned that SF QB Colin Kaepernick (a local favorite since he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno) had worked on his skills over the summer. I could see the difference this made several times when he couldn’t find a receiver and I expected him to run, but he waited a bit longer and then threw the ball. Certainly that strategy will keep him safer, which is especially good without a reliable back-up QB. I just hope this training hasn’t taken away Kap’s natural instincts, which made him such a stand-out in the first place.