Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly wrote that the 49ers couldn’t have had a worse start than they did in their 18-6 loss to the Raiders last week. Well, actually they could have. At least one of their quarterbacks could have suffered a season-ending injury. Justin Smith or another important defensive player who could torn a knee.
J.T. O’Sullivan was the 49ers No. 1 quarterback for the eighth practice on Tuesday, so apparently his first-team reps aren’t merely a quick peek at his abilities. This is for real and it seems likely he could be The Man for the preseason and possibly the regular season opener. Of course, Mike Nolan said nothing has been decided.
Joe Nedney defended Nolan’s decision to kick a field goal deep in enemy territory – instead of going for a touchdown – at the end of the first half of Friday’s game against the Raiders. Well, would you expect anything less from a kicker? Nedney said that it’s important to have “some game situations during the preseason.” Right, like practicing goal line offenses on fourth down. Nedney doesn’t have to practice kicking a 20-yard chippy. But the 49ers offense does have to practice running or passing in goal line scores, so what better time to practice that than in a game which won’t count against your real record?
The 49ers got some motivational advice.