My take on the quarterback situation
J.T. O'Sullivan - The game ball? Really? The guy had like three good plays and all three were bad throws. The 23 yarder to Hill was low and behind, the 22 yard corner route to Morgan could have been easily knocked down if the cornerback stuck his hands up, and the 57 yard touchdown to Morgan was extremely poorly thrown. His most accurate throw was probably that first one to Davis on third down. That interception was both a horrible decision and a horrible throw. If I had to give him a rating it would be 8/10
Alex Smith - As I said during the game last night, Smith looked really tense. He had a few overthrows but overall he wasn't much worse than JTO, if at all. He really should have hit Hill on that pass in the endzone but Hill still didn't seem to try very hard to catch it. Not much else to say except that all his passes were a bit off and the second team offensive line once again didn't give him nearly as much time as the first team gave JTO. He really didn't play enough again but he did scored on 2/3 drives. The coaches really need to give Alex some time with the first team to make an informed decision about this. If he doesn't get any time with them this week I think we all realize this QB "competition" is a joke. His rating would be a 7/10
Shaun Hill - It is becoming really clear that last year was a fluke. He has just looked plain average in the first two preseason games, against a lot of players who aren't even gonna be on a team come regular season. He had one nice pass to Zeigler, who made a good catch. 5/10
- The first team offensive line looked absolutely amazing. They were giving O'Sullivan all day to throw once again and opening some big holes in the running game. The only critique I can give based on last night was that Joe Staley was getting pushed back a little by Cullen Jenkins. The tackles on the second team offensive line looked awful, again, but Chilo Rachal looked good again.
- Frank Gore is gonna be have a monster season. He looked much faster than he did last year. DeShaun Foster looked average again and Thomas Clayton looked okay as well. I seriously want Keasey and Norris cut and to list MRob as FB so we can keep Clayton
- Josh Morgan is a beast. I didn't believe all of the training camp hype but 9 catches for 182 yards and 1 TD in two preseason games is great, especially considering most of his catches were on off-target throws. He could be starting come regular season. Jason Hill also looked great last night. Really nice adjustment and run after the catch on the 27 yarder from JTO and amazing run on the end-around. Another guy who was impressive again was Dominique Zeigler. He could honestly make this team and if he doesn't he is definitely going to the PS. Ashley Lelie is not going to make this team
- Vernon Davis looked good in limited action. Had a great run after the catch on his second reception. One thing that stood out to be was a missed block on a run, though. I didn't see much of Delanie Walker so I guess there wasn't much thrown his way
- The entire first string defense was amazing
- Going off of these first two preseason games, Ray McDonald is looking like a steal from last year. He is getting tons of pressure. Isaac Sopoaga and Justin Smith are looking like they deserved those contracts. The back-ups, most notably Walter Curry, Ronald Fields, and Louis Holmes (again) looked good. Kentwan Balmer had a terrible game getting pushed around almost every play.
- Manny Lawson and Patrick Willis both looked great when they were in as expected. Takeo Spikes looked slow and out of place but he did just get here. Jay Moore looked good for the second week in a row. Dennis Haley and Larry Grant both made a play or two. Tully Banta-Cain was completely owning the Packers' back-ups. Two sacks and two tackles for a loss. Parys Haralson seemed to be getting some pressure on the quarterbacks
- The secondary was completely and utterly amazing. They had almost every Packer receiver on lockdown on almost every play. The starters especially, Nate Clements, Walt Harris, Michael Lewis, and Dashon Goldon, were great. Three back-ups that stood out to me were Markus Curry, Shawntae Spencer, and Donald Strickland, they had a couple of big plays. I have to wonder if Tarell Brown even played because I didn't see him. Reggie Smith had another solid night.
- Allen Rossum was awful until that touchdown. Not only was he not having good returns when there were lanes but he wasn't making fair catches when he should have been
- The coverage units both looked good outside of when Jordy Nelson, who is obviously a beast, was returning kicks
- I like this Ricky Schmitt kid. Too bad he is not beating out Joe Nedney at kicker and there is no way he is beating Andy Lee at punter