Good morning! We’re two days removed from our first performance of the Kyle Shanahan era, and while the 49ers won there’s one thing painfully apparent: We need more out of the starters. While most of what was in the game is what to be expected, especially with a complicated system like Shanahan’s, I’d still like just a bit more to show me the team will be competitive.
At the same time, it was nice to see them at least running a scheme that wasn’t horrible. The playcalling wasn’t bad (even if it was vanilla) and there were few high marks, but I wish that the roles were flipped; Brian Hoyer goes downfield and scores while Alex Smith has some fits. That’s impossible given how long the Chiefs have had to gel with Andy Reid’s system (kind of funny how that works).
The second preseason game will give us a bit more. I’m excited to see how this 49ers offense does against the Broncos defense—that’s no slouch right there. Let’s see what they give us. Onto the links:
49ers extending role for first female coach, Katie Sowers (Inman)
49ers' DeForest Buckner expected to miss time (Biderman)
49ers’ Solomon Thomas battles Chiefs, butterflies in NFL debut (Barrows)
49ers’ Thomas in no rush to declare arrival after strong debut (Branch)
49ers 53-man roster projection 4.0: After exhibition win over Chiefs (Biderman)
Five facts on 49ers Reuben Foster, Solomon Thomas (Inman)
49ers schedule 2017: San Francisco gets treated to needed breaks (Sporting News)