Santa Clara, CA – The penalties are becoming a big problem big for the 49ers. In the second game of the preseason, the mistakes proved costly for San Francisco. Brain Hoyer and his offense looked awful, they turned the ball over five times including a interception and four fumbles.
The Denver Broncos took advantage of every opportunity resulting in their 33-14 victory over the 49ers. Paxton Lynch who struggled in the two days of joint practice, looked more like a quarterback in command tonight after he threw his first touchdown. Denver’s offense then jumped to a 20-0 lead in the first half.
“Obviously, disappointing when you turn the ball over five times, four times on offense, you’re never really going to have a chance to win the game,” said Hoyer. “So, we’ve got to do a better job protecting the ball.”
“That whole game was concerning,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “You start out the first half with four turnovers. The penalties, again… The ones that were disappointing were the pre-snap penalties. Those are ones that I know we can for sure do something about. But, five turnovers in a game, four turnovers in the first half. Struggling to run the ball there too, just looking throughout the game. It’s really tough to win when you put your team in that situation.”
The penalty situation for the 49ers seems to consistent in the first two games of the preseason. In the first series Denver punted the ball 45 yards, Jaquiski Tartt turned the ball over and the Broncos recovered to set up C.J. Anderson’s 1-yard touchdown. By the second quarter Brandon McManus kicked two field goals for 45 and 51 yards to end the half.
San Francisco made things a bit more interesting to kick off the third. Backup C.J. Beathard looked more like the starting quarterback. It took 3 plays and 72 yards for the 49ers to score a touchdown and make it a 20-7 game. Beathard threw two passes, a 39-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson for the first down and a 29-yard pass to George Kittle for the score.
However, the 49ers defense didn’t so much to stop Denver from a field goal and another touchdown in the second half. But the play that caused 5 flags to be thrown on the field was just another bizarre situation adding to more penalties. After San Francisco punted the ball late in the third, flags hit the ground from all over. Apparently five penalties had been committed on the play, three holding calls, a block and a personal foul.
“First time. First time. That was bizarre. I mean, they couldn’t even explain the penalties,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said. “That’s never happened in my career.”
Needless to say Shanahan has his hands full on getting this team ready by the home opener against the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers are without a few key players due to injuries, Defensive Lineman DeForest Buckner (ankle), Left Guard Joshua Garnett (knee) and Cornerback Jimmie Ward (hamstring). They still have two more game to pull it together.
“Well, I think this is our first time handling a little adversity as a team as the 2017 49ers,” said Hoyer. “I think we have the right guys in that locker room that we’re going to go tomorrow, Monday, and watch the film. Be really critical of ourselves, ask what we can do better individually. Then move on and have a great week next week.”