-- The first couple of offensive series of the Dennis Erickson era didn't look a whole lot different than the boring, dinky stuff we saw all too often last year under deposed head coach Steve Mariucci.
-- But it got a whole lot better from there, thanks to a lot of young guys who could hold the future for the 49ers, even if they may not figure so prominently in the present.
-- Brandon Lloyd's first catch as a 49er couldn't have been much more impressive.
-- Ditto for Arnaz Battle
-- Ken Dorsey
, the quarterback of the future for the Niners? We think maybe so.
-- Anybody still wondering if Dorsey has caught and passed Brandon Doman
on the depth chart yet?
-- It was a bad omen to see a 49er defender being helped off the field just four plays into the preseason.
-- It was an even worse omen to see him wearing crutches on the sidelines the rest of the game.
-- That extra time working on goal-line defense in training camp sure looks like time well spent.
-- Jeremy Newberry
starts at center and puts in a few solid series with the first team? On that bad ankle? This guy is one tough hombre.
-- Somebody is going to be open this season whenever the Niners come out in four-receiver sets.
-- Jed Weaver
has to hold onto the ball if he's going to catch it two yards from his own goal line.
-- Those Niner linebackers can play from sideline to sideline to sideline.
-- We'd sure like to see John Engelberger
getting a little bit closer to the quarterback on passing downs.
-- There's got to be a place on this team for Jamal Robertson
-- Jeff Ulbrich
obviously doesn't plan on relinquishing his position in the starting lineup.
-- If nothing else, Arland Bruce
just earned a longer look as a kick returner.
-- You've just got to love the way Ronnie Heard
went mano-y-mano with Tony Gonzalez
near the goal line.
-- That's not exactly the way anybody hoped Jeff Chandler
would start out kicking the ball.
-- Let's just go ahead and ordain rookie Anthony Adams
as a starter at defensive tackle right now.
-- We'll take that kind of performance anytime from Mike Rumph
-- Bill LaFleur
doesn't appear to be any more consistent punting the ball than he was last year.
-- Ray Wells
put his name into the mix. Too bad for him he plays linebacker.
-- Kwame Harris
is learning the hard way, but he's learning.
-- Several of those young defensive backs showed the Niners something.
-- One of the big knocks on Rashaan Salaam
always has been that he puts the football on the ground much too often.
-- A 24-6 thumping of the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium wasn't a bad way for the Niners to start things off under their new coach. Not bad at all.
Inquisitions, proclamations, observations and sensations from a sultry Saturday night in Kansas City when the 49ers intermittently sizzled in their exhibition season opener: