Aug. 28, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comRookie Phillip Adams, who did good work as a cornerback a week ago, might have wrapped up a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster with an 83-yard punt return in the first half.The 49ers led 17-14 at the end of the first half.Receiver Michael Crabtree was a late scratch from the game for unspecified reasons. Coach Mike Singletary said on Thursday that Crabtree would play approximately one quarter. Crabtree had returned to full practice after missing nearly two weeks with a neck strain.Tight end Vernon Davis (right knee strain) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (hamstring) did not play. Also, left tackle Joe Staley played one quarter before leaving with a right knee sprain. He appeared fine on the sideline, standing and walking without a limp.The game also featured the exhibition season debut of running back Frank Gore. He tore off on a 49-yard run the first time he touched the ball. But that drive eventually stalled when he mishandled a pitch from quarterback Alex Smith.Smith completed 9 of 15 passes for 113 yards and touchdown. He tossed a 16-yarder to Josh Morgan, who had three catches for 31 yards in the first half. Gore had two rushes for 58 yards. Here's what Gore had to say, courtesy of the 49ers' public relations department:On how it felt to get back out there: "It feels great man, especially going through training camp all month and I didn't get to go against another team. I was like a little kid out there. I was happy.On the 49-yard run: "Our O-Line and (fullback) Moran Norris, they did a great job and the receivers did a great job down field, and it was there and I hit it. I was patient, I was patient and I exploded through.On how comfortable he feels on the field: "I feel great, man. Coming off a great camp, you know, I'm happy to be out there. My new O-linemen (left guard Mike) Iupati, (right tackle) Anthony Davis, and you know my old boys, they have all been doing a great job up front too. You know, we just have to keep working and get ready for the first game.On how it felt to run behind Iupati: "It was wide open. He's a big guy, a wide space so they can't see you behind him and I was there, waiting for the hole to open and I just hit it."On what happened when he fumbled: "You know, I saw touchdown. I didn't look the ball all the way in, I was looking up the field because I saw a touchdown and the ball slipped. It's something that won't happen in the regular season."
SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.
Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.
After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.
“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”
Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.
Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.
Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.
“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”
Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.
Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”
More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.
Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.
Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.
“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.
“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”
Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.
“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”