San Francisco vs Denver : The value of the joint practices with the 49ers is in seeing something new and learning how to adjust to it.
San Francisco vs Denver
San Francisco’s wide-nine defensive alignment and versatile linebacking corps caused problems for the Broncos offense during Friday’s practice. Running lanes were scarce. Downfield connections were rare. The 49ers’ intensity was also palpable, and three Denver giveaways resulted.
The 49ers’ 4-3 defense was a different look to begin with, but as quarterback Drew Lock noted, that was far from the only new wrinkle; the 49ers used more two-safety looks than the Broncos, with a scheme that emphasized more single-high-safety alignments.
“It’s really just kind of the exact opposite of what we normally see in practice, where that might have been a little of what was going on yesterday,” Lock said. “You don’t know what the Niners are going to play.”
When the Broncos’ offense and San Francisco’s defense brawled Saturday morning during their second joint practice, rookie quarterback Drew Lock chose discretion over valor.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a peacemaker, but I pick my fights wisely,” Lock said with a laugh.
Lock and the rest of the Broncos offense would be wise to take the fight to the 49ers in Monday night’s preseason game (6 p.m.). After a woeful Friday performance, the offense responded with action (more good plays) and words (out-chirping the chirpy 49ers).
A carry-over for Lock will allow him to take another step toward being Joe Flacco’s backup on Sept. 9 against Oakland.
Lock was 7-of-11 passing for 34 yards against Atlanta. The operation was clumsy and Lock’s throws inaccurate.
There are several connections between the Broncos and Niners starting with respective general managers, John Elway and John Lynch, and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and his dad, Mike.
The teams teamed up for two joint practices on Friday and Saturday at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood.
After Monday night’s game at Broncos Stadium, the Broncos will have two remaining preseason games on short rest – Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Los Angeles Rams and Thursday, Aug. 29 home against the Arizona Cardinals.