--- The good: Well, that was Tim Rattay playing quarterback Friday, and the 49ers are certainly going to need him to have any chance at success this year. --- The bad: The Niners now are 0-3 in the preseason and getting farther away from victory each time out. --- The ugly: Minnesota, lording over the Niners with a 543-167 advantage in total yardage. Those final numbers, folks, are the ones that really told the story of this debacle. --- We'll still hold to the belief that's not what the Niners' new offense will look like once the real games begin. --- Because when those real games begin, the Niners will have a quarterback who can throw without holding back. --- That's about what you should expect from Rattay after just three days of unrestricted practice sessions. --- Think that it made a difference for Minnesota's front-line defense to know that it didn't have to worry too much about defending any deep balls? --- At least you could see Rattay starting to shake some of the rust off. And the best thing about seeing him play deep into the second quarter was that it means he was healthy enough to do so, particularly considering the way the Niners have been so cautious with him this summer. --- We're big believers that preseason results don't really mean much, but we do think wipeouts such as that can set a tone for the regular season. --- Andy Lee: Getting better, but still a little shaky, and not nearly good enough. --- Andy Groom: This was his chance to unseat Lee, and he didn't take advantage of it. --- Six straight punts for the San Francisco offense to open the game. --- Two straight trips to the land of quick six to open the game for the Minnesota's offense - and it would have been three if not for a fumble deep in Niners' territory. --- Speaking of deep in Niners' territory... The Vikings ended 10 of their 11 drives on the 49ers' side of the field, and eight of them inside the San Francisco 26-yard line. --- That's kind of what it looked like the last time the 49ers' first-team defense met up with Minnesota's first-team offense. --- Julian Peterson, this team can't get you back soon enough. --- Not that Peterson's going to make a big difference if the first-team D continues to play the run like that. --- We don't question whether Anthony Adams can contribute in the defensive interior. We just question whether he can add much to a pass rush that really needs it. --- Speaking of that pass rush ... It has yet to make an appearance so far in 2004. --- Which means: Get ready to blitz, you speedy San Francisco linebackers. --- As we mentioned before, new defensive coordinator Willy Robinson won't really let 'em loose until Sept. 12. --- Still, we would have liked a few more signs in August that is actually going to happen someday. --- Robinson certainly has a realistic idea now of what he's up against after Friday. --- That was a San Francisco defensive line getting mauled Friday by a bigger, more aggressive offensive line. --- Weren't the Niners supposed to fix that this year? It obviously hasn't happened yet. --- Kevan Barlow can't do it all on his own. --- As he'll be the first to tell you, it really does make a difference having Fred Beasley in front of him. --- The line could have blocked better in front of him during August, too. --- Was that Rashaun Woods' professional debut? We really didn't notice. --- Ahmed Plummer is going to have to stop receivers this season who are much better than Kelly Campbell. --- What's missing from Jimmy Williams' repertoire at cornerback: Getting physical. --- That said, he's cagy and knows how to use his hands when he's around the football. --- But now that he has a broken thumb, the Niners have a new problem to worry about: What they're going to do at punt returner. --- Of course, they didn't get much of a look at other candidates in that area Friday with the way Minnesota's offense kept rolling down the field. --- Jamal Robertson continues to earn more regular-season carries by what he's doing with the ones he gets this summer. --- It's tough to keep a good man down, but Robertson continues to do that to Maurice Hicks. --- As we've been saying all summer, watch out for Aaron Walker this year. He has all the tools. --- Mike Adams knows how to play the football. He has a roster shot if the 49ers keep five cornerbacks. --- But Calvin Carlyle and Erik Totten didn't help their chances to be the fifth safety, if the Niners keep that many. --- Which they won't. There are too many other positions on this team that need an extra player. --- Well, look at the bright side. The Niners end the preseason in six days against San Diego, which could be the worst opponent they face in a long, long time.