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Sims is Playing ‘Outstanding’ Football

Posted by Taylor Price on November 17, 2009 – 3:31 PM

Coach Singletary had a pretty direct answer in responding to a question regarding the play of Barry Sims.

“Outstanding. It’s a pleasant surprise,” the 49ers head coach said of the 11-year veteran who has filled in nicely at left tackle for injured tackle Joe Staley. “I think he’s done a great job. I’m really excited about what he has been able to bring to that position. I think he’s done a phenomenal job.”

Outstanding, check. Great, check. Phenomenal, you can check that too.

Definitely some high praise for Sims, who has given up just a half sack in two starts this season. Sims practically had three starts, considering that Staley was injured on the first play of the game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Sims’ experience (129 starts in 159 games) has been a big plus in helping the 49ers offense the past couple of weeks.

Upon learning that his coach had called Sims’ play ‘outstanding,’ quarterback Alex Smith agreed with his coach’s opinion.

 “I think just that, he stepped right in and hasn’t missed a beat. He has played really well,” Smith said of his fellow University of Utah alum. “That’s hard to do, come in and play left tackle in this league where you are getting matched up every week against big-time pass rushers; the way he’s played has been great. I don’t think twice back there, I trust those guys up front.”

The rest of the 49ers offensive linemen also have a lot of trust in Sims.

“He’s a salty vet, so he knows what it takes to be successful,” said left guard David Baas, the man who lines up directly next to Sims on the line. “That’s what we expected out of him and we’re glad he’s doing well. We trust each other a lot out there, so that’s a good thing.”

Teammates like tight end Delanie Walker said Sims’ experience is exactly what the 49ers offense needed when Staley went down.

“He’s been doing a great job of executing his assignments and he’s been communicating well with the tight ends on certain blocks that we have to accomplish,” Walker said. “He’s been doing a great job. He’s been a leader for us.”

Walker said one of his favorite things about playing with Sims is how the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman enjoys what he’s doing on the field.

“He’s the same guy; he doesn’t change on or off the field. I think that’s what makes him a great person,” Walker said. “He goes out there and does what he has to do. I like to see how he acts, I’ve seen him on the field smiling after a big play and I think when other players see that – it puts a smile on your face.”

Losing a player like Staley might have damaged the mindset of some teams, but the 49ers felt confident in Sims, knowing they had a player who has experienced practically everything a player could experience in the NFL.

“It’s tough replacing Joe, because Joe is a great tackle and a big part of this offense,” Walker said. “But I think Barry stepped in and has done a great job. We know he could do it because he had been doing it for a long time. Nobody doubted him, we knew he was going to step in and take care of the big shoes he had to fill.”

More Tuesday Notes:

-Singletary announced on Tuesday that rookie running back Glen Coffee will return this week after missing the Bears game with a concussion. Defensive tackle Demetric Evans will also return to action against Green Bay after missing the last few weeks with a shoulder injury.

-Other injury news: Takeo Spikes is still day-to-day with a hamstring injury. If unable to play, linebacker Matt Wilhelm will step in as Spikes’ replacement. Only Staley (knee) and cornerback Nate Clements (shoulder) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

-Singletary said that veteran wide receiver Isaac Bruce would return to action this Sunday after missing the Bears game (ankle), but would be behind Josh Morgan, who will start opposite of Michael Crabtree against the Packers. The 49ers head coach was non-committal in naming Bruce as his No. 3 receiver, citing that the coaching staff would have to determine the usage of receivers based on the personnel package.

-Asked if having the weekend off was a good thing for his players, Singletary answered: “I think any time you have an extra day or two for guys to get their legs back underneath them, some of the pounding that they’ve taken, to heal and use it wisely, I think it can do nothing but help us.”

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28 Responses to “Sims is Playing ‘Outstanding’ Football”

  1. By ben hernandez on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    no disrespect to issac bruce, but I think it is time to let our young recievers start the next few games we have left.I believe delanie walker should return punts
    or kickoffs.He gives us the best chance to get good field position.

  2. By baltimore rios on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    is Takeo really hurt or is coach sing just impressed w/play of Matt that he is sitting T.S.. i hope we get clements back sooner than planned, were going to need him in the playoffs.Barry Sims you are amazing bro. keep up your hard work.

  3. By Taylor Price on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    Singletary isn’t sitting Spikes, if Takeo can play against Green Bay he’ll get the start. But if Takeo is unable to go, Singletary said that Wilhelm will get the call. That’s all that was said today, Spikes is your starter until further notice.

  4. By Andrew MacRae on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with ben. I’m really glad we have someone like Bruce around just in case the floor drops out of our receiving corps, but he hasn’t been playing well at all this year. We also have seen flashes a good play from Jason Hill, not to mention a lack of play from Brandon Jones.

  5. By jon on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    This is a huge game for the niners. When you look at our team we saw 2 different teams out there. The one that executes for half the game and the other that kind of just hangs around the rest of the game. We need to play a full 4 quarters of spreading the defense out, making blocks down field, and not turning the ball over. I have no doubt that we COULD beat the packers on their turf, but it depends on what team shows up. Everyone is talking playoffs and I believe this team can get there this year, but without everyone playing their hearts out, we will have to wait til next year. We need to start finishing drives and score vs a sack on third down that takes us out of field goal range. I believe we can do this, but do the players? Do they have the heart to move foreward? We will see this Sunday

  6. By chris on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    it will be a tough test once again. i have faith as a niner faithful but have to play a balanced game……offense has to finish drives with some points and field position will be crucial.

  7. By Estevan on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    As a young team i think everything is going to begin to surface soon and the big plays are just ahead offensively and defensively we do however need to finish what we start, when we get turnovers we need to score points. we need to have mental toughness and discipline when we get tired, and the mental mistakes will go away. Finishing our drives without penalties is easier said than done, but we need to have the mental discipline to know what to do and what not to do at all times. I think that the young guys will get it but it just takes time. There is no doubt in my mind that the team all wants to win but I think that when we mature we have to seek out the desires that we want and until then we don’t really find the mental discipline that we need. I think coach singletary is working on helping the guys mature and soon hopefully it will all come together.. We all have to stick together as a team; because the team stands for “Together Everyone Accomplishes More” and so as fans of the best team in the NFL we have to support our team through the rough times and the good times… A dedicated fan forever Go 49ers… Keep it up team your doing a great job!

  8. By Estevan Gastelum on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    I think we have a great shot of beating the pack at home, but mental disipline is must, mental mistakes will kill you everytime….

  9. By David Achiro on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    If this offense can get us to the playoffs, this defense can surely take us far, maybe even to the big dance. However, the offense is still sputtering. I believe there will be a time when this offense will click. there are alot of timing issues between the receivers and Alex. Once that gets worked out I believe this offense will be strong if not stronger than most offenses. Remember Alex has only started a thumbfull of games and is still really getting his feet wet. Urgency has to be upmost with the offense now. If they don’t start clicking this week or next week we can kiss the playoffs goodbye. I certainly hope this is a breakout game for Alex.

  10. By KENNY on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply


  11. By Rick Carroll INDIANA on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    Lets go niners, here we go…!!!! hoo hoo

  12. By Erick on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    Well i agree with all of you guys, but if we do make playoffs, i dont think we will go far because of the lack at QB: Alex Smith just doesnt fit in our puzzle to where we want to go. So i suggest giving Shaun Hill the rock and see what he can do at crunch time.

    GO NINERS!!!!!!!

  13. By josh on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    i think alex smith is a koo quaterback i jus think we need to open up the offense n take some shots down the field n let our yung receivers get der n make da big play den we will start dominating teams all day

  14. By wade on Nov 18, 2009 | Reply

    Once all of the bugs are worked out in the offense, we will be unstoppable! I have no doubt that we will make it to the playoffs. And i told my wife that when we make it to the superbowl this year, im selling my car to buy tickets. I have faith in our team and look forward to selling my car to support the team.

    Predictions: V. Davis and M. Crabtree will catch TD throws and F. Gore will run it up the gut for a TD. D. Goldson will get an interception and return it for a TD.

    Go Niners!

  15. By wade on Nov 18, 2009 | Reply

    Oh yeah, and P. Willis will sack the QB which will make him fumble then we’ll return it for a TD.

  16. By john(HAWAII) on Nov 18, 2009 | Reply

    PUT SHAWN HILL BACK? u must BE joking…. our offence is 10 times better with Alex. With Alex the DEFENCE has to respect the long ball just becuz alex got the arm to do it. As soon as da team all start cliking then we can open up the play book and take more chances down field .IM not so sure Hill can make the throws that alex can. I really think Alex looks alot more comfortable in the game then he ever has. Most of his picks were catchable balls that bounced the wrong direction . Even the great payton manning throws some bad balls the deference is his WR make amazing catches and thats wat we need from our WR. they have to catch every thing thats catchable not let it bounce off their hands. Im sure we all seen this happen. So with that note i like to call out our WR. We know were stacked at WR but its time to show the rest of the nfl.

  17. By CR316 on Nov 18, 2009 | Reply

    This team is not hard to comprehend. If alex and the WRs can get it done this team will end up in the playoffs along with their solid defense. The 49ers are 2/3rds of the way from becoming a competitive team that can go the distance and win the games they need.

  18. By Cheyenne on Nov 18, 2009 | Reply

    Ok, 1st things first. Barry Sims has stepped up when we needed him and given further proof that there is NFL life after the Raiders (yeesh). Its hard enough to be effective at left tackle in this league without being thrown into the mix after sitting as long as he has. He’s manned up and been great in Staley’s absence.
    Next order of business, Alex Smith. Many, if not most, of us 49er Faithful sold our stock in Alex without much cause. I think we’re still spoiled from Montana & Young that we’ve forgotten patience. Is he (Alex) great now? No. Can he be? That is still yet to be seen but I believe he can be. I think he shocked even us when he came out “guns blazing” in the 2nd half vs. Houston. Even though my own voice had been somewhat quieted by the lack of current greatness I never completely sold my stock in him. Given time and weapons he can and will be great!
    Great quarterback play cannot be independent of exceptional receivers and tight ends. I think its safe to say that Vernon Davis is coming into his own and paying dividends. Isaac Bruce has been a disappointment this year, I’ve never seen him drop so many balls before at any point in his career. Michael Crabtree has shown that was worth a 1st round pick, maybe not the 10th overall and definitely not the extended hold-out. Just think of how much better our team would be doing if he had swallowed his unwarranted pride and signed before training camp. As good as he has been he can definitely be better. I’m happy he’s a 49er but he’s put us through more than necessary and he’s only a rookie. Josh Morgan is coming into his own and just needs to keep working. I think that if we keep this coordinator (Mr. Jimmy Raye) longer than one season then we’ll see the potential our team has.

  19. By pablo on Nov 18, 2009 | Reply

    i agree with all you guys, i feel the passion in this team, mike is doing a great job, but we need a healty RB, gore is always injured, our o-line need to be stronger than every past game to move the ball and let D rest, ´cause in 4 qrtr is tired, so in that qrtr teams score to much points, i think morgan and crabtree are going to score this sunday even vernon, if we stop packers O we are going to be on the road..and the next step will be beat arizona to win the division and go to playoffs. by the way, i realy think that alex y better than hill but he needs to be smart.

  20. By anthony on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    If our coaches would realize that taking a few shots down the field with Morgan or Hill, possesion with Crabtree and Bruce and dominateeverywhere with Davis on 1ST down……throw to set up the running FRANK GORE, we would crush teams. Even the PACK this Sunday!

  21. By anthony on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    We also need to replace Manny on the left with Haralson and Haralson with Brooks on passing downs. Manny is quick but has no outside inside trickery to his pash rush. One other thing, is any one starting to realize Willis’ lack of coverage ability. That is where Manny thrives.

  22. By anthony on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

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    Alex Smith is going to be as Great as our own play calling will allow him to be. The Niners can not consitently put him in obvious throwing downs and not expect NFL D- Cordinators not to have the proper defense called. Lets start to surprise some defenses again. Ist down play action, streaking V.D from the TE hash and or Hill or Morgan on the oppsote side of the field. It seems to be so simple to see. Our O-Line would definately give Alex the time. We basically run a constepated style of offense now where we are only wiling to strtch the field when we have lost the lead. If we do not make the playoffs it will be Singletary’s and Raye’s fault soley!

  23. By anthony on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    My comments concerning our LB’s are only considering pass rushing attempts. We have possibly the quickest LB’s in the NFL but can get no sacks. Either they need to hit the weight room or work on some Dwight Freeney like pass rush moves!

  24. By dre on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    well let me put it like this i know that alex is a better quterback then shaun but the o needs to stop playing so conservitive i love the way thay came out in the chicago game throwing the ball the first past to crabtree was a catch and they keep throwing but soon as alex long pass to crabtree was intercepted i knew they was going to get conservative now if you seen the pass crabtree stumble a little and it gave the corner time to adjust to the ball but the very next series i knew it was going to be run run run they need to give the passing game time to get it together i think alex crabtree and jason hill with vernon will do fine.

  25. By jeremy on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    Unless Singletary had mentioned Barry Sims play I probably wouldn’t have noticed. Then again offensive linemen are a position you don’t notice unless they miss a block or get called for being offsides. And if they are ‘noticable’ during games its not a good thing.

  26. By Martin on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    Please get rid of Jimmy Raye. We need someone with a creative playbook. Someone who will help Alex get points on the board.
    Bring in Mike Shanahan as offensive coordinator and pay him what ever he wants.
    WOW wouldn’t that be incredible.
    Bring in Mike Shanahan BACK TO THE BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. By skyboy71 on Nov 20, 2009 | Reply

    I think the niners are coming along….we are not superbowl material but this team needs to stick to a system longer than one year, I dont agree with some of rayes calls but he has to be scrambling with the cards he has been dealt. (you cant tell me any oc at the pro level or any level with that much experience wants to make bad calls)we still havent recovered from losing bob mckitrick (R.I.P. i think i spelled his name right if not sorry bob) as o line coach he was a genius even just a little more disciplined o line we buy a little more time and makes their blocks then qb makes better decisions, receivers make a few more catches, running backs have better holes, cant drop balls on special teams, tight ends should never jump offsides, if everyone is doing their job just a little better besides atlanta we would have at least 3 more wins, we are getting better, learning from our mistakes, but if we change the system we will have to learn that system before we can even have the opportunity to implement it and find out what works with the talent on the field and learn all those jobs over again. GO NINERS …. LOVE EVERYTHING YOUR DOING!!! KEEP GETTING BETTER AND EVERYONE BETTER WATCH OUT!!! (and we have MONEY this off season) listen to ed, jed and spend some

  28. By skyboy71 on Nov 21, 2009 | Reply

    there is no way shanahan is coming back as oc hahahahahahahahahahaha

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