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Week 15 Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Eagles

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 20, 2009 – 11:54 AM

Whew, we made it!  It snowed 23 inches yesterday in Philadelphia, which is the most in one day in the city since 1909.  So, I guess I’m glad to have been a part of history.  It would have been nice to see some of this historic sites on Saturday.  We were next to them, we just couldn’t see them in the white-out weather conditions.  I posted this picture on Twitter yesterday when we braved the storm to grab lunch.

We still have a little over two hours until kickoff and it’s a scene seeing all of the stadium staff frantically trying to clear the piles of snow from the seats.  Just outside of the stadium, they were filling up dump trucks with snow to try to clear parking spaces.  Unbelievable!  The field looks to be in great shape though so the playing surface shouldn’t impact the game.  It’s actually a pretty nice day, a little cold, but that’s about it.

Check out the 49ers and Eagles injury reports.  Joe Staley should play for the first time since injuring his knee against the Colts.  He’s listed as questionable.  I’ll also post the inactives around 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

49ers Inactives: QB Nate Davis (3rd QB), CB Keith Smith, CB Nate Clements, LB Diyral Briggs, C Cody Wallace, T Chris Patrick, DT Baraka Atkins, WR Isaac Bruce

Eagles Inactives: QB Kevin Kolb (3rd QB), WR Jeremy Maclin, CB Geoffrey Pope, RB Brian Westbrook, G/T Stacy Andrews, G Mike McGlynn, TE Martin Rucker, DT Trevor Laws


The Eagles won the coin toss and will receive to start the game.  Quentin Demps got a good return to open things up out to midfield.  Donovan McNabb hit Leonard Weaver on a screen to the left for a 6-yard gain.  2nd and 4, McNabb bought time as he got out of the pocket to the right.  The pass was incomplete as it appeared to hit the ground.  The Eagles are challenging the ruling though that the ball hit the ground.  The call was reversed, giving Philly the 1st down.  It was a gain of 12.  1st and 10 from the 32, Weaver took the pitch and he was able to get around the edge for a pickup of 7.  2nd and 3, McCoy plunged ahead for a gain of 6 and a 1st down.  1st and 10 from the 19, McNabb bought some time and hit DeSean Jackson who got free on a crossing route.  Jackson outran Willis to the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.

Eagles 7 – 49ers 0

Josh Morgan fielded the kickoff and ran left out to the 29-yard line.  1st and 10, Alex Smith hit Delanie Walker on a quick out to the right side for a gain of 7.  2nd and 3, Gore got the carry from the shotgun and ran inside for a gain of 6.  1st and 10 from the 42, Smith put the ball right on the money as Vernon Davis turned back for the ball in between defenders for a gain of 19.  1st and 10 from the PHI 39, Gore had a small hole right up the middle and made the most of it to pick uo 6.  2nd and 4, Smith’s pass was deflected at the lone by Juqua Parker and fell incomplete.  3rd and 4, Smith hit Jason Hill for what would’ve been close to the 1st down.  Hill couldn’t hang on and Nedney will attempt the 51-yard field goal.  Nedney’s kick would have been good from even further back as he drilled it

Eagles 7 – 49ers 3

After Demps’ return, Philly will start from the 18.  1st and 10, McCoy ran ahead and was taken down by Spikes after a gain of 5.  2nd and 5, McNabb’s pass was nearly picked off by Justin Smith who dropped into coverage.  Smith appeared to see it late.  3rd and 5, McNabb’s pass was a bit low for Avant who couldn’t adjust.  Good 3 and out for the 49ers defense.

Battle was met immediately on the punt.  1st and 10 from the 30, Gore picked up 4 on the carry up the middle.  2nd and 6, Smith threw the ball away as the pressure came from the right side.  There was a flag on the play as Asante Samuel was called for illegal contact.  1st and 10 from the 39, Smith tried to hit Davis on the seam.  He floated it up too high and Demps came over the top for the interception.

1st and 10 from the 32, McCoy ran straight ahead without much room for a gain of 2.  2nd and 8, Vick lined up at QB and ran the wildcat straight up the middle for a short gain.  Good defense by the 49ers on the play as they stayed in their gaps.  3rd and 7, Spencer had great coverage as McNabb tried to hit Reggie Brown on the left sideline.  Prefect coverage and here comes the punt team.  Battle couldn’t get much on the return though as the Eagles had good coverage.

1st and 10 from the SF 27, Smith tried to hit Walker deep, but the pass was just a bit long and the TE couldn’t catch up to it.  2nd and 10, Gore had a great run up the middle.  He broke some tackles and nearly broke it for a huge gain.  It will move the chains though after a gain of 12.  1st and 10 from the 38, Gore couldn’t go anywhere as Parker dragged him down as he tried to get around the right side.  2nd and 9, Gore again plunged ahead and was stopped by Patterson for no gain.  3rd and 9, the Eagles brought pressure from the left side with a defensive back.  Smith got outside the pocket and threw it away.  Lee avoided Jackson’s return as he drilled one low that rolled into the end zone for the touchback.

1st and 10 from the 20, McNabb had some time, but he was flushed as the pocket collapsed and his pass was too high for Weaver.  2nd and 10, Weaver picked up a couple yards on the second effort for a gain of 4.  3rd and 6, Ahmad Brooks was called for a neutral zone infraction.  3rd and 1, Vick was under center and bounced out right where Spikes stopped him close to the line of scrimmage.  The spot was a bit short and the Eagles are going for it.  McNabb ran out to the huddle late and had to burn a timeout as the play clock was winding down.  Weaver was rocked by the former Eagles Takeo Spikes and that’ll give the 49ers outstanding field position!

49ers ball, 1st and 10 at the PHI 29, with an empty backfield, Smith hit Walker quick for a gain of 13.  1st and 10 from the 16, Gore got the carry from the offset I, but was stopped for no gain.  *** Michael Vick is headed to the locker room *** That’s the end of the first quarter.


Smith’s hit Delanie Walker who was stripped from behind – Eagles ball.

*** Michael Vick has a thigh injury and his return is questionable.

1st and 10 from the PHI 6, McNabb hit Jackson who was pushed out by Spencer after a 3-yard gain.  2nd and 7, the 49ers called timeout.  2nd and 7 from the 9, McNabb threw for Celek, but Michael Lewis was called for pass interference.  1st and 10 from the 24, Brooks came around the edge and up the middle to bat McNabb’s pass down with some authority – good play.  2nd and 10, McNabb had all the time in the world and hit Celek who got behind Spikes for a 43-yard gain.  1st and 10 from the SF 33, McNabb hit Jackson on a comeback for a gain of 10.  The 49ers NEED to get more pressure on McNabb or he’s going to have drives like this all night.  1st and 10, McCoy carried up the middle for 5 yards.  2nd and 5, McNabb his Curtis out left for 5 yards and a 1st down.  1st and 10 from the SF 11, McNabb hit Smith who was tracked down by Willis after a gain of 3.  2nd and 7, McNabb turned and called timeout.  2nd and 7, McNabb hit McCoy on the shovel pass, but Spikes sniffed it out for no gain.  3rd and 7, McNabb scrambled and got in for the score.  The 49ers were called for illegal contact, but that won’t matter and the 49ers get the score.

Eagles 14 – 49ers 3

Coffee let the kickoff bounce into the end zone for a touchback.  1st and 10 from the 20, Smith hit Gore on the screen who was just tripped up by Bunkley after a gain of 6.  2nd and 4, Gore showed patience after the handoff from the shotgun and allowed his blocks to develop up front for a gain of 9.  1st and 10, from the 35, Smith hit Morgan who couldn’t get by Samuel on the outside to pick up 1.  2nd and 9, Smith threw it away as the Eagles came with the corner blitz.  3rd and 9, Smith threw it right to Samuel instead of Vernon Davis for the easy interception.

1st and 10 from the 28, McNabb hit Celek who turned back over the middle to pick up 5.  2nd and 5, McCoy got some room up the middle for 8 yards.  1st and 10 from the 15, Weaver strung the run out wide right for a 5-yard gain.  2nd and 5, Franklin dropped and leaped in the passing lane to knock down the pass.  3rd and 5, Bly was called for holding – a tough, tough call.  1st and goal from the 5, the 49ers defense did a nice job to string Weaver out to the right side as he only picked up 1.  2nd and goal from the 4, McNabb couldn’t fine anyone open and threw it out of the end zone over the head of Celek.  3rd and goal from the 4, Lawson had McNabb in his grasp, but the QB escaped and then threw it away as the 49ers maintained coverage.  Akers hit the 22-yard field goal to put his team up by 14.

Eagles 17 – 49ers 3

Morgan took the kickoff and leaped over one man who was down and got hit hard, but held onto the ball.  1st and 10 from the 23, Gore took the direct snap and followed some good blocks on the right side (kudos to Adam Snyder) for a nice gain out to the SF 40.  1st and 10, Smith hit Josh Morgan quick left who spun and got 10 yards.  Sndyer was called for illegal man downfield though so that’ll back things up.  1st and 15, Gore took the inside handoff for a gain of 2.  2nd and 13, Smith got out of the pocket as the pressure got there and threw it away.  3rd and 13, Smith looked for Vernon who couldn’t get up for the catch.  Brown closed on Jackson who let the ball bounce.  It stopped right there and the 49ers downed it at the 16.

1st and 10 for Philly from their own 16, McCoy wiggled up the middle for a gain of 6.  TWO MINUTE WARNING. 2nd and 4, McNabb looked for Curtis along the right sideline, but his pass was low.  3rd and 4, McNabb hit Jackson crossing who sprinted ahead for a gain of 39.  1st and 10 from the 39, McNabb hit McCoy on a screen pass for a pickup of 11.  1st and 10 from the 28, McNabb tried to hit Jackson on a go route on the right sideline, but dropped it as Goldson closed in on him.  2nd and 10, Haralson got in the backfield to tackle Weaver for a loss.  3rd and 11, Spencer undercut the route and picked it off and took a knee in the end zone.

1st and 10 from the 20, Smith hit Gore over the middle for a gain of 7.  Philly helped out the 49ers as they stopped the clock with a timeout. (:36) 2nd and 3, Smith floated it for Gore as he was pressure by Parker and that pass was picked off by Tracy White.

1st and 10 from the SF 29, McNabb hit Avant down to the 8.  McNabb spiked the ball to stop the clock with 5 seconds left.  Akers will come on for the 26-yard field goal.

Eagles 20 – 49ers 3

Morgan took the kickoff on a bounce out near midfield as the clock will wind down on the 1st half.


Josh Morgan got things on track early with a nifty return down the right sideline to the PHI 43.  Gore had nowhere to go on first down as Patterson got in the backfield and stopped him for a loss.  2nd and 11, Delanie Walker was called for a false start.  2nd and 16, Gore got up the middle for a gain of 2.  3rd and 14, Smith hit Crabtree crossing short for a gain of 11.  4th and 3, Smith hit Morgan in the right flat who turned and got upfield for a gain of 22.  1st and 10 from the 14, things weren’t on the same page as Smith rolled and had nobody on that side so he threw it away.  2nd and 10, Gore ran to the right side and lowered his head for a gain of 3.  3rd and 7, Smith hit Morgan in the flat, but he was stopped after a gain of 4.  Nedney’s 25-yard field goal is good.

Eagles 20 – 49ers 6

Marus Hudson tripped up Macho Harris on the return at the 30.  1st and 10 from the 30, McNabb looked for Jackson as Bly undercut him and picked it off.

1st and 10 for the 49ers from the PHI 35, smith was sacked by Cole who came untouched.  2nd and 20, Smith rolled right and hit Gore short for a gain of 6.  3rd and 14, Smith hit Morgan on a quick slant, but he’ll be short of the 1st despite the gain of 9.  4th and 5, Smith hit Davis who made a nice leaping grab on the crossing route.  The 49ers are now 0 for 7 on 3rd downs and 2 for 2 on 4th downs.  1st and 10 from the 15, Gore cutback as he bounced it to the right side for a 3-yard gain.  2nd and 7, Smith hit Morgan who was all alone on the crossing route.  Morgan split the defenders and got in for the score.

Eagles 20 – 49ers 13

The kickoff was short and the Eagles will begin their drive from the 34.  1st and 10 from the 34, Weaver got the carry up the middle and gained 3.  2nd and 7, McNabb found Jackson who was wide open on the right sideline for a gain of 10.  1st and 10 from the PHI 47, McNabb had Jackson deep, but the throw was a bit long.  2nd and 10, McCoy got around the right side and was tackled by Sopoaga after gaining 8.  3rd and 2, McNabb scrambled for a big gain, but there was a flag in the backfield for holding so that play will come back.  3rd and 12 from the PHI 45, McNabb hit Celek who was stopped just short of the sticks so out comes the Eagles’ punt team.  The punt was downed at the 1, but there’s laundry on the field.  One was for illegal touching on the Eagles and the second was for a hold on the 49ers.  Those will offset and they Eagles will have to punt again.  This punt looked good from the start, but a good bounce for the 49ers allowed it to roll into the end zone for the touchback.

1st and 10 from the 20, Gore got loose up the middle for a huge gain past midfield for a gain of 37.  1st and 10 from the PHI 43, Gore had another nice run, but Rachal was called for a hold.  1st and 14 from the PHI 47, Robinson was met in the backfield and stopped for a loss.  2nd and 14, Smith hit Crabtree crossing who cut back, but was tripped up.  3rd and 8, Smith was pressured and threw it away.  The punt was fair caught at the 11.

1st and 10 from the 11, McCoy got the carry and picked up 6.  That wraps up the 3rd quarter.


2nd and 4 from the 17, McCoy escaped the tackle of Franklin, but couldn’t escape Willis and gained 2.  3rd and 2, McNabb hit Jackson deep for a huge gain as he ran by the corner and was pushed out by Lewis.  1st and 10 from the SF 22, McNabb hit Avant in the right flat and he was stopped quickly by Brown.  2nd and 6, weaver bounced to the left side for a gain of 7.  1st and 10 from the 11, Weaver ran threw a big hole down close to the 1st down marker.  2nd and 1 from the 2, Spikes got in the backfield and hit Weaver who looks to be just short of the sticks.  3rd and 1 from the 2, McCoy got the carry and plowed in for the score.

Eagles 27 – 49ers 13

The kickoff was very short and was muffed by Norris, but was able to fall on it and maintain possession.  1st and 10 from the 33, Smith rolled right and tried to hit Vernon Davis short, but the pass fell incomplete.  2nd and 10, Smith was hit as he threw and it was incomplete.  3rd and 10, Smith was sacked for a loss of 8. Lee hit a bomb of a punt and good coverage held Jackson in check.  The Eagles were called for a block in the back so that’ll back them up 10 yards.

1st and 10 from the 15, Willis shot into the backfield and stopped Weaver for a gain of about a half a yard.  2nd and 9, Spencer dove and tipped the pass, but it stayed up for Avant who made the grab and picked up the first down.  1st and 10 from the 29, McNabb hit Avant again as he found a hole in the zone for a gain of 19.  1st and 10 from the PHI 48, Spikes sniffed out the screen to McCoy and dropped him for a loos of 3.  2nd and 13, Jackson took the end around for a gain of 9.  3rd and 4, McNabb’s pass skipped low and the Eagles will have to punt.  The punt will roll to the 13 where the Eagle downed it.

1st and 10 from the 13, Smith hit Crabtree quick for a short loss.  2nd and 14, Smith hit Crabtree along the left sideline for a gain of 12.  3rd and 2, Smith floated it deep for Crabtree who was interfered with as he came back for the ball.  That’s a spot foul so the 49ers move out to the PHI 35.  1st and 10, Smith floated it for Hill, but the ball was tipped away at the last moment.  2nd and 10, Baas was called for a false start.  2nd and 15, Smith hit Davis over the middle on the cross for a gain of 9.  3rd and 6, Smith hit Morgan who made the grab at the chains and was then pushed back.  4th and 1, Smith called his own number and picked up the first down.

That’ll be it for me as I have to run down for postgame.  Stay tuned on Twitter.

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52 Responses to “Week 15 Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Eagles”

  1. By jon on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Its going to be a really hard game today. Then throw the weather into the mix. We dug ourselves into a huge hole and the only way out is to win out. Lets see what kind of team we are. Will we fight til the end or give up? Lets see. Goodluck boys.

  2. By David on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    teams dont need to beat us we beat ourselves for them turnovers , penalties , bad coaching

  3. By David on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    jed york and singletary both said wed make the playoffs , let me guess will win the superbowl next year?

  4. By SPS on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    We have our issues, as all teams do, but all-in-all I think coach Singletary is taking us in the right direction and we’re better year over year. Next year I see us in the playoffs. 2-3 years I see us as actual contenders…

  5. By David on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    i’m sure the eagles dont care sure we’ll give the ball right back to them

  6. By David on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    well after that 3rd interception by smith i just turned off the game another 300 bucks blown on the nfl ticket thanks york

  7. By season ticket holder on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    man there goes the season

  8. By Les on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    It looks as though the 49ers spent their “short” week in the kitchen preparing “turnovers” for the Eagles. Do the Niners only have two offensive plays? 1. Delay of Game. 2. Illegal procedure. Alex can’t get away from the slightest pressure when it counts. Lead feet.
    Another year of the same stuff. Too many close losses. Coulda woulda shoulda. Thank you for eliminating yourselves with two to go. Your fans deserve a break from this “drama”. Vernon…catch the ball. Watch Crabtree..he has it down. I know you have only had three years to catch on to this stuff but hey your young. Gore…your a stud. Spikes, Willis great year.

  9. By Guam49erFan on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    We need some solid players on this team. We need a re-vamp… again. This is ridiculous. Put in Nate Davis next game. Coach Singletary wants winners… us fans want WINS! The so-called “winners” look more like losers! Please let’s have good draft picks! No more draft busts! Please. It’s sad that I look forward to the draft than the games…

  10. By Steve Reckard on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Way to go.When the pressure is on we suck.Alex Smith needs to be traded.Wait a minute,I dont think anyone would want him.Maybe we can bring Steve Young out of retirement

  11. By Matt in Tennessee on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Well faithful…how does it feel to ONCE AGAIN miss out on the playoffs for ANOTHER YEAR while watching the CARDINALS make it. WHAT A DISGRACE!! I’m a niners fan faithful till i die!!! All i can say is it’s been ANOTHER disappointing year!! WHO WOULDA THOUGHT!!! Instead of going out this year and us hittin people in the mouth…WE GOT KNOCKED THE F*@# OUT!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH US?

  12. By tony on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    well, it’s another loss, i think they need to correct the OL. no matter how good is your QB and the OL were all bad to protect the QB, 49ers will not reach the playoff.
    they have a lot of weapons, gore, vernon, crabtree, morgan, hill, these guys are all talented players but they need to protect the QB.

    GUD LUCK NEXT YEAR NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By pw52 on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    i just hope p.willis never leaves the niners then we would suck even more

  14. By Guam49erFan on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    The Niners are so bad they would lose to the Florida Gators. I hate this! Is there any way we can get Holmgren? What is it going to take to start the winning tradition again?

  15. By M. HARDY on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    I am not and never have been an Alex Smith basher….but….here’s an observation: Whenever we have the ball I get this agida like feeling, like waiting for the “bad” shoe to drop. When other veteran quarterbacks take the field you can just feel the confidence ,the command ,the will to win. Alex Smith….not so much…I don’t think you can win consistently in the NFL with the confidence of a wet noodle. Maybe it’s time to rethink your line of work,Alex; like maybe a spaghetti joint owner…..just a thought.

  16. By mike on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply


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  18. By Keith Wood on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    7 years in a row now. We just suck. We loss games at home we should have won, we shoot ourselves in the foot every game. We get a break and get the ball on the 29 yard line of the Eagles and we fumble the ball. We fumbled the ball two weeks ago in a game we should have won in Seattle, on a kick return and a run.
    We get 7 turnovers against the Cardinals and most teams would capitalize at least 21-28 points off those turnovers, but we can’t beat our momma’s. I have been a fan for 29 years now, this is the lowest of the low and I don’t see it getting any better. It doesn’t matter if we have playmakers like Gore, Davis, Crabtree, Morgan if they can’t MAKE ANY PLAYS! Alex throws to Davis in double coverage while Morgan is running up the sideline alone. Smith runs out of the pocket to quick, when if he waited a couple of times to give gore a chance to squeeze out into the middle he could just drop it off into a wide open space, because the whole house was blitzing, but no lets run to the right and virtually take away the whole left side of the field and throw it away. I am tired of watching this crap. I think I will take up knitting next year.

  19. By tru9erfan on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    I got an observation to and it’s that this team has talent. Look 49er faithful I know you don’t want to hear this but next year with players like davis and crabtree and even morgan I think we’ll be alright. This team has two number one picks next year in the draft and solid players like gore and willis and YES Alex will continue to get better and with him being in the same system next year…well that in itself is only going to help this guy. Just look at his numbers there just as good as some QB’s and even better then others. The team just needs to learn to win football games and I think they will.

  20. By Keith Wood on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply


    Go outside in your own backyard and punch yourself IN THE MOUTH! Loser.

  21. By Keith Wood on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    who says we are going to have the same system? For all we know, we could be looking at another OC, which would be 8 in 8 years, our DC is awesome and someone will probably offer him a better deal, even a head coaching job pretty soon. We need a head coach that also is an OC like Shannahan or Holmgren and pay our DC what ever it takes to keep him put. Keep the same system around for more than a year or two and with average players you will have a decent season. This just sucks. I hate this time of year.

  22. By chris on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    bye bye any slight chance for playoffs! see ya next year

  23. By jo on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply


  24. By Hawaiian on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    What are we doing passing so dang much?!…I thought Gore was the centerpiece! 1st, 2nd, 3rd downs…we are throwing or trying to anyway, WTH?

  25. By SFGOLDMINER on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply


  26. By Les on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    OK, we suck. For seven years we have sucked. This season is toast..two games left that for all purposes mean nadda.(WIN or LOSE) Let’s see what Nate Davis can do. What do we have to lose. I think that Alex has shown he is not our QB.Another wasted draft. So lets get an old bird like Jeff Garcia who has proven he has the mustard. OL needs to protect better. We still need pass rush or a secondary that can watch their momma cause ours cant.

  27. By Graff on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    I hope we dont worry about trying to pick up another first round pick for qb. We need to pick up a veteran qb like michael vick when we had the chance..i still think they need to bring someone like him in..lets get some confidence under center.. our team looks good but the offense just plain out sucks..o-line needs to step up like the defense has.. Oh yeah and our play calling is still way to conservative.

  28. By Isaiah on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    I knew from the start of the year we weren’t going to make it. I belive next year we WILL make the playoffs and be a sucessfull team. Just think of this, new coach, new offensive coordinator, distraction of crabtree in the beginning, switching QB’s, and finding out Smiths comfort zones and weaknesses. Come on guys. This year was a big step forward for the franchise, give them the credit they deserve.

  29. By Natefan on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with GUAM49er, but the two points need clarification as well as elaboration.
    First Nate. I hope that Graff has looked at “Nate Davis” on YouTube. before thinking that we need to look for more confidence under center. Our qb may be right here on the inactive team. What is there to lose at this point in putting him for a quarter and then a half over the next two weeks? What is there to gain? A possibility that we won’t need to draft so desperately qb area next year as Graff implies. Then we can rebuild an offensive line. This leads to GUAM49ers second point regarding the judgement in the front office. I was thinking most recently of Scott McGloughen’s choice of Q. Balmer when they could have picked DeSean Jackson. Do we want to think of Jed committing himself to the fellow who built the present offense line? Thank you guys for the food for thought.

  30. By Chilly Will 49! on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Well Niner Nation it is definitely over!! I know you are all pissed just as I am, we all were hoping for the best but it just didn’t happen for the 7th year in a row! The Niners need to work on stability here and have a concrete foundation to build off of. I honestly don’t feel that Alex is the future for the Niners he has proven he doesn’t have what it takes, and we need a QB that posses the mentality do deal with a NFL level. I really would like to see Nate Davis in there to see what he got otherwise if Alex starts for us again next year once again faithful do not expect much. Just another average season.

    You know I love the Niners a lot they are my team no matter what. After this season I now realize that I’m gonna have to have a lot of more patience with the Niners and maybe if we are lucky we will have a playoff team ready by the time they build the new stadium……hell that’s if we get one!

    I know it sucks FAITHFUL but keep one thing in mind at least we have a team that are proud owners of 5 VL trophies and you know there are many other teams that haven’t come close to that, and never will.

    P.S. If Alex Smith comes back to start again next year I don’t expect to watch many Niner games!


  31. By 49ermarc on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Damn…this game really hurt. Niners hurt themselves with all those turn overs missed calls, and penalties. In the third quarter I thought they would tie but no it didnt happen that way.

    I really dont know why the niners stopped giving the ball to gore–he was dominating the scrimmage line and he was short on breaking one home. The eagles had a hard time stopping him so why stop the running game.

    The eagles were all over the passing game. They shut down our key wideouts and Alex really didnt help by over throwing the ball the whole game.

    Well, the only thing next is to finish the season strong and hope for next year we will be a little more experienced.

  32. By MoHoward on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    For seven years our single worst problem has been the Offensive line. I’m very surprised that few people see this.
    Now, we also have a bad quarterback … He cannot do the job! He ain’t cuttin it! Move on niners!
    Here’s the deal: We spend all our draft picks on the best Offensive Linemen. We build the best OL in the NFL. Then we just draft or pickup a good Quarterback.
    If we would just do these two things and keep everything else the same we would have a winning season and begin to have a great football team again…Thats it…THAT”S ALL!! Are ya listening Mr. York????

  33. By Enrique on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Well, frustrating, however much better than last years campaign. When you look at the season, except for the game in Atlanta where they simply passed the niners, there were some really close games against very good football teams (colts, vickings). I think they should consider looking for a better QB, but the team is there to get to the playoffs next year.

  34. By Sandi on Dec 20, 2009 | Reply

    Well I didnt get to see the game but I heard once again we lost. Bummer after the strong win last week I thought Niners would get a shot at the playoffs! Another disappointed season, when are we ever going to make it BACK to the playoffs?

    So bummed!

  35. By cali niner on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    can you all say it with me….MAYBE NEXT YEAR!!!, it seams Ive been saying that for the past 7 seasons, you would think that York and singaltary can see that they need to make a change in the qb postion, Alex Smith is good but not good enough plain and simple if he starts agian next year were gonna be in the same boat this time next year. Cmon sing I have faith in you do something for this team in the off season make the change go out and look for a veteran qb that is up for grabs.

  36. By UT niner fan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Don’t jump the gun, keep all the coaches, keep as many players as you can. ONLY DRAFT OFFENSIVE LINEMAN and next year will be nice!! Give alex time to think and he’ll cut you apart. He’s a surgeon with the football when he’s not running for his life every play. Just ask Urban Meyer if Alex Smith is any good. There is a guy by the name of Steve Young that nobody really liked until he had the right system and the right people around him. Not sure if you’ve ever heard of him.

  37. By SM in TX on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I’m going to just say this one more time… we have enough talent at the skill positions. What we need is an offensive line that can actually provide protection, and a play caller who understands that our team is NOT going to throw a 4-yd pass on 3rd and 15 and get that first down. I’ll explain the math to Jimmie Raye if need be, but if you need 7+ yards, a 2-4 yd pass has worked less than 2% of the time this season. Won’t he ever learn?!?!?

  38. By SM in TX on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    And for those putting the blame on Alex, it’s really not him. It took me a while to even give him a fair break… but when you get the lack of time he has, you tend to make mistakes just trying to make something happen. He threw the ball away plenty of times, just some bad calls. I hate to say a new OC, but definitely a new offensive line. The biggest issues we have had all year are 1) Play calling (short when you need long, pass when you should run, predictability, etc.), 2) the offensive line needs 2-4 new people (can’t throw the boll with less than 2 seconds EVERY down), 3) a dominant pass rusher other teams HAVE to pay attention to so we can open up the others for playmaking, and 4) a dominant cornerback who can cover primary receivers one on one.

  39. By Dan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Our biggest problem is at QB. We need a QB that can improvise. We have some incredible offensive weapons in Vernon Davis, Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree but we need a QB that knows how to get these guys the ball. As soon as the pass rush comes Alex becomes just completely useless. Part of that is our O-line but part of it also lies in Alex Smith’s inability to improvise. Now the question is what do we do now? Do we give Alex Smith the benefit of the doubt and blame his problems on the lack of continuity? Will another season in the same system, under the same O.C., yield improvement and, ultimately, the results this team needs? Can we afford to risk putting another season in the hands of Alex Smith? I don’t know the answers to these questions. I know one thing though…it wouldn’t be a bad idea to grab us up another QB early in the draft, just in case, and hope he isn’t as disappointing as Alex has been for us. I’m a die-hard niners fan and unfortunately all I have is questions regarding my team and I know the Yorks and Mike Singletary are asking themselves these same questions. Maybe it’s time to completely re-think the way things are being done in San Francisco. Something, somewhere along the line has to give. There is no good reason for a team as talented as my 49ers not to be in the playoffs. It’s inexcusable. I’m really just disappointed in this season. I really thought we had a good chance. With talent there is hope and let us hope that in the off-season this organization does some real soul-searching and finds the answers they need to make this a winning team.

  40. By L.G on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Thank You! I been saying for years Alex has to go…Everyone makes excuses for him and he has had 6 or 7 years to make a difference? I know he has had lot’s of different OC but other QB’s in the league excel in the first year as a starter. Alex is not an accurate passer he way overthrows his receivers. After three or four tries he will hit one. Look at McNabb #’s 306 Yds to Smith’s 177 Yds come on…It’s time to take are losses and move on. We have Detroit and the Rams Alex may do a little better considering the competition but who knows? This team is very talented we have lost most of our games by turnovers. Sing. needs to fix this problem but can he? That’s the question? Everyone fell l in love with Coach before he has even proved anything! You would think we already won a title or something? He has no Coaching track record really…

    New QB PLEASE! I rather see another QB struggle than to watch Alex Struggle. Let him go somewhere else maybe he will do better with a fresh new start? We will too…Unfortunately this organization is memorized by him for some reason?

  41. By jon on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    To start the season it looked like we could win the division. we played with confidence through the first 4 games. There was a lot of intensity. Then after the Atlanta game we showed what kind of team we are. A team that cannot come from behind and win. If we get a lead we get conservative and blow it. Our D played, well I will say OK this year. could have been better if our O line wasnt so bad. That is a priority for the draft and free agent signing. Alex showed at times that he has matured, then also showed the Alex that we all know by throwing picks. Gore had a good year, Vernon was amazing this year. stepped up to the plate as our offensive threat. Willis, franklin, spikes, smith, all played well. And our biggest threat OUR PUNTER LEE. Coaching needs to get better. maybe some changes there. need more depth in the secondary. And also need to learn how to win games. we looked like a college team playing a pro team yesterday. It looked like we were scared. Overall, like everyone said, dissappointing season. Playoffs, Playoffs? Are u kidding me? unless a lot of things change we are still about 2 years away from that. Well, why waste my time. I should just get ready for another heart breaking season in 2010.

  42. By Texas49erFan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Can we please, please, PLEASE play Nate Davis for the rest of the season? Come on man. Alex Smith has had five years to pan out for this team. The number of offensive coordinators is just one of many excuses made up to hide the fact that this guy cannot cut it as an NFL Quarterback.

    We have way to many high paid no contributers on this team:

    #22 Nate Clemens- $10,000,000 per season. Get’s burned more than any corner in the league.
    #81 Brandon Jones- $3,500,000 per season (13,500,000) signing bonus. Didn’t they sign him to play wide out?
    #12 ALex Smith – We all now how much he makes per year and….the 49er’s will have to pay him his guaranteed signing bonus of $23,000,000 once they finally part ways with him.

    There is clearly a disconnect between the coaching staff and the front office.

  43. By Texas49erFan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Dan- I agree with you 100%!!!!!

  44. By Bob on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Not a niner fan so take this for what it’s worth. You have no leadership on offense, but you probably already knew that. Leadership comes from true leaders, namely veterans that have been in positions and situations where others haven’t. The niners have one player on offense who fits that description. That is Isaac Bruce. I know that he was listed as inactive due to an ankle injury over the last few weeks but from what I read he agreed to sit down so the young guys could get time in. That’s because he is a class act. By the way, how many catches does Jason Hill have? Not many. How’s that working for you? The niners blew it by pandering to Crabtree who sat out all of training camp and then forcing a guy like Bruce to sit. Crabtree deserves to play due to ability but Bruce does not deserve to sit just so younger players can play. The man led the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns for receivers last year. He isn’t washed up but the niners treated him that way. The niners don’t deserve to make the playoffs because they’re not that good and they don’t make good decisions when it comes to veteran players like Bruce. He deserves better and management and Singletary should be ashamed of themselves on how they handled a future hall of famer and a true veteran leader.

  45. By 8NINER16 on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    This does not look good for next year either.
    1) If niners draft QB next year, they will be in the same boat as they have been for the last 7 years – a new QB working with their (non-functional) system
    2) If niners get a new OC, they will be in the same boat as they have been for the last 7 years – a new OC working with their QB (existing or a newly drafted QB).

    Bottomline, niners have not been able to provide a STABLE environment for their players for the last 7+ years.

    THE YORKS need to BITE the bullet. Fire the entire coaching staff (except the def. coord), and start over with a new QB and a new Head Coach.

    It stinks no matter which direction they take. Sucks to be a niner fan….

  46. By JR on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Will our cries ever be heard?

    Seasons over….late nate play to start getting him ready for next year coach! Let alex smith go in the off season and move on.


  47. By tru9erfan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Alex this and Alex that. Have any of you people ever watched Alex Smith play football at Utah…the guy can play maybe he has’nt gotting off to the best start in his career with us but coming off not one but two shoulder surgery’s and coming in six games into the season after being out of football for two years I think the kid has done a damn good job. Like his whole career here he has step into one system after another but this time with some new players around him and a coaching staff that is trying to find his strenghts I think some progress has been made for one he is completing over 60% of his passes and he has 16 T.D.s in 8 games I’d take that over most other Q.B.s and all the talk about the wins I think that the wins will start coming when the team starts learning how to finish games. I’m gonna say it to you guys one more time the 49ers will be ok with all the talent we have and the 2 first round picks next year we can only get better. The D is solid and I can’t say it enough Alex will continue to grow…soon you guys will love hearing Smith to Crabtree or Smith to Davis and even Smith hands it to Gore…trust me!!!

  48. By Miguel on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Dear 49ers fan,
    Once again our team missed a spot on the playoffs. Unfortunately they were not as good as they were last game vs CARDS. Many mistakes, everyone knows which are the mistakes that they need to work. One interesting observation, I do respect a lot Coach Singletary, he always say sense things on the Post Game Conference Press, BUT after that he is just JUSTIFICATING the team on the next conference press. Coach , Don;t feel bad to highlight the errors, is better to continue working on fixing things than justifying the players for their bad performance. I have been seeing that behavior since the begining of his era. Coach M. Syngletary has a very good understanding of what needs to be fixed and to be done, but don’t continue justifying the “areas” of opportunnities. As always, we will need to wait for next year to see how things work.



  49. By Mohd Zaki on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Please for god and the organisation sake. Please let QB Alex Smith aka The Consistent Interception for his turnover psession every now and then cause he’s contributing points to other teams. As I say every now and then and again he’s a finished product and he “CANNOT” bring this organisation forward but instead “DOWN”. Let him GO!!!!!

  50. By Les on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Ok..enough about all of you saying “Alex will continue to grow”…heck my Chia Pet grows and I know it couldn’t be our QB. Let Alex grow somewhere else. Sooner or later we need to admit a bad draft.This aint Utah its the NFL. Build the O-Line, strengthen the secondary. Too much $$ back there that doesn’t live up to their press clippings. Lott, Wright, and company produced by their secont year in the league. Move on.

  51. By CMx49er on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply


  52. By L.G on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Alex did well in Utah yes but he played in a very weak conference…Teams in that conference rarely get BCS bids. Utah is not Florida, OK, LSU, ND, Texas or USC…MOVE ON that my hope but i am sure he will be back for another season to display his inconsistency…Win some road games! Aron Rogers is tearing it up he was drafted at the same time Smith was…Peace

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