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Monday’s Locker Room Talk

Posted by Taylor Price on December 21, 2009 – 4:23 PM

With the playoffs out of the picture, the 49ers are vowing to finish the 2009 season on a strong note.

“You’re disappointed, but we still have two games left. We’re going to prepare just like we have a chance of going [to the postseason],” outside linebacker Parys Haralson said. “When you play this game, you always play like you’re going to give it your best all the time. We’re upset about the playoff situation, but we still have two games to play. We enjoy playing football and we want to go out and play for each other.”

Head coach Mike Singletary elaborated that point even further by emphasizing the importance of the 49ers finishing the season 8-8. The team can do that with wins at home this Sunday over Detroit and the following Sunday on the road in St. Louis.

Asked if he would use the final two weeks to evaluate backups on the 53-man roster, Singletary said that would not be on top of his agenda.

“The last message I want to send is: we want to evaluate before we want to win. We want to win. Every time we step on the field, I want our guys to know we want to win and we want to compete.”

However, Singletary said young players could get valuable experience in limited playing time without having to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. According to Singletary, backups could be involved for a series at a time, but not at the cost of winning.

“Both these games are definitely important, no question,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “I’ve been here five years now and [8-8] would be the best record.”

Despite the frustration of losing another game because of “self-inflicted wounds,” Smith said he undoubtedly feels something special developing in the 49ers locker room.

“I’m not just saying this to say this, but I do feel like there’s been a bit of a mindset change around here, an expectation level, a confidence in what we can do,” Smith added.
More Monday Notes

-Singletary opened his press conference by sharing an exchange he had with quarterback Alex Smith last night. “I owe him an apology,” Singletary said a day after he was critical of his quarterback’s performance in a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “I talked with him after the game and we had a conversation where I really kind of challenged him on some things, some of those throws or whatever. After looking at it, I have a better perspective.”

-Smith said the talk between the two was a positive one for him as well. “He did [apologize]. He doesn’t owe me an apology though,” Smith added. “We were all disappointed with yesterday. That wasn’t the only thing we talked about. The point is to get better moving on. It was a good talk. I did take a lot away from it.”

-Singletary went on to detail each of Smith’s first-half interceptions. According to the head coach, tight end Vernon Davis could have made a better play on Smith’s first interception that was picked off deep over-the-middle by Eagles safety Quintin Mikell. “I think the ball was there. It’s just one of those situations where Vernon either has to make that play, or either he has to stop that DB from making that play. He’s got to help the quarterback as well,” Singletary said.

-The second interception was due to a “trap coverage,” in which the Eagles baited Smith into throwing to Davis. “It’s a trap coverage where you’re throwing the ball on timing, and it looks like the receiver, or the defender is going with that receiver, and you come back and get in front of the second guy that the quarterback is going to try and throw the ball to because he feels that either the corner or the safety has run off, but they come back.”

-Singletary had no grandiose explanation for the final Smith turnover, other than it “was just a poor decision.” Smith tried to dump the ball off while he was getting hit in the pocket. Singletary said it was Smith’s fault for trying to force the issue.

-The 49ers head coach expressed remorse for not getting the ball in the hands of Frank Gore more often, who finished with a game-high 16 carries for 107 yards. ‘I thought Frank ran the ball well when he had the opportunity,” Singletary said. “It’s a shame we couldn’t have gotten him the ball more last night. That’s kind of the way we were built in thinking this week, running the ball a little bit more this week because they’re a smaller front. When we got behind – which is what they’re built for, coming from behind, rushing the passer, stunting, those kinds of things – they got to do what they do more than we did. That’s kind of the situation there.”

 -The game’s injury report included, kicker Joe Nedney who re-injured a hamstring injury on a kick-off following his 25-yard field goal. Nedney underwent an MRI on Monday, with results to be determined. Singletary said if Nedney can’t play against Detroit, the team would likely bring someone in to handle the kicking duties. Singletary noted that he didn’t think punter Andy Lee could handle duel kicking responsibilities.

-Other than Nedney, rookie running back Glen Coffee had a thigh strain and also underwent an MRI on Monday. Singletary noted that left tackle Joe Staley was feeling fine after his first start in months.

-In other injury news, cornerback Nate Clements is unsure if he’ll return this season. He has been rehabbing diligently to return to the 49ers lineup, but isn’t sure if he’ll be able to participate in either of the final two games of the season. He’ll have to undergo one last MRI to make sure his fractured scapula is completely healed. “I’m taking it one day at a time, just doing what the trainers having me doing for rehab. I’m trying to get my shoulder back right,” Clements said. “Right now the range of motion is good, strength-wise; I’m kind of weaker there. I think it comes with time and the healing of the bone.”

-It’s been the longest period of games missed in Clements’ nine-year NFL career. “I missed one game last year, but this is the first time where I’ve been out a consistent period of time. It’s been frustrating not being out there to help the team.”

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69 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk”

  1. By mike on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I have been a 49ers fan since Joe Montana in 1982 when i was just a kid watching the game as a little kid. I have just one question, How long will it take the owners of the team to realize we need to get a good QB (Free agent or Trade) when you are building team it has to start with a QB. Why don’t we Trade for Vick he’s better then anyone we have and it will not be hard to get him offer draft picks.
    Until we do the team will never become what they once was, I live in Philadelphia and I’m so tried of people making fun of me because I love my 49ers and not the Cowboys or the Eagles so please lets get a good veteran quarterback.

    Your biggest Fan
    Michael Scherfel Sr.

  2. By frickr1 on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    One player does not make a great team

  3. By CMx49er on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    i think we should start nate davis this week b/c he is our future…… if he were in the qb race with alex and shaun he should have beaten them easy….. nate davis is our future!! listen 49er staff!!!! start nate davis or at least give him some playing time!!! look what tom brady did he was like a 3rd or 6th round pick now he is one of the best qbs around

  4. By josh ruffing on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    mike its not the damn qb philly is good at blitzing and there fast if u new football and u were watching the same games i been all year and this one u would know that it takes the dline to give the qb more time in the pocket and u need to call the right plays at the right time… its not all on the qb all the good teams in the nfl are built around the qb and have speed at receiver and give the qb time to throw the ball… it dont take a smart person to see what is going on.. if we can keep the tallent we have pick up another receiver and get some more talent on the offense of line and we keep the same coaches next year will start the comeback for the niners i gaurantee that!!!! trust me listen to what im saying… and u guys played a good season u didnt dissapoint me for being a young team.. and all the experianced players keep up the good work teaching the young guys…

    Josh Ruffing

  5. By andrew on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    please do get a vetern qb we should of brought back jeff garcia instead of bust alex smith! Makes so mad to see the 49ers in another season without making the playoffs! been to all home games and 1 away game at the vikings we should open the offense way sooner! well at least we play the afc west next year maybe we will make the playoffs

  6. By NinerFan1979 on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


    You want to trade for Michael Vick cause he is supposedly better than anything we have on the team? That just goes to show how much you know about football. Alex Smith is better than Vick. What did Vick do when he was a QB, nothing. And if we wanted him, why in goods green earth would be trade draft picks for a Free Agent.

    Think before you speak, okay.

  7. By edggy on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    u got too be kidding mike s sr. michael vick first we need a more constant pass rush and better oline and a understanding of what type off offence we got this has been a rebuilding year from the start lets finish off strong and go into next year for the first time a off coordinator two years running that juz might b what smith needs look too free agency and draft smart

  8. By Joe on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I have been a fan for a while since the Coach Nolan days (the first Coach Nolan). I recall the various players that the 49ers have had at quarterback including: John Brody, Steve Spurier, Jim Plunkett and Steve DeBerg prior to the Montana-Young era. If I learend anything about who played quarterback as a fan it is that somethimes talent can be overlooked. I remeber when Plunkett was the niner quarterback.He wasn’t so effective with the niners but ended up with the Raiders. We know what he did for the Raiders in adition to becoming a Superbowl MVP. If I learned anything as a fan about that it is that sometimes the evaluation of talent can take time. Perhaps there are no Jim Plunketts in the locker room. However, I am confident especially after Coach Singletarie’s press conference that the coaching staff will do their do dilligence to evaluate the talent that is available and make a correct descision for the QB and other positions.

    I am appriciative as a fan that there are more playmakers in the offense than there were in 2005.

  9. By va49er on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Vick is the last thing this team needs , he was very over rated when he was in his prime. Alex will be fine .

  10. By va49er on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    By CMx49er on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply
    i think we should start nate davis this week b/c he is our future…… if he were in the qb race with alex and shaun he should have beaten them easy….. nate davis is our future!! listen 49er staff!!!! start nate davis or at least give him some playing time!!! look what tom brady did he was like a 3rd or 6th round pick now he is one of the best qbs around
    I hope you are joking with this post…………………..

  11. By Jeff Coleman on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I have been a devoted fan of the Niners since the 81 Super Bowl when I was 8 years old. I live about 60 miles north of Philly and still wear my SF clothing with pride. We will be back, correction—we are coming back. Believe me, fellow fans, I know you yearn for the yester-years of Montana/Rice/Taylor/Craig and Young/Rice/Jones/watters, but hey these things take time. Some teams dont see success for years then maybe reach the playoffs once or twice. We have five rings. Give Smith a chance. Give him a chance with the same O Coordinator next year–something that has changed every year for him, and the chance to hone his skills with Crabtree and Davis. Have Faith—WE WILL BE BACK, AND WE WILL BE FEARED AND RESPECTED AGAIN SOON.

  12. By jo on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


  13. By josh ruffing on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    dude he dont have enough time to pump fake u have to have time in the poket… when do u see a qb pump fake whe a defense is rushing and in ur face…alex smith has not had great time in the pocket and games he has uve seen what he can do when he has that time to throw he spreads the ball around good…

  14. By Scott on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I know one man does not make the team, but if Steve Young was with this current roster, I gotta believe we’d be in the playoffs. Smith makes many mistakes and we keep making excuses. He should pump fake at times (when he’s had time in the pocket). He’s never pump faked. His passes are often blocked from the line. A lot more than I’ve seen from other QB’s. He also throws the ball away too often, when opportunities are available. I know he’s a smart kid, but I honestly do not feel he has the quick fire physically and mentally to be affective. Some guys have it, and some don’t. Doesn’t mean they’re any less intelligent. We need a great improviser. When the play called doesn’t quite work progress as intended, you improvise and make something out of nothing. The 49er great QB’s did this. Also, when Alex makes mistakes, he has no passion when he walks off the field. I’d be furious with myself at times.

  15. By tony on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Alex does not look around for his 2nd or 3rd wr. whatever is the play call, he will stick with it no matter the coverage is. that is why he gets intercepted more often. he is forcing it. I think they should try Nate Davis for the last two games. and determine if they need another QB for next year. we have two first round pick in next year draft. they should pick a good DT and OL

  16. By Bryan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Michael Vick? Are you nuts? I hope thats not serious..he has done nothing to prove he is better then anyone we currently have. He wouldnt beat Alex Smith out because he cant make the throws or reads Alex can…he has better legs yes, but thats it. There is a reason we didnt go after him in the first place. I’m on board for getting a better qb though I thought Alex made good strides this year and if he can finally have a 2nd year with the same offensive coordinator he could progress well. That being said, I would also like to see Nate Davis play a bit, see what we have there. This is definitely a team on the rise, cant wait for next year.

  17. By nino on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    im tired of everyone makin excuses for alex smith.he is just not nfl material.how many more seasons r we gonna waste waiting for him to develop.shaun hill didnt have a problem with all d different offensive coordinators weve had and he doesnt even practice with the starters!he has had one good game this year all d others were won by our defense…just look at d chicago game.108 yards total passing for d game.d next game,he didnt even complete a pass untill d second quarter.

  18. By BIgDWatanabe on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    We need to play Nate Davis and definitely compete for the starting job next year. Smith is just to inconsistent and doesn’t see the field well for every good throw he makes he throws 3 bad throws. Singletary might not blame all his Ints on Smith but he makes a lot of bad throws. Dude the guys been in the league 5 years either he gets it or he doesn’t. Play Nate Davis!

  19. By Gary on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Smith has to stay, can’t waste another yr or 2 grooming another qb. #11 needs to go to qb school in off season, may need new qb coach. Even with time he delivers balls that are hard to catch, behind or over the receivers head, he puts them in dangerous positions to catch the ball and his longer throws are often off target. O line in need of big upgrade, can’t pass protect, screens don’t work, Gore can’t run thru a brick wall. Defense lacks speed, D line rarely penetrates, too many Willis tackles. Draft linemen and speed guys: d backs, receiver, inebacker.

  20. By Mike G on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Alex Smith is a bust no more excuses already he doesn`t have that leadership ability like Joe Montana or Steve Young or the skill to be a pro qb its time to let this guy go let Nate Davis finish out the season we have nothing to loose anyway Nate might surprise everyone give the guy a chance

  21. By fatso on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I also agree we need vick

  22. By The Rock on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    There isn’t a quarterback in the league that could stand in that pocket without running for his life…. This O line is the worse one in the league and needs to be overhauled… both first round picks need to be on the O line.

  23. By jo on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Worse line in the league!??? You ever heard of the Lions?? They gotta whole line full of Kwame Harris’s….LOL. Its the QB. Bret Farve pump fakes all the time against the blits, and it usaully works. Seems to me Alex Smith is still shell shocked from hes last injury.

  24. By jo on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    9ers need to draft some one on the O-line, and a Strong Saftey. Possibly trade Nate Clements and Alex Smith for a second and fifth round pick and start Nate Davis, or give Shawn Hill a chance at a full season……..Nate Davis is sicc wit it tho.

  25. By Albert on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Gore, Gore and more Gore. That’s what we need.Funny how Coach talks about it AFTER the game. Smith has ZERO confidence in that pocket. Aren’t we all taught that running the ball opens up the passing game? and vice versa? That Philly def line was fast but light and soft. The running plays were working well. The passing game obviously wasn’t working. Screen passes to Gore against the blitz? Cant recall seeing one. The Offensive Coordinator is calling some horrible plays. The Eagles were EXPECTING post routes from Davis every time. A new offensive coordinator would kill Smith for sure but someones got to go. To not exploit a weapon like Gore is a shame.

  26. By john doe on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    You guys are not that good. You might have 1/5 of a winning team, but without a qb you are still gonna be second to the Cards. It might be time to jump ship and come over to the Cards bandwagon. At least you would have a winning team. It’s true you beat them, but not including them you have beaten no one. Honestly. How does the saying go? You can’t polish a turd? Seriously, Singletary? Is he the answer? We have Davis and Gore. That is it. Time to jump ship and cheer for a real team.

  27. By nick on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    if i hear one more person say that we need to start nate davis im going to lose my mind. nate davis playing the last two games of the season will not do anything to prepare him to be “the future” as everyone seems to think he is. if the coaches thought that he was ready to lead the team he would have replaced shaun hill, not smith. but he would still be playing with the same team that smith has played with and that means the same pressure from the defense, the same dropped passes from the wideouts and the same playcalling from the coaches. if davis did start and had a bad game those same people would be saying that we wasted a draft pick and should have waited until next year to get a high caliber qb in the draft (like smith 5 years ago). im not saying davis isnt our qb of the future but he is definitely not our qb of the present.

  28. By Joe on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    The defense has played consistent all season long with the exception of the falcons game .They are truly fun to watch ,we have alot of playmakers.The defensive line is producing alot more pressure on the quarterback.however the offensive line has been inconsistant at best.somebody needs to get fired.And as far as Alex Smith ,I don’t understand it .he has all the tools to be a pro bowl caliber qb. But his confidence is very low and is reflected in his timing and accuracy.his decision making needs to improve.he really needs to step up his game mentally.The window for his second chance is starting to close.Alex needs to go for it balls out and embrace a new attitude.HE needs a warrior mentality,carry the franchise on his back and once and while use his legs ,take off and lower his head and deliver a punishing blow to a defensive player to show the fans , his team mates and himself that he is not afraid…..

  29. By Young on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    You cannot win championship with the coaches/QB we have. Sing is suck. Smith sucks more. Go out and hire chuckie! he knows where to get good QBs. The franchise is ruin! i hate being a niners fan!!!! fire the coaches and QB damitt!!!

  30. By irj915 on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Jo are you Nate Davis’s mom or something? The o-line needs to give whoever the QB is time to read the field and a rookie with a learning disability against regular season competition is going to get David Carr’d like crazy. How about better o-line play and better pass rush? Parys and Manny had a tough time getting the the opponents QB forcing the seconday to cover for too long (remember the Vikings game?). We’ve steadily improved each year, and this is no different.

  31. By Tyler on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Thank God some of you don’t run anything with this team. Whether Alex is Payton Manning 2 or the worst QB to ever step on the field you’ll never know until he gets some real time. There is no time to go through 2 and 3 reads when he literally gets 2 seconds of protection in the pocket. Before the Green Bay game his average sack happened in 2.5 seconds. That’s just enough time to take a 3 step drop .75 seconds, set .25, see if your first read is open and decide to pass it to him .5 seconds and throw with proper mechanics .33-.5 seconds. At that point he’s getting hit and he has to already have the ball out of his hands.

    That’s not nearly enough time to go through 2 and 3 reads. There have been linemen coming free through the middle hitting him within a second while hes still dropping back. Payton Manning or Joe Montana would look horrible with so little time. There is a reason Shaun Hill was sacked 18 times in 5 1/2 games and Alex has been sacked 18 times in 8 1/2 while passing the ball much more. He gets the ball out QUICK and sometimes the defense is sitting on that route, (the second pick), it happens. Get him some time to sit back there and scan the defense like McNabb had all day to do. He’ll look 10 times better.

    If anyone from the organization reads this. Please make a deal with Seattle if Berry is off the board early. Trade our top pick (likely 10 or 11) to them for their pick from Denver (about #23) and their top 2nd round pick and if you wanna make the numbers work on the chart their 5th rounder.

    Use the 1st rounders on Bulaga or Bruce Campbell at 15 and grab Iupati with the late 1st. Then do whatever you want with the 2 high seconds. I like Jerry Hughes and Dowling there. But PLEASE GET ALEX SOME HELP. He has talent but nobody will every know with our line.

  32. By MCM on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Tony what games have you been watching? 2nd or 3rd wr? He doesn’t have time to hit his 1st wr let alone go through any progressions. This line is the main problem with our offense….period. If Alex has time, he makes plays. But its hard to make plays when you’re running for your life on a 3 step drop.

  33. By jon on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    For all those who are saying that all this is on ALex is nuts. Have you watched the games? there were times where he had 2 steps and there was a lineman in his face. Look at how many times hill and smith were sacked. Go back and watch the first couple of games where gore couldnt get out of the backfield because once he got the ball there was a linebacker in his face. Better blocking up front leads to more time, which leads to a more efficient offense. Now has Alex played like a superstar? NO! He made some dumb throws (sometimes more often than not). But I do feel that if he had Peyton mannings line he would do very well. Look its not all 1 guy. The o-line sucked, no blocking, bad route running, dropped passes, no pass rush (for the most part), missing tackles, getting beat deep, missed field goals, inexperienced coaching. Those are the reasons. Its not JUST Alex.

  34. By shawn4niners QB on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    WHY ALEX WHY ?? WE SHOULD HAVE WON THE EAGLES GAME HANDS DOWN!! Yeah we did give up some big plays on defence but I think that Alex Smith gave away the game from the jump…The play calling is getting alot better… V.DAVIS did not play either but Alex should have went more to his recivers and frank gore had a bigg game why did we stop running him?

  35. By shawn4niners QB on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I would like to see NATE DAVIS Play in these last two games

  36. By shawn4niners QB on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Young ,You are crazy…Fans like you suck!! If u had being a niner fan go to another team…Give the coaching staff a chance to put the team together that they are trying to get.I belive with time the team would be A.O.K

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

    TRADE ALEX let Nate start or anyone…When Alex has had ample time on third down throw the pig skin and way over throws his receivers. If we keep Alex we need 7 foot receivers that can leap! LOL

  38. By 49erfan-4-ever on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I completely understand everyone’s take on the O-line. Yes, the QB needs protection. HOWEVER, when the QB lacks confidence (as it’s always written all over his face) the opposing D will chew him up as they have been doing. Smith has NEVER displayed true QB qualities. Remember, he has been fortunate to waer our 49ers jersey for TWO years and even when the O-line was good, he wasn’t.

    Our team needs a leader. Every nfl team currently doing well has a leader in the QB spot. Play Nate Davis! What do we have to lose? Another game? OUCH, like we don’t already know what that feels like!!!

    COME ON!! I’m tired of the same old “rebuilding” phase!

  39. By efren on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    all we need is a qb to step it up and we shouild be good. lets try nate joe montana was a third round pick and we all remember what he did for the team.

  40. By 49erfan-4-ever on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Ooops, what a horrible mistake I made. Allow me to correct not only my spelling (wear), but the fact Smith has been with our team for FIVE, not two, years. Come on Singletary! NATE, NATE, NATE!

  41. By joe on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    This defense gives up big plays but does keep the team in the game. I’ve noticed Alex does better coming from behind. Perhaps a no huddle offense would be best from him and he does better out of the shot gun too. Look at Manning and Brady, they almost always start from the shotgun and look at their success. Not to equal Smith to them but lets give it a try and see. Gore may lose yards but now we have Crabtree who’s coming on strong and Morgan and Davis. Next year we’ll be a legite passing team.

  42. By Steve on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    All this screaming to dump Alex is ridiculous. Injuries and a different offenseive coordinator every year? Give him a break! What the Niners need to do is STOP making changes every year, and let these guys develop together. The talent is there, they need to work on the consistency. And you can’t do that by changing the roster every time you have a bad game.

    I believe in Coach Singletary. I believe in this team. They WILL win the division next year. End of story.

  43. By 49erfan-4-ever on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I hear you Steve! You are so right. Our team needs consistency. But you have to admit, we have lacked at the QB position since Steve Young retired. Maybe he was and always will be the exception. But, any quality QB should be able to step in and take over when called upon. Young did it when Montana left. Since then, NO QB of ours has been able to do the same. Even Garcia didn’t take us all the way. If you are an NFL QB you should be able to step it up regardless! Yes, it takes time, but FIVE years? Minus injury time of course. I’m with you…I want the division next year!

  44. By MrCotija on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Kurt Warner is done next year anyways. Divisional Win should be a Must.

    I agree with supporting Alex. For all the haters, give Alex this last season. He hasn’t had a chance to develope with any of the offensive players due to injury and different Offensive Coordinators.

    We need a new O-lineman and Strong Saftey or Corner for the draft.

    We will be set.

  45. By efren on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    every qb goes through more than one off coordinator, the differ between a good qb and a great qb is how fast they adjust. alex smith cannt di that.

  46. By bstrdsoldier on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    All these people that are complaing about alex is funny. Do i think he will be our qb of the future not sure.. But if we draft a qb next year we can expect to be about the same as we are this year.. Or we can play alex in the same system for more then a year omg… thats like a first… He will probably be okay. We need to pick up a couple ol in the draft… Defensivly we should be okay..

    A side note… ppl are trying to put the philly lose on alex and yes 3 int dont help but neither does a fumble inside the 20… Which seems to have happened a few times this year… Like gore did in seattle.. Remember its a team game, not 1 person can win or lose the game.

  47. By Busch on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I attended my first NFL game at Philly this week and I have to say I thought alex smith was terrible before the game but had a little hope for him. not anymore. a change has to be made. yea the o line sucks but even when he had time his throws were way off and as soon as he steps out of the pocket its a guaranteed pick or incompletion. i’m tired of hearing more time. no playoffs in 6 years and no super bowl in 15. alex has been here for 4 years now and has one 300 yard passing game. start nate davis and see what we got.

  48. By J.A. on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I’m willing to give Alex one more year. He”s had to adjust to a different o-coordinator and learn a new system every year. Give him one more year where he doesn:t have to do that and then see where he’s at. It hasn’t all been his fault this year, though he definely shares some of the blame. O-line is the major issue I think, a more consistent secondary,less dropped balls, all these things need to get better. When the 9ers have looked good,they have looked really good. But the reverse is also true. I have hope for next year. A good draft and maybe a signing or 2 would go a long way too.

  49. By jo on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply


  50. By sean on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    i think draft day we need a qb like nortedames claussen will be a force what u say wr like dez bryant an 2 of line man that will everything defense is good enough

  51. By lacy on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    we are spoiled, we cant give up on anyone of our players, look forward, if cardinals get to the game and win it its only cause we aint there. we are better then we have been in years, fools. win or lose i will die a ninner fan. you all sound like raider fans, cant hang! love my boys always and Smith is my quarter back. he is only 25 , years to get better. hard to have confidence if you hated, i love you

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

    Yes, Thank You Jo!

  53. By jeremy on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Talk of getting another QB needs to wait till the draft. I will admit that I would like to see Nate Davis for a few plays, but they have a chance of being 8-8, which is still way better than another losing season. Go 9ers!

  54. By ELee on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I am done waiting for Alex Smith. When you watched the game, McNabb had pressure in his face too. He always seemed to find the right lane to step into, he out maneuvered the pass rusher, and found open receivers after the play was busted. These are the instincts and the game understanding aspects that Alex lacks. An NFL level QB would watch that game film, see how its done by a real pro, and work to evolve into a similar player. He has had plenty of time to watch film and all he can do is throw at his first read, thow out of bounds, roll to his right and get out of bounds or take a sack. He is not the answer!!! He would make a good backup. I will say he throws a good ball and has the physical attributes you need, but upstairs he is lacking the QB IQ. I will continue to watch and hope. Go Niners!!! Justin Smith is a bad@ss!

  55. By Busch on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    As much as I would like to see a .500 finish, i would rather sacrifice these last two games to figure out the offense. I would like to see nate play a whole game against detroit. can’t be any worse than alex has been lately. honestly, i think they should have called jeff garcia several weeks back to try and make something happen this year. with crabtree, v. davis, morgan, and gore we need to get a good qb while we have the weapons

  56. By efren on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    i think they should work on the off line. and start looking for a future qb. the rest of the team looksgood. i stiil think nate should be giving a chance.

  57. By jo on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply


  58. By L.G on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Not going to happen unfortunately Smith back again! Check it out…


  59. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    49ers staff listen to us when we say alex is no good 4 us and nate davis will give us a better shot at playoffs its been 7 years of losing its got to stop take a chance please.

  60. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    singletary do not be scared to started nate davis we play the lions and the rams just start davis damn man your pissing me off alex did not do good for us man wake up take a chance dawg please

  61. By L.G on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with you man but i just watched a video on espn and sports analyst John Clayton said that Alex Smith is coming back next year…Bummer!

    Check out this link: NFC West Huddle


  62. By Bob on Dec 23, 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. You also need a player your quarterback can depend on, especially a quarterback who has limited experience. 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.

  63. By 49erfaithfulSince'88 on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    I’m tired of seeing these niner fans just blame the whole thing on Alex when in reality they were not prepared for the eagles blitz. They were double teaming Crabtree and they already knew that Vernon was going straight up the middle with that same seam route. They were better prepared than we were as a team so dont go blaming everything on Alex.
    For all those Alex haters, I would like to see you take a snap with the Eagle blitzing coming towards you and see if you can complete a pass. I dont think so.
    Alex will get better with Raye coming back at O-Coordinator and Alex can work on his throws with his group of receivers through OTA’s and Training Camp. They should be a better offense with that extra time with the same offense.
    49er management should look at getting a talented kick/punt returner in free agency. We should get some good depth in the draft with two 1st round picks. We should get either Taylor Mays from USC as a run stuffing safety like micheal lewis is now but he’s been getting hurt with concussions. We also need another outside pass rusher to rotate with harlson.
    Hopefully we can get Spikes back for one more run at the playoffs. Leave Clements at corner.

  64. By Mike Durrah II on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    By Young on Dec 22, 2009

    Go out and hire chuckie! he knows where to get good QBs.

    Question: Young did you watch the comentary before the MNF game vs Cards?

    If so, you would’ve Heard Chuckie say that Tampa Bay was going to draft Alex Smith if the 49ers didn’t draft him 2005 when he was the HC! So if he knows QB’s as you say, what does that say about what he thought about Alex Smith to you?

  65. By Johne on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Nate Davis would be a “breath of fresh air”!! He’s young and still mould-a-ble, I think Alex’s has taken “one too many beatings” and would do good to start somewhere fresh! He just does not “emmulate his coach’s toughness” or “savy”?! He lacks the motivational “spark”! I think he had it for that one game where he took a “shot/block” bounced off and kept running to the endzone for the score…haven’t seen that since…nice guy…just not “a finisher”!
    Mike’s got to make some “real decisions” if the niner’s are going to move to the “next level” of play! Niner forever!!

  66. By nate on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    With 2 first round picks how bout maybe draftin tim tebow, also maybe picking up jeff garcia so tebow can learn from. O line deffinately needs work. We could use a wr in free agency maybe bouldin if available. One last thing secondary needs work we can’t stop anybody especally when we too. It could 3rd and 25 and we let a pasd play go for 35 yards like if we r suprised they passed.

  67. By andy on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    well, i can read some smart thoughts in almost every posting.
    the oh so blamed o-line has to improve – yes, but also is this line quite young and nothing that can be called veteran o-line that we would need for this 9ers concept. consistency – yes, so the coaching staff, qb stay the same, some good picks from the draft and free agency…..
    our special teams, kicking, punting, and of course defense do not have bad stats whatsoever and can be compared with alot of winning record teams.
    offense playcalling is one thing we have to improve – and our OC should read this forum and make up his mind about some things…..
    but all of us should not forget that some of our games (indy, viks…) we lost so close and so unlucky…..and both those teams could easily be seen at superbowl….it´s such small things that can make the difference between winning and losing. I can see the improvement we have made the last years, and mayby next year another little step and like cards last year……everything can happen.
    one thing to nate davis – in meeningless or almost meaningless games against opponents that also have nothing more to fight for than their pride…..what could you say about the qb whatever the outcome is?
    we have to trust our coaches – they see the guys day in day out…not only once a week for 4 hours…..and they are pros in their business – none of us here is!?
    seasons greetings to all of you and a happy new year!!

  68. By nate on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    I think singletary will be a great coah cmon its his first full year even bill walsh sucked his first year. I know this sounds like a broken record but we will be better next year. In regards to comment on nate davis startin last 2 games I would like to see what can do also but I think coaching staff is using rest of season to see how smith does to see if were gonna keep him .

  69. By Busch on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    All i know is im tired of watching alex blow games. its not just the eagles. games against the seahawks and titans and texans all should have been wins but were not. there is no hope for the playoffs so it should be a no brainer to start nate these last two games or at least against detroit. if he’s terrible then yank him at half time. I honestly can’t see him doing any worse than smith tho. the most points we’ve scored all season is 27. there were 35 against the rams but 21 of those were defensive points. its sad.

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