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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Oct. 4

Posted by Taylor Price on October 4, 2010 – 1:58 PM

Taylor Mays will be the 49ers starting safety opposite of Dashon Goldson, head coach Mike Singletary announced Monday.

The team’s second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft performed quite well in his first career start at Atlanta. He totaled a team-high 11 tackles and made a heads-up play recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Mays’ complete body of work impressed his veteran teammates, who noticed that the No. 49 overall pick out of USC came into the game as prepared as possible.

“It showed when he got on the field,” cornerback Nate Clements said. “He was ready to roll. He knew what he was doing and he was confident in what he was doing. Because of that, he made some plays.”

Clements was especially pleased with how Mays prepared himself through the preseason and first three regular season games prior to making his defensive debut on Sunday.

“It’s definitely encouraging. We tell the (younger) guys that the NFL is a long season. These guys have to prepare like they’re starting every week because you never know. You always have to be ready and he was ready.”

Mays was happy to be named the starter, but said it won’t change his approach.

“I’ve been learning every day and really trying to get better on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “I really take every day as a chance to get better and that’s what I’ve been doing. That’s what I have to continue to do.”

Now playing opposite of Goldson, the same player who tried to recruit Mays to the University of Washington, the 49ers newest starter is eager to build on what the defense has done to this point.

“I’m happy to be able to step in and help the team,” Mays said. “It’s a responsibility and I have to play at a high level, play up to the level that our defense has been playing at. I’m trying to do everything I can to help and support the team.”

Mays is going to keep following the lead of his veteran teammates, who, like the coaching staff, have aided his development up to this point.

“I felt like we played good enough to win a game, but we didn’t win. I know we have great leaders on this defense and we’ll do what we have to do in order to be successful.”

One of those leaders, Clements, was as scrutinized as any 49ers player after the loss. Clements’ fourth-quarter fumble gave the Falcons new life and a chance to kick a game-winning field goal.

The veteran cornerback talked about the fumble on Monday, calling it an instinctual play.

“It was happening fast,”  Clements said of the play in which he was stripped from behind by Atlanta wideout Roddy White, allowing the Falcons to recover at their own 7-yard line with 1:31 left in the game. “I caught the ball and I didn’t see anybody but the quarterback and I had three blockers. I was just trying to advance the ball for the offense.”

Clements said the play “definitely stung.”

The 10-year veteran added that if he had carried the ball “high and tight” as Singletary routinely says in practice, the fumble and scrutiny would have never taken place.

Clements’ said his teammates encouraged him after the game and told him to keep making plays.

Notes and Quotes

Singletary said a loss like Sunday’s was encouraging overall. In his estimation, it signifies the 49ers are close to achieving their season goals. As he noted, all of them are still within reach. He felt even more encouraged after studying the game film in greater detail. “I’m encouraged by our guys and where their focus is.”

The perceived easier upcoming schedule for the 49ers is not entering Singletary’s thought process. Not one bit. “I don’t every say the schedule is softening,” he said. “Every week, you just have to play.”

On the debut of Mike Johnson as offensive coordinator, Singletary said the former quarterbacks coach called the game well. “He got the ball in the hands of the play-makers. We were able to utilize Frank in some other ways… I thought he kept them guessing.”

According to the head coach, the only way for the 49ers to break the four-game losing streak is to simply work harder. “This is the time you have to take it the next gear.”

The injuries from the game included: guard Chilo Rachal (left knee sprain), tight end Delanie Walker (left ankle sprain), linebacker Manny Lawson (knee contusion) and safety Reggie Smith (hamstring). Rachal’s day-to-day, Walker will be re-evaluated and Lawson and Smith are “fine” according to Singletary.

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65 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Oct. 4”

  1. By @Lariz123 on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I’m from Philadelphia but a die hard 49ers fan my problem is Alex Smith he’s inconsistent he has to many mistakes don’t get me wrong he’s good but we need another QB

  2. By Isaac on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    The Niners are 0-4…NICE. High expectations at the beginning of the season, all to come down to being connected with Andrew Luck or Jake Locker, which are going to go in the top 5. The Niners are in dire need of a QB, A. Smith is not the answer, he is the question…He does not have a big arm, he is fairly accurate at best, Coach Sing should tell the media what he once said before ” can’t play with him, can’t win with him, can’t do it”

  3. By Cmon 9ers! on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    They should put him in as QB, anything is better than Smith.

  4. By Phil Bengtsson on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Singletary is “encouraged”? What game was he at? That’s a bunch of political bunk!

  5. By dg on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply


  6. By 49erJohnny on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    The scary thing is Singletary said he thought Alex Smith did well. The team only scored 1 touchdown on offense to Singletary that’s good production. Smith plays like a rookie. Alex Smith is on pace finish the season with 12 touchdowns 28 interceptions and a 66 quarterback rating. The 49ers are on pace to finish the season with an 0-16 record. I don’t really see who this team going to beat. The worst team on the 49ers schedule is the 49ers.

  7. By La niner on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Were going 10-6. LETS F@#$ING GO NINERS!!!!!!

  8. By TORREY WALKER on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    49ers did a good job but,the o.f line need to tighten up a little bit to give Alex just a little more time.Alex is not too good under pressure.Clements did a good job with the interception just needed help from the other guys to block White.Defense need to step up a little bit more in the last quarter,that’s been their problem so far.

  9. By DC on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Singletary I would not be so fast at shooting your mouth off about Troy as the Backup QB when you have Carr with one of the highest QB ratings in the league. His time spent in Huston was not good as it should have been but he still came out with a QB rating that was very high considering Carr being a Rookie on a new franchise team. I just wonder if your words really speak of your character as a head coach and what that says to Carr when you talk about Smith playing pretty decent and maybe bringing in Troy as the backup QB when I thought that is what Carr is or was or ?????? . If that is what you want out of the 49ers is decent play you have that so expect just a decent results. I feel that you need to play the players that you have that are good players on the bench (Westbrook, Carr) or maybe you will be looking for new territory yourself at the end of this season.

    I could understand why Lewis is not playing at a pro level because maybe the level of coaching is not pro yet.

  10. By 49erfaithfulSince'88 on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I doubt we’ll go 0-16—La niner makes sense. 10-6 sounds better and realistic.
    GO NINERS!! Sing didnt want to admit it but the schedule does get easier.

  11. By Daryl Rogers on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Nate Clements cost us the game. I was there. People were yelling at him to get out of bounds, especially when he slowed down around the 15 yard line. Very simple for all you morons: A winner would have done a winning move FOR THE TEAM and easily stepped out of bounds and then we could just kneel down 3 times at the 10 yard line and game over; a selfish player that wants to be on Sports Center tries to un-necessarily score a TD to MAKE HIMSELF LOOK GOOD and to only please himself.
    Winners vs Loosers. Nate Clements is a looser. We have been loosing since he got here. We should have won this game, but Nate Clements selfishness cost us this game.

    Ok, so lets say he scored a TD, then the Falcons still could have came back and scored a TD and 2-pointer and the game goes into overtime. Why give the Falcons the ball back at home with 1 minute left. Obviously we couldn’t / didn’t stop the Falcons with 1 minute left. So why give them the chance. Even pee wee football players know when to go out of bounds. Clements is a selfish looser jerk that cost us the game. What a moron.

    And for all of you who stand by him, you are an idiot.

  12. By kenny on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    need carr qb win .

  13. By cgar49er on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Alex experiment needs to finally be over.He makes too many crucial mistakes and for a guy who doesnt really have good arm strength he isnt that accurate either.At this point anything has got to better. You take away the int that was thrown right to the falcon player and the misthrow to a wide open in stride to the end zone josh morgan and the niners win that damn game. Also the lewis release is one of the best things to happen yet for this team. That guy is slow and cant cover anything. Mays may be a rook but hes athletic and at least has the physical ability to play the safety position.As for record this year well I sure dont think 0-16 is gonna happen. This niner team is far to talented to not win a game at all even with Alex Smith. I think looking at the schedual ahead and a little Heart the niners will be 8-8 or 9-7 with a possible division title.Lets face it people our boys may not be the best but the other teams in the nfc west are flat out garbage even with the records they have now. GO NINERS!!!

  14. By Ben Famous on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Niners…Im all the way from Jersey. When im not traveling and doing shows Im on 49ers.com catching up with you guys.

    I know we r 0-4 but those wins are not far away. When you guys are ready you are gonna lower the boom on the NFL. You have all the talent in the world. Hopefully you guys get pumped to my cd before the game!!! Im gonn abe in London to see you guys but dont wait till then to get your first win of 2010!!



  15. By Martin on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    How many tipped balls has Alex thrown already ? Somebody has to look this up, it has to be some sort of NFL record. I want to know when Mike watches film , what game is he watching ? It cant be the 49ers! Alex played well ? We gave Alex a fair shot but it didn’t work out. He looks exactly the way he did last year. Its time to bench Alex and put in Carr. You have to be F@#$&% blind not to see this.

    I am a season ticket holder and as part owner of this team I want Alex benched and Carr put in. If anyone else agrees please let it be reflected in a post. Lets take matters into our own hands and demand a change at quarterback.

    When I go to the Stick this Sunday night Carr better be taking the snap. How much more of this nightmare do we have left. We are the laughing stock of the NFL.

    Please post your Quarterback change comments asap thanx

  16. By isaiah h on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply


  17. By Jason on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think that this team with all its talent will se many more players start leaving or asking for trades!1 Especially Westbrook, I bet he is kicking himself right now after watching the Rams!! This team is mis-managed and coached!! Sing I think has no leg to stand on being a head coach!! He knows the game and how to play it, but DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO COACH IT!!! Prediction will be a 5-11 season, with this team either losing many of their players at the end, and sing and alex being cut!! Bring in Gruden who is one of the smartest coaches and get a QB. But the niners are a done franchise and will NEVER NEVER NEVER be as good as they were.

    They will never make the playoffs, and certainly never win a superbowl. We should call them the cubs of San fran!!!

  18. By Hoover on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody is dogging on Alex. What about his great play in the Saints game? He had us in the game against the Falcons as well. Several of the interceptions this year was due to receivers having trouble catching the all. It’s not like the Niners have the best receiving corp in the league. They’re good and maybe with the right system can develop into something great. However, currently not one of our receivers are pro bowlers (not counting Davis as a TE). Also, let’s not forget we have two rookies on the o-line.

    Singletary is a great man and a great coach. I just hope York doesn’t give in to what the press and ‘fans’ are saying. He is developing something great here. This is the darkest before the dawn. My prediction is that niners will be 4 and 4 at the bye and ready to take over the lead in the west.

  19. By T2W on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Coach singletary needs to start using the power running game this incluces frank gore, anthony dixon and brian westbrook if you are not getting 3-4 yards on 1st or 2nd down with gore put in dixon give him a try this team is designed to have 150+ on the ground then alex smith can make his plays down the field. Please bring this up dixon can not be used on just 2 plays in 4 games spead the word , GET IT STARTED NINERS! t2w

  20. By z9ers on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hoover well said. Alex is not great probably will never be great. This team was built around defense. Well great defenses make the plays when the chips are on the table. In position to beat N.O. and Atlanta defense couldnt close the deal. Not saying that they didnt play great until that point because they did Im just saying if you play poker and win ten hand and lose the hand you went all in with you lost!!! And this team wouldn’t be that great on offense with another qb they need to put snyder back in the starting line up and pray that ginn comes back so they can stretch the field because right now they play offense in a 20 yrd area and we have no rac yrds. My point is the great defenses win games……. steelers are 3-1 with qb’s making the same mistakes as ours and mendenhall is no frank gore???

  21. By farnsi9er on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Watching Monday Night Football last week, I thought that Jon Gruden would be a good guy to be the next coach. I’m not usually so quick to say “fire the coach”, but I just don’t see the teamm responding to the coach. Jim Mora wouldn’t be a bad choice either.

  22. By farnsi9er on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    oh, and they definitely need to improve at QB

  23. By z9ers on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Oh by the way all of those saying sing isnt a good coach because of the first 4 games and the whole lewis situation pull your head out. At best before the season started we should have been 2-2 most so called experts had us 1-3. As far as the players leaving. Lewis was a waste of money, Slow no cover skills was a horrible pick up and his true colors came out when he had to fight for his job. Balmer another bust that thought he should be playing more so he wanted out instead of working for it. Mike keep weeding the garden and find the guys who want to be football players and earn their keep. I know what alex is on pace for as far as ints and tds go but foster was on pace to run for 3200+ yrds after wk 1, not going to happen. alex will be about 20tds-13ints niners will be 10-6 or 9-7

  24. By ninersontheside on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    PUT CARR ON!!!!!

  25. By ericksons11 on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Please play david carr at least when he throws an int it is downfield. or the mobile troy smith he may choke in big games but at least he gets you there. and as far as sing well i dont think it is his fault that smith is in i blame york for that. i guess thats what happens when you spend that much money. but sing does need to get his head out of the offensive playbook. screens and dumpoffs cant be all you throw. Lastly i am looking forward to watching nate montana from notre dame progress and jerry rice jr from ucla. be cool to have both in a niner uniform in the future. i honestly have more hope for jerry jr. love his highlights.

  26. By 49ermarc` on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    From the beginning of the season I knew there would be some changes in personnel. High expectations and good preseason It’s just to good to be true and that just put a tartget on our backs. But whatever, it is what is I am glad there were personnel changes.

    In this team you earn your spot and you keep your spot when the job is gets done. Mays just do what got you to the NFL. Its not on alex yall, its the whole team. Niners just need to practice out those flaws. There is potential with our team, it just taking a little longer than expected and with different people.

    We will see a difference against the eaglea.

    Go niners

  27. By Rico B on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Can some one please explain why Frank Gore is getting every carry. Why not use Westbrook if he’s available? What’s wrong with the rookie Dixon? My stomach cringes when Gore has the ball late because I know it’s just a matter of time before he fumbles. Coach, stop strutting on the side line and use the players you acquired to help the team. Damn, c’mon man let’s win.

  28. By 49Davis85 on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I swear when the niners start winning all you fake fans need not speak. Foreal, Mike sing is a great coach. We just need alex to become the leader on offense and stay on the field long enough to give the niners defence a break. Lets go niners.

  29. By Bocce Player on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    It is beyond obvious that Alex Smith is at best a less than average back-up Pro QB–To spin it any other way is completely unrealistic. The Niner’s investment in Smith is taking precedence over giving the team’s other players and the loyal fans the best chance to enjoy a winning season. How far can a Pro football team go with a linebacker coach masquerading as a head coach and C- back-up QB running the team?

  30. By pinotguy on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    It saddens me to say this but 2010 is, for all intents and purposes, over for the ‘Niners. Let’s look at this pragmatically: No team can drop four in a row at any point of the season and expect to bounce back and qualify for the play-offs. The only solace here is that the division is the worst in the NFL by quite a ways, so I suppose there is an outside chance of this happening. The discouraging thing about that is even if the ‘Niners can get in by winning the division (they sure won’t make it as wild-card), they’d most likely get trounced by a superior team in the first round. I do not consider that to be progress or improvement.

    With regard to Alex Smith, a change is needed. I had hoped that SF would have signed Matt Leinart when he was released from AZ. For all of his “baggage”, I believe he is still salvageable and could turn into a decent NFL QB. He came from a college system that was much more similar to a pro-style offense. His strengths are better suited to the NFL than Smith’s. He could still be attainable if he is waived by Houston, which seems probable after this season ends. Another option that seems more far-fetched these days would be to try and trade for Carson Palmer. This would have been more likely a few years ago but might still be doable. If either of these scenarios ever became reality, I also believe that luring Norm Chow away from UCLA and back to the pro’s would be imperative. Make him Offensive Coordinator/QB’s coach and I’m positive the offense would begin to blossom, almost immediately. Chow is very familiar with both of these QB’s and knows how to game-plan to each of their strengths.

  31. By The Dogg23 on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Why is Frank Gore the only running Back we use? We should go with a 1,2,3 punch. the means use all 3 of our backs. I’ve seen teams use a 1,2 punch and they eat up a defense. Lets go running game.

  32. By Merlet on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think the niners have ruined Smiths career! He has a different off. Cord. every year. Why don’t we salvage the season and put alex in the spread off. and run Gore and Dixion and get Westbrook in space. Let Alex use his ability to move. This will give us that treat. Everyone comes in with the intentions of stopping Gore. Alex in the spread with V.Davis, We will not be a one dementional team. We start moving the ball and our DEFENCE will still be alive in the fourth. 10-6 ! All we need is that win to get us over the hump and look out NFL !!

  33. By wes on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I had hope for smith and we gave him a shot but as a fan for 15 years i half to say trade him while hes still worth something and as far as which of the other 2 qb to start i like troy over car but sure not alex smith our team is way to talented to not make the playoffs and run with it but if we leave alex in even with a easy schedual we will go 6-10 but we change qb we go 9-7 or 10-6 because even thow troy hasnt showed alot he can play and can lead a team better than alex.

  34. By califresno on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    WOW! Coach Sing, I’m starting to wonder if your just in denial…..when you say things like “I think Alex Smith played well” that’s scay as a fan…Be honest, be a man and step up…Admit your quarterback played like crap, did ok for some of the game, but threw two picks and did not finish…What happened to your fire attitude and no putting up with yo know what….well ill tell you what, our QB is alot of that and you continue to keep him around….so what he was a first round pick, just realize this guy is a bust and move on…with Alex as QB, I honestly think well go 5-11 and last in the west….how can this team with all this talent be 0-4? I don’t get it and not sure if I ever will….Let’s make a change before it’s to late..This was supposed to be our year.

  35. By viccz on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    First of all,the 49ers is getting beat up.Freaking USC can play better than them right now.I agree with you DOGG23.Whats the use of DRAFTING those other players.Put in BRIAN WESTBROOK.DAVID CARR.im glad TAYLOR MAYS got the starting position.But to be honest with you the 49ers players.MIKE SINGLETARY IF YOU DON’T GET ANOTHER QB.THIS TEAM WILL NEVER GO ANY FERTHER…….I BET YOU DON’T WATCH MOVIES OR TELEVISION RIGHT????????BUT TO TELL YOU STRAIGHT UP…..WATCH THAT MOVIE “REMEMBER THE TITANS” THEN YOU’LL UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE WANT THIS TEAM TO BE…….GIVE OTHER PLAYERS A CHANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY THE PROBLEM IS….but you first got to release ALEX SMITH or if you don’t want to them damn put him on the bench…and NATE CLEMENTS just to let you know. that i am not a fan of you.good too u MICHEAL LEWIS….

  36. By kenny on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Need Carr look at ne all rb . Carr

  37. By kenny on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Brian be PLAY 2 RB HE GOOD

  38. By Raman on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    The head coach needs to GO! In the NFL, you need a x’s and o’s coach not just a motivational speaker. Mr head coach you were a great player and as a coach… well everyone is seeing it. Just watching the 9ers you can tell that there is no situational coaching at all. Team with this much talent can NOT be 0 -4. Next year HOPEFULLY we get a legit REAL coach

  39. By gilbert garcia on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    what is the matter with the team we have to get it together ans start whippen some butt, lets get back ti winning. We love you guys and you Are so much better.

  40. By die_hARd_49eRSfaN on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    R Defense NeEDs tO step up N tHa 4th quarteR” N Put CARR iN

  41. By Mark Marin on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    other loss on the session 0-4, I know it not where the 49ers want to be, but they half to do what they half to do, and that is win. I know people want to blame Alex and how he has thrown interceptions, fans are fans and players play, this game is no walk in the park. If you know what i mean. I say let Alex finish the session and at that point we should know if he is the QB of the future, but for now what we should be doing is giving Alex all are support as a 49er nation so we can save what is left of are session. I have a good filling about this week coming up, be sure to support your team this Sunday night @5:00pm at home. Eagles are going down no Vick this week.

  42. By san101 on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    i think nate played a good game. yah he missed up at the end but hey it happens. i hope he makes more plays next game but fixes what he did wrong last game. and as for alex smith i say let him finish the season and if things do get turned around and if we do make the playoffs then great. but if not then just draft a qb with our 1st round pick. but i do hope alex proves everyone wrong about him being a bust cuz i would really hate to use a 1st round pick on another qb.

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  46. By Louie on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    0-4 is not a good start although the 49ers are beating themselves, they really should have won that last game, it was really hard to swallow losing that game and thats just football and the niners need to move on.

    The bad news is the niners are 0-4, the good news is this team is on the up, should have won last week, could have won against the super bowl champs need to win this weekend.

    I know it’s hard believing in a team when losing although we need to support the niners when  things are down and not to trash them, I’ve played my fare share of teams sports and I’ve lost games when we should have won and they really hurt bad, niners supporters need to back the team  to lift them,  if there was ever a time they need you it’s now. 

  47. By Hermie on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is a coach killer and the sooner the coachers figure that out the longer they will have their jobs. They are finally making some needed changes in the denfensive secondary…Spencer is the one that should keep his eyes open…but I do agree with Daryll in that Clements was being selfish and cost us the game…I saw what was happening before it happened and was screaming at him to put the ball away.

    Someone mentioned Alex against N.O…well one game o ut of 5 seasons does not a quarterback make!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY ARE STAYING WITH SMITH!

  48. By Hermie on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    With regard to the comments on Frankie…he gets the ball because he is one of the studs on the team. Without Jimmie Raye, they finally got him the ball in some imaginative ways. He is still one of the best back in the league. I do think they should get all of the backs some touches though especially Dixon on the short yardage downs..but Frank is the man, one of the constants on a dismal team the last several years.

    Can’t go without bashing Alex (I hope to heck I eat my words by the end of the season)…1 touchdown (plus a garbage TD) in 3 games and Sing. thinks he’s doing OK. I really like Mike…let’s hope the coaches wake up soon.

  49. By L.G on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    I like Sing. but saying Alex had a “pretty good game” shows me no change for a long time. I don’t understand why some fans are still pulling for this guy? If you were true fans you want whats best for the team.

    This is not College football or even High School for that matter it’s the NFL. Let’s look at some QB that excelled there first year…Mark Sanchez (playoffs), Big Ben (playoffs), S. Bradford tearing it up his first year with the Rams, Vick gone for a few years and returns to lights it up. Alex was drafted from Mountain West Conference a very weak conference most of the time and in six years is riddled with excuses.

    He will have two more picks Sunday guarantee it but wait its not his fault, he just needs more time to develop, blame the line, blame the OC, he had a bad night sleep. Please let’s move on…I like Sing. but if he can’t see the obvious bring in Bill Cowher or Mike Holmgren before someone snags them.

    Remember Sing. used to playing with average QB for years in Chicago, strong defense and a one shot pistol for an offense.

    Bill Parcells’ quote, ‘You are what your record says you are’

  50. By Gina Wood on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    I agree, Alex Smith is not getting the job done. The coaches can only do so much, it’s the players that have to get out there to make the plays and he’s not doing it. 6 of Atlanta’s points were due to turnovers, one thrown right at an Atalanta player! Try Carr out, he has experience, make Alex prove he’s worth the starting position. So far the offense has killed us. The defense has had 1 bad showing, against the Chiefs; otherwise, they’ve been playing their butts off. The offense must help the defense though, as QB, Alex hasn’t proven he can provide that leadership.

  51. By Earnest vanover on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    coach ,

    please dont put carr in like i said last week lets see what troy smith has got or nate davis for that matter he made good decisions in the pre season and as for lewis he is a quitter dont want him dont need him we can win without him mays looked good he gonna be a star for us thx for your time niners4life

  52. By Gabriel on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    I know its easy to blame everything on Alex Smith, But there are other flaws to blame as well. Alex Smith is easy to blame for obvious reasons, he makes bad decisions under pressure, he makes inaccurate throws, and sometimes puts too much power behind his short throws. As we all watched, he has the ability to scramble, but seems like he neglects that part of his game. On the other hand, our Wr’s need to get open better. I feel like they are not running great route’s. I understand they are young, but it seems like DB’s are able to guess where they are gonna be, and makes us easy to defend. Zeigler has made some good strides, and i think Jason Hill has made the best of all the opportunites that we have given him. Mike Johnson did a good job mixing things up in the play calling. Gore was able to get the ball in different ways which obviously showed. I think we should run some 2 RB sets with Westbrook. From there we can motion Westbrook into the slot to create mismatches. Gore can run from the a single backfield, or run a route out of the backfield. Doing things like this creates the defense to be un-balanced. I also think we need to give David Carr a shot, see how the offense reacts to him. He is one of my favorite quarterbacks, and i was exstatic when he came to the 49ers. He never really got a chance to mature when he got drafted to the Texans. I mean set NFL records as being the most sacked quarterback in a season. Backing up Delhomme and Manning i think has helped him calm down under pressure, and get better form. I also think he will make better decisions. On defense, i think we are playing great. My only concern is that Harlyson misses crucial tackles, and its happened a few times. I like when Ahmad Brooks is in the game at OLB with M.Lawson, and Travis Laboy is in at DE opposite J. Smith. Its time to turn a leaf, something different has to happen, so lets hope it does. Any comments??

  53. By NINERTAT on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    alex smith is garbage!! but i am a die hard niners fan,so if hes in the game im rolling with him.as bad as smith is who is better,david carr? troy smith?are you serious?smith is the best we got .smith sucks but we still should have won some games.can we please stop somebody when it matters.thats the biggest reason so far why we are losing.defence is tired but play hard for 4 more downs and game is ours. so really we can win a lot of games even with alex ‘i’m scared’ smith.LETS GO DEFENCE!!!

  54. By mns2k on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    I’m gonna have to step up and say that I think that we’ll see a huge difference on offense this weekend against Philly. This will be Coach Johnson’s second week being the OC, and him being so focused on dominating the entire field – instead of running up the middle and throwing screens all the time – shows that we will at least have more of a chance of FINALLY winning. That doesn’t mean A. Smith is off the hook though. He still needs to answer for all the mistakes he made this season, not only by taking responsibility for them, but by proving to all of us (mostly the team) that he is worthy of his role. He’s capable of performing better than he has been. He just needs to BUCK UP, and focus on what the hell he’s doing out there, cause that guys is WAY TOO DISTRACTED. He crumbles under pressure, and he’s failed to convert way too many times on 3rd down. I think he’s a good, not GREAT, QB. He just needs better leadership, and I think that Coach Johnson can provide that for him. Seriously, I don’t care what all the other fans are saying. Yes, Smith has performed as bad as the worst QB’s in the league. But I also think that Raye’s predictable play calling… hell, their predictable Playbook in general, is the biggest reason why Smith has been such a huge flop. I mean, come on you guys, This Old School mentallity that the 9ers have inherited is very OUTDATED! It’s about time they start thinking more about how the game is played nowadays, rather than that SMASH MOUTH football they’ve been trying to play all along.

  55. By z9ers on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    49ers qb wins thru 1st 40 starts
    Montana- 23
    40 starts is not enough to gage how good a player is, especially when coaches don’t put them in a scheme that suits their talents.

    In Bill walsh’s first 29 games as our coach he only had 7 wins, Singletary is at 13.

  56. By almostaniner on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Almost win. Gotta change your offense Coach Sing. You won’t lose anything if you put Carr on. That’s the least and maybe you’ll get yourself a TEAM.

  57. By MTL Niner on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    All iI can say is that Smith is lucky that the 9ers had 2 former defensive coordinators as head coaches. I really don`t think any former offensive coordinator could be the head coach of this team and Keep Smith as starter.
    Smith is still trying to figure out how to win A game let alone winning the division.
    Why can`t we hear things like game manager,.., at least he could do that CORRECTLY right?
    At the very least the guy can`t manage a game and that`s what a Coach like Singletary needs.
    This is the biggest problem. GAME MANAGEMENT. You have to make this the priority. All the Offensive coordinators in the world cannot stop a dude from throwing a pick and taking your team out of field goal position.
    So another season of waiting and watching to see if Smith will develop. Think I have seen this before.

  58. By Johnny on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    80% of the comments here are stating we need a Different QB. I agree 100%. “smith needs to develope” hes not a rookie anymore, we have seen what he can do. Sorry its not enough. How come WE can see it, but Singletary cannot??? someone please explain to me why Smith is still starting? and another thing Clements did not loose the game for us. Our Offense lost the game for us! If you expect to win games by Scoring 1 TD a game.. then you might want to watch the NFL a little longer and see the reality. please comment.

  59. By z9ers on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    well Johnny I agree to a certain extent 1 td is hard to win a game. But if this team being that it is built on defense is in position to win games they have to seal the deal. If we score 1 td all year long we will have a losing record but good teams win different ways and the saints game and falcons game our defense couldnt get it done the superbowl ravens d won alot of games without even 1 td so if were going to be built around d then when the chance to be great comes along they have to get it done.

  60. By Jake on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Please bench Alex Smith before it’s too late. Give it to Dixon or Westbrook once in a while, what can it hurt, Gore isn’t getting it done anyway.

  61. By Jake on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    How come this site isn’t posting all our comments???

  62. By 49ers on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    I predict the 49ers are going to have a huge game against the eagles. Westbrook will also have a TD. 31-7

  63. By JOSE CRUZ on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply





  64. By SEASON TICKET HOLDER! on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    At the game this Sunday, I’m going to be yelling “WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR! WE WANT CARR!” Listen to the fans Singletary! You were wrong about Smith coming around in the offseason and looking good in preseason (especially since you didn’t even play him!). It’s time to cut your losses and move on. Screw what the front office says if they have any influence on you keeping Smith in. He’s a lost cause and you know it. Be a leader like you once were. You turned heads as the interim, now you’re turning frowns. Put in Carr and make everyone happy. Please give us the win against the Eagles!

  65. By Buck Fowler on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    If the Niners are trying for the number one draft pick, let them use it to go find a REAL quarterback…Alex Smith AIN’T it ! Seems I can’t remember how long it’s been for a win, and how long the Niners have had an 0-5 start…my God, they ar4e playing like they are the Rams !

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