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On the Phone with Reid and Jackson

Posted by Sam Good on October 6, 2010 – 4:33 PM

When the 49ers traveled to Philadelphia to face the Eagles last December, coach Andy Reid knew he was matched up against a good team.

And as his squad prepares to come to San Francisco this weekend, Reid believes the 49ers team they will play Sunday is even better than the one they saw nearly 10 months ago.

“They play aggressive football, very similar to the personality of their head coach” Reid said during his Wednesday conference call with the Bay Area media. “They’re tough. They fly around on defense and make plays.”

And two guys on the defense who have been making a lot of plays this season are starting cornerbacks Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer.

Both are physical cornerbacks known for their tough play and great instincts on the field. But they will be facing DeSean Jackson and the rest of Philadelphia’s receiving corps, a group known for its speed and big-play ability.

While Jackson acknowledged those perceptions during his conference call, the third-year wide receiver said those aren’t things he is concerned with heading into Sunday night.

“It doesn’t matter what type of defenders are guarding me,” Jackson said. “Whoever it is, I have to go out there and compete against the guys and do things like that. I look forward to every opportunity being the competitor I am.”

While Jackson isn’t worried about the type of cornerbacks he will be facing, he is concerned with is his team’s record. He said the Eagles are “desperate for a win” after falling to 2-2 last week, and he’d like to come back to the Bay Area, where he played collegiately at Cal, to right the ship.

“I’m just ready to come back and play in front of my home state and just go out there and get a win,” he said.

Jackson has had success in two contests against the 49ers (six receptions for 98 yards in 2008, six receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown in 2009), but one player he’s yet to face professionally is rookie starting safety Taylor Mays.

Jackson remembers facing Mays when the two were Pac-10 rivals as “a big guy who has some speed.”

But one member of the 49ers roster Jackson and the rest of the Eagles know very well is running back Brian Westbrook.

Westbrook spent the first the first eight years of his career in Philadelphia, and Reid said releasing him this offseason was a very tough decision.

“Brian is one of my all-time favorite players,” he said, “maybe one of the smartest player I’ve coached, and so talented.”

Click here to listen to Reid’s conference call.

Click here to listen to Jackson’s conference call.


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13 Responses to “On the Phone with Reid and Jackson”

  1. By brandyn on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    oh really? we are a better team than 9 months ago? is that why we are 4-0? NO! last year we went equal record. this year, because of alex smith, and the offensive line, we will only win against the bad teams

  2. By brandyn on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    0-4 sorry.

  3. By Crespo on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mays is going to light up Jackson.

  4. By DC on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Mays may light up Jackson but if you can’t get the ball in the end zone what good is lighting up jackson?

    The Offense needs to set up with some big plays and we need to take some players off the bench (Westbrooke, Dixion, Carr) let them help Frank Gore and Alex Smith get the win. I still think that Singletary has that in his goal as a head coach doesn’t he?

    It’s not about decent playing any more its about pro football. Decent is mediocre and we don’t need that we need excellence.

  5. By jc9erfan on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    our qb siuation isnt going anywhere lets focus on stopping any1 on defens and we can worry about a new qb in the offseason

  6. By bobby on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    USE WESTBROOK PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. By Obrik on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    0-4 and the problem is not solved.First it was communication 2 old offensive minded coordinator, now what? the problem is very simple we do not have a qb that can at least just manage the game even though I hate that phrase.and when we need to finish games, other teams find play makers we find someone who is going to screw us up wearing a 49er uniform…but it strats and ends with Mr. Smith!!!!

  8. By Ryan on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    The solution to our problem is to get rid of Alex Smith. He has done nothing at all for this team since he arrived. We have weapons at nearly position on offense yet we can’t score. Too much responsibility is put on Gore’s shoulders, even though he can clearly handle it, just because Alex Smith is a terrible quarterback. I say we give Alex the boot, give Carr a chance and in the mean time try to get Jeff Garcia back!!

  9. By 49er 1 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    why wont they use other QB and where is westbrook either alex or singletary
    needs to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By jose on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Do any 49er fan want to hear a joke? Watch Alex Smith say that Others need to step up, I was like “WHAT? WHAT ABOUT YOU STEPING UP, LIKE STEPING DOWN!!i KNOW RIGHT NOW WE CAN ONLY BEAT THE RAIDERS, SMITH IS NOT THAT BAD BUT IF WE LOSE TO THEM WELL????????? If we win this week, we might be winning for the next few weeks but if we run the ball about 99.5% of time.

  11. By paul stom on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    always giving the benefit of the doubt is not the method of champions. week to
    week/ day to day; just say whether or not the dude is playing. everything is so
    politically correct nowadays. you are not the old iron mike of the Chicago Bears.
    it would seem that the 49ers have so much money tied up in Alex that they can’t
    afford not to “try and teach him to play quarterback”. mike is hoping that he can
    save his butt and Alex’s career with a 10-6 wildcard. i thought we were playing
    professional football: not cover everybody’s butt while fans throughout the
    past seasons have had to pay. i mean pay big dollars and receive basically
    nothing but disappointment. it is painfully obvious that Alex is not NFL upper
    shelf. you gotta have someone to drive the train. Alex is a woosssseeee.

  12. By 49erfaithfulSince'88 on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    I want to see all you guys doubt alex again after he lights up the Eagles.
    Alex will come through for us.

  13. By Martin on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    49erfaithfulSince’88 Light up the Eagles LOL. Alex Smith cant even complete a simple toss to his running back. He is so scared, he over or under throws him everytime time guaranteed. He doesn’t know how to be a leader. He cant take control of the offense and put us in a position to win ball games.

    Where is Shaun Hill ? He didn’t have much of an arm, but he was a winner. At least Shaun Hill could maintain his composure and lead the team.

    It all starts with the quarterback position. We all witnessed how effective our offense can be in the first Atlanta drive for a touchdown. THE INCONSISTENT PLAY AND LACK OF LEDERSHIP AT THE QUARTERBCK POSISTION IS KILLING THIS TEAM.

    Our defense is pretty good most of the time, granted our secondary has been lacking for a while. But all good defenses get tired when they are on the field most of the game. The offense has to do their part and put some points on the board.

    Why are we not taking more shots down the field? JIMMY RAYES OFFENSIVE PLAYBOOK NEEDS TO FIND THE TRASHCAN. I KNOW THE SEASON HAS ALREADY STARTED BUT THE PLAYBOOK SUCKS.

    DIFFERENT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AND SAME PLAYS = SAME RESULTS.

    It is so frustrating watching this team lose game after game. Big Mike it is time to sit Alex an see what Carr can bring to the table.

    YOU LOOKED AT THE FILM AND FIRED JIMMY. LOOK AT THE FILM AGAIN AND TRY TO CONCENTRATE ON THE QB POSITION.

    ITS GOING TO BE A LONG MISERABLE DRIVE HOME FROM THE STICK SUNDAY.

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