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Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Broncos

Posted by Scott Kegley on October 31, 2010 – 7:49 AM

It’s been a long road trip, but gameday has finally arrived at Wembley Stadium.   It’s been a busy week, but more or less business as usual with practices on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before moving into a hotel in London on Friday.  On Saturday, the team went through a walk through at Wembley before attending a rally at Trafalgar square.  The biggest news of the week came just before Wednesday’s practice when Singletary announced that Troy Smith would start at quarterback.

If you have any questions for Ted Robinson in this week’s “Teddy Football,” please add them in the comments section as I’ll talk to him roughly an hour before kickoff.

Here’s a photo gallery from today’s game.


49ers – WR Kyle Williams, QB Alex Smith, CB Tarell Brown, T Barry Sims, C Eric Heitmann, T Alex Boone, WR Jason Hill

Broncos - QB Brady Quinn (3rd QB), S Darcel Bath, CB Perrish Cox, LB Robert Ayers, LB Wesley Woodyard, OL Eric Olsen, OL Chris Clark, DL Kevin Vickerson


The Denver Broncos won the toss and elected to receive.  The Broncos began their drive at the 32.  Knowshon Moreno got the carry on 1st down and picked up 3.  On 3rd and 4, the Broncos tried a trick reverse to Demaryius Thomas, but Justin Smith kept the edge and he was stopped short.  Britton Colquitt did not get off a good punt and it rolled out of bounds at the 42.

On 2nd down, Troy Smith faked the handoff and tried to hit Michael Crabtree deep, but the throw was too long.  Westbrook got the carry on 3rd and 7, but didn’t get much as the 49ers had to punt.  Lee’s punt stuck in the soft pitch and was downed at the 3.

Manny Lawson nearly picked of Orton on the first play of the drive as he dove and got one hand on it.  On 2nd down, Orton hit Jabar Gaffney over the middle for a gain of 18.  Moreno broke a big run on the very next play and Willis brought him down after a gain of 17.  Orton threw behind Brondon Lloyd on the next play but Lloyd made a nice play to adjust and pick up 17.  The Broncos continued to move the ball well as Moreno picked up 5 to the right side.  Willis wrapped up Moreno for a loss of 1 after the Broncos tried to set up the screen.  On 3rd and 6, the 49ers brought pressure and Orton took the sack.  It appeared that Justin smith touched him first.  Ginn reversed his field on the punt return, drawing applause from the London crowd, but he couldn’t pick up much as he was stopped at the 19.

Smith hit Walker on a screen to start the drive for a gain of 6.  Gore got the 49ers a first down on a run that he bounced to the left for 13 yards.  On 3rd and 8, Smith hit Vernon Davis on a short slant for the first down.  Two plays later, Smith hit Walker on another short slant for 10 yards and another first down.  On 2nd down, Smith somehow got the ball to Westbrook on the screen and he picked up 9 yards for a first down.  On the next play, Gore picked up 7 on a physical run up the middle to get just inside the red zone.  On 3rd and short, Gore was stopped just shy of the marker.  Nedney came on and connected on a 34-yard field goal to give the 49ers the early lead.

49ers 3 – Broncos 0

Thomas returned the kickoff to the 26.  Orton hit Royal on a quick pass to the left side, but Brandon Lloyd was called for offensive PI.  That’s the way the quarter came to an end.

Highlight Reel: Troy Smith did a great job to avoid the sack and get the ball to Westbrook for 9 yards and a first down.  It came at an important drive as it kept the drive moving.

Standout Stat: The Broncos were 0-2 on 3rd downs.

Put it in Perspective: The Broncos have been able to move the ball effectively early, but the 49ers defense has stepped up on third downs.  It was encouraging to see Smith take a shot deep for Crabtree on the first drive as it shows confidence in the quarterback.


The second quarter began with a well set up screen to Moreno who picked up 5.  Orton then hit Graham for the first down on a check down on the next play. Orton hit Royal on a screen, but the 49ers closed with a solid tackle.  Ginn fielded the punt around the 5 and made the first man miss before racing out past the 20.

Ginn got the handoff on a reverse to start the drive and picked up 9, very close to a first down.  Gore got the first down on a short pickup up the middle.  On 3rd and 6, Smith couldn’t find and open man and looked for Crabtree late, but the pass was too wide. Anthony Dixon was called for a face mask penalty on the return, giving the Broncos 15 more yards.

The Broncos started their drive at the 31.  Orton had plenty of time to throw on 2nd down and hit Gaffney for 14 yards over the middle.  On 3rd and 8, Orton avoided the sack and scrambled out past the 50, but he was still short of the first down.  Ginn called for the fair catch at the 11.

On 2nd down, Gore bounced the run to the left side and picked up 21, before Dawkins closed.  Gore ran out at the 38.  Two plays later, Gore was stopped just shy of the 45 on the draw play.  On 3rd and 4, Smith tried to hit Morgan on a slant, but the pass was too high.  Lee’s punt was low and rolled.  Thomas picked it up and dove forward at the 19.

On 2nd down, Lawson brought down Orton for the sack, but he was called for roughing the passer as Lawson inadvertently touched Orton’s helmet as he dove to the ground.

***Just received word from our PR staff that Vernon Davis has an ankle sprain and is doubtful.

On 3rd and 3, Orton hit Gronkowski for just enough to get the first down.  Two plays later, Clements came on the blitz and Orton hit Lloyd to the opposite side to move the sticks once again.  Orton then looked for Gaffney who was hit immediately by Willis to knock the ball loose.  On 2nd and long, Justin Smith brought down Orton for a sack that put them in 3rd and 23.  Orton hit Buckhalter on 3rd down who was stopped short of the original line of scrimmage.  The punt went out of bounds with one second left in the half.

Troy Smith took a knee to end the half.

Highlight Reel: Gore looked fast as he beat the Broncos around the left side of the line.  Dawkins was able to close to force Gore out, but Gore had nearly broke it for a score.

Standout Stat: Gore had a great first half with 12 carries for 70 yards.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers defense has played well, holding Denver to 1-6 on 3rd down.  They’ve also brought down Orton for 3 sacks and there’s nothing to complain about when you hold a team scoreless.  The 49ers offense has moved the ball at times, but they need to be consistent in order to sustain drives.  Gore has been effective, but more balance on offense will certainly help him out in the second half.  The 49ers’ lead is just three so it’s still anyone’s ball game.


The 49ers started their drive at the 22 after the return by Ginn.  Gore found some running room up the middle on 2nd down and was stopped just short of the first down.  On 3rd and inches, Gore gained two yards and picked up the first down.  On the next play, Ginn rolled, gave a pump fake to the defender and threw a strike to Crabtree for another first down.  The play was followed by a “BRILLIANT” sound effect from the in-stadium speakers.  On 3rd and 7, Smith handed the ball to Gore on a draw, but he was stopped for just a short gain.  The fair catch was called for at the 11.

On 3rd and 6, Orton avoided a sack and scrambled for the first down.  Orton play faked and hit Brandon Lloyd who was hauled down at the 1-yard line by Mays.  Tim Tebow came in and ran it in for the score.

Broncos 7 – 49ers 3

Ginn was brought down at the 22 on the kick return.  Smith hit Gore on a screen on the first play of the drive for 7 yards.  On 3rd and short, Smith hit Morgan crossing for a gain of 32.  Smith had to hurry his thrown on 3rd down for Walker and he didn’t see it.  Nedney’s 52-yard attempt hit the upright.

On the first play of the drive, Moreno took the toss right and was met hard by Mays for a short gain.  On 3rd and 8, Manny Lawson came on a stunt up the middle and crushed Orton as he threw.  Orton stayed down for a minuted and was able to walk off the field.  Brady Quinn is the third quarterback, so if Orton remains out, Tim Tebow would be the QB.  Reggie Smith was called for holding on the punt so the 49ers will start their drive from the 7.

Gore picked up 7 yards on 2nd down on a run up the middle.  On 3rd and 1, Gore got the handoff on the draw and was stopped for a loss.  Royal was stopped at the 42 on the punt return.

Orton remained in the game for Denver.  On 1st down, Orton hit Lloyd for a big gain out past the SF 40.  The Broncos went with the flea flicker on the next play, but they were called for a chop block which negated the touchdown pass to Gaffney.  On 1st and 25, Buckhalter caught the screen pass from Orton for a gain of 8.  That’s the end of the third quarter.

Highlight Reel: The Broncos play action pass to Brandon Lloyd shifted momentum in the Broncos favor.  The hit Manny Lawson put on Orton would be a close second.  The hit was textbook and it helped the defense get off the field on 3rd down.

Standout Stat: The 49ers have just 86 yards passing through this point in the game.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers dodged a bullet with the chop block penalty that negated a touchdown.  The game is still within reach, but the 49ers really need a stop on this current drive to keep it a one score game.


Orton hit Thomas who picked up 31 yards and a first down.  The 49ers defense held strong after that, forcing three incompletions.  Matt Prater hit a 32-yard field goal to give the Broncos a touchdown lead.

Broncos 10 – 49ers 3

Ginn had his best return of the game, taking it out to the 44.  On 2nd and 20, Smith stepped up and hit Delanie Walker on a deep post for a 27-yard gain.  On the next play, Smith threw it off his back foot to Walker down to the 1-yard line.  On 2nd down, Smith rolled right on the bootleg and took it in for the score to tie the game up at 10.

49ers 10 – Broncos 10

Thomas was brought down at the 20 by Bowman on the kickoff return.  After a false start, Orton hit Royal on a screen for a gain of 10.  Tebow got the carry on 2nd down, but Willis was there to meet him for no gain.  On 3rd and 4, Orton threw it to Moreno on an out, but Willis was right there to haul him down after a gain of 2.  Colquitt’s punt was short and took a 49ers bounce back to the 47.

On 2nd down, Smith threw a dart to Crabtree along the right sideline for a gain of 13.  Two plays later, Smith found Crabtree along the left sideline who made the catch and spun in for the touchdown from 28 yards out.

49ers 17 – Broncos 10

Lawson stripped Orton from behind as he scrambled.  Spiked recovered and the 49ers got the ball at the 18.

On 3rd and short, Gore plunged ahead to move the chains.  1st and goal at the 5, Gore picked up a couple down to the 2.  Norris got the carry on 2nd down and actually lost a yard back to the 3.  Gore made good on 3rd down, getting good push from the offensive line for the 3-yard score.

49ers 24 – Broncos 10

With just 3:47 left in the game, I’ll have to run down to get ready for postgame, but follow us on Twitter for more updates.

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250 Responses to “Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Broncos”

  1. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    All we need is a new head coach , new starting QB , half an O-line , and a new secondary and wed be good again.2 words for ownership John Gruden!

  2. By Big D on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Gruden’s a cheer leader. Niners need Jim Harbaugh.

  3. By Csags on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, two struggling teams playing in London. This not a good way to showcase the NFL in Europe. I’m disappointed, frustrated, upset, sad and mad on how the Niner’s season is turning out so far. As a niner fan, I’m ready to throw in the towel. This was suppose to be the year that San Francisco was going to make a playoff run and dominate the NFC west. I know Alex Smith is not a very good quarterback but if you look at the depth chart, he gives the team the best chance to win. “Oh well, maybe next season or maybe not”.

  4. By Sean on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I can hardly wait to see what Troy Smith does. If he does as good as advertised, the team should be able to rally around him and salvage the season. Playoffs are a long shot but not out of reach just yet. If not, then we are playing for draft picks and a new head coach. Go Niners!!!! I am a diehard Niner fan through thick and thin. Im frustrated this year, but cheering for you all the same!!!

  5. By SF49ers42010 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think every Quarterback has potential,and they are only as good as the offensive line that protects him. Alex did his best for what he had to work with.His recievers ,Vernon davis & frank Gore all pulled their own weight.I say beef up that line and we’ll win more games. NINERS 4 LIFE !!!!!

  6. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    maybe they will throw soccer balls out there….these teams need a change, and that may be the answer!!

  7. By Phil on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    gore up the middle……………Shocker!!!

  8. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  9. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    defence needs to score here!

  10. By chris on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    wow run on 3rd and 7 this game was over before it started

  11. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Here we go again! Happy Halloween everyone!

  12. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    OK defense – you go!!!

  13. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    can I look yet??

  14. By Luca from Italy on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hi everybody….
    I was supposed to be in ondon now, but I broke up with my lady, I couldn’t trade my tickets, lost money flight and my daughter is hill… what could go worse? … Well, the niners could win the game!! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  15. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Here we go again – Gore vs Broncos!

  16. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Indeea A happy and safe Halloween everyone, Stay away from the brownies in San Francisco…LOL

  17. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Stop trying to force square pegs in round holes niners!

  18. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Wow a real completion! First down!!!

  19. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Woohoo – another first down:)

  20. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think they went to the archives and pulled out an old playbook…circa 1983

  21. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Lookin’ good under fire!

  22. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    a perfect spot for play action…nope…what are they thinking

  23. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    They should have gone for it on 4th down! At least they scored first!

  24. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    it beats a 0

  25. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yes it does beat a 0:)

  26. By james on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I like coach Singletary as a player and person, but not as a head coach. In my opinion he drafted bad and he surrounded himself with second rate coaches. That and his win/loss record says it all. If he can come away with an 8-8 record then I’ll eat my words, but I don’t believe that is going to happen.

  27. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Good stop D!

  28. By Ramrod on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Why arent they showing the game on live television?

  29. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  30. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah Lillian to bad the SF Treat wasn’t still out there!

  31. By pboywill415 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    play-calling still sucks

  32. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yep – tricks with no treats – not good!

  33. By dg on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’m crapping black this morning..what did I drink?

  34. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think I will put a wake-up call in for the 2:00 warning 4th qtr. Yawn….

  35. By chris on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    we cant win if we cant throw the ball

  36. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    that is bull crap…………wtf

  37. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    dg – that is TMI!!!

  38. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Lillian….hope we cant catch that being on the samr blog!!

  39. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    It ALL starts with the COACHING STAFF-HEAD COACH that is-this is the most penalized
    team in the NFL-WOW WE are terrible because of very below average coaching. Singeltary talks about needing a leader on the Offense-It starts with him-he’s just trying to buy more time by trying to induce the ownership believing more into his B.S. He doesn’t know what he is doing as a head coach-PERIOD.


    Let’s see what kind of STONES THIS OWNERSHIP HAS!

  40. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Damn the defense

  41. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    The rent is too damn high!

  42. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    does anyone still really believe that Nate Davis is the answer still?

    PLEASE get your head checked out if you do. He would be better than Troy Smith for sure-so would Carr. As far as this team is concerned I think we all see now that ALex is far and above better than ANY QB we have on the roster.

  43. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I say give them soccer balls for the second half…..maybe the scoring will improve!

  44. By pboywill415 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    this game is soooooooo boring wtf

  45. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    3-0 against a team that gave up 59 points last week….Come On Man!

  46. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    looks like we lost everyone to the boring Talledega race….

  47. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    is being stuck on Smith like being stuck on stupid????

  48. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    3 recivers within 10 yards of eachother…….WHAT????

  49. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    The only exciting thing about this game so far was the wave.

  50. By pboywill415 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    i cant wait for the season to be over.. we have to start fresh.. get rid of these coaches please..

  51. By pboywill415 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    wow… play-calling is horrible

  52. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    again our team goes in at half time and comes out and cant adjust , we stink!

  53. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Jim Harbaugh. is another unproven NFL Coach do you want another expiriment

  54. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    so much for hoping that big ole 3 point lead was going to hold up!

  55. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Has anyone seen the San Francisco 49ers…..I sure miss them!

  56. By Sen on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I really feel bad for the players for having got the worst coach in NFL

  57. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    if we lose and the yorks keep singletary they really are stupid!

  58. By miguel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    can we stop running on every play!

  59. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I kind of like troy Smith so far

  60. By miguel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    here we go now time to blow it on d.

  61. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    ‘NO GOOD” Was he talken bout the kick or the team?

  62. By ROCBUD41 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    still the same run,run,run we are 1 and 6 and there still playing concervative foot ball. how long is a three point lead suppose to last. an you say new coaching staff

  63. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Show my comments!!!

  64. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    oh good yeah show that one

  65. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    YEA! noel, don”t you hate that?”

  66. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    we never move the ball in the 2nd half.

  67. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    at least I have the guacomole…..mmmmmm

  68. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Oh yeah terry. This is retarded. I didnt say nothing bad just the truth! lol

  69. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    hard to type and stuff the face at the same time!!

  70. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    WoW D you just caught a big break. I bet if the niners dont make it back to the states the league wouldn’t even know. Terrible. Go niners!!

  71. By Chris on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Nice to see Brandon Loyd doing well after we let him go.

  72. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    No secondary! Merton Hanks where are you?

  73. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Could we trade them for a good futbal team…..

  74. By Adam on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    apologies out to london. Singletary has to be booted, i was niner organization would at least read fans postings about the team. the team just cannot handle expectation. need a QB unbelievably bad

  75. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I am starting to hate this lame team SELL IT!

  76. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Boring game:(

  77. By paul stom on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    vernon wimps out/ johnson is still calling pop warner/def. has been ok. troy needs
    to call plays on the field (just draw it in the mud) actually go denver!!!!!!!!!

  78. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    5 missed tackles go figure

  79. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    yeah Adam, hope they didn’t get soaked to bat to see this futile attempt at football!

  80. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Noel, YEA! I’ve had them. I guess truth hurts!

  81. By Adam on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    any other niner fans want to throw up???

  82. By Adam on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    i think this game made me throw up

  83. By David on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Any team that needs to bounce back after a big loss just needs to play us , it’s a sure confidence booster. Let me guess mr Jed York we’re still going to make the playoffs?

  84. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Adam: dont know bout throwin up. But, been sick to my stomach for years! Maybe if I did I’d feel better. lol

  85. By Paul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    The only time the 9ers get any yards and have a chance to score is when ginn returns kickoffs.

  86. By Adam on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    idk it just becomes tiring to always look forward to next year. need to make some drastic changes no matter what they be

  87. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Amazing troy!!!! you got balls

  88. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  89. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    OMG did you all see that??!!??

  90. By wesley on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    9ers could not tackle Bart Simpson

  91. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    that was the latest definition of Throwing Up!

  92. By Niners fan on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Can we plan a farewell party for Alex Smith yet?

  93. By Paul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    finally a QB that has some balls and tries to make a play.

  94. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    You go Troy!!!!!!!!!

  95. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Troys our guy the rest of the season.. Just give him a chance to throw and I believe he can make plays happen or im just really excited about what I saw on that drive.

  96. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    that is the most offence in weeks!

  97. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Jimminny cricket its a game now!…WOOHOO !!

  98. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I posted a comment responding to you Terry but I just noticed they didnt let that one go through either. So yeah its annoying

  99. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Is luck finally on our side

  100. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Noel…I have found any mention of the packers QB never gets through….

  101. By John on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    When is Singletary going to get a clue about offensive game plans. I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s a control freak, and wants to dictate every portion of what occurs on the field (Offense and Defense). I don’t have a problem with him being involved with the defense. That’s his expertise. Let your offensive coordinator do hisr job! It appears to me Singletary wants to do nothing else but run the football down the the throat of every team they play. Leave the offense to the offensive coordinator. That’s his expertise not yours. Let him come up with the game plan for the offense. When they open up the offense they start to move the ball. There’s no suprise to me why we haven’t been successful this year. If you can’t trust your coaches to do their job then you need to find another job.

  102. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Sad to see this team against Denver-WE R A SAD state of affairs.

    New coaching staff and get me Carson Palmer-I’d take that senario.

  103. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Jacksonville crushin! dallas! LOVE IT!

  104. By Kumar on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Troy .. We have a QB now. Replace the coach we’ll be fine.

  105. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    OMG WHoo Hooo!!!!!!!

  106. By Chris on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    The Niners Offence is in the house all of a sudden….. LOL Im not sick to my stomach anymore.

  107. By Paul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Troy hasnt payed in years and he already looks better then Alex. we should get a GTFO alex chant going.

  108. By Hermie on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    So Long Alex!!!! Soo Long Alex!!!

  109. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Who is this team & what have they done with the niners? I feel like we have gone back a decade or two on the past couple of drives!!!

  110. By matt lpool on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    london goes mental as the niners take the lead

    as an english niner can i say how proud I feel right now. Please dont mess it up now niners!

  111. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    WOOO! HOOO! What the? Is this a fluke? Or is this our time?

  112. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    My Grandmother could make those throws.

    Carson Palmer please and a new coaching staff.

  113. By FanOnWrongCoast on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Too early to crown anyone but its refreshing to see poise at the QB positions for us. Hope it holds…GO NINERS!!

  114. By 559ERSCARONER on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  115. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah. I dont get it take time to type up a comment and then nothing several times, Whats the deal with that!? ….NINers just scored. Troy smith sure is delivering in these last two series. Its awesome to watch

  116. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  117. By wesley on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    We have a Smith that can play football.

  118. By matt lpool on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  119. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  120. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Its our ball!!!….I’m so excited I could do the wave!!!!

  121. By Chris on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    All Right D this last five minutes is the team we have been waiting to see

  122. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    lets drive some nails into denvers pine box!

  123. By RonG on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Finally fun to see a mobile quarterback.. We’ve come alive in the fourth!

  124. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    We score here game over….Let troy reign free!!!

  125. By FanOnWrongCoast on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    A little bit of daydreaming between plays…close your eyes and and instead of Smith, imagine Vick next season.

    Think bout it.

  126. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    why must we run every down?!?!?!?! has anyone figured that out yet? I’m not going to do the wave now

  127. By Paul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Norris should never EVER get the footbal. has he ever gained a yard?

  128. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Give Frank his second! He deserves!!

  129. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    What play calling…..they have obviously never smelled blood on our sideline!

  130. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    let’s see us not lose another game the remainder of the yr, then we may have somnething. That’s how hi this bar is now.

    GO GIANTS!!!

  131. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    OK shut up. That worked out… I smell a dubya!!!

  132. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    At least Frank has the Heart! way to go 21

  133. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  134. By Hermie on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully, the team rallies around the last 10 minutes of play!! Know we can’t win with Alex, some enthusiasm with Troy!

  135. By Chris on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    2 and 6 has a nice ring to it LOL ill take a W any day of the week

  136. By Paul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Well there go’s r chance at the number 1 pick lol

  137. By matt lpool on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    frank gore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! joy!

  138. By Hermie on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Frank is the Man!!

  139. By Geo on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think we have a leader in Troy Smith. This is what it takes to win any game and the games we lost by 2 or 3 points might have been wins under the leadership of Troy Smith. Sorry Alex but I would say your career is over.

  140. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Glad we are going to win one more.


  141. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    We could get a really good Gatorade guy, for Alex..

  142. By Paul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I hope troy or nate davis become studs because we just lost the chance at the number 1 pick and drafting a good qb.

  143. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    C’MON D!!!!

  144. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    has anyone seen the fat lady…..get her warmed up already!

  145. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    YEA! Luck still flowin

  146. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    wow a kicker brain fart!

  147. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  148. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    C’mon guys! one first down PLEEEEEEZ!!!!

  149. By 9er_slim on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    to all the troy smith haters and so called 9er fans………..WE’RE BAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! find anotha team to hate on and yes singletary is a great coach, he wanted troy smith all along but it’s the same situation as philly with vick and kolb. thanks alot Charles Johnson!!!!! AN ERA HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 49ers 4 LYFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  150. By Murray on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    the last thing we need to do is draft another QB into the mess of coaching that we have.

  151. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  152. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Wow didnt we catch a break… oh great if this game is up to our D stopping them, yikes

  153. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    That didnt look that bad….BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  154. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  155. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    game over….DUBYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  156. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    YEEEAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  157. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Stinking zebras…cant sack a QB anymore????

  158. By Hermie on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully, this will be contagious!!

  159. By Terry on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    At least its a “W” Everyone have a great Halloween.

  160. By realfaned on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    NO more Alex with a better future in the making.

  161. By Noel on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    We got it guys! Can’t wait till next week. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Be safe… GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  162. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah we won another. We might win 4 more at least.


    We have this coach for 2 & 1/2 yrs and nothing but playoffs should save his job, not even that in my opinion.

    Later. Happy Halloween.

    GO GMen!

  163. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  164. By Geo on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Troy for the great job you did. I think all of the talent we have will mesh now and come together as a team. You have weapons and you are a weapon. That makes all the difference. The defense doesn’t have to score all the points now, although I know they will take advantage of every scoring opportunity. Good job 49ers. You should have heard the announcer booth. The excitement was beyond belief, it was a joy to be fan. I don’t mind watching games like this one. I have great hope for the 49er team at this point. Forget next years draft, you have all the players you need to win the Superbowl. Just get there and I know Troy will show his stuff and lead you through it.

  165. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Enjoy it everyone……Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

  166. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Wow another W – feels too weird! Happy Halloween – Go GIANTS!!!!!

  167. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Get you Orange and Black on!! Go Giants!!! Go Bum!!!!

  168. By robert on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Lillian I agree….fells like someone is tricking us….I just pinched myself to make sure I am awake!

  169. By oscar on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think we found are qb its TROY SMITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  170. By kenneth on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    well we found a good back up qb

  171. By lee81 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Finally we have a QB who has some legs and knows what to do with the football. It’s about freakin time. Keep him in there mike and what is up with that stupid kick off return by ginn.

  172. By Les on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    This is the best Alex has looked all year…In civies on the sideline. STAY THERE

  173. By torture on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Mr.Freeman………..manny’s comin! Nice Game Lawson.

  174. By lee81 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    cheers to gore , he’s the man. johnson don’t make the offense so predictable and go with more play action. our defense line and linebackers played a damn good game.

  175. By lillian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Talk to you all in 2 weeks! I am on VACATION this week!!!!!!

  176. By Mo on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a Raven fan & Bmore native and a HUGE Troy Smith fan. I regret loosing Troy Smith to the Niner’s but, I’m elated that his 1st SF. start is a Win. Go Niners & wishes for a great season- even post season play. U guys can still win your Div!!! So get behind your team. Troy Smith can tell U, Fan support is that EXTRA needed 2 make a team play better!

  177. By Keith Wood on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I swore I was through watching as of last week. I stayed true to my word. I just found out. I was working in my office and all the sudden the whole house started to shake. I thought “oh, wow, must be an earth quake” then lightning started flashing out side my window, and it was a clear blue day! I was freaked out, I thought the world was going to end, so I turned on the TV to see if any thing was being reported around the world, and nothing on the news, then I looked closer and saw a sports score ticker going across the bottom of the screen, and sure enough, the 49ers won a game, so I knew why the house was shaking and lightning was appearing out of a blue sky! It’s just like the last 4 years folks, by the time they are eliminated from any sort of playoff birth, they figure a way to win. Doesn’t matter, there year is over, look at them Rams with Rookie QB Sam Bradford from Oklahoma, they already have 5 wins! They will get more, we don’t have a change in hates to win the division let alone a spot in the playoffs, why else would they start winning now? I am like the other guy, change the coaching staff next year. This year is toast, just like the last 4 years, we don’t look good until we are out of it.

  178. By Derek Serran on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Troy Smith good job. Lets please keep him as our starting QB!! Bench Alex Smith and let troy thrown the ball. He can get the job done!!

  179. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    We have this coach for 2 & 1/2 yrs, 2 & 1/2 yrs and folks are getting excited about maybe going 8-8 again under his watch, and we probably won’t but even if we did that’s a joke get RID OF HIM-Hey Troy played fine but he ain’t the answer either.

    Time for Singeltary to get the hook after the season and then go get Jim Harbaugh or Oregon’s Ex-Head Coach now A.D. from the Bay area-Mike Bellotti.

    Common REALLY I want us to win but are you really ready for another season with Singeltary if we don’t get it done, are you really, I’m not!

  180. By fredammer on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    i am a 49er fan for many years we need bill cower as the head couch then we will win a lots of the games and getv kurt warner as the quarter back

  181. By 40munson on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Playoffs are not going to happen but maybe we can punch the Rams in the dick a couple of times with our new elusive QB and his desire to win. I hope I never hear the choking noises of Alex Carr, again!

  182. By D on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Wow….. I think we have finally found a QB. Leave hime in for the remainder of the season and lets watch him grow.

  183. By christian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    i cant believe wht im hearing from you niner fans its like you guys lost hope just look at the other tema in our didvision schedules we still have a chance i styll feel like this is going to be our year and thank you troy smith in making that possible for us still but pls keep that up GO NINERS!!!!

  184. By KDB on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    That’s the sad part. In the regular NFL outside our Div-we R A joke and it starts with the ownership and then the Coaching and both are SAD. Nuff Said-We ain’t going anywhere.

    PLEASE make me eat my words-I dare U Niners.

  185. By larrypaul on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    So I hear that Alex Smith is going to start after our bye week..WTF..Troy Smit had a 115.4 QB Rating..We need to give him a chance to shine..We got the win..Bt need to win every game left…Singletary needs to start troy Smith..

  186. By christian on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    how can u say that kdb u dont know that what if they turn the season around and somethyng happens and we beat team outside our division wht happens then how dare you say that and u call yourself a niner fan have no kind of confidence in your team man i officially kick u out the fan club bbbooooooooo!!!

  187. By palco on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    If the coach wants to keep his job, then he should step back and let someone else hire a offensive coordinator and leave the decisions to that coach alone, he seems not to understand he is not gifted in that area, neither has anyone he has put in the position. But I doubt that will happen. Looks like next year fans.

  188. By romes on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    bunch of weak fair weather fans in this room. be proud of your team you bunch of pansies

  189. By Jay on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    ALSO CONGRATS 9ers on the second win. Hopefully you guys got the confidence to win from here on now.

  190. By Cmon 9ers! on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Well I didnt see the game, but from the highlights I could see that Troy could handle the offense much more than that waste of money Alex. Stay hurt Alex, stay hurt because you suck major ball$!

  191. By lee81 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    someone go tackle alex’s other shoulder, leave troy in with the starters, it was exciting to see our niners back to winning today. GO GIANTS!!!!

  192. By Michael on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    very slow game today. offense still looked the same. how many receiver screens that went less than 5 yards in the first quarter?, i think it was 4 or 5. and how many run plays that went up the middle with gore? too many. the offense is way too predictable. nice win and all, but the offense needs to open up a whole lot more. the defense is still allowing big plays or long extensive drives. not the way to win. cant play that way against the western division, the 49ers will lose against the seahawks, rams and cardinals if the 49ers play like they did the first 3 quaters this game.

  193. By detroitniner on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    troy beats a team with 2 wins? and he is the savior?
    what a joke mike has to go.
    the secondary sucks and where is our tight end? Oc needs to find out how to use the tight end other then blocking.
    why is it every game the defense gives up TD at the end ? our o line needs help
    wake up people and look at the whole picture

  194. By Kevin on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I thought Troy looked great considering he has only played a handful of games in the NFL. Some of you need to give a guy a chance because Carr and Alex are sure as hell not the answer. This is a good team. I don’t agree with some of the play calling but we got the W and we have someone that can lead the offense. He is only going to get better. Great job Troy!!!!!

  195. By lee81 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    troy never got sacked nor did he ever make any bad decisions, he knew what to do under pressure and threw a bomb to delaney walker which was hella lucky. but it was between champ baily and dawkins. He is the start of something much more exciting. I agree with you on the rest of your comments detroitniner.
    the rest of the west lost today and maybe there is some light. we’ll see.

  196. By lee81 on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    except for the rams, but they’ll choke

  197. By Kevin on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    There are a lot of other teams in the NFL. If you don’t like the Niners then get a new team. There is no one making you follow them. We promise we won’t miss all the whinning.

  198. By david (va) on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply


  199. By keithonthe east on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Ok…for once we didnt gift wrap a win for the opposing team.

  200. By Moe on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think we found ourselves our future quarterback, Troy Smith. We just need to make better calls to finish the games. The end stunk. Why not try to get first down, and finish games instead of trying to punt and have our defense end games. Things can go so wrong. We were lucky it didn’t. Like they always say play full 60 minutes. Why not finish with offense on the field. Why take a chance? I am happy that we won. See hope in Troy with his athletic ability. Nice. Lets clean up little mistakes, and improve on play calling on offense. Our defense is good, but I still think it is not as good as last year. So we need to keep scoring points if we can instead of trying to eat up the clock, and do something stupid again to cost us the game such as a fumble or something, and giving another team a good field position or by punting, make them run all the way.Lets go 49ers. I think its time to open up on offense. We so what Troy is capable of doing. I hope our OC can open up his book little bit more.

  201. By realfaned on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Not that anyone on this site has remembered anything I have said, but im going to say it again. Alex Smith has made the whole organization look bad “Only HIM”. Not Only has he affected the organization but he has made the fans retarted. Alex is gone victory is here as long as he never steps on the field for the 49ers again. Troy Smith has not had a chance to prove him self as a winner or loser in the NFL, ALEX had 6 years Carr these two proven losers. The coaching staff will grow when they have a winning QB to grow around. I’m happy if we do not look backwards, no coach in the NFL can win with ALEX Smith as there QB.

  202. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    WTF, i say a couple nice words about Troy and you damn mods don’t post it on the website. WTF is wrong with you people!!!!! Idiots

  203. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    And yet you post the above comment. Dumb@sses

  204. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Today’s game showed the difference between what Troy can bring to the team and what Alex does not bring:

    1) Leadership – anyone here see the postgame video on this website where Troy gathered his team around him while inspiring his teammates with a speech? I’ve never seen Alex do this his entire career. Troy is the vocal leader we need at the QB position and the players will follow his lead.

  205. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    2) Poise – Troy never got rattled when under pressure. That long bomb he threw to Delanie Walker was executed because Troy wasn’t afraid to let it loose, although a lil luck helped. Alex, on the other hand, would’ve thrown that ball away or gotten it picked off.

  206. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    #3) Trust – You can see that Troy has faith in his offensive line and wants to lead them. He even commended the O-line on their effort. What niner fans witnessed was a near perfect performance by the O-Line: no sacks allowed, no major costly penalties, no int’s for Troy, and 100+ yds rushing for Gore. No coincidence that even Brian Westbrook got involved and had a nice highlight, his first meaningful play of the season. Wow is all I gotta say.

  207. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    You guys gonna NOT POST MY COMMENTS when MY COMMENTS AREN’T EVEN DEROGATORY. Eat a dick then you effn website.

  208. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Troy shows emotion on the field and its obvious he is a winner. It’s obvious the team is slowly building cohesion and camaraderie based on the players’ comments after the game. Dude also has a lot more swagger than any quarterback we have on the sidelines and this is HUGE.

  209. By Thedogg on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Sum good points Friedrice. Lets get busy..

  210. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks dogg. You’re right. It’s time for this damn football team to start gettin’ busy and start blowin’ out opponents like they’re supposed to.

  211. By Thedogg on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Troy has the ability to be a strong leader in the 49er org. Singletary needs to let him grow with the team and let him use him talents to our advantage. Lets get Westbrook involed.

  212. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    We will see eventually that once the coaching staff and players on offense all start to follow Troy’s lead, the collective effect will trickle down to the defensive players as well and next thing you know, we’re gonna start pitching shutouts just like the G-Men are doing in the World Series.

    It is extremely vital that the 49ers immediately “catch” the winning fever surrounding the entire city and follow the baseball Giants’ lead. Psychologically, the city and its fans are at an all-time high right now.

    What more if the Niners start doing what they’re supposed to do???

  213. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Im sure Singletary is beggining to believe that maybe Troy is a better fit personality wise with the receivers than Alex will ever be.

    If we win two in a row with Troy, then Im sure he will get the nod as the starting quarterback until he falters or gets hurt. It’s only fair this way. But if Singletary puts Alex back as the starter even after Troy proves that he is leading this team to wins, then Im sorry but Singletary will have to go.

  214. By KDB on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    The players have not EVER been the issue-Alex included-OUR COACHES are the problem-Happy to see Troy play well, he played as well as Alex did against New Orleans-Let’s put this in prospective.

    WE ARE A VERY POORLY COACHED TEAM. WE ALSO LEAD THE NFL IN PENALTIES which has put our offense in serious holes like 3rd and a country mile many many times.

    Time for Singeltary to GET SOME GONE. Even if we win the West at 8-8–BYE BYE BABY.

  215. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    KDB: its a combination of both. Not just the players fault. Not just the coaching staff’s fault. It’s both. here’s why:

    1) Players still have to execute on the field and not make mistakes to take them out of games. Coaches cannot coach effort.

    2) Coaches still have to put together a solid game plan and strategize accordingly. If not, you put your players in position to lose.

    Therefore, it boils down to the intangibles.

    - Players have to play for each other. Why is it on the post game interviews that guys like Takeo Spikes talked about how the players were pretty much forced to hang out with each other. This, in turn, led to a much better bonding among the guys and look at the result: a game played with much better precision and execution than in weeks’ past

    - Coaches have to believe in their players and open up the playbook and let em loose so that they can maximize their talents.

    - Once the intangibles are fulfilled, the trickle down effect is that players on both sides – offense and defense – will all of a sudden be in sync not only on the practice field but on game day. EVERYONE WILL PLAY FOR EACH OTHER.

    You can’t tell me that the Saints championship was all coaching because Sean Payton didn’t do jack with that team the year before they won the big one. You can’t tell me that the Giants Super Bowl win was all coaching because Tom Coughlin didn’t do jack with that squad the year before and he surely didn’t do anything with a solid Jacksonville team before he went to NY.

    Football is the ultimate team sport. Therefore it is imperative that both the players and coaches are all on the same page on and off the football field. A team that has ultimate camaraderie and a team that believes in each other and a team that sacrifices for each other is the team that usually wins it all.

  216. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    These two relatively no-name coaches in Coughlin and Payton are just as good, in my opinion, as Mike Singletary or Mike Nolan.

    The reason Sean Payton and Tom Coughlin won the Super Bowl was because
    the players played all out no holds barred football.

    The 49ers have the talent but the players fail to play for each other because they don’t have anything to believe in. This is part coaching and part team dynamics/cohesion/execution.

    If the Niner players could only perform up to their potential, then maybe they’d have the moxie to be able to go deep in the playoffs and make Singletary look good.

    And please don’t tell me that Alex Smith has nothing to do with the Niners underachieving the last three years. His failure to develop and improve is the main reason the Niners cannot get off the hump. I guarantee you will see the difference between Troy’s and Alex’s toughness and leadership skills in the upcoming weeks.

  217. By Hermie on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, Alex is a main contributor as to why the team has not progressed over the last couple of years. He has ability, but he does not have “IT”! Instead of avoiding pressure, he runs from it and then throws the ball away. Alex is a coach killer and some of what chickenfired says is true in that the coach has to be the ultimate motivator and rely on position coaches to make things run smoothly.

    I like Sing. a lot, but if we neet to go another direction, Chucky or Cowher (proven winners) would be my choice as they could hire iin winner coordinators and not be intimidated by them. I think the players would really connect with Gruden too.

    I pray we somehow make the playoffs and then all bets are off…motivation and playing together will be key. Two games against the Rams and Cardinals yet and Seahawks at home!!

  218. By KDB on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    No new players until we make a MAJOR COACHING and GM change.

    Sean Peyton learned under Parcells and he was a Coordinator during his time under the BIG TUNA. NUFF SAID.

    And if you think Alex is to blame to where this franchise is-your kidding yourself. This is a beat the dead horse issue. San Diego fans wanted to get rid of Drew Brees-Nuff said. alex ain’t Drew but you get the point.

    What has Singeltary done to deserve this job? I mean what has he EVER Coordinated, ZERO. He makes the Niners look like the “Keystone Cops”.

  219. By KDB on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    WE ARE A VERY POORLY COACHED TEAM. WE ALSO LEAD THE NFL IN PENALTIES which has put our offense in serious holes like 3rd and a country mile many many times.

    Time for Singeltary to GET SOME GONE. Even if we win the West at 8-8–BYE BYE BABY.

  220. By ROLF BALZARINI on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    need a new coach , it is a total mess, no guidens,

  221. By Niner fan on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Keep troy smith for the rest of the season what do we got to loose and we need a nee head coach

  222. By 9ersGirl on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Need a new QB.. Lets keep Troy Smith for the rest of the season and we’ll have a better chance for the playoffs than Alex will give us… Maybe, just maybe.. he will learn something by sitting back on the sidelines and watching Troy at work… Love my team.. but damn.. don’t they know Alex is not a leader!! He will not block for a team mate(As Troy did lastnight), he drops balls and throws too many nterceptions.. He’s not a leader!!!! No one takes him serious!!! He likes to play scared.. and thats not what this team needs!

  223. By 9ersGirl on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    well said!!!!

  224. By AlexM32 on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    What we need is to have the players to realize we cannot rely on what people think. If we were to have played the under dog role this whole year instead of the “expected NFC West champs”, we would have maybe had that extra little push in those close games and we wouldnt be on this web site criticizing every other person on the team and or staff. FANS/POSER FANS- The team we have right now is the team we have; stop criticizing them because unless you’re going to throw on a jersey and do better than shut up. I’m sick of all these people singling out people when this is a team sport. Yes we may not have a MVP QB, or a coach who knows every little thing about his profession, or even a offense/Defense that can just have their way with opponents, but thats what makes me watch this team every single sunday. I love every single touchdown we score, every sack we get, and every little detail about this team because if I didn’t then what is there to be a fan about and cheer for? I take pride in wearing the 49er apparel i own because for every few haters there is one person who respects me for being a true fan for a team that hasnt been a top tier team the last few years. Every team realizes the 49ers potential as well considering our teams 6 losses, 4 of which have been by 3 points or less, so i dont know why everybody is acting as if we are getting blown out every sunday. LOVE, LIVE, BREATH, and REP THE NINERS ALL DAY EVERY DAY!

  225. By Juanito on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    AMEN AlexM32. I could not agree with you more. WIN, LOSE OR TIE, IM A NINER FAN UNTIL I DIE!!!

  226. By L.G on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Yea they need to put together a string of good wins to salvage the season but whatever happens let’s definitely move on at QB position and possibly HC. I like Sing. but if he stays nothing will change on offense and they would most likely sign Alex to a 3 year deal or something stupid? Then I will have to listen to a very few minority of fans cheer and make excuses for an under achieving QB.

    I like this guy Troy, i think he is only going to get better. You saw what he could do when they stopped running it every down. He had a few bad throws but not bad first time out…I think Nate Davis would have done just as well? He should be the 2nd QB and move on from Alex And Car…I like to see more of Dixon and Westbrook.

  227. By KDB on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not whinning just a realist, and I did wear a jersey just for another team in the NFL and did pretty well too. Too old now though- ha ha.

    In any event, when all of they cry babies started throwing stones at Alex Smith I just felt it necessary to point out what I think the REAL problems are beyond him. And my point is-it ain’t one kid that has damaged this team, it’s WAY more than that; however, if missguided fans are going to point at one guy then I’m bringing the QUALIFIED LUMBER to point out that it’s WAY MORE THAN ONE GUY-U understand that now? Good.

    We have Major issues WAY beyond one kid, and that’s been my entire point ALL ALONG. And until people that don’t know the game very well, these missguided fans keep saying this ignorant stuff, I’ll keep swinging the Lumber because Alex can do fine as can Troy smith, etc. Did Troy provide a spark, sure he did, but he also got lucky with that Rainbow that should have been picked off to Delanie, but that’s what happens when we get a few breaks.

    Please don’t think I don’t want them to win. I’m as big a Niner fan that there is, but I also understand the ebbs and flows and coaching and PLAYING and I really think we are a 500 team with this staff @ BEST, PERIOD.

    I could be wrong but I really don’t think so. So I’ll root but I won’t shut up.


    GO GMen. Bruc Bochy, now there is a very good coach. Mike Shannahan, Andy Ried. Singeltary has taken out any coach that could threaten him so I think he self promotes WAY TOO MUCH, IMO.

  228. By Stevie Mac on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    I was at the game on Sunday – voice still hurts from all the shoutin’ – hope we did you faithful proud.

    As a Brit, I’m used to seeing coaches being made scape goats and public enemy #1 when the chips are down in soccer. Yet time after time, it’s often stability you need rather than constantly drafting in fresh blood. We often have the misconception that a new coach is going to work miracles immediately. I say give Singletary a chance to get a well led team and then if things still go pear shaped, the axe should be considered…

    Personally I think the team is just going through like this awkward puberty stage right now but will quickly mature.
    If Troy Smith is given a chance and continues improving and getting that link with the running backs and wide receivers then I think you’ll start to see more varied plays.
    Until then, while its your basic no frills offense, its not like the looping running plays arent shifting the chains right?

    But then what do I know, I’m British lol

  229. By Jon on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    GO GET RANDY MOSS!!!!!!! he is a amazing receiver and could also influence our young receivers. Hey can it hurt us? But he cant run up the gut like our coaches love to do. Getting him Cant hurt so i say give it a shot. we cant get any worse

  230. By Johne B on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Great 2nd half of the game! Troy did good…not great yet and I’m sure it will come with time if”Sing” turns him loose!? With all of the fire power the niners have, when you put just a quarterback with leaderhsip qualities like Troy or NATE DAVIS, you get a whole different team whos “shortcomings” dont stand out as much. Lets see what happens with a pretty “good Rams team” at 4 – 4. Come on Troy lets do it again!! GO NINERS!!

  231. By melhex on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply


  232. By Hoover on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    I have a hard time believing that troy is a better QB then Alex. I think Sing is a smart coach and he knows this. I just hope he doesn’t listen to all the hipe. We’ve had several games where we were in it and someone other than smith let us down. Let’s remember, special teams turn overs against Seattle, defense let down against saints, total miss agains chiefts, Gore fumbles against eagles, Clement fumble against falcons, and Car pick against Carolina… why does smith get all the blaime! Have you seen the throws this guy can make. He has a great arm and a great football IQ. Did you see the courage he had against New Orleans and Philly. He battled back, he didn’t get much help that game.

    We are a better team with Smith… I don’t care what the record says. This is a team sport and if other guys do their job we have more chance to win with Smith. Denver is horrible, Smith has been through a lot this year and is ready to turn that experience into Ws in the second half of the year.

    Go niners and go Smith!!

  233. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    KDB: you call Mike Shanahan a great coach? Give me a break. He has done NOTHING since winning with John Elway and as OC with the Niners. What did he do with the Raiders? Nothing. What did he do with Denver post Elway/Terrell Davis? Nothing. Nothing but a bunch of playoff disappointments with loaded offensive teams. Simply put, Shanahan is nothing but a good coordinator. But he is not a great coach. What’s he doing with Washington right now? Nothing. Tom Cable has as good a record than Shanahan and Oakland is in a tougher conference. Nuff said.

    Andy Reid? Has he won the big one? Yeah, he got to the Super Bowl alright… with Brian Dawkins in his prime, with Donovan McNabb in his prime, with Terrell Owens in his Pro Bowl days, with arguably a top three defense three years straight in the early 2000s. But yet his coaching genius and top ranked defense couldn’t defeat Tom Brady in the Big Game. NUFF SAID.

    You clown Singletary yet you don’t even realize that he had to start from scratch with this team. Nothing but young inexperienced players. What about last year’s top notch defense that LED THE TEAM TO A 4-2 finish? Do you give him credit for that?

    You are too quick to knock Singletary without even seeing what he can do once his team actually goes through the “ebbs and flows” of winning and losing, in other words… the journey. Give the guy a chance and since you CLAIM YOU PLAYED IN THE NFL, THEY YOU OUT OF ALL PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT ITS THE COMBINATION OF PLAYERS EXECUTING ON THE FIELD AND COACHES PROPERLY PREPARING THEIR TEAMS THAT MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO GENERATE LONG TERM SUCCESS. Nuff Said.


  234. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    @ KDB (continued)…

    A great coach once told me, “Don’t ask me to coach effort because I will never be able to do that.” Nuff said.

  235. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    He will have had 2 & 1/2 yrs at season’s end-that’s plenty of time. your correct about starting from scratch and that’s been my point and why folks need to get off Alex or any one player for that matter, you are correct.

    Now the KC coach has started from scratch and what’s he done?

    He’s hired a proven O/C and D/C and surrounded himself with people BETTER than him, Singeltary is affraid to do that. I’m just done with him. He is very inexperienced and this job needs a guy that has a system that is ORGANIZED and at Niner land right now, this is not the case IMO, you can see it everywhere.

    Shannahan is a VERY good coach, that doesn’t even need to be said no matter anyone says and I HATE THE BRONCOS.


  236. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Singeltary doesn’t have the Bochy touch nor does our OWNERSHIP.

  237. By Mark on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Great to experience my first game, loved all of it (apart form the poor 1st half) you are all welcome back anytime! M from the UK

  238. By paul stom on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    mike is afraid of quality offensive coordinator- i just find it difficult to coincide th
    killer linebacker of yesteryear and the self promoting concept his inexperience
    as head coach show: inability to adjust throughout the games. but tossing out
    the blame game i saw the promise of a true player. if one has or has not played this game (at whatever level); you played it because you love it. not politically correct to admit that you like the “HIT” you liked the “PAIN”. the twisted world we live in. Troy Smith showed swagger (easy movement with the ball) no overgrip throw aways, int., missed some but the throws were accurate (most) and with “TOUCH”. Air mail to Delanie was amazing. Yes, ballzzzzeee, but that is part luck and part make your own luck. Therein lies one of the major differencies between Troy & Alexia. That kind of confidence comes from believing in yourself. the intangible of spontaneity and creativity.
    Tunnel vision Alexia cannot “see the field” he panics instead of overcomes.
    That my friends is a lack of BALLS. It really looks to me that the 49ers have
    found the quarterback they need. Go Niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  239. By DC on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Realize who the niners just played they lost to the niners and came off a bye and we only beat them by how much?

  240. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    You can findf it difficult all you want about what I think about Singeltary but that’s what I think and see. Yes he is affraid of having a quality O/c and D/C because he could lose his job more easily that way, proven, Mike Martz. Like him or not was a waaaaay better decision than what he has done with Raye or Johnson. But Martz could take his job and that’s why he’s gone, PERIOD.

    Troy played well and I’m happy but that throw to Delaine was a PRAYER not a gutsy play, it was desparation but, I’m glad it was answered, and if you look @ my earlier statement, I said that’s how you get the breaks when things are going your way. Alex is a fine QB, nuff said there again.

    We ain’t going anywhere until this ENTIRE STAFF IS GONE. And when I say going anywhere, 8-8 again ain’t good enough nor is it enough to build on with Singeltary again and again.

  241. By D906701 on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    it would be nice to have Randy Moss..but whats the use..we got westbrook and we are not using him either.

    Until we change our offensive philosiphy we could have a all-star offensive cast and they will still had it to Gore on every play.

  242. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    I hear ya D906701 Randy would be a great additionbut to this staff he’d just be a Halloween Relic.

  243. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    KDB… yes you have a valid point about Singletary possibly being worried about losing his job when you have a proven coordinator like Martz and hence his firing… but do you know this for sure??? This is pure speculation my friend. Do you actually know what is going on behind the scenes regarding the politics of the this team??? Bottom line, we don’t know this. Martz could have left because of other reasons.

    But if you’re right regarding this theory, you still have to give Singletary his due ESPECIALLY since he has ZERO experience. Granted, Singletary probably wants TOTAL CONTROL and there are some good and bad things to this.

    I prefer to look at the positive because Im sure Singletary is a winner and that he actually DESIRES to win. Therefore his mentality of COMPLETE CONTROL will eventually loosen up just like his demeanor over the last couple years. When he first came in as coach, he got in people’s face and was dominating his players just like his playing days. He realized that this didn’t work and now he’s a lot more mellow as a coach and learned to tone it down a bit.

    He will transform his tendencies for the betterment of winning. Once he sees that Troy Smith is and should be the STARTER and once the NIners pull off several consecutive winning streaks, Singletary will slowly start to give Mike Johnson his due and his respect and the overall locker room camaraderie I’ve been talking about will gradually begin to come to fruition. Just watch.

  244. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think Singletary is afraid to place better people around him. I think Singletary simply wants to put people on his team that can see eye to eye with him and those whom he’s comfortable with.

    Maybe Martz tried to do too much? Who knows? Remember, a coordinator, no matter how much experience you’ve had, should still have a certain amount of respect for the head coach. Maybe Martz tried to go above Singletary. Just sayin.’

    I’m sure if Mike Singletary had the opportunity to hire Jerry Rice as receivers coach and they saw eye to eye, then he’d do it. I really don’t think he’s intimidated by other coaches who could possibly take his place. I doubt it. You gotta remember, this guy Singletary was NEVER INTIMIDATED BY ANYONE ON THE PLAYING FIELD. So why would he be intimidated by a coach? This is a lame excuse for his track record as head coach.

    I say 65% of the blame has to go to THE PLAYERS FOR A LACK OF FOCUS, EXECUTION, and WILLINGNESS TO PLAY FOR EACH OTHER. Listen to Takeo Spikes comments during the post game press conference about what he thinks was one of the keys to their victory over the Broncos while being in England for a week which thereby forced all the players to hang out with each other, spend time with each other, and basically build camaraderie.

    Just as in any sport, it’s about the INTANGIBLES. Perfect example – WORLD CHAMPION SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, a team with no big bats yet does all the intangibles and executes to perfection.

  245. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply


    I can see your points to a degree and I can appreciate your nice explanation. BUT, I just think playing as an ALL-PRO doesn’t necessarily transend into being an ALL PRO coach if you will. Nor does the “not intimidated” aspect, two totally diffferent animals. You can’t coach like he played because with hs playing came tremendous experience which he lacks as a HEAD COACH. He has NEER Coordinated at any level and I think that this is a MAJOR problem and it shows. He was the right choice to fill infor Nolan’s exit but nothing more than that I believe. Case N Point-You cannot run a business without mentorship and I don’t feel as though Mike Nolan was a good mentor as a Head Coach. So that being considered, he’s out of his league and I don’t want to go 8-8 again. But IF we do, I don’t want him back, I’m ready for a change with a seasoned Head Coach, or a Jim Harbaugh type younger coach with a seasoned GM. We need it bad.

    No inside info on my end, purely speculation but it seems as though we have some self serving players but maybe because they see what I’m describing on the organizational level and just buying time because they know and want him gone???

    Way to GO GIANTS now that was AWESOME.

  246. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    KDB – well said, and I understand your view point completely. Mentorship is huge in any business enterprise. You may be right. True, Singletary doesn’t have coordinating experience let along head coaching experience and this may end up contributing to his demise especially when fans ARE DEMANING TO WIN NOW. Time is definitely not on his side when we’ve underachieved this year despite the strong finish last year.

    This is obviously not San Diego or Seattle, where playoff appearances suffice. This is San Francisco, where anything less than a Super Bowl win is considered a failure much like my Los Angeles Lakers.

  247. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    CFR–Very well said and in the end-WE JUST WANT A WINNER.

    We’ll c how it unfolds.

    Take it easy.

  248. By KDB on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Well said CFR-In the end I know we BOTH JUST WANT AND NEED A WINNER!

    Take it easy.

  249. By ChickenFriedRice on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Good conversation KDB…i have this gut feeling we’re gonna turn it around. I hope you’ll have more faith in Singletary. I honestly do believe he knows what he’s doing and he does recognize the SF 49er tradition of excellence.

    The players recognize this. The players will get inspired by the Giants’ success. And most importantly the players will turn it around because they are now being led by a leader at the quarterback position who seemingly doesn’t get rattled under pressure.

    We shall see…

  250. By james on Nov 5, 2010 | Reply

    I hope beyond hope that Singletary finds a way to finish 10-6 so I can eat crow for saying he is in over his head as a head coach. Come on Mike, prove all of us nay sayers wrong. You can do it.

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