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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Nov. 22

Posted by Taylor Price on November 22, 2010 – 5:13 PM

In his Monday press conference, Mike Singletary repeatedly took the blame for his team’s 3-7 record with six games remaining. After opening his remarks with the injuries from Sunday’s 21-0 loss to Tampa Bay, Singletary took full responsibility for the team’s performance Sunday too.

“As you look at our team, in particular as we talk about the game yesterday, why we lost the game? That would be on me.”

“Anything that happened in the game is on me because it all ultimately comes back to me. I understand that.”

But the head coach wasn’t the only one taking responsibility for a lackluster performance. Quarterback Troy Smith, who was sacked six times, said each sack falls on him, not the offensive line.

“I control a lot of things as a quarterback. Sometimes the best throw is a throw away,” suggested Smith, who Singletary said would resume his starting duties. “If you can avoid the sack and avoid a costly mistake, you do just that.”

But instead of throwing the ball away, Smith looked to make the type of plays that pushed the 49ers to wins over Denver and St. Louis in consecutive weeks. They simply weren’t there this time around. The Bucs kept Smith in the pocket, forcing him to abandon the rollouts and improvisation that worked so well in previous weeks.

“Tampa Bay did some things to put us in a comprising situation,” Smith said. “I can’t give Tampa Bay enough credit, they did what they needed to do to win the game.”

The Bucs excelled against the run too. They held Frank Gore to a season-low 23 yards on 12 carries.

But the offensive struggles won’t derail the team from looking to win its final six games.

“We’re all in this together,” tight end Vernon Davis said. “We started together so we have to end it together. We just have to keep moving forward.”

The 49ers travel to Arizona for their first matchup against their division rivals on the national stage known as “Monday Night Football.”

Trailing the division-leading Seattle Seahawks by two games, the 49ers know they can’t afford play like they did against Tampa Bay.

“We don’t have time to play around, we have to go,” Davis said. “We’re still in it, it’s up to us whether we want or not.”

Notes and Quotes

Singletary shared the following injuries: Wide receiver Morgan (shoulder sprain), tight end Vernon Davis (ankle sprain), and safety Dashon Goldson (ankle sprain and leg contusion).

Davis said his ankle was fine, and that it was an injury he’s re-aggravated throughout the season.

Singletary added that he expected cornerback Will James to return to practice from a concussion he suffered against St. Louis and that he didn’t have a timetable on kicker Joe Nedney’s return.

Rookie wide receiver Kyle Williams caught his first career pass in the fourth quarter for an 8-yard gain. Williams also fielded two punts, averaging 8.0 yards per return.

“It felt good to get back out there, it really did,” said one of the team’s sixth-round picks. “I’ve been staying in the playbook, preparing every week as if I was going to play so when I did get in I would be ready to go.”

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95 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Nov. 22”

  1. By Hermie on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    The play calling was pretty bad in this one…but as mentioned in the other blog, can’t lose your best O-lineman and not have a big drop-off, add two rookies to that and it hurts. Happy Troy gets another start as Alex isn’t mobile enough given the O-line and we DO NOT want to see him again. Another lose (GB and SD yet) or out of catching other west teams and maybe give Nate a try…win/win for everyone…Need to right it before it is too late for Frankie…to good a niner not to make it to the playoffs before he is done!!

  2. By Melvin on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith has never been the problem, but an easy scapegoat. If this guy puts on another jersey, I guarantee he leads that team to the playoffs. The fact is that the offensive play calling has not played up to the offense’s strengths, and has been too stubborn to improvise when things are not going San Fran’s way. Madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The offense couldn’t get it going with the three blowouts against Seattle, KC, and the Bucs.

    The defense hasn’t had a big play all year, and can be created with more of the losses than the offense. This team should’ve won against the Saints, Eagles, Falcons, and Panthers, but the D couldn’t shut it down.

  3. By fredammer on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    needed to play better ball and stop themistakes

  4. By Keith Wood on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    to scared to post my comment because you know its true huh! losers.

  5. By tony on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Vince Young

  6. By Moe on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    We only have one more game to loose before eliminated and on top of that we have to win the remainder of our division games in order to make it to the playoffs

  7. By Simkinst on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Very upsetting loss, both offense and defense were just weak. hopefully they pick it up on monday night!!

  8. By David on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    noway we beat San Diego or Green Bay. we’ll be lucky to be 6-10 , hire a GM let him hire head coach , simple NFL decision.

  9. By chris on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    troy smith is good. its best for the fans and the organization for him to stay in. He has room for devolopment and imrpovment. we are already out of it so lets give him the snaps and see what the heisman can do.
    Go 9ers

  10. By joe on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Troy smith Is nothing out standing!!!!! Alex smith can perform far better than troy.

  11. By joe on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Where was this wonderful troy smith that you have been talking about. What a game not a single touchdown thrown wow what a great player he is, he is so awesome. Alex really could have beatin the bucs.

  12. By Jerry on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Man I wish Singletary was on a different team. I wish he was a D-Coordinator for the Bears or move up as a D Coordinator for the Ravens. Its sad to see him struggle with this washed up 49ers team. Ultimately it comes down to see if the players can play or not. Coach gives instructions and the players needs to execute. Sad to see a former Bear thrown into a crappy team and try to rebuild it from scratch. 49ers are about 2 to 3 years at most for a legit calibur team. 49ers need faster WRs, need better CBs, more chemistry with the O-Line and hopefully can protect the Quaterback long enough for him to make a play. Difference between other QBs and 49ers QBs, the O-Line gives them more protection. Manning, Brady, Brees, they all have the best protection in the world. Thats why they do so good. Its the QB’s fault? Shaun Hill went to the Lions where he has WRs and a above average O-Line and look what he’s done. Nuff said 49ers, I just hope one day the NFC West be a threat to reckon with again. Hawks fan here respect for you guys but damn we got our own issues too.

  13. By joe on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    This team has the players to make a great team they need a coach who can make them come together and play as a great team.

  14. By bill on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    this is sad we pay a lot to watch highschool ball and on top of that i have two bucs. fans in my family that i have to listen to the rest of season mery christmas bring back the glory we had in the 80′s and 90′s please.

  15. By duffester on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    the bottom line is that this team is giving The City more chances to keep it in SF. Banks are not going to lend in these times to an organization that does not know how to put a winner on the field–that new stadium in Santa Clara will lose money with this team. To say there is a lack of understanding and expertise with management and the coaching staff is charitable. The entire organization, especially Jed and Sing, is inept and long ago reached its level of incompetence. No matter how good certain position football players may be without good leadership and a decent quarterback the team is a loser–and that is what we have with the Niners.

  16. By kenny on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    how van 49ers win vs GB 49ERS GO IN FASRT VS GB TO WIN

  17. By JDA on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Jed, come on, put Sing out of his misery and just can him. The team sucks, is completely out-coached in every single game.

  18. By steve9er on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    cant wait for this season to be over with
    i hope we can get gruden or holmgren to come here
    and bring back the west coast offense thanks to
    idiot mike nolan in getting rid of that offense
    that was the beginning of the end for this team
    to get rid of the best offense the nfl has seen was
    a mistake. hey yorks go talk to eddie d and you
    might learn a few things!

  19. By tom in nj on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    MAN our lack of constistency drives me crazy! How long has it been since our DB’s jammed the WR’s coming off the ball?Looks like we always play 5 yards off em.Our secondary is def the weakness to our D. T Smith needed to get ball out faster!ANy Qb that asks his line to hold for 5 sec is gonna get sacked alot! Just think the guys had bad day!We are 2 games back so LETS GO NINERS!

  20. By estudioG on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    We need new CEO’s to put up the funds for better quality players

  21. By 49ermarc on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    The niners control their own destiny this season. If they want to win to make to the playoffs they have to fight for it. It just seems that Every team knows how to beat the niners by trickery or just plain good coaching.

    This last game the offense just quit and every niner fan saw it, i know i did. The team does not believe in this system at all. I have confidence in the players but at the same time i do not have confidence in the system that is currently in place at all. This play calling is just horrible, it does not give us a chance to win convincingly!

  22. By Hermie on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I go back to what I said before and what Jerry was alluding to, we lost our best O-lineman and two rookies…takes most O-lineman 2-4yrs. to know how to play the position with any consistency…every year we lose 1 or 2 O-lineman…DB’s are not where they need to be either, hope we take a CB high in the draft. QB’s an issue with many teams…not sure where to go with that one…(Vince Young???)

    If Norv would only get fired from SD, we could bring him back as an O.C…(no head coach please).

  23. By sevendust7 on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    the o-line played terrible they gave up 6 sacks to a team that only had 8 coming into the game! not enough time for troy to make a good throw or focus downfield! our problems start at the line!! its time to come with a better scheme then the play calling we have had!! i believe in this team! its so frustrating knowing that we are better then our record shows!! on defense our dbs are our weakness, we need to jam the receivers once they come off the line!! thank god all our division lost sunday there is still hope left and i believe in our coach and our players!! fortyniner fan for life no matter how bad it gets!!

  24. By Alabama 49er on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Its not over yet, games aginst divisional opponents remain…that is going to be the only way we get to playoffs…win the west!!

  25. By Roy on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I really thought this was the year.

    Seems like Singletary will be allowed to finish the season and then judged.

    That’s fair.

    The players play. They play well. They do not play together. Yes, thats the HC responsibility.

    49ers fan for 34 years and that ain’t changin.

  26. By niner187 on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    to hermie, i most agree, with the o line, n maybe vince young, to a crabtree n v.d , not norv, im praying for still jimmy j, or even i take, coach from texas tech who coached crabtree, our biggest is dbs, wow!! how many times is clements going to get beat, we won our last superbowl off of speed at deon sanders who brought that swagger, i say convert kyle, or ted ginn to cb, we need a shut down corner, n get mays to be more agressive/w swagger, our niners are NOT TAKING THIS GAME OVER LOOKING FOR A HANDOUT WIN, WONT HAPPEN MENS NEED TO BE BETTER PLAYCALLING COACHS!!!!!!!!!!

  27. By DaBooko on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Its the Oline they have to play better the Oline was chasing people instead of blocking people and that can never work for a Oline stop that bleeding then we will be winners

  28. By johnnyfaithful27 on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    coaching and game planning needs to be better, we have the talent, probably one of the most talent RICH offenses in the league. the O line is doing fine we just need more variety in the play calling and route running. If after every game we get beat the opposing defense says “we knew what they were going to do” or “the offense was tipping their hand” thats all bad.

  29. By Keeping it real on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I know most of you don’t want to hear it, but when Alex Smith went down in the Carolina game, that was the end of the season for the 49ers. they should of won that game but Carr and the defense blew-it in the 4th quarter. Alex Smith is the best QB on the team, not even close. If the Defense had played decently early on, victories against Atlanta, New Orleans and the Eagles could of happened. Now we have the worst offense in the NFL, shutout at home, can it get any worse. And we have to watch Troy Smith get his pre-season snaps and try to read a defense, where he admits, he just gets confused…………….

  30. By Miguel on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Man idk what to say the game was horrible i feel like the need to open up the play book, they need to spell frank man they are going to use him up before he hits 28 at this rate he has at least 2 or 3 years left!! i know the o line will gel they are all young and will need time. the Wr are in place and so are the TE just need the line to catch up. As far as Qb idk we need to see what troy can offer but i dnt even think that next years starting Qb is even on the roster. Sing needs to go man he cant coach the players are out coached every year!!!! They should bring back the west coast off. man they have great players that can make plays in space Crab, Walker, morgan, Westbrook, the list goes on and on get them the ball and let them work.

  31. By Lamar Osborne on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    My Feelings Are Hurt Team. Again Another Lost That Should Not Have Been. I Love This Team And Franchise Very Much And Would Appreciate Better Play,Coaching, And Ownership That Has Been Shown. 1st Off Ive Never Seen Or Heard Of The San Francisco 49ers NOT HAVING A OFFENSE. Coach Sing, I Believe That You Are A Great Coach, But I Also Believe That Your Gameplans Are The Pit Of Our Demise. Our Offense, Has TALENT!! Allow Them To Show It. Tampa Bay Came In Our Stadium And Dominated The Game. You Allowed It. Stop Trying To Make This A Defensive Team. We Have A Good Defense, Period, But A Much Better Offense. Let Them Breath And Put Up Points Early. Force Our Opponents To Keep Up With Us Rather Then The Other Way Around. Your Relying On The Defense Too Much. Thats Killing Us. Gameplan. Score 1st And Hold Them Down. Score Again. Hold Them Down. Score A 3rd Time. Hold Them Down. Lets Score Everytime If We Can. Stop Trying To Force Our QB And RB To Manage The Game. Allow Them To Put The Points Up, So The Defense To Can Win The Game. Kyle Williams Is Our Special Teams Return Man, And Deep Threat. O- Line Do Better. D-Line Make Ths Sacks When You Have Them. Stay On Your Feet. DB’s You HAVE TO DO BETTER!!! WAY BETTER!! We Where The Favorites In The NFC West Because THE WORLD Thought We Finally Had The Offensive Pieces To Match Last Years Solid D. But Sing You Gave Got To Let The Dogs Of The Leash And Let Them Eat.And When We Start Our Winning Streak Next Week. After Our 3rd Straight Win,WE MUST!! Change To Our 94-95 ThrowBacks. Make It Happen Jed. Might As Well Give Us Something Since Your Taking Away Everything. The Eagles, Jets, Broncos, Pats, Chargers, Etc Have Some. Lets Go 95′s. Super Bowl Team Uni’s, And FULL OF SWAGGER!!!. You Look Good, You Feel Good, Feel Good, And Play Good.Plus Its Been A While.LETS GO TEAM. LETS GO NINERS!!! LETS GO SAN FRANCISCO!!! STILL FAITHFULL!!!

  32. By COACH on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Take it or leave it, this is my advice….I have a Qestion does anyone on this team want to win? I am a big fan of the 9ers but i think the fans want to win more than the staff. I have not seen one plsyer besides wills show that they care if they win… who would if you are a player get paid millions of dollors if you win or loose… Matter of fact i dont see why any of our good players extend with the 9ers go to a team that wants to win. Let me put this to you our so called D… I would love to play us as a coach. No matter what team i am i would run the ball with a singal back formation and just spred my recivers out. Who ever thinks justin smith sould go to the probowl is crazy. We cant get to the QB because our d-line is to slow!!! All you have to do is run the ball away from spikes to Wills double team him in the middle set the edge on the out side and boom six to eight yards every time. Spikes will never cetch that from behind he is a down hill backer third and short kind of guy. Our corners and help over the top will be on the out side. Oh and DBs just give them a double move and they will bite!! you want some one to get to the QB put Anthony Dixon on the outside to rush or call me crazy walker maybe. They are the ones to get down field on the STs. Bottom line is we dont have the a team that wants to play football (NO HEART). Willis and Gore i support you Crab you need a QB and heart but you are showing some!! I support you guys but we need change i dont like to loose!!!

  33. By 49erfaith on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    As anyone with any common sense knows that good things take time, and great things take even more time. Joe montana had a horrible first yearr and we all know what happened. Once you lose faith you lose in life. Singeltary and troy smith will be a great whether its with the 9ers or some other team, their drive, experience and determinism is too great. Most of the media cannot stand these attributes and therfore are hoping in failure. Stay the course….if you build it the title will come.

  34. By Wayne on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Melvin coulnt have said it better. Troy Smith throws balls up for graps and gets lucky in two games and everyone wants to say hes the next Joe Montana
    C’mon Man

  35. By Ryan on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Why are we out of it Chris?
    Our division is horrible. We are only 2 games back! If we win the rest of our division games even if we lost every other game, we would win the division at 7-9 (sad but true). I personally would love to see it happen just to piss people off.

  36. By mbsteel on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    its just ugly alex should have been in the game the other guy is not that good and never will be was over rated at ohio st played in a over rated conference any body watch the gator game that would have been every week in S.E. conference the coach should resign at the end of the season has proven one thing he is good at making bad decisions it stared with letting martz go and every one since then!

  37. By Steve Pico on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I am a lifelong 49er fan. What has happenned this year is appalling. We have become the worst team in a horrible division. This system started with Mike Nolan. Both he & Singletary were coaches on the Baltimore team that won the Super Bowl. Instead of having their own vision, they decided that they were going to win the Baltimore way. The glaring mistake with that thinking is that Baltimore had one of the best defenses in NFL history. Our defense, despite returning almost every starter, is considerably worse than it was last year. The 49ers have not had a good team since Steve Marriuchi was the coach and Jeff Garcia the quarterback and no one in the organization seems to care. I really wish that the fans would “vote” by not attending the games. The 49ers were unwatchable against a Tampa Bay team that, depite it’s record, is not very good. In hindsight, the 49ers should have made Mike Martz the head coach when he was here. At least they would have been fun to watch.

  38. By George on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    By joe on Nov 22, 2010 |

    “Troy smith Is nothing out standing!!!!! Alex smith can perform far better than troy”.

    Thanks for that good laugh joe!

  39. By KDB on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    How about Tom Rathman finishing out the yr as Head Coach?

    Put Alex back in and let him audition for a new team, he’s earned that. I guarantee you, he would have been blamed for sunday’s loss if he was in there and it went like that. He’s our best option at this point because he can read defenses and scamble better than anyone else we have, just think back to New Orleans man did he lead that night, what happened to this team? Simple—COACHING DEFICIENCY.

    This coaching staff is Lame, I mean it’s a joke.

    As of this point I will not renew my season tickets if they aren’t comitted to a new Coach and system. I’ll still live an die with every game but will not attend that mess.

  40. By Roger C. on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Its sad to see this happen every week. Yea it is Singletarys fault. He drafted with help from Trent Balke two offensive lineman in the first round one of which would still be there in the second. Promising he would change the guys work ethic and look how many times Davis has been burnt for sacks add that with Staley hurt and poof there goes the two edges so yea Troy Smith has no side to run to. Why does he change the worth ethic of Alex Boone but we never see him in a game?

  41. By dagored on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    It’s time to face the facts and the fact is that 3-7 means 30%. In any field of endeavor, a 30% success rate means failure. I was happy that Singletary was given the head coaching position when he got it but after this season, I realize that it was a mistake. He is a good talker but I’m afraid he doesn’t have the skills necessary to be an effective head coach………….at least not at this point in his career. Sorry Mr. Singletary but it’s time for you to go get your bones with another team and then try again in the future.

  42. By Top Niner on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    This was a sad sad lost against TB. I really thought our team matched up better than them (so did many NFL experts by the way). Simply put, Staley being out hurt our Oline, our D got out coached by TB, and Troy Smith never had time. Honestly, there was little enery by the Niner players which is mind boggling especially when we are at home.
    Moving forward lets keep Troy Smith in starters role mainly because he has less turnovers than Alex in two games not to mention the limited time he has had with the team. Both Smiths are not that apart in talend but Troy does have better pocket awareness which helps with a depleted Oline.
    to the Niner Faithful we still have a chance. I know its a longshot but we do have the most talent in NFC West and other teams have a harder schedule than us except for Arizona who we still play twice.


  43. By Gary n Florida on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    It’s time to open up this offense and use the weapons that we have and quit being so predictable.This team has too much talent to have a 3-7 record. Changes has to be made on both sides of the ball, blitz some and knock somebody in the mouth. From now on we must play with an attitude, it’s time we do some pushing around, Take the shackles off and let’s run the table playing 49er football!!!

  44. By Ball Out man on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I guess Troy isn’t the answer at least O’Sullivan can score. Put Nate Davis in or else sign Vince Young now…. We should have signed Vick when we had the chance it would have been an easy superbowl.

  45. By Ball Out man on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Stupid play calling on Offense why do we run so much and continue to lose. Forget Frank Gore right now we need to throw and throw and throw until the defense backs up becasue everyone knows all we do is run

  46. By Ball Out man on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Whoever is vouching for Alex Smith obviously hasn’t been watching the past 4 years. Why should we let him finish out the year hes already had 4 yrs to audition we know what he can do that is throw interceptions and score touchdowns at the end of games we are getting blown out in. Smith has taken all of our money and we have no playoff appearences to show for it. Singletary might have to go or Rathman should take over or Mike Holmgren.. Maybe even Bill Cowher.

  47. By EZrider49er on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    It was NEVER the defense… If you know football then you know you cant stay on the field 48 out of 60 freakin minutes and expect to be 100%. The defense plays its tail off week in and week out. I did think Mike Johnson was a little suspect with the play calling and Troy just didn’t make it happen this week. As far as the line, I am disappointed with our right tackle Anthony Davis, I watch him get beat every week. And its pretty bad when you’re getting beat on camera every week. Other than that we just keep moving forward thats all I can say and be ready for next year. But I think we got something with Troy, and hopefully we get out of conservative play, because the NFL is moving with the times….so should we!!!

  48. By iceman 49ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    It’s time to make a coaching change. FIRE THE HEADCOACH!!!

    Singletary is not the ideal coach or will not fit on niners organization. He does not know how to coach his team, he only supervise and make adjustment after the fact. A headcoach should be calling the shot from start to the end of the game plus he rely on somebody idea to make the team better not his own. He is a good football player but not a coach.

    I’m sorry singletary, you don’t have what it takes to lead the team to win. You have a great players but you don’t know how to utilize the talents. It’s too sad as a niner die fan to see an awesome players get killed because of bad decision making.

    He still does not know how to win like Alex Smith, both are good players but can’t execute to win, so SAD.

  49. By iceman 49ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    We have a good talented players but we have incompetent organization who believe on singletary and his coaching staff. so SAD, so SAD!!! and the owner are so lame keeping the headcoach. so SAD, so SAD!!!

    Hey! York family, wake up! and smell the coffee. the vikes are 3-7 and they fired childress because it’s a business. Your FANS are giving you business, you don’t make us happy then your business will go on a slump and your stock will crash. remember the FANS are paying your salary not the NFL.

  50. By jason on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Im thankfull for Fabtasy Football , since i cant look forward to the 49ers . I did like Singletary at first , after all this with troy smith ,he shouldnt have the starting job if alex is healthy to start. I now do not like what the 49er organization is doing and its disgusting ,losers. Deff. the coaching staff is a mess. Put Alex Smith back in and if he doesnt succeed draft a good QB, (ers are waisting the talent of v.davis and yes f.gore , If T.Smith is so great why didnt he throw Vernon The Football. Throw The Football to the play makers, seems like u starting all over Alex finally started doing that already and now u started back over , what dumb 234,e8472744

  51. By iceman 49ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    GO NINERS!!!!

    We still have a chance, maybe if they let the players played without those coaches, we might have a better chance or I could coach better than those guys (Hehhehe), but come on now we can get a better coach than those guys like holmgren, an offensive coach is what we really need because we have talented players in offense but the play calling is so predictable even I can tell how will they play.

    GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!

  52. By d-rock on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    i think we need to do what we got to do to win this year give Alex Smith his spot back because it looked like he was getting somewhere until he got hurt against Carolina and he knows what he needs to do to keep his job. The only reason why Alex got benched in the first place was because he got injured. As to starting Alex Smith next year i dont think is such a great idea only because i dont think hes the qb we all expected. We need to draft a qb 1st round or pick up whoever philly drops next year, Kolb or Vick

  53. By KDB on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    That would be me, Ball Out Man (Ha Ha)

    Your reply to me doesn’t even barely warrant this much of a reply if your whole adage is the “He has 4-6 yrs montra”-Wake Up-you don’t sound like u understand the game too well. It doesn’t matter anymore anyway, because the Entire House will be getting clean very soon, I hope.


  54. By A.J. on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Look, i have been watching Troy Smith play for while ever since he was a Buckeye and i know what he can do. I have also watched Alex and we all know what his middle name is Alex( Picks) Smith. Im tired of people commenting on what needs to be done to win a game. Its simple, find a QB (Troy Smith) that the team can ralley on. You also need to remove the ball and chain that Singletary has on Troy and let him do what he does best, and that is win games. I understand losing is now on our minds but i all reallity the Qb position is the hardest to master. Now considering that the niners picked up Troy is september and is now the starter, i believe he is and will now be the starter. SOOO happy to see Alex warming the bench, Troy has many recivers to throw to and an amazing back to relieve pressure. Singletary is a great coach, he ust needs to release the cuffs on Troy and trust that he will spread the ball out!!!!!!!! GO NINERS

  55. By DMP on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    how do you kids want too give up on a guy who threw for the most yards of any niner QB since 2002!!! NO LINE!!!!!!!!!! and wide outs run the WORST ROUTES, and Cannot find OPEN SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A. SMITH STAYS ON THE BENCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. By Ryan on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Who ever believes that Alex Smith should start another game needs to be shot for being so stupid. He’s already had six years to develp with no success I guess you believe we should give him next year to wash down the drain as well. Alex Smith and David Carr are prime examples of not to draft Qb’s from the WAC division. Besides your probablly a Raider or a Cowboy’s fan anyways.

  57. By Ryan on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Another thing Troy has only had five career starts so far he’s only committed one town over in three games that’s pretty good what more could you ask for from a QB with very limited experience. He’s played clutch in the first two games and the last game it was the O-line and the playing which were primarily to blame. Not even the elite Qb’s in the league could have won under those circumstances. Just give Troy some time like we gave Alex he’ll be just fine.

  58. By Ryan on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I meant to say play calling on part of the OC

  59. By thadd on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    My take is that all Troy Smith need’s to do is revert back to his collegiate days and let his feet do the talking. I saw a couple of times during sunday’s game the middle of the field open up,but Troy held on to the ball. This team need’s a playmaker at QB now, which means forcing the opposing D to account for the QB’s running ability. So now is not the time to prove you can be a pocket QB. Just go out there relax and play your game!

  60. By z9ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Well here we are 3-7. It is easy to look at our qb or coach as the problem but I want us to look at the whole picture. We do not have winners bottom line. When we were a top notch organization we had winners and when we didnt we went out and got them. Think about the last 8 years name a top notch free agent that this organization has gotten. Nate over-payed clements, or Justin I played for the bunguls Smith. Neither one is a winner.

  61. By z9ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    To continue teams try and follow the Pats building through the draft but they can now because they have winners in the locker room. Name 1 guy on our team that is a winner?? Winners know how to win and can teach others how to win. I know randy moss is not ur ideal role model but think about what he said about the patriots organization that they didnt leave work on the field or in the film room because thats what winners do. How are the pats 8-2 with morehead at running back, and rookies every, they know how to win

  62. By Dave Arredondo on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hi niners!, I hope to see a better execution, I would like to see in future that the organization will make a meeting with coaches Bill Cowher, and Bill Parcells, it would be happy to see in one of these guys in our team, specially Parcells has a good eye for the draft selections. I think we need a good cornerback, a good defensive end and more cohesion in the offensive line.
    But I still believe in my team: gooooo niners!! Let´s bring the gold rush again to home.
    My best wishes!!.

  63. By z9ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Look at the colts, the chargers, injuries are not an excuse for losing they are part of the game. Even though our qbs are not even close to those guys our other guys dont win either. We dont have a reciever that can win a 1on1 match up 90% of the time. We dont have a dl or lb that can win 1on1 match ups 90% of the time, we dont have an o-line man that when we need a yard that we can run behind. O sorry forgot the steelers 3-1 with qbs that would make ours look like manning, brady, or rivers.winners refuse to loose

  64. By z9ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    loosers make excuses for why they lost. we need to go out this offseason and get some lockeroom guys that know how to win. at least 2 or 3 oh yea forgot our other free agent pick up spikes played for the bills not a winner. read what I wrote and think about our past free agents, dion, norton, millen, look steve young was great but he would have never been as good as he was had he not been around winners if he would have stayed with the bucs he would have lost his whole career.

  65. By z9ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    I know that this is a big no no on this site but geez look at the cowboys right now they had wade phillips not a winner tons of talent but loosing jason garret takes over and hes a winner knows what it takes came from the jj era came in got the attention of the players with simple changes and are winning with jon kitna?? We need somebody who will not except loosing listen to our coach and player they except loosing. Talking about look at the film correct our errors, ect.. how bout loosing is unexceptable!!!

  66. By z9ers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    People say this is a game well the object is to win and for those who say it is a business well in the business world atleast half of our starters would be at the unemployement office right now. The change needs to be at the top in the executive building. hire a football guy to run things not a young guy who watched the games because my mommy owned the team and I had to be there and now she gave me the team to run. Get a clue!!!!

  67. By KDB on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Good info and I have to agree with you Z9ers-we are a crippled organization.

  68. By rob on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    yy do we have westbrook n dixion if we not goin run dem

  69. By Rod on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Some of you have it right. Alex Smith is not the problem. Any college team could defend against the Niners offensive game plan. Alex will thrive if he leaves this team. I thought Sing would be a good head coach. He is a great motivator but is lacking in his coaching skills. Vince Young IS NOT THE ANSWER he has too many head problems.

    Just a thought, wouldn’t Harbaugh make a good coach if we could get him from Stanford. Someone will get him. Coaching is in his genes. Look what his brother is doing with the Ravens.

  70. By shaun on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    everybody everybody calm down bottom line alex smith sucks hes best year was under turner . we are starting 2 rookie o lineman, a rookie safety, and look at how the nfl is gearing towards an offensive league if u were a defensive powerhouse last year you suck this year for example our beloved 9ers,cowgirls,vikings,broncos,bengals. we should have got mike vick when we had the chance we have 2 get young or get vick next year. it seem like teams r not playing hard cuase of the cba next year.

  71. By ricky on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    put it this way for everyone – How many wins has alex smith give us this yr and how many has troy given us? Also troy only has one interception alex if played all yr would b leading the NFL in turnovers!!! Troy hasnt been a 9er for more than a couple months and he performs better than smith, so all that different oc every yr is garbage if u prepare and if u are good not even great then u should be able to excute!!! Let go of alex, he played a utah which is weak!!!!

  72. By Sf4t9er on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Pls get rid of Alex I can’t stand to see him on the sidelines. Totally wished we could have picked Rodger instead of mister excuses. Our staff is to blame. Let’s clean house and just get rid of all the garbage already.

  73. By Hermie on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    It is obvious “something” has to change. I would not mind seeing a football guy like Holgren come in (I was disappointed when he ended up going to GB many, many years ago). No more auditions for Alex, he deserves nothing..he got more chance as a 49er than he would have gotten anywhere else and doesn’t haqve “IT”. Troy with his mobility gives us the best chance of winning and “Ball Out man” has it right about pocket awareness. Troy definitely has it, Alex does not!!

    O-line will be one of the best in the league in the next couple of years…just not this year!

  74. By L.G on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see the west coast offense come back to where it belongs. What happen to Marty Schottenheimer? He has turned teams around quickly, trouble in the play offs but at least he makes them. Gruden is good but I am not totally sold on him. Yes he won a super bowl with a team Tony Dungy built after that nothing. Mike Holmgrem would be a great boost to this organization. I doubt Bill Cowher will take it but you never know…We need a proven winners not an other experiment (Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan, and Mike Singletary) or the Yorks should sell the team to someone who cares…

    The way this organization is going they will probably give Sing. three more years and resign Alex Smith to be the starter. Some clueless fans would love that?

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

    Alex tried is best but it did not work out so let’s move on please. I wish him the best! This organization waited longer than most teams would have with this QB. I hold Alex fans personally responsible for most not all of the games lost every season because a few minority group could not see the obvious and that is part of what keep this guy around so long. I never heard so many excuses. I never believed any of them because I have seen first year QB produce. The bottom line is either you have it or you don’t.

  75. By Michael on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    WOW, people still blame alex smith for the past seasons as well as this season. Alex smith is a scape goat for the poor play on both sides of the ball. I guess alex smith is the one who allowed 4 teams to beat the 49ers by 3points or less this year,(DEFENSE)IT IS COACHING, that has the 49ers in a losing season. FIRE SING, he is not getting it done. poor play calling against tampa. FIRE SING!!

  76. By KDB on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    I agree let’s move on with Alex but he wasn’t why we are where we are. No one player is to blame. Troy smith ain’t the answer either and no, he doesn’t HAVE IT, we have BIG TIME problems all over the place.

    Alex would have worked with a good sytem most uniformed fans keep forgetting that and blamming him, that’as a joke. I wanted Aaron Rodgers too but he would have been whipped as well if would have had to play when Alex did.

    Hold Alex fans to blame, WAKE UP I played on that level, did you?

    I make the SAME Excuses Jimmy Johnson has for ALEX and I think he knows a bit about Ft. Ball—WAKE UP Rookie.

    In any event—-it’s time to move on. You can’t tell me that the Baltimore Ravens wern’t a team when they won the bowl with t. dilfer, are you kidding me T. Dilfer won a Bowl–that’s right and he was well below avg so quit blamming one guy. Learn the game and look at the entire team beginning with Ownership and COACHING!!!


  77. By KDB on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply


    You are so right. These uniformed fans that blame the Alex for the Past 6 Yrs BS are sorry and a joke and it says a lot about their Ft. Ball knowledge, it’s a complete joke.

    We have the Key Stone Cops as a COACHING STAFF and always have had that since Mariucci.

    I agree with the Insanity comment above as well; however, my agreement would be with the revolving coaches etc., not with A. Smith.

    The A. Smith arguments are going to go away now because he is gone so I wish him well. T. Smith is a decnt back up but I don’t want him leading our team. It’s time to move on from all three QB’s even though I’d still take Alex with a Jim Harbaugh or Brian billick system, no problem at all.

    we need a new d Coordinator and some new players as well on that side of the ball too.

  78. By Bo Major on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Funny how people turn so quickly on Troy. Alex Smith has had six seasons in which he’s only proved that he isn’t the answer. Troy has not had much actual NFL game time so it’s almost as if he’s a rookie. He’s going to make some mistakes but he’s also shown that he can make plays, too. I feel far more comfortable with him under center than anyone else on our roster.

  79. By Mike on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    I have a lot of respect for Coach Singletary. I think he knows what needs to be done and is working towards that goal. He holds himself to the same standards as the players and doesn’t let anyone give less than 110%. The Niners have a lot of talent and could certainly be superbowl contenders if they can get on track. I’ve been a fan for over 20 years and I am more impressed with this team than I have been in a while.

  80. By Hermie on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    “We” are not blaming the last 6yrs. on Alex…”Most” of us have seen over the last 6yrs. the 9ers are not going to win on a consistent basis with Alex!! Period!! I do not know what to say to anyone that cannot see that Alex will not take the team anywhere no matter who the coach is…if anything, he is a coach killer!! The best of luck to him, just let him try for the next 6yrs. somewhere else!!

  81. By KDB on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    The 9ers ain’t winning with or without Alex with this coaching staff that’s the point! To blame one guy and to say we ain’t going anywhere with what he’s had around him is a joke, all things considered that’s my point. You are blamming him and so, to blame him your are kidding yourself and you need not even continue because if youre blamming him then I think you don’t know the game too well, period.

    For the record, I have NEVER been a NATE DAVIS or Troy Smith fan either. We ain’t gonna do it with them, long term.

    I have respect for Singeltary as a player. He’s WAAAAAY over his head as a Head Coach or a Coordinator.

    We all want them to win, but let’s be real, get em OUT OF HERE.

    Go Niners.

    Let Tom Rathman finish the YR as Head Coach.

  82. By KDB on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    For the record. I’m not saying A. Smith is a superstar QB, what I’m saying is. He is a bit above average and with a system and team we could have won with him.

    For that matter, T. Smith might be average, he and a BIG MIGHT BE.

    None of this matters though because A. Smith won’t be here after this season and T. Smith ain’t gonna start if we get a legit Heach Coach in my opinion. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

  83. By MB49er on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Unfortunately this season has headed south in a hurry. C’mon, we lost to Carolina??? (That is their 1 win this year). Tampa Bay ran the ball down our throats. Something is very wrong here. Initially, Singletary at least had the team playing exceptionally hard, flying all over the field, and I don’t see that anymore. Sadly, it is time for another complete makeover. I never thought I would see the day when the high water mark for the 49ers was an 8-8 season. The NFC West is awful this year and we’re in last place. After the Tampa Bay loss (our first shut out loss at home in 33 years) Troy Smith took the microphone and talked about how great Tampa Bay’s defense was. No Troy, they’re not. This is a proud organization with a storied history that deserves so much better.

  84. By jmcdaniel89 on Nov 25, 2010 | Reply

    The niners are a good team with crappy coaching lets hire a new coach and coordinators and get rid of the 1960′s defense and run run run offense we have the highest paid tight end in the league why the f*** dont we use them…

  85. By SED on Nov 25, 2010 | Reply

    somebody name JOE said ALEX is better than TROY….what the hell is he smoking?….you must be a true alex smith fan to post some BS like that….Troy lost his firs game but alex being losing for 5 years, but indeed you say he is better….people like you shouldnt even post a comment…but i understand, there’s always someone stupid enough to believe in alex…so when the 9ers release him, you should leave as a 9er fan…maybe joing the lions…..happy thanksgiving.

  86. By KDB on Nov 25, 2010 | Reply

    I actually believe in ALEX or Sean Hill just look at thim today, Sean Hill that is—-and alex replaced him and led the NFL in Red Zone scoring before he got hurt, and not because of prevent defenses. Problem is the Niners are a TERRIBLE TEAM with the way in which they are, and have been coached. Sorry for your anger but you obviously don’t know the game too well to be pulling the “Alex has had 4-6 yrs–WAKE UP, learn the game and really evaluate the staff over the last several yrs and you come to the obvious conclusion that ALL NFL analust have come to, our coashing staff have been really, really bad undisputed by any football fans or experts that understand the game.

    We need a seasoned GM and a REAL staff and even Troy Smith could handle this team but there isn’t going to be anwer until All Coaches have been replaced, no matter how good you think ANY player is, WAKE UP.

  87. By KDB on Nov 25, 2010 | Reply

    You know we ALL love the Niners and want them to win-that’s for sure ALL of us.

    We are kidding ourselves if we think that this team is going to be carried by T. Smith, A. Smith or Carr, or N. Davis, fooling ourselves if anyone thinks 1 of these guys can carry this team. Tom Brady couldn’t carry this team right now-your’e FOOLING yourself if you think one player makes or will add enough to this team with this mindset that coachiung us.



  88. By Ben on Nov 25, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith wasn’t the problem. It was the offensive coordinator. So they fired him. Then Alex Smith wasn’t the problem. It was the offensive coordinator. So they fired him. Then Alex Smith wasn’t the problem. It was the offensive Coordinator. So they fired him. See a pattern? Shaun Hill wasn’t the guy, Alex Smith was. So trade Shaun Hill. He plays great, Alex Smith continues to either be injured, or throw interceptions on game tying/winning/capping drives. David Carr throws one interception and is benched. Troy Smith is a great QB. I wanted him in the draft. David Carr is a good quarterback. I was so excited we got him. But we’re haven’t been the San Francisco 49ers, we’ve been the San Francisco Alex Smiths. The 49ers won 3 of their first 4, but Smith lost them. Cut the loss.

  89. By Jerry on Nov 25, 2010 | Reply

    Man you 49er fans are so stupid. You think its Sing’s fault? You think its A. Smith’s fault? Blame Jed York for drafting a bunch of stupid players. Trust me I wish Singletary stayed in Baltimore and I wished that A. Smith would go to the Seahawks and whoop you guys on Sundays. When a QB has to run around to throw the ball it says something. Look at Shaun Hill, went to the lions and is throwing good because he has weapons, a couple INT’s but look at the YDS/TDS he’s getting. The problem is JED YORK not SINGLETARY, NOT A SMITH, Seahawks would be glad to take them all and shove them down you guys. Some of you 49er fans don’t know nething about football.

  90. By KDB on Nov 26, 2010 | Reply

    You know we ALL love the Niners and want them to win-that’s for sure ALL of us.

    We are kidding ourselves if we think that this team is going to be carried by T. Smith, A. Smith or Carr, or N. Davis, fooling ourselves if anyone thinks 1 of these guys can carry this team. Tom Brady couldn’t carry this team right now-your’e FOOLING yourself if you think one player makes or will add enough to this team with this mindset that coachiung us.



  91. By Joe Tyler on Nov 26, 2010 | Reply

    it is time for the owners to take a long look at the Coaching staff Mike Singletary does not have or has not shown the ability to motivate his players to win I have been a 49er fan sense the 1950 and what I seerighst now make se sick there is at lest five proven managers out there who have done a much better job. 1. Dungy. 2. . Jon Grunden 3. Shotnhamer just to name a few PLEASE no not wait until the end of the season do it now

  92. By 49ermarc on Nov 26, 2010 | Reply

    Let Troy spread the ball during a game to open up the running game that all I am hoping for the next game. Let Troy free and let him do what he is known for doing…stop playing conservative and win!

  93. By Mike Taylor on Nov 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not understanding exactly how the 9ers are justifying keeping a guy of Westbrooks calibur on the bench. IMO he is more of a threat (always has been and always will be even if hes 40!), in the screen game and misdirection runs than Gore could ever be. Why isnt he used a little more like Reggie Bush was or LT is, and Danny Woodhead. All these teams that are using 2 weapons at the position are doing great. Who in the front office is responsible for this and should they be let go????????

  94. By Tony Mason on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    The problem with the 49ers is the coach! The 9ers look very sloppy on the field and it’s because coach isn’t preparing them. Once the Yorks open up the wallet book & get a proven coach then I see the 49ers being a powerhouse in the NFL. As long as Mike Singletary & Alex Smith are in this organzation the 49ers will never see any success! Alex Smith has been a bust & they need to cut ties with him & go after another QB! It’s been six years & he has shown no improvement! Hey Yorks it all starts with you when you clean up your act then the rest of the organzation will!

  95. By ED on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply



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