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49ers Address the Blitz

Posted by Taylor Price on August 14, 2011 – 9:09 PM

The 49ers went back to work on Sunday with a clear focus in mind. Two days after allowing six sacks in their preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints, pass protection and blitz pickups were given extra emphasis on a windy day at Candlestick Park.

In front of thousands of fans attending the team’s open Fan Fest practice, Jim Harbaugh made sure the 49ers addressed the issues that hampered them in a 24-3 defeat.

Specifically, the 49ers worked on picking up extra rushers in the box throughout their team periods. Additional defenders were consistently sent in Alex Smith’s and Colin Kaepernick’s faces throughout practice and it was up to the blockers and quarterbacks to adjust accordingly.

Much of the pressure material Harbaugh and his coaches went over would have been discussed at length in a normal offseason through various minicamp and organized team activities. But with the 49ers playing catch up to NFL team’s with greater continuity, such issues are being addressed on the fly.

“We worked a lot on the passing game,” the 49ers coach said. “A lot on third-down blitz pick up and route mechanics – it was a lot of good teaching on the tape.”

Harbaugh mentioned a team meeting earlier in the morning as being beneficial in the 49ers progress in pass protection. Players took notes from the mistakes in the previous game and went on the field confident that they could rectify the situation.

“That’s what we practice for,” wide receiver Joshua Morgan explained. “When teams have success doing something against you in a game, the next team will come and try to do the same thing. It’s a copy-cat league. So we’re working on improving in that area.”

Notes and Quotes

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards made a few impressive catches in front of his new home fans. After practice, the new 49ers wideout signed several autographs and sounded happy in his new home. Edwards marveled at Candlestick’s playing surface and said he enjoyed getting more snaps on Sunday. “I’ve been getting a lot more reps with Alex (Smith) and Colin (Kaepernick) and I think that was good for me today,” Edwards said.  “I’m trying to make as many plays as I can and get used to how they’re throwing the ball.”

Dashon Goldson had his most extensive practice participation since signing with the 49ers last week. “It felt good to be out there today, but at the same time, I have a lot of lot to learn,” he explained. “I haven’t played in awhile. I have to get the grasp of this defense down to play faster.” Goldson said he expects to play on Saturday against the Raiders.

One of the more intriguing sights of special teams periods have been the whereabouts of tight end Vernon Davis. Since the starting tight end has no role on special teams, he’s been getting hands-on coaching from offensive coordinator Greg Roman and tight ends coach Reggie Davis during those periods. Typically, it has been both coaches giving Davis further instruction on blocking and footwork techniques.  

Davis appeared to be the most popular target on the day. He caught several passes from both Smith and Kaepernick. Davis, however, was robbed of a touchdown by safety Donte Whitner, who broke up a deep ball from Smith with the back of his helmet.

Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Tarell Brown returned to practice after being non-participants since early in camp. Brown blocked a field goal attempt to close out the second-team offense’s final drive of 11-on-11 work.

Photo(s) of the Day

Edwards stabbed this ball out of the air during one-one-one wide receiver-cornerback drills. Here it is in three shots.

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110 Responses to “49ers Address the Blitz”

  1. By ihop on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    FIRST!!! way to get it done harbaugh and idk why but i’ve got some faith in alex this year. #keep hope alive

  2. By WILLIAM CORTEZ on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply


  3. By David Whitaker on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    get theblitz coverage corrected then Alex can aud to the hot reads and bwwt the blitz

  4. By rogercraig on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Playing catch-up.

    Never a dull moment with the 49ers. Hope we see some stability before the season starts.

  5. By Jose on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    I believe they will learn from the New Orleans game and start picking up the blitz and I see them playing a better game against the Raiders especially A. Smith and C. Kaepernick.

  6. By longtimecumming on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Superbowl here we come…

  7. By Niner4Life on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    We definitly should be blocking with the O line we have I know we were missing the all star center last week BUT You cant fix Throwing accuracy it can’t be coached. ALEX SMITH will not start the season rumor is were going to work out culpepper than k you thank you i mean im not a fan of culpepper but anyone is better than alex smith who couldnt hit a still target farther than 20 yards

  8. By Jim T on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Get Carson Palmer out of his early retirement, he is still in his prime at 31. Instant fix to the problem. I’m sorry Alex, but like Rex Grossman nothing is going to change with you at quarterback.

  9. By gorilla on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    just need to tweak some things on the o- line and everything will fall into place. Hopefully the center position becomes settled sooner rather than later.

  10. By Ant Ruff on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Alex will do well.

  11. By abe37 on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    I have some faith in Alex because I have a lot of faith in our coach. the reason Alex was not on target is because his line never let his timing get in a groove. Even if we had Tom Brady out there on Friday it wouldve been the same result in him getting sacked. Alex, its definately ur last yr to prove something or else u gotta find another team or be a number 2. IT ALL STARTS IN THE TRENCHES. BLOCK OLINE!!

  12. By 9ersInDallas on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Who makes the protection adjustments at the line? The center? The qb? both? I mean Alex should see where they are coming from and the center should notice things too…Who ever it is…they need to fix it quick…It’s hard to get reps in preseason when the play is broken up twice per drive…

  13. By Kesean Turner on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    That first game was a joke. Don’t know what you guys are doing out there. I’ve been a fan since I was 12 yrs old. Watching the Joe Montana era. I know things change and the team can’t be great forever, but we’ve sunken to new low. I’ve never seen this team be so consistently bad year over year. It’s tough to be a fan now. I’ve been cheerleading for the team for the past 10 years, but I’m done. I’m still a fan, but this org has to prove it to me from here on out. I can’t and won’t continue to support a perennial loser. Get it together guys.

  14. By ladi adigun on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I dont understand how blitzing and blocking are foreign concepts to an O-line. Since that is their primary job anyway. No excuse for being so bad at it at this point in time. If i was an (insert any sport here) even if i hadnt trained for all my life there should still be some measure of competency involved when i try said sport again.

    The ineptness must be immediately addressed by Harbaugh. He should be prepared for this because he had tape from last season when the team sucked too. No excuses

  15. By pboywill415 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Just saw josh johnson play on nfl network and wow… he really impressed me… i would love to have him

  16. By PAninersfan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    i think the niners are not going to look that great in the preseason but i think there going to open everyones eyes in the regular season.

  17. By PAninersfan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    im sorry 9er fans but i cant stand to see everyone saying about how alex sucks so bad but its not really his fault. we need to protect him alot better than we have. i mean i would like to see him try alot more than he has been. like in the saints game if he would have scrambled to the right side (since thats are strong side) that would have gave him at least 2 seconds or more to give our wideouts time to try something. at least if he couldnt find anyone open he could of threw it away. it would have made us look better. alot less sacks also.but i do believe that the niners will do great things this season. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!

  18. By OKC87 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    our coaches have a plan in action, we’ll be fine…go niners

  19. By rogercraig on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Josh Johnson is out of reach. Hr’s not going anywher, unfortunately for us.

  20. By KDB on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex—Could be Pro bowl bound this year. what the heck????????

    It’s EZ to be NEGATIVE that’s a sad life and not for me!

  21. By steven on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    @niner4life first of all you shouldnt be a niner fan if your going to talk about the niners that way second of all your wrong alex throws to vernon davis deep over the middle and to the outsides all the time it was shaun hill that couldnt throw the ball deep thats why we released him

  22. By Rivers on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    i think we will be find. i also see reports that we working out Culpepper that would be a boost to quarterback position. That might push other to do better Culpepper would be nice to add with weapons on offense.

  23. By Rick on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Nice catch!!!
    Love what you guys are doing. Cant wait till game one of the regular season. Lets work out those bugs and lets get some wins. The more mistakes we take care of in pre- season the better so let it all out learn from your mistakes AND DONT DO iT AGAIN!!! Easier said than done but you know what I mean. Come on guys we can do thia I HAVE FAITH!!!!!!!

    Fustrated Fan

  24. By SoCalNinerFan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Our O line is broken , Alex Smith needs to Go, Collin needs work but can do well

  25. By vawoody15 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I posted this on another thread, but it bears repeating. For the most part, the guys the Niners brought in are all known as hard working, non-stop motor guys. That’s how you build winners. I would rather have 53 average guys that never quit and work their butts off than a handfull of Allstars. Give it some time, this staff will turn the team into winners! It all starts at the top and Coach H. is relentless!

  26. By Brent on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I’m tired of the hating and the booing. If I were Harbaugh, I would shut off practice to the fans. Some fans are making Alex Smith the scape goat for a football program that has forgotten how to win. All you negative fans who call yourself “49er faithfull” need to shut the heck up and start supporting the team rather then ripping it down. Lets go Niners!

  27. By 9er0clock on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    If we could straighten up our offensive line blocking give Alex some time to feel comfortable in the pocket and with the offense i see at least ten wins, because the schedule we have this year is cotton soft

  28. By Gary on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    We have a long way to go . Go 9ers

  29. By alex_fn_smith on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    i think were gonna be fine,i think we’ll do just good enough where we dont suck,but not so good we wont be able to get andrew luck next year….have fun alex….at least you can say you had a chance….again

  30. By alex_fn_smith on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    and in the meantime our young and full of potential o-line will develop into what they need to be…then all we need is a little luck ; )

  31. By alex_fn_smith on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    bye bye alex….thanks for nothing, thanks for getting our hopes up, time and time again, and thanks for forcing coaches to get rid of other quarterbacks that would have tooken us to the playoffs by now, and thanks for being responsible for 3 of our coaches losing their jobs…bye bye….its been a pleasure,hope youre set for life financially…youre gonna need the money

  32. By Biz on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am pretty sure Josh Johnson is a free agent next year.

  33. By lincoln on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    alex is not the problem. no blocking is the problem. if alex comes out and does not play well, when he has blocking then say what you want about him. as of right now how can you blame him? i for one am proud of alex, for not throwing a fit when his line left him in a lions den. he was getting hit real hard and took it like a man. good job alex!!! i hope they block for you this week so we can see how you’ve progressed!! GO NINNERS !!!!!!!!!!!

  34. By and thats a wrap on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ok OK OK I will explain it one more time….Yes the line was not good. The QB is in charge of the offense and is suposed to make sure hes got protection….in other words make the read…he can not….does not..and will never be able to make the read. The play where he got blasted was his own fault he was looking down field when the blitz was on ..instead of throwing to the hot reciever. If the blitzing team gets burned by 2 or 3 hot route 7-10 yard gains the blitzing stops. If the QB pays no attention and gets blasted …well by all means keep blitzing. Alex has been getting blasted for 6 years and everytime another QB steps in he gets replaced same thing every year ..he cant read the blitz or doesnt want to he is so concerned about making a big completion that he is not doing his whole job. I like how they are addressig the line technique for the blitz…but ultimately its his responsability and he is horrible at it. He just is not a good fit here and he should have left …although he wouldnt have made as much going anywhere else. It is same story Alex not doing his full job and then blasting the line for not protecting. I hope ounce and for all the coach will finally realize this and finally make the cut. If you watch the games over the years …you will see his accuracy is neglegable..his reads are way too late…his throwing motion takes way to long…he stares down a reciever then throws behind em..over all he just has no concept for the NFL speed and his talents just dont quite make the cut …he should appologize to the organization and reitre. I still cant believe the NINERS wasted 6 years thats a long time …a very long time. Hope we can make a change and get back to the playoffs sooner rather than later.

  35. By time2speakup on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am puzzled how and why all the “professional” people getting paid by the 49er organization cannot see all the solutions that are so clear from here on the sideline.

  36. By z9ers on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ok Ok Ok and thats a wrap. r u the qb coach? because in every offensive system different people r in charge of different things and that changes from system to system. I will say this it takes the qb receivers backs and o line to see the blitz and make the adjustments. I know that it doesnt help that adam snyder was playing center and has never played it before. you people talk about alex this and alex that but I have an idea how about you guys show some faith not in alex but in the new coach that all of you raved about. Let him make the choice let him coach and support his decisions.

  37. By bhemp11 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Calm down so called 49er fans! Alex Smith had the same qb rating on friday as Drew Brees did! Stop with all the craziness! In all the super bowl years, the teams went 0-4 and 1-3 in the pre-season. Last year they went 3-1. Its Pre-season. They will fix problems and will get better. Its a new system with a ridiculously short training camp. RELAX!!!! and be true fans. Last time I checked none of you are being paid to make personell decisions…so calm down, have a few beers and enjoy the fact that they are at least playing football again! Go NINERS!!!!!!!!

  38. By Kapfan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex is not the answer did anyone see what the rams looked like?? Niners have alot of work to do and all the excuses are not going to help that.

    After wining only 6 games last year and looking worse this year I’m not going to expect much..

  39. By Norcalllegend925 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I gave Anthony Davis a break last year cause I said he was a rookie and thats why he is getting beat all the time but after watching him against the Saints he couldnt block anyone I think he is a major bust so is Chilo Rachel the only good lineman we have is Joe Staley and Mike Iupati our Offensive Line is the worst I have seen from the 49ers in many years bring back Jesse Sapolo please

  40. By Brent on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Amen, bhemp11! Love havin’ football back.

  41. By Pike on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Right on and thats a wrap! and u too 9er in Dallas. I totally agree with u both. 9er fan for life!!!!!!

  42. By Norcalllegend925 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over hoping for a different result that is what the 49ers front office is by bringing back Alex Smith all these fans that are saying give him a break, its only pre-season, blah blah blah you guys must not of watched the Saints game cause if you did you would of saw that Alex Smith has not changed one bit he cant even hit a reciever everytime he throws to someone its behind them, too low or too high its gonna be another losing season and a long year the people who are saying the 49ers are gonna win 10+ games are smoking crack rocks this team is a sub .500 team I hope we lose all 16 games and get Andrew Luck in the draft next season cause to be honest I think Kaepernick isnt the solution either he is a (project) qb Im just being realistic I think Andrew Luck is gonna be the next Peyton Manning and he already knows Harbaughs system he could walk right on and start

  43. By Dave on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex doesn’t have what it takes to play in the NFL. First round picks like Smith, Lief and others, failed to make any improvement or impact and were gone in 2 years. Why are we continuing to waste 5+ years with a no talent QB like Alex Smith?! We’ve lost 2 good coaches and multiple post-season opportunities from Alex’s lack of accuracy and play making ability. Release him and let’s move on! What does he have on somebody in the back office that keeps him on the roster anyway?

  44. By Brian on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    alex smith has gone through a lot of coaches… and for some reason every new coach that comes in wants alex smith….im pretty sure that means he is good… i believe the previous coaches havent built the right offense for him….the last few seasons the 9ners have been a running offense….the 9ners i grew up and loved were a throwing offense

  45. By Raman on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Its pre-season.. If YALL remember we went 4-0 last year. We actually have a legit coaching staff that know X’s and O’s of football… V. Davis actually said in an interview that he never had a hot read..Need I say more about our previous coaching staff or staffs. It’ll take some time to gel the new system together but as a DIE HARD 9er fan I am very excited about things to come. 49ers will surprise a lot of teams this year and we will have a winning season.

  46. By JasonXFlash on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    No Culperper, he’s not Kurt Warner. I’d rather have Alex Smith over Culpeper anyday….

  47. By dan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    to alex_fn_smith
    What i have seen of luck who wants him. and i see him as a great college qb but not so good nfl qb.kap is better! the oline has been the problem the whole time been saying that 5 years now.

  48. By 49eray on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Is of u ALEX haters right…..ur just alex HATERS…..stop hating on the man took some very huge hits on friday because of no blocking..i been a niners fan since i first made montana hook up with tayor on TECMO BOWL…..seen ronnie lott killed anybody over the middle..since charles haley switched sides….but i DIGRESS…..QUESTON.? .Who had the most recieving tds in the nfc west last year,VD–who throwed the ball..!!!!ALEX SMITH….ITS WEEK ONE (1) GET IT-UNO. WE WILL WIN THE NFC THIS YEAR,WE WILL COMPETE IN THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP…will we win the superbowl? maybe with a little luck and no late season injuries. JUST ONE REAL 49ER4LIFE’s opinon.

  49. By axiom on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Bring back Cazy Legs Garcia!

  50. By Ed Mils 559 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Im glad we got the crap kicked out of us, now instead of later. 1st game shows we need to pick up a couple of VET O-lineman (back ups) and a VET QB (just in case) the running plays that were called looked like the same plays from last year. We cant run up the gut with that O-line we need to be realistic. I like the guys they have potential but their not there yet. We need to rotate 7-8 lineman through out the game to be effective. Colin K. needs to get that ball out of his hands faster and STOP cocking back like a MLB pitcher cuz the DB’s in the NFL will close on the ball faster than you can imagine. We dont have time to let certain players develop while starting, your either working for our system or not. Starters need to be immediatley productive.

    I love yall “49ers Faithful Forever Foolio”

  51. By fredammer on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    i am a 49er fan for life yes there were a lot of mistakes but it will work its self out i believe that the 49ers will realy improve by the end of the season and be a winning team in the playoffs.

  52. By ninernut1984 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    everyone should have known that coming into this season there would be a lot of work to be done, you just cant expect miracles overnight with the timetable thats been given due to the lockout. Everyone seems to be on this bandwagon that as soon as harbaugh signed as coach all our problems were cured. Heres a saying that i believe in, you can lead a horse to water but you cant make him drink. Harbaugh of course is the person leading the horse, the horse being the players. You people must understand the niners org. has totally started over, not just players but all new personell. There will be some bumps in the road. I am very pleased to see how the game against the saints went. I do believe in harbaugh an his staff, better to see the issues our team has now before the regular season begins. Our o line has been plagued in yrs past with injuries an inexperience. Even though last yrs picks were awesome choices with davis an iupati, they are very young an inexperienced. Not to mention the must learn a whole new playbook. I honestly believe we will be strongest team in division the talent an depth is there, not just talking bout players but coaching staff as well. Everywhere this staff has coached together has been a successful program.

  53. By Michael Mosher on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    stop hating on Alex … i can tell some of you fans dont understand how football is played…. its kind of hard to look,more less throw the football when your lying on the ground… sorry but the O-line needs major work i know they are young but they were not getting it done……..

  54. By Brent on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think Axiom has touched on a super idea. Let’s get Garcia back in the fold. Heck with “COLD”pepper.

  55. By Brent on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think Axiom has touched on a super idea. Let’s get Garcia back in the fold. Heck with “COLD”pepper.

  56. By manny49mms on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    of line needs to give either qb more time. it starts with them. Then It goes to alex. I to dont like the things he does sometimes. Like yesterday!!!!!!! He could’ve ran that run in and made td in practice. But he was thinking to much. These guys need to get things together with each other. I saw some players not even reacting to the situation. Plus coach was mad at them. made them practice longer. Hated that players went in early instead of signing. We waited for hours for that. What about the fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. By David0011 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Come on 9ers go trade/cut Alex Smith and get carson plamer..

  58. By Jesse V on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Come on people, let’s not get all bent out of shape for 1 measly loss in a preseason game. In all honesty, it fell on neither the o-line nor Alex but both of them. Yes, we need better protection and we got blitzed like there was no tomorrow. We learned a lesson against N.O, and we are going to learn from that. There is no way that Coach H. could have gone into the game thinking, today they are gonna blitz us non stop…but I am ready for it. I am glad they blitzed us cause it showed us what we needed to work on as a TEAM. Better to have learned early rather then later when it really counst. GO NINERS.. I BLEED RED AND GOLD!!!

  59. By bruce on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Excuses,excuses, and more excuses. Sam Bradford and the Rams looked pretty good the other night. Bradford and the entire offense are learning a new system, had to deal with the lockout. Face facts this Niner team just isn’t very good. Atleast Niners should be in the running to draft Andrew Luck next year. Denver, Cincinnatti, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington should all have a shot at Luck next year. Indianapolis will also, if Peyton Manning doesn’t get healthy , stay healthy.

  60. By brad49 on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    The whining is getting old guys. If you’re FOR Harbaugh then you have to be FOR Alex this year. Harbaugh obviously wants him there right now. I don’t care about last year, and the year before that. Secondly, the O-line is the foundation and unfortunately it’s being rebuilt. Even with the poor performance all around against New Orleans we have to be patient and step away from the ledge. Improvement will come, trust in Harbaugh.

  61. By Darryl on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    We spent a lot of money on drafting linemen in the last couple of drafts. The linemen need to be held accountable for not picking up the blitz. It’s not their first game playing together. They should have done much better than what they did!

  62. By Martin on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry to my fellow Niner fans but the Quaterback Whisperer himself will not be able to fix Alex Smith. He is a bust and we all have painfully lived through it year in and year out. We need to address this ASAP or we are doomed.

    We can go after John Kitna (Dallas backuo) , Hoyer (Patriots backup) , Jeff Garcia . Personally I think Jeff Garcia would be an immediate upgrade over what we have now.

    If we don’t do something fast it will be a replay of last year.

    But I guess we will watch Alex throw the ball at the receivers feet or over their head. Can you say tipped and picked for 6. I think I’m going to go and throw-up. My stomach is starting to turn.

  63. By jay on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    please let culpepper compete for the starting job! hes a proven vetren and has 3 probowls if he healthy he is better then smith

  64. By brian on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    jjeff garcia is the man i agree!!! but come on we want culpepper!!!!

  65. By missouri 9er on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex WILL improve this year, is he going to live up to the #1 pick status this year ??? Probably not, but i think he will be good enough to help this team. I hope we do bring in Culpepper to be #2 if Alex gets hurt, like him or not he does have something left in the tank and he is hungry to prove it!. Kap needs some time to learn from coach H. Get the O-line on track and the points will start racking up. GO NINERS LETS SHOCK THE NFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. By bizzle on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I kknow Palmer is retired but why not throw somehting at Cinci do what they can.THOUGHTS ANYONE!

  67. By ninerinVegas on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Wow…after reading all the previous comments, what else is there to say?! Some are Alex haters , some aren’t. Some blame the O-line, some blane the QB or both. Lots of finger-pointing but not many solutions.

    This team needs PRACTICES. Harbaugh & Co will get it fixed, takes time.

  68. By ionic on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Yes to Palmer!

  69. By missouri 9er on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    From what i saw in the interview of the owner he said he “would not reward him for not honoring his word (contract).” Seemed like the old man was not going to trade/release him just for spite.

  70. By Hermie on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Bengals owners are going to make Palmer sit-out the whole season for spite!

  71. By Monroe Quarles on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    alex or no alex if you cant protect the qb even the greatest qb for example payton manning or tom brady who had successful offence linemen core they whole career thats why they won alot games and championships for alex smith he came in the league with no good so thats why his career been in shambles i bet you if he started for the patriots or the colts you will talking about alex being the best or greatest quarterback in the nfl tom and payton will be great qb if there alex situation if they bad offence line i think the coach will make major ajustment on the line i think line will be the core on the offence and alex will be alright it start with the protection on offence not the quaterback to move the chains

  72. By Noel on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    What did Harbaugh see in Smith to want him back? Every other teams 2nd and 3rd string QB are better than Smith. He has had 6 years to show his stuff, no thanks to a 7th year.

  73. By PAninersfan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    PLAYOFFS 2011 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. By PAninersfan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    before i posted about the playoffs. i tried posting a looooooong message an it didnt post. whats up with dat!!!!???!!!!!! :(

  75. By Hermie on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    My longer post is not going through either!! I have tried it several times.

  76. By PAninersfan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    maybe when it does that. it means its very good information an it goes straight to the coach’s email. lol jk.

  77. By Jose Cortez on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    As long as the Niners are trying out old guys, how about giving me a shot? 59 yard field goal, Akers please. I’ve been hittin’ 70 yarders in my sleep. Let me back on the team please!

  78. By Niner4Life on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    PA niners fan get a life when tom brady gets blitz that equals interception NOOOOOO get real get a grip 7 years and u all still have faith in alex get a life come on IM

  79. By WontStopBeingaFan on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    i prefer to see the niners do bad in the preseason and learn from there mistakes then have then do what they did last year which is win them all then start 0-5 again. Alex Smith this is your last chance tired of saying u a decent qb when time after time u prove me wrong in games come on i know yall can get it together

  80. By Juan G on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Alex Smith isn’t the problem, if Brady, Rodgers or any elite QB doesn’t get the blocking and time they would most likely fail, Smith can play he’s just had a tough road, most of the elite QB’s had time to learn behind a good veteran QB, not Smith though, so support the team because that’s all we can do for them. GO 49ers for ever and ever.

  81. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    niner4life, i kept trying to send something to ur rude remark to me but i guess its to long to post cause its not going through. but if the oline gets there s*** straightend out then i bet alex does alot better. but whatever happens im glad to be a niners fan no matter what. unlike YOU!!!!!!!!

  82. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    LOL you being rude to another niners fan. you sound like a former eagles fan. just saying.

  83. By KDB on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    What does Harbaugh see in Smith—Alot more than any of us know, that’s what.

    Whether you like it or not-he’s our guy and we won’t go to the Division title or the playoffs if he sits, period.

    And for amny of you, please learn the game and blame the team not one guy, I mean really you look very uninformed about the game.

    Get ready for some football, some of you are going to look pretty dumb in the end.

  84. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Just watching Mike and Mike and they were saying what 90% of 9ers fans are saying…they should have let Alex go and unfortunately since they did it will probably cost them another season…In other words he is not going to be anyting but a viable back-up!! Just saying…

  85. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Still won’t let me post anything over a couple of lines…

  86. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    The o-line is young and have had as many offensive coordinators and take the longest to develop of all positions. Iupati is an exception.

  87. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I give up…won’t let me post!!

  88. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    O-line will develop and be a force!

  89. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    yh i was jus watching the same thing. if he doesnt do that great i believe that jim will do the right thing for us. jim knows what he is doing. i think this year will be better than people are saying. last year we was the favorite an look what happend. this year we are going to be least favorite and come out strong. THAT I DO BELIEVE!!!!!!!

  90. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Trying to something positive about O-line, but the system won’t let me!!

  91. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    same here bro. i tried 4 long messages an they didnt post. :(

  92. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Need Goodwin in there to mentor…Pro Bowl player for a reason.

  93. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    i guess you can try to………………………….

  94. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    do it like this.

  95. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    i think he will be starter by the end of preseason.

  96. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think it is because I am trying to use the word a__ignment. Goodwin will be calling the a__ignments to the rest of the linemen and should help.

  97. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    That must have been it!! They are young and will develop. I agree we need to protect the QB much better. I do not see what harm it would do to bring in Culpepper…similar physical attribute and playing style so I believe he could help mentor CK. After all, he was a Pro Bowl caliber player in his time. Some one to come if if someone gets hurt.

  98. By Hermie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I want to see improvement this year (a winning record) and playoffs would be a bonus. Defense will keep us in most of the games!!

  99. By PAninersfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    i think if we start a QB that can scramble then the oline doesnt have to be great. i think a QB that can scramble will do good things for us. it will open up more options for more plays.

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  102. By KDB on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    The O Line is going to be fine, remember the Tunnel group at Stanford, Harbaugh understands this very well.

    We have a good running QB in Alex and AGAIN-Like it or not we don’t go to the Playoffs without him.

    After this yr we’ll C what happens. C Kap is a good young talent but he got beat up as well in New Orleans.

    we ain’t winning it without Alex so let’s get behind him rather than mope and wine like sorry fans thast have qalready given up.

    Ever heard the term, when term–set your jaw and back your ears, its time to go to battle?

    Then let’s go Niners. The NFC West comes down to us and the Rams.

  103. By Niner4Life on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    @steven your a joke. Im a die hard fan thats why it kills me to see us still giving the 7 time reject another shot. Look at aaron rogers drafted same year doesnt have that great of an o line seems to still be pretty good uh??? We are going to be ok because we are going to sign another quarterback like culpepper or another veterarn quarterback. GO NINERS!!

  104. By happy niner on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    niners are the best no mater what happens niner fan all the way or go home

  105. By llilleor on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith didn’t get coaches fired. Coaches got themselves fired. He’s been our qb for 7 years and has had 7 different offensive coordinators. He was hurt for basically 1 full season. Last time I checked it takes offense, defense, and special teams to win a NFL game. I can remember almost contending 2 seasons ago and we lost to the falcons and texans because of defensive let downs, namely Nate Clements showboating. We’ve lost heartbreakers the last two seasons as well, remember Favre’s miracle the year he choked in the NFC championship game? And, look at how we went punch for punch against the defending champion saints last season, until our defense let us down in the closing seconds. Yes this is Alex’s last chance to prove himself as a 9er, but I also feel that this is the last year that the 9ers as a team have to prove themselves before our storied franchise loses all credibility in the league. I’m a 9er faithful, I’ve been advocating for Alex even though when I met him and Joe Nedney 4 years back he was a snob. Nedney, who signed my periodic table with, NEDNIUM, is right, THE TEAM WINS AND LOSES TOGETHER NOT INDIVIDUALLY. GO 9ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  106. By Ron on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I have a question. After seeing all the sacks given up during the preseason game why wouldn’t the team go and sign a linemen instead of bringing in another QB. There are still good linemen out there i.e (Bryant McKinnie).

  107. By vdcantcatch on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    We don’t have the killer on D,,,, and no QB so there isn’t an offense unitl
    we do,,, VD, BE JM who cares no QB no Offense, and only one stand out on D
    its gonna be a year that we all want are team to do will,,,, but its gonna be the same storie

  108. By Jason on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Wow I am excited about Braylon Edwards. I am wondering if the QB’s are taking too much time or if the O line was having trouble with the D Line and the blitz… Also overall we need to pick it up, I know that it’s pre-season and Smith has a new O coordinator every year, but please look like a pro team out there, we have so much talent and we are not seeing any results, PLEASE pick it up 49ers!! Also, please sign up to my website, http://www.TheSportsWonk.com thank you.

  109. By Robert lisanti on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    i think the 49ers have a good thing going if they can just block for alex or whoever… it does not matter who you may have .. we need to block .. clean that up fast. and lets get rolling .. we have a good team. we just need to block.
    the 49ers are playing some good teams this year. they better show up to the dang raiders this sat .. ill be there seeing what they have down.. go niners

  110. By Z9ers on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    All of u who want to keep bashing Alex smith do me a favor. Go compare Alex smiths last two years against mark Sanchez. Tell me what you see. I see the difference of a good coach, a solid consistent run game, and a defense that keeps their team in the game and seals the deal when given the chance. Remember the jets have been 1 game away from the dance 2 years in a row. The talent that we have we should be better but our last three coaches were not NFL head coaches erikson was an average college coach, Nolan average d.c., sing never was more than a position coach, J.H. Only time will tell. I’m not saying this to talk smack but I am serious when I say look at the stats

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