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On the Phone with Garrett and Romo

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 14, 2011 – 6:19 PM

Listening to the Dallas coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo, it seems they were struck by the game film of the 49ers’ 33-17 win over Seattle in Week 1. As the 49ers and Cowboys prep to renew their rivalry on Sunday, it’s clear the Cowboys are aware of San Francisco’s defense and overall attitude.

“I’m just impressed with them in so many different areas,” Garrett said in Wednesday’s conference call with the Bay Area media. “I think the over-arching thing that you see when you watch the tape is how hard they play in all three areas. They have a lot of really good players, talented players on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. They play the right way and they play hard snap after snap.”

Dallas comes into Sunday’s matchup looking for its first win of the 2011 campaign after a tough 27-24 loss to the New York Jets in Week 1. The Cowboys haven’t visited Candlestick Park since the 2005 season, but Garrett said he’s hoping the game can live up to the billing of the rivalry between the two teams. Garrett was on the Dallas sideline as a backup quarterback from 1993-99, so he knows how heated things can get when the 49ers and Cowboys collide.

“Those were unbelievable games to be a part of,” Garrett said. “It was literally one of best rivalries of that generation and maybe of any generation. Both those teams were so good during the 90s and it was always fun getting a chance to play against those guys.”

Nowadays, players like Merton Hanks and Bryant Young have been replaced by a new crop of 49ers. When discussing his upcoming opponent, Romo was quick to point out a couple of 49ers veterans who might be able to cause problems.

“What jumps off the tape is that they play hard,” Romo said. “I mean, you don’t see anyone not giving 100 percent. Obviously, Patrick Willis is a great player. We’re going to have to account for him. (Ray) McDonald showed up obviously last week, and I should think, these guys go to the whistle. They’re going to be tough to handle and it’s going to be a great challenge for our guys up front this week.”

Click here to listen to Garrett’s conference call

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53 Responses to “On the Phone with Garrett and Romo”

  1. By cbking on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply


  2. By ninerman on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Will Alex take us to the Superbowl guys? if not then why our we wasting our time with him. let’s go Scott or Collin. We are all getting older and time is short think about guys.

  3. By Noteriety on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    It is remarkable at how dedicated you are to bashing Alex Smith. If you would stop doing that for a second, then you might see a lot of positives in this team. Also, I wouldn’t have to ready off-topic posts every night.

  4. By the mayor on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    If the Niners would run a no-huddle shotgun offense, you would see an above average quaterback in Alex Smith. He can read the deffense better and it gives him more time without feeling pressure. It would also take some pressure of the offensive line.

  5. By kainoa156 on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    @ ninerman,,, Give it up ! You are not a true niner fan, you’re a selfish SOB.. Maybe you don’t see it coming, that the niners are gong tobe a good team with Alex Smith and Harbaugh at the helm.. Maybe its time for you to root for a different team, because you said the niners are wasting their time…lol

  6. By 49eray on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    ninerman is a pure hater—–when ALEX- puts up mega numbers on sunday plz find another team to HATE ON…..GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. By Rick on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    We have to have faith in Alex. He only has one yr with us so he has to bring everything he has he needs time ( i know he had 5 yrs lol ) but how many coaches has he had ? So lets give him till mid season and we will know if he’s a keeper or not

  8. By randy kirchhevel on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    ok i will give alex smith one more chance if the niners loose to dallas i will diapointed very angry cause the niners have a reputation against dallas the niners never get any repect from dallas when the niners win its like nobody cares so the niners can loose to any team but the cowboys or vikings cause they are cocky so when the niners win i will be loud and proud of my team just knowing for once that the niners will finally get some respect from the other teams and get seen a little more on tv so alex for once all i ask do not throw an interception or fumble the football do your job and the niners will win good as gold

  9. By aaron on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I know my being an Aussie wont mean too much to you guys, but ive been a Niners fan for 20 years give Smith a break until now he hasnt really had anyone but Davis and Gore to help him with constent roster and coaching changes also hindering his growth.

  10. By Faithful09 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    You know I sit here and read all these 49ers Fakeful fan post, it is really sad. You guys sound like retarded raider fans, Alexis Smith has not been the #1 overall pick we all hoped he would be. But he has been getting better and i would rather have alexis then through Colin K. in to the fire “like we did Alexis” and in three years you guys are complaining how sorry colin is. Not every QB will be successful starting their rookie year let him get some exp. And for the meanwhile Alexis is our BEST chance to get to the playoff’s so stop acting like raider fans, and start being faithful!!

  11. By Faithful09 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    OK first off, Alexis is Good enough to take us to the superbowl, he just needs alot more help, We need to be able to run the football, everything we do in the WC offense is based on having a good runnng game. With that being said we dont need a Tom Brady to make it to the playoffs or superbowl, we need good defense, and a great running game. Alexis is good enough to make playaction throws for big yardage. So to answer your question YES, i mean really you can’t tell how much effort that guy gives out there, when is the last time you seen a QB go down field and block, and do it well?

  12. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    god please let us beat the cowboys

  13. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    id rather beat the cowboys then lose the rest of the season than the opposite

  14. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    my whole family are die hard trash talking,yelling,screaming,cowboys fans,and ive had to grow up with this( you can imagine me as a teenager in the 90’s) wow, the wars we used to have

  15. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    it wouldnt be so bad if i had somebody on my side,but i always have to face them all alone! i hope we win,its worth the beating,it always is

  16. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    the last time we played we were winning in the first half and it felt great,then they caught up and won thanks to t.o. they dont have him anymore,we should be good,i think our defense is gonna win the game

  17. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    and they cant stop our running either….LETS GO GORE!!!!BREAK FREE!!!

  18. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    i believed in alex in the beginning i kept giving him a chance,and defending him,but i gave up on him 2 years ago….but after what i seen last week,i believe in him again,go alex…prove them all wrong,including me,i believe in you

  19. By 9ersfansince88 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I believe we finally got a coach that has and can continue to teach Alex what the others couldn’t. Alex has ALWAYS had the skill but now he is learning how to actually use those skills.

  20. By 2gZ on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is NOT going to take the 49ers to the super bowl. They’ll be lucky if he takes them to the playoffs. The 49ers may not admit it but they don’t trust him. How do u explain going 1-12 on 3rd downs? I laugh at those 49ers fans who say “Have faith” or “Give him a chance” blah blah blah but have never been to a game. When u are actually at the games and u see a WR wide open and Alex dumping the ball off to Gore in the flat…as a fan… you’ll be pissed! Hence the *BOOOOO’s* u hear on tv. It happens all the time. That’s just pathetic!  And to blame coaches for his failures is just plain ignorant. Alex is an inaccurate QB. Like Steve Young said, “You can’t teach accuracy!” Its funny how he goes 15-20 for 124 yards against a Seattle team that came in w/ a 27th ranked defense, and ppl are already crowning him lol. Too funny! Don’t mean to sound harsh I’m just realistic!  I’m not one of those “niners rules” or “49ers #1″ type fans I just call it how it is so sorry if you’re offended. And please save that “oh your not a real fan” speech for your mother. Ive been a season ticket holder way before Alex was a 49er so hush!

  21. By killerbee26tango on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    come on niners lets take these cowboys down. it aint nothing like a niners fan getting that win over dallas

  22. By eoms on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    this year i believe our team is good enough to fight each game.no matter how you feel we support this team because we love it.

  23. By KRAYZIE.9er on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    @..alex_fn_smith…….Bro, we all appreciate your being a fan; but we don’t need your life story. Let’s stick to talking about football.

  24. By KRAYZIE.9er on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex did have a solid completion %(15 of 20), but we’ve got try and stretch the field more. We proved that we have a solid defense (possibly top 10) , and we all know what Frank can do. We have by far the best overall talent, and staff in the NFC West, but we’ve got to bring it all together. If we line up against Dallas and run either a dive or a mis-direction on every 3rd down no matter the yardage or the situation; we’ll get eaten alive. It’s time for the team to start trusting eachother and go out and let the talent carry them. Take some shots and trust Alex to lead this team with his arm. Jim chose him now he needs to stand behind him….All we have to do is play up to our abillities, and play sound fundamental football on Sunday and we will start 2001 with a 2-0 record.

  25. By KRAYZIE.9er on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply


  26. By Jimmy La Chance on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith threw for 124 yards last week with 0 TDs and it was looked at as a good week!
    If any top QB in the league had a game like that we’d all ask what the heck happened? Tom Brady on Monday night put up Alex Smith’s monthly totals!

    With that said, no matter how hard we play, no matter how good the D, no matter how much talent there is on the roster, no matter how great the coaching, eventually, it WILL come down to Alex Smith. And from what I see Alex Smith playing mistake-free football all season long does not have the skillset to take this 49ers team past the 10-6 mark and a single playoff game.

    On the other hand, if Brady, Brees, Rivers, Rodgers, were on this team it would be a shoe-in for the Bowl! And that is the part that makes me sick!

  27. By Rick on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Im right there with ya brother from another. Im Texas all cowgirl fan here this is the game I hope to have but latley we have been lucky because we would be 0-6 against the cowboys with our teams weve had over the years i hope to turn it around.

  28. By KDB on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Trent Dilfer won a Bowl, why? Because he had a great team. That’s what all great QB’S have had. But even good one’s like Dilfer who wasn’t great can win with the right formula. So can We. Is or will Alwex be great, none of really know, no matter what we say behind a key board.

    And we certainly, and that means none of us are really in the know enough to evaluate whether we have the pieces or not, no matter. PERIOD and that includes the QB, no matter what is said from us..

    Go Niners.

  29. By doomtrain113 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am looking forwarde to the cowboys renewing they’re rivalry with us.I always enjoy the 49ers beating up on the cowboys.If Tony romo’s performance last week was any indication on how he will play this week, we, the 49ers should have no problem getting a wain

  30. By CaseyJay... on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I really want this game, I’m not the most optimistic on it. But I feel we may have that unique blend of speed & power that we can win if our Oline dominates… Simple reason why, lanes for Gore and time for Alex… Should be a lot of hitting going on. I think our D has the fire of the Jets D the last 2 years. Seriously, do not be surprised if we’re top 3 defense. That being said, we have to control the clock to keep them off. So it’s definitely a 2 way street. LETS GO 9ERS! Buck them CowGirls!

  31. By CaseyJay... on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex + no brain farts = a win…

    Pretty simple…

  32. By PETERD on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Why talk about a superbowl this year? Ridiculous. We’re building.We want major improvement, and we want to make the play-offs. And despite the wisdom, experience, expertise, knowledge, etc. of so many bloggers here, I do believe i will stick with the coaching staff.

  33. By KDB on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    This Staff is for real, hands down. This is a building process and don’t be surprised to see Alex back longer after a very good season this yr, I’m telling you just don’t be surprised!!!!!!

    Go Niners.

  34. By Ojay Wood on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, like I said they can’t run on us and we should be able to run on them also. I believe that if we can run on them effectively we will win. Alex you just have to be patient with him, like coach Harbaugh said take care of the football and we will in the game. We will GO NINERS!

  35. By doe diggy on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    i hope alex is reading these postings and seeing the positive stuff were saying, cause he is a good QB, he’s just had a rough first half of his career but now he has a coach and offensive system to utilize his skill set.

  36. By Matt on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Alex has had time and if he was improving year after year that’s fine but he is not so its time to find another QB.

  37. By faithful09 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I dont care how we do it just beat the cowboys!! then we have Cincinnati, can you say 3-0, then the rematch with the eagles…..we can beat the cowboys

  38. By MDB on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ignore the Alex haters. Even though were only 7 or so weeks into learning a completely new system and yet won our first game they would rather be the 12th man for the opposition instead of supporting their team. Obviously their lives are crap and they need someone to blame for it.

  39. By SFN9ner on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I hope are defense plays better than last week.they play’d really well but i’d like to see more qb pressure on romo we all know how much he gets frustrated when he gets hit,he throughs picks and hopefully a couple pick 6’s this coming sunday let’s Go N9NERS!!!!!!!!

  40. By ninerman on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Here is the deal guys,if Alex can win 3 of the next 5 games I will tip my cap to him and support him for the rest of the year, if not I will ask for him to be benched for the rest of the year. Let’s bring in Scott Tolzien since he is more pro ready then CK. Alex will crack under pressure guys he’s a faithful and faithful’s never change, so ask yourself this If don’t try and new kool aid flavor you will never know how good it is. peace!!!!!

  41. By ninerman on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Here is the deal guys,if Alex can win 3 of the next 5 games I will tip my cap to him and support him for the rest of the year, if not I will ask for him to be benched for the rest of the year. Let’s bring in Scott Tolzien since he is more pro ready then CK. Alex will crack under pressure guys he’s a faithful and faithful’s never change, so ask yourself this If you don’t try and new kool aid flavor you will never know how good it is. peace!!!!!

  42. By 49er1989 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    week 1 showed absolutely nothing about what kind of qb alex will be this yr, it did show that we had no running game though, gore ran for less than 3yrds/car , we chose to run on practically every 1st and 3rd down and only converted once or twice on 3rd
    i hope the coaching staff knew seattle was an easy win and chose to hide their gameplan for dallas, cuz if were going in with the same plan as we did against the seachickens we have no chance dallas can easily run up the score bored and if we think field goals and trying to convert 3rd and long with a run is going to win us the game we’re going to be majorly dissapointed

  43. By juice on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    i hate ignorant ppl who just want to talk crab, about other ppl. get a life..nobody cares about what you want or don’t want, sorry is not burger king…you can’t get it your way”…if you hate A. Smith so bad, go n tried out for an NFL team n see how that wrk out for you..

  44. By Mr. 49er on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    I’m so sick of watching the NFL Network and them talking about how Romo is going to bounce back against the NINERS. I hope the secondary is pissed off about the news. The front 7 will do their part in getting pressure on Romo and getting some sacks. The back end has to come out and play because Turnover Tony will give you some chances. The so called experts all got Dallas winning this game and I believe theres no respect for the Niners to even win this game. The headline for Monday…”49ers dominates Cowboys”. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!

  45. By cowboychris on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    another installment of 9ers /boys gotta love it!! this will be a tough game for both clubs. the cowboys are banged bad at corner,i see alex smith(i see alot of hatred directed at him on your site,stand behind your qb) having a good game. 9ers play good strong d but cowboys have alot of weapons so i see the boys gettin some points. dez bryant may not play n if he does not at full strength. i foresee to much 49er defense and just enough offense to beat my boys. 49ers 24 pokes 17.

  46. By cowboychris on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    i agree the 9ers win but not a domination. the experts miss alot actually!! last week they all had falcons,browns and chiefs all of which lost. look for a good close football game this sunday. 9ers 24 pokes 17

  47. By jason49ers on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a 49er fan since 1983.And i have seen the ups and downs of are team!So being a true niner fan,has been hard through these last 8 years.Im just as pissed as every other 49er fan,but it does no good to dwell on the past.Regardless if its alex smith,or any other quarterback.True niner fans,need to stick together!And if your a true fan,you need to stop bashing on are team all the time!Teams go through ups and downs,you just have to stay postive.And things will eventually turn around for us.Look at the colts,with out manning!A 2-14 team now!Look at the lions,maybe a wild card playoff team!So what comes around,goes around!So stop hateing,or quit following the niners!And go jump on the patriots or the packers bandwagon!Like every other fair weather fan!

  48. By PAninersfan on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    i cant wait till sundays game. I SAY, since where im from ( PA ) i dont hear much about my team ( and yours of course ) so go out an show the cowboys and everyone else that WE ARE NOT NOTHING TO F**K WIT!!!!!!!! GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT!!!!! like i always say ” when you mess with the RED, the GOLD comes shortly after.” that said.. when they leave our home give them some of our colors to take wit them.. ;) hope you all know what i mean by that. lots of love to the niners and the TRUE fans. god bless ALL. GO NINERS!!!!!

  49. By 49er Joe on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    2011 is gonna be our year!!!! I think we will make ithe playoffs with Alex this season. We got ot of talent on ourquad, as long as re can stay healthy and Alex can keep playing well, I think at least the division is ours….Once the
    playoffs, everyones 0-0 again…Lets go NINERS!!!!

  50. By SPUDLO on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply


  51. By ninerman on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    It sounds like I got your goat. JR Baca, I win!!!!!

  52. By ogre on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    Dallas took some dings: Jenkins?Bryant? Jones was descent! Stretch their D with formations (Jets did it) Motion to confuse the young Oline. Stick D Walker on Wares nose (wherever he goes-hit him) Alex needs to see field and pick out the
    blitz (which means from what side?) cause cowboys will blitz often. Just figure out the weak side and go to it. VERNON-EDWARDS-CRAB YOU HAVE TO BE BEASTS. And Alex you got to hit them- FRANK YOU GOTTA PICK IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The past is past: NEW TEAM and new running game: Gore-Hunter-Dixon (you really ought to be able to create some havoc with them? AND A-GINN AND A-GINN. I wonder if they have anyone who can stay up with Teddy? I mean the
    Jets had Cormarie? (corner back). Never know how Teddy would do with a “turn
    and burn” route? SMITH-SAPOGALA-MACDONALD pretty awesome!!!! Patrick, PH, AS, Roger, Whiten, good god I can go on and on. With this much talent please tape it all together and Put a whippin on the cowboys. Go Niners!

  53. By Rick on Sep 17, 2011 | Reply

    Lets go Gore!!!!!

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