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On the Phone with Reid and Asomugha

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 28, 2011 – 5:26 PM

Philadelphia’s Andy Reid is the longest-tenured NFL coach with 13 years of experience, so he knows a thing or two about scheme at the game’s highest level. And though he’s only been working with his NFL players for about two months now, Jim Harbaugh has caught the attention of Reid. Harbaugh and Reid crossed paths before, as the 49ers coach used to visit Philadelphia when his brother and fellow NFL coach, John, coached for Reid and the Eagles.

“Jim is very, very creative,” Reid said in a conference call on Wednesday. “You can see that in the offense. He spreads the ball around. He’s got a bunch of different guys he can spread it around to and he’s utilizing every one of them. It looks like the players, especially the quarterback, are enjoying that system.”

Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha also said 49ers quarterback Alex Smith appears to have grown comfortable in Harbaugh’s offense. Asomugha said it seems like Smith is doing a much better job of reading the defense and taking care of the ball this year, while keeping all of his options involved.

“It looks like there’s a couple hands full of guys that have all touched the ball at some point during the first three games,” Asomugha said. “That’s a credit to the quarterback. Knowing that he’s not just after his first read or his second read, sometimes he goes to his third or fourth read on any particular play. That ball’s been distributed a lot.”

Asomugha said he’s still getting acclimated to his surroundings on the East Coast after spending the last eight years with the Oakland Raiders following his college career at Cal. As one of the many prized additions to the Eagles this offseason, Asomugha said he’s disappointed in the team’s 1-2 record.

“We still have to grow and we still have to gel and learn each other as the season goes on,” Asomugha said. “We went straight into this thing. In a perfect world, everybody would be in tune and everybody would be on the same page and we would know how to play off each other – we would know that stuff. That’s not the case. Everybody’s confident we can get to that point, we just need to stay focused.”

While Reid spoke highly of Harbaugh, he also repeatedly mentioned defensive coordinator Vic Fangio by name. The 49ers rank third in NFL rush defense, allowing 62.7 yards per game, while allowing an average of 17.3 points per game, fourth-best in the league. The secondary also appears among the league leaders, as the 49ers are tied for the second-most interceptions (five) and rank No. 2 in the NFL with 24 pass breakups.

“(Fangio) has got a good group there,” Reid said. “That is a stout, athletic defense. All the ratings, statistics they have – all of those are true. Sometimes you look at things and go, ‘Ah, these things are skewed a little bit.’ That’s not how it is with this group. They’re real.”

Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after injuring his right hand last week.

“I can’t tell you that the hand is 100 percent,” Reid said. “But it was good enough to take a snap and it’s improved quite a bit from (Tuesday) to (Wednesday) and I expect it to continue to improve. Listen, if he can’t squeeze the ball 100 percent or he’s got a chance of being injured further, we’re not going to put him in there.”

Click here to listen to Reid’s conference call

Click here to listen to Asomugha’s conference call


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20 Responses to “On the Phone with Reid and Asomugha”

  1. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    ANDY REID IS RIGHT, ALEX AND THE 49ERS ARE GROWING AND GETTING BETTER EVERY GAME. WE HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF VERY SMART AND TOUGH PLAYERS, AND I BELIEVE THAT THE 49ERS ARE GOING TO DO VERY WELL AGAINST A VERY GOOD EAGLES TEAM. THANKS TO OUR COACHING STAFF FOR TAKING OUR 49ERS TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>3and1

  2. By GMR on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    We betta win Go 9ers!!!!

  3. By gold49 on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Im glad Vick is going to play, so the 49ers can prove to thereselves, there fans, and to the rest of the league, that the 9ers are for REAL!! One game at a time we’ll be alright. Lets go get that 3 and 1 baby!!GO 49ERS

  4. By 619er on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    with our defense vick wont finish the game. we just need to get frank gore to click and the niners will be victorious

  5. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU GOLD49, I AM ALSO GLAD VICK IS PLAYING, IT WOULD BE A GREAT CONFIDENCE BUILDER FOR OUR TEAM IF THEY WERE TO WIN THIS GAME!

  6. By sean on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    our 49ers is awsome we will see soon

  7. By rjd niner on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Any time you get more prep instead of 4 hour flt west to east .
    smart move staying in Youngtown Ohio I got this feeling that the OL
    is going to do somthing DL PUT VICK ON HIS BUTT NINERS

  8. By Tom in NJ on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Our defense is so physical that every game so far the oppents have gotten banged up! I can’t see Vick finishing the game if we keep playing that style of D! Go NINERS! YO ALEX, this can be your break out game! They can’t and wont stop VD!

  9. By Only 49er fan in austin texas on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think the Eagles are making a big mistake by playing Mike Vick, but what other choice do they have? I think we have a really good chance of winning this game if we don’t make any offensive mistakes to give up any touchdowns to the Eagles defense. Another challenge we will face is beating ourselves with penalties and giving away big plays late in the game. If we are efficient on offense and continue to play hard defense I have no doubt that we will come away with a win. Go 9ers!!!!

  10. By JasoXFlash on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll B happy if they just could get this game real close. But winning this one will set a huge tone and heal lots of past 8-9 yrs of frustrationsssss. Division CROWNS and playoffs for many years to come…

    Go Mighty Niners.!!!!!!

  11. By jc9erfan on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    frank needs a big game so alex can relax a lil in the pocket by the 4th vick should b down on the ceiling lookin up at the bed go 9ers

  12. By ogre on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Oline get some push!~D don’t ever let up (no prevent) seal the ends (for Vick)
    fill the lanes to “turn” McCoy. Superior kicking and special teams (time to do it-
    A GINN and A GINN (jr. that is). Give Alex 3-5 sec. Alex roll baby roll out. What-
    ever side you want to penetrate (split and O End and cave their unbalanced DE
    into the line side.)To have patience you gotta have alittle time. Time to make a statement! FOCUS-PATIENCE-ACCURACY. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE SHALL SEE~

  13. By Corey on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    I THINK THE KEY TO WINNING THIS GAME IS BY KEEPING VIC OFF THE
    FEILD. THAT MEANS WE NEED A HELL OF A RUNNING GAME TO KEEP THE CLOCK MOVING. ALEX WILL HAVE TO BE SMART AND CAUTIOUS WITH
    THE EAGLES SECONDARY. AND THE NINERS D JUST NEEDS TO KEEP
    MAKING PLAYS LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN.

    GO NINERS IM A TRUE FAN AND IM WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.
    NOW GO PLUCK THEM EAGLES.

  14. By Jerry Melrose on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Inspired/Inspiring to layover in Steve/Bryant’stown! Alex commented last season how difficult it is to play on the East Coast, accounting for the universally subpar record of West Coast squads there. Playing @ 10 AM body-clock time is one thing; but having to wake-up in the pre-dawn hours to prepare, that’s another order of magnitude. Over last year’s Christmas/New Year, we were visiting family in the Charlotte area when the Cardinals were scheduled to play. The Observer’s sports writer even noted in print that he was expecting (hoping?) the jet-lag factor to be an advantage for their team. The Cards folded!

  15. By briank1ne on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    vernon davis needs to have a big game…if theres one weakness…its the mid field of the eagles. EXPOSE IT….2tds for VERN!!!!!!

  16. By Tarcules on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    I think coach should have his first 20 plays ready like the old days: START will VDavis quick slants, challenge the eagle linebackers! I think HUNTER will have a great game! Spread the Dline! A Smith is actually getting betta! Go NINERS!

  17. By Tarcules on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    Both NINER defense and offense will wakeup the NFL on SUNDAY! IT IS BACK NINER FANS, R E S P E C T !!!! GO N I N E R S !!!!

  18. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    YOUR RIGHT TARCULES, GAME TIME, GO 49ERS>>>>>>>3and1

  19. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Oct 2, 2011 | Reply

    GAME TIME, LETS BEAT THOSE EAGLES,

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  20. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Oct 2, 2011 | Reply

    EITHER GORE NEEDS TO GET BETTER OR PLEASE PLAY K. HUNTER MORE. HUNTER CAN MOVE THE CHAINS A LOT BETTER THEN GORE.

    GO OFFENSE AND DEFENSE

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>, LETS WIN THIS ONE AND GO 3and1

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