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49ers Named Week 5 Top Protectors

Posted by Taylor Price on October 12, 2011 – 9:08 AM

Awards keep rolling in for the San Francisco 49ers. Frank Gore, Alex Smith, Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis have all been honored this week in various ways. Now, a group of players have been recognized for their contributions in a 48-3 win last Sunday.

Here’s a press release on the team’s latest achievement:

Surging forward to their best start in nine years, the 49ers dismantled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by scoring an impressive 48 points. The 45-point win by the 49ers was their largest margin of victory in nearly 25 years. Playing through injury, star running back Frank Gore (Miami, FL) led a San Francisco rushing attack that amassed 213 yards. The 49ers offensive line allowed no sacks and was able to give quarterback Alex Smith (Utah) time to target seven different receivers and throw for three scores.

This impressive performance establishes the 49ers offensive line as contenders for the third annual Madden Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Past Madden Protectors Award recipients include the New England Patriots (2010) and the New Orleans Saints (2009).

The Madden Protectors Award recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams’ success by providing consistent and powerful protection day in and day out, just as Prilosec OTC can provide 24-hour heartburn protection when used as directed for 14 days.  For more information on the Madden Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC, visit www.nfl.com/prilosecotc .

The 49ers improved to 4-1 under first-year Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. The offensive line starts outside with tackles Joe Staley (Central Michigan) and Anthony Davis (Rutgers). The guards providing protection inside are Mike Iupati (Idaho) and Adam Snyder (Oregon), while center Jonathan Goodwin (Michigan) called the signals from the middle. Snyder made his second consecutive start after beginning the season as a backup.  Tackle/guard Chilo Rachal (Southern California) and tackle Alex Boone (Ohio State) also saw action this past Sunday. Offensive line coaches Tim Drevno, in his first NFL season, and Mike Solari, who re-joined the team as an offensive line coach in 2010, were responsible for preparing the players against the Buccaneers. Smith completed 11-of-19 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns, while Gore ran for 125 yards and a score on 20 carries. The offensive line also provided running lanes for backup running back Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State), who gained 65 yards on 9 attempts.

“Last year the 49ers started two rookies on their Offensive Line and with a year experience they have become a formidable group,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach John Madden.

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14 Responses to “49ers Named Week 5 Top Protectors”

  1. By niner on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Wonder why no one wants to give Synder credit. He reminds me alot of a Mckittrick lineman, smart tough not a high round draft choice ( chip on his shoulder) With rachal it was clear no one had confidence in one another. Now they are working together. I hope Rachal sees this and amps it up to get his head in the game not just his behind. Would love to see him come back strong if hes asked to. In fact let him tag team with Synder pounding the rock at Suh! Lets see how Suh reacts to 4 quarters of Lupati Norris and Goodwin straight at him all day.

  2. By 49Wayz on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Good Job Adam Snyder!!! I knew you can do it.. I got love for Chilo Rachael but let the best play and someday Rachael can step it up.

  3. By JasoXFlash on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I hope history repeats for us. Rookie coach (dude I forgot his name, took over when Walsh retired) win the SuperBowl and now is JH’s turns.

  4. By 9ers9ers on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Good job O-line! You deserved the best after the Bucs game. Keep up the good work.

  5. By cory woods on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    It was George seifert and this next week will be a huge test to beat a 5-0 team but i think with the way our secondary is finaly coming togeather and our D-Line and line backer core we need not worry about the BEST D PRO FOOTBALL!!!!!! Whos got it better than we do NOBODY GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Miller on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Snyder looks to be in the best shape of his life and is playing like a beast as a result. Staley and the rest of the line are playing like a machine. Our new friend Coach Harbaugh appears to have created order out of the talented chaos that lay strewn across the field. The men want it this year, and they are playing like it!

  7. By 49er4life on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The O-line never get’s credit for all the work they do but this is a great way to recognize them. I love it. Good job O-line. U see what Alex Smith is capable of doing with time to throw the ball. That’s all because of u guys O-line. If we didn’t have a good O-line then we wouldn’t be 4-1, it would just be another losing season. Great job O-line. At-away to u guys and the rest of the team.

  8. By JASON on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    smash mouth football in all aspects everyone in different jersey is going to get ROCKED

  9. By G9ners on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Yes If this is the way the offensive line have been playing-Opening holes,protecting the QB & give him time,and not to mention give him his confidence, they should be recognized for their efforts. I say BRAVO!!!

  10. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply


    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>5 and 1 THIS SUNDAY>>>>>>>LETS WIN THE REST>>>>>>>

  11. By sean on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply


  12. By niner4life on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Hardly anyone on the networks are giving the niners any respect. Maybe they will change their mind after a decisive win over a previously undefeated Lion’s team. Give it to them guys!!! Go niners!!!!

  13. By rjd niner on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    A true football fan is one who is setting in the stands recardles of wins or loses. The niner and lions fans have been thourgh alot. I wish could be setting
    right in the middle of them with all my niner stuff on. NINERS

  14. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply


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