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On the Phone with Spanguolo and Lloyd

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 30, 2011 – 6:46 PM

The 49ers will finally face NFC West foe St. Louis on Sunday at Candlestick Park, in the first of two divisional meetings down the stretch. Much like the previous 49ers opponents, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo sounded impressed with the multiple looks the 49ers feature on offense.

But it all starts with 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, whose career year has caught Spagnuolo’s eye.

“He’s a quality quarterback; he’s got a lot of ability,” Spagnuolo said in his Wednesday conference call with the Bay Area media. “(49ers coach) Jim (Harbaugh) has obviously done a great job with him. It’s evident to me when you watch the film that the other 10 players with him on offense have a great deal of confidence in him.”

One of Smith’s former teammates, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, has landed with the Rams after being traded from Denver in Week 7. Lloyd spent the first three years of his NFL career in San Francisco, including one with Smith, but said he won’t be trying to prove a point when he takes the field on Sunday.

“It’s just another game to me,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd said he’s matured mentally since leaving the 49ers following the 2005 season, while the stats show his game has also developed. Lloyd led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards last year and totaled 77 catches and 11 touchdowns.

Lloyd will be a focus for the 49ers defense on Sunday. In his six games with the Rams, the 6-foot, 181-pound receiver has 31 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns. Although franchise quarterback Sam Bradford was sidelined for Lloyd’s initial two games as a Ram, the veteran wideout said he feels like they’re building chemistry.

“I’m just trying to make it as easy for the quarterback as possible,” Lloyd said of his relationship with Bradford, who was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a lingering ankle injury. “I’m just trying to fit into what they have as opposed to try and them change what they’re doing to fit my game.

Though the Rams were picked my many media outlets to win the NFC West before the season, they are 2-9 and last place in the division. Spanguolo, however, sounds like a coach determined to keep his team working hard until season’s end.

“We embraced that,” Spanguolo said of the lofty preseason expectations. “I know the whole team did, staff did, I did. You’d much rather be in that role. Now certainly, you want to live up to it and exceed it and we haven’t done that for a lot of different reasons – some out of our control, some quite enough in our control. It didn’t happen. We’re trying to find a way to correct that and we’re hoping we can start doing that this weekend.”

Click here to listen to Spanguolo’s conference call

Click here to listen to Lloyd’s conference call


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25 Responses to “On the Phone with Spanguolo and Lloyd”

  1. By cliq-claq on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    lets get this thing wrapped up so i can see what kaeperniik has to offer

  2. By rjd niner on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I TOTALY AGREE WITH YOU
    GETER DONE .

  3. By rjd niner on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    RAMS WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE TO BE THE SPOILER IN OUR
    HOUSE. THIS GAME IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE FIRST ONE .
    WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS ALOT OF FINE TUNING TO BE MADE IN THESE
    LAST 5 GAMES. NINERS

  4. By seven years with Alex on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    lets see if im being blocked ….Alex is kink of the world and the best QB ever to play the game ….any game ….any sport he is jesus himself come to bilk millions of dollars out of an organization that is too blind to see it man …come on over 80 million dollars and still they put up with this garbage

  5. By seven years with Alex on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    oh that was supposed to be king of the world

  6. By seven years with Alex on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    lol yeah it works if you say anything negative or constructive about Alex you get blocked …oh wait he must be the web guy too ….awesome he can do no wrong ……come on alex it is superbowl or retire right i mean according to all the Alex fans you are the best QB in the league

  7. By matt on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    You are proving your disdane and negative bias. (Which no one cares about.) After apparently bad mouthing a 9-2 nfl quarterback with the 8th best rating for starters in the league, you clearly cant get over it. You seem to need to think that if someone doesn’t think Alex Smith is a travesty that they must be iconic. The MAn only needed a decent coaching scheme around him to be successful enough to “manage” a team to 9-2 against a tough schedule and still maintain a rating well into the 90s through it. Come on man. You will have to suffer through seeing Alex Smith on your team because your team likes his play and appreciates his skillset. And a coaching staff good enough to be 9-2 though “rookie” and with a lockout starting their tenure apparently see it. I just get tickled with the armchair coaching!

  8. By matt on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thats supposed to be “he must be iconic” not “they must be iconic” . . . Apparenly neither one of us type for a living :)

  9. By sdakota9er on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    seven years ur obviously a huge 9er fan. u have to understand one thing. the niners have been at the bottom of the barrel for 10 + years. with that we have a QB that has been called every name in the book and has numerous coaches..some that were all D and had no buisness being a head coach, and booed of off the field…sometimes for things he could not control…fumbles and dropped balls. through it all this “guy” r QB stayed in San Fran, took a pay cut and worked his butt off and now has a great coach that has us with a winning record and a chance to win r division, all with the same guy that u bash week in and week out. so yeah, me and other fans r going to lash back at u, u sound like a fan from the other team week in and week out. Smith is r QB…r leader on the field. is he perfect?? heck no…but 4 pickes and 9 wins in 11 games, which he has kept his team in and lead them back to win….get on board buddy. Smith isn’t #16 or #8, but who is? ur free to have ur opinion but try to be positive and dont bail on the guy the minute the team looks a little stale. remember that one thing, we were the worse and now we r close to the best!!! one year…same QB.

    getem’ 49er’s!!

  10. By rjd niner on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    7 YEARS , I truly do not feel sorry for you

  11. By rjd niner on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    SDAKOTA, HE KNOWS THAT ,BUT HE CONTINUS TO STREER THE POT
    WITH HIS BULL S—T STICK HES A LONLY PERSON

  12. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie P Soft needs to stay away from our team, I want to see some smash mouth hard hitting football by our 49er team this Sunday. Lets clinch this Sunday and go 10 and 2

    go SF49ers>>>>>>>

  13. By Ramon on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    People alway tallk,it’s all rigth just hope we have a good game on sunday whit a lot of points on 49ers’ side.keep on the good job Alex.

  14. By Ramon on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    People alway tallk,it’s all rigth just hope we have a good game on sunday whit a lot of points on 49ers’ side.keep on the good job.

  15. By NinersFanFromTonga on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Go Niners.

    Alex Smith is our guy……….and to the super-bowl with him. It is the beginning of another 5 super-bowl run for us……feels good isn’t it?

    Go Niners.

  16. By gary potter on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    7yr so sad. i truly feel for you lol. you know nothing about the quarterback position. you say you are a fan but your remarks say something else. at 9-2 you have the balls to keep bashing AS. why don’t you get on the cowgirls blog?? you deserve each other.
    go niners 10-2 after sunday

  17. By Basil on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    BTW couple of those picks were Not on Alex Ginn’s for one! But even at that a pick here and there is okay, we have the defense to cover. Also we need to keep in mind that the loss of Josh has really hurt us, I think he was out best WR at the time he was hurt! ?
    I keep bring this up and get no response/hits how about TO yes he can be a hand full, but I think our coaches can handle him.
    We can’t be sure that we’ll be back in this situation next year, what with all the talented players we have FA. plus we have a lot of talent in the coaches as well. Who knows who will be back next year ? ?
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  18. By Basil on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    WE hear many of the boobirds saying that coach wont let Alex throw the ball down field because he doesn’t have confidents in him!
    Not the case, the fact is that we don’t have the players that can get down there ‘and’ catch the ball. Another thing about the WCO is YAC
    and we don’t seem to be getting those either, well not many.
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  19. By Basil on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  20. By Basil on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    ‘POSITION-BY-POSITION ROSTER’ this is the best page I found on the Niners, But they (?) wont let me send you guys the page address?
    anybody know why? If I add it here it wont post!

  21. By rjd niner on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    BASIL , I DONT THINK NINERS WANT TO STEER UP OLD MEMORIES.
    I FULLY UNDERSTAND YOUR PIONT, NEVER HEARD OF A PLAYER GOING
    BACK TO HIS FORMER TEAM.
    HAVE YOU.

  22. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    WE ARE 9 AND 2, ENOUGH SAID, GET OUT OF THE PAST AND INTO THE NOW, TEAM IS YOUNG AND GROWING AND GETTING BETTER AS TIME GOES ON!

    YOU THINK COACH IS GOING TO SHOW ALL HIS CARDS? NO HIS NOT, AND IS LEAVING THE BEST FOR LAST. 49ERS ARE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NFL PERIOD. I WISH WE COULD HAVE THE COWBOYS BACK AGAIN TO BLOW THEM OUT.

    WHO HAS IT BETTER THEN US? NOBODY!

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>10 AND 2 ON SUNDAY>>>>>>>CLINCH PLAYOFFS>>>>>>>

  23. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie P Soft needs to stay away from our team, I want to see some smash mouth hard hitting football by our 49er team this Sunday. Lets clinch this Sunday and go 10 and 2

  24. By matt on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    wheres 7years now? a smith had a +140 rating yesterday. . .

  25. By mooney75 on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    I am telling you guys JH never shows everything his team can do and will do to win a game. Just watch this team in the playoff”s.

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