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Tuesday’s Locker Room Talk: Dec. 20

Posted by Taylor Price on December 20, 2011 – 5:12 PM

Patrick Willis enjoyed the words of encouragement Larry Grant used to give him before every 49ers game.

“He would come up to me and say, ‘Pat, do your thing. Lead us, and we’re going to follow,’” Willis said.

But since Willis has been out of action the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, the roles have been reversed for the 49ers linebackers.

Now it’s Willis offering similar pre-game inspiration.

“I keep telling him, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. I’m your biggest fan,’” Willis said.

Willis has appreciated Grant’s effort in stepping in his place. Grant has been solid in the 49ers last two contests, allowing Willis to not rush his rehab work.

“Honestly, these last couple of weeks, I’ve done everything the trainers have asked me to do. We’re just taking it one day at a time and being smart,” said the 49ers linebacker on Tuesday, a day after San Francisco improved to 11-3 on the year. “Each day my whole mindset is to get better, no setbacks. We’ve certainly done that and we’re just going to continue to work.”

Willis didn’t say when he’ll return to the 49ers, but expects to be his old self.

“When they pull the chains off,” Willis began, “I’ll come back just as strong as when I left, if not better.”

The 49ers have not skipped a beat without Willis in the lineup. Granted, they’d love to have the services of the dominant defensive performer. But Grant’s strong play has made the absence not felt as much.

“Larry has certainly stepped in and done a remarkable job,” Willis added.

That’s why Willis makes a point to share the encouragement as Grant did with him.

“For me to be doing that to him before each game, it feels good,” Willis said. “I know on any team if you want to go far you need to have depth, players that can play. You never know the situations that are going to happen. It happened to be, but fortunately we have a guy that can come in and play the way he’s been playing.”

Notes and Quotes

Aldon Smith’s 2.5-sack performance impressed his veteran teammates, Willis included. “We believe in him and when he’s out there we know he can make a play at any time,” said the 49ers defensive captain on the pass-rushing linebacker drafted No. 7 overall. “It’s our job to be his teammate and help him. He’s taking a lot of pride in wanting to get it done.”

Cornerback Carlos Rogers, who recorded his sixth interception of the year against Pittsburgh, certainly agrees with his captain. Smith’s pass-rushing prowess has only helped the 49ers secondary. “We know we don’t have long (time to cover) with all those guys up front. We know they’re going to pass rush and stop that run.”

Rogers also said Smith could follow after the likes of elite NFL pass rushers like Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware. “He leaves everything out on the field with his play,” Rogers said of the rookie. “He passed the record of (rookie) sacks here, that’s special for a guy to come in and give that pass rush… If he can continue to do that, he can become one of the best in the league… That’s going to be big for this defense.”

In addition to a stellar defensive outing on “Monday Night Football,” head coach Jim Harbaugh went out of his way to praise the play of his offensive line, quarterback Alex Smith and punter Andy Lee during his Tuesday press conference.

Harbaugh highlighted Alex Smith’s heady play. “Alex has great understanding,” Harbaugh said. “Veteran player who understands situational football, good football.” With 16 touchdown passes against five interceptions, Harbaugh insisted Smith’s deserving of a Pro Bowl invitation. Though Harbaugh recognizes gaudy passing statistics generate most of the Pro Bowl attention, Smith’s win/loss record factor mostly into Harbaugh’s thinking. “The only statistic that matters is winning,” he said.

Harbaugh later called Justin Smith his team’s Most Valuable Player. He also said Aldon Smith had “separated himself” as a pass-rusher.

Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who left the game with an ankle injury, will try to play Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks. “We’ll see with Ted,” said Harbaugh, who mentioned Braylon Edwards should be ready to play on Christmas Eve despite being inactive against Pittsburgh. “We’ll look for a good week of practice there,” Harbaugh added.

Lastly, Harbaugh revealed his thought process in regards to the team’s long-term plans at quarterback. Asked if he thought Alex Smith would be the team’s solution, Harbaugh replied, “I do.”


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71 Responses to “Tuesday’s Locker Room Talk: Dec. 20”

  1. By missouri 9er on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    This was a whole team win everybody contributed, it was LIGHTS OUT ( had to do it ) play all the way around! Go NINERS win out and get that 2nd seed!!!!

  2. By Samoan Rasta on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith sucks! It’s crazy that our team is so good that we can still win with a QB that sucks! Go 49ers!

  3. By will on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @ rasta ——9ers are 1st in turn overs, with only 5 interceptions and 16 td’s how can you say smith sucks, he is inconsistent if anything but does not suck. if he sucked we would not be 11-3, remember gore only has 5 td’s . the rest came from the air, smith has had trouble alot cuz the o-line breaks down and he has no time to find a receiver. dont be a dumb kid saying b/s that you know nothing about. besides even if we win 100 to 0 or 3 to 0 a w is a w.

  4. By jake on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    What the hell are you still hating on Alex for Iv seen alot of people say we have a great team we dont neek Brady Rodgers or Brees. What else is out there Alex is doning good enough to get us 11-3 and we should of won the Dal game and maybe even the Cards. so what are you going to do if the 9ers sign him next year because there is a good chaince of it.

  5. By Corey From Colorado on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Will,…Spot on bro. Rasta has no clue what is going on with the game. All the anti Alex Smith freaks need to pound sand. Bad QBs are the Vicks and Tebows in the league. Cant throw the ball, only plays they make is on their feet. Alex is and always has been a good QB, just never had an O-Line. Now that he has a decent line and a coach willing to teach him the NFL i.e hot reads and defencive looks and all, he has excelled as the 9ers QB of the future. TBH I expected a building year with another new coach but have been pleasently surprised. Thank You Jim and GO 9ERS!

  6. By blayblay on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    well said will, Im gettin tired of these fake Niner fans that have no real clue how football works. If you want 400 yards a game and all those numbers hop on the Packer or Saints or Patriots bandwagon, if you want to be a Niner fan SUPPORT your team, you people sound like Raider fans

  7. By fogdaddy49 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    What about Andy Lee??? He keep the Steelers in bad field position, all nite..Great team win…GO NINERS

  8. By John Franco on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    49ers are back were they belong and they will have to step up on the offense against seahawks but im confidant we will and get the number 2 seed 49ers are back and continue to roll

  9. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    let’s just see how well Alex does against real competition …Ravens lit him up like a christmas tree …..he misses too many scoreing opportunities and yes we need those scores to help the defense always ….dont be a shame and think that field goals will win playoffs and a lol superbowl ….our defense is rolling and clicking but they do get tired and have been exposed a few times ….we need to pound these teams when we have the chance field goals just give them a chance to come back and win on us …please dont settle for mediocre

  10. By Jayrey on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I remember during the draft when all the talking heads were blasting 9ers for picking Aldon Smith. well, they could all eat crow now. He’s the missing link to a good secondary.

  11. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    it seems the whole team has gotten better ..sadely i do not see the QB any different from the previous years ….last i checked the games are not played on paper so the number of int’s and completions dont matter if the QB cant score …ummm that is his job isnt it to throw TD’S not set up field goals.

  12. By east coast niner on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    great team win niners. couldn’t be happier. offense was clicking, defense was clicking.`i didn’t sit down Until there was about 5 minutes left in the game. i was loving what i was watching. still have those haters out there who say we have had a weak schedule. but if u look at it we have beaten the majority of those teams who started the season hot. detroit, philly, cincinnati,new york.it seems as though all of those teams started their slides after we got done beating them. haters are going to hate. i just keep my mouth shut ahd let the niner record speak for itself. big game sat. would like to c the 2 seed. seattle has looked really good the past few weeks. excited to c how the end of the regular season turns out. niners for life.

  13. By bhemp11 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith can play…beat big ben, beat vick, beat eli, beat freeman, and wouldve beat Brees last year if not for a snap over his head, two fumbles(not him) and two balls off receivers hands and into defenders hands. By the way, I know Alex is not always the most accurate but receivers have to step up and help the qb at times (they do get paid to catch the football too). You all need to wake up and realize how this game is played. No qb…dont care who it is can do it without good protection and a little receiver help(case in point one Aaron Rodgers yesterday against KC) Yes, the Ravens did light him up but why??? No Protection and shouldve been calling more screens and draws. Hope and pray we sign him again because mark my words….7 different offenses and systems in 7 years=bad qb play and no playoffs, but a whole offseason with playoff experience and the same staff and system=pro bowler Alex Smith. So let it roll let it roll Alex! Gooo NINERS!!!!

  14. By Jordin on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Ben had 330 yards against the 49ers, but they only got 3 points. Just shows we dont need a quarterback who gets big yards but one that gives us W’s.

  15. By 9er9er on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    @Samoan Rasta- I disagree with you Alex Smith does not suck. If he suck then we wouldn’t be winning. It doesn’t matter if the defense carry us without a good QB we wouldn’t be winning. Alex Smith is a winning QB.

  16. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I see that Seven have changed his username to “hey, we’re going to try to get better.” Seven, you can take the chick out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the chick…lol. That’s what you are. There’s no need to change your username when you keep saying the same thing. it still stinks the same way and it sticks to you like ugly on an ape…..hahaha. You and Samoan Rasta are alike. I undertand that you have a right to say what you will, but do you have to say it here? it’s mind numbing to think how idiotic your comments are when it’s clear that Alex Smith is doing a phenominal job for us Niners Fan. This is the last time I’ll waste my time saying anything to you and Samoan Rasta. When one comes upon something that smells bad, one is considered wise to keep as far away from it as possible. I am keeping away…and detour around you guys as wisdom advices me….lol.

  17. By PAninersfan on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    i think the niners are trying to make everyone think they cant score in the redzone. im thinking the real offense will come out in the playoffs!!!! JH is a really smart guy. why show everyone what you have be4 the playoffs when you are already in. im thinking we will see them score ALOT when it comes down to the playoffs. im saying that JH and the team is saving the best for last :) im really excited to see if im right!!!!!! lots of love goes out to the TEAM and the TRUE FANS!!!!!!!. GOOO NINERS!!!!!! when you mess with the red, the gold comes shortly after.

  18. By GJF49ersfan on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    the ninner looks great, the best is yet 2 come’ this is your season for Greatness, Psalm 71:21 thou Shall Increase your Greatness and comfort you on every side! keep the Faith 49ers!

  19. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    @PAninersfan…

    Nice thought but I disagree. Teams play these games to win, no matter if the division is already locked up. Problem is…there’s a key player missing from the 49er lineup that allows them to be effective in the red zone – Josh Morgan.

    I was hoping Braylon Edwards would be that effective red zone player for us who can score 10-13 TDs a year but so far he’s been a disappointment. I’d love to see Braylon be productive in these last two games (especially vs Seattle) so he can have some confidence going into the playoffs.

  20. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Key Stat to consider…

    There was a point in the season Alex Smith had 11 TDs and I believe only 1 interception.

    SInce then, he’s had 5 TDs and 4 picks. Is this a sign of things to come?

    I hope not because we’re getting close to CRUNCH TIME.

  21. By matt on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    7 years has changed his name to “hey, we’re going to try to do better”. . . Rather ironic title considering he’s as lost as ever when it comes to the understanding of QB play. . . And what’s with the “who cares whats on paper” comment, then turns around and looks at touchdown stats. . . But I digress. A Smith is playing very well for his 1st year in the west coast offensive sheme. being here 7 years only means he has to get more out of his head from the other schemes presented in years past. He’s worthy of the resigning that’s rumored already. You CANNOT get to 11-3 and a home playoff game without solid QB play in this league.

  22. By clancy on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    we need better play from our offensive to do anything in the playoffs, alex needs to step up when it comes down to it.. hes been holding us down for years, if he doestn step up in the playoffs we better draft another qb or trade and get a veteran qb for next season until colin is ready.. from jersey with love! Go niners!

  23. By matt on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    And just remember Comic relief formerly known as 7 years w/ alex smith, Jim Harbaugh as spoken up and said that A Smith is the quarterback of our future alread. Just after this last game infact. Considering he’s quarterbacked in this league and is coaching an 11-3 conference champion team, you might want to look real hard and long at the listless idiocy that has been springing forth from your keypad. “Hey, we’re going to try and do better”. That screanname change is amusing.

  24. By rjdniner on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Iam so glade that our Oline was together, they look good if STALY had not been there they would have blitzed form the left side .Not enough is being said about our line man , the way they played monday night OUTSTANDING.
    niners

  25. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    excuse me guys you seem to jump on everyone who has an opinion on our QB. I watched the game and yes it was the same story filed goal after field goal and my opinion is we will not go anywhere kicking field goals. And if you want to call everyone who says that 7yrs then by all means have fun kids

  26. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    By the way if your theory is correct then greenbays kicker sucks so rodgers has to throw TD’s to win games. wow now your theory looks silly don’t it.

  27. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Alex has become a very serviceable QB. Harbaugh and Roman have done a magnificent job with Alex and his limitations and the offense as a whole. We are missing Josh (and Braylon) even though Kyle has really stepped it up. I didn’t use to believe Alex could win in the playoffs, but as we saw with the GB game last week anything is possible.

    Harbaugh “is not” going to say anything bad about Alex and “of course” he is going to say he is his guy…he will never say any different. CK is his guy, but you do not put him in while the team is winning it’s games. I hope we lock-up 2nd seed and we get a chance to see CK in the Rams game. Off-season will be interested, but just a matter of time before CK takes over!!

  28. By Joseph W on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    The Ravens beat us with Z blitzes and coverage sacks. Harbaugh worked on protections and routes to get recievers open because he knew the Steelers would do the same thing. Did you see the sideline throws that Alex made to Ginn. Direct result of recognizing the corners playing the deep third in a cover three zone and throwing it underneath before the underneath coverage could establish. Alex Smith recognizes this because of the attention to detail that harbaugh has brought to the NIners. When we encounter something that beats us, he identifies and coaches players on how to recognize and win in that situation. Alex Smith is getting better every game in this new system and to say that he isn’t any good makes absolutely no sense. He barely been in this system for seven months and has been extremely effective.

  29. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Like JH says…he tries to get the best talent on the field one way or another. CK seems to have a great arm, pocket awareness and the moxey it takes. JH traded down to get him and I do not believe he has disappointed him to this point. But, once again…you do not take out a QB when you team is winning games. I am proud of what Alex has done and the coaches that have put in the schemes for him to succeed! And, as JH has also said…you have to continue to improve and get better day-by-day!! Alex has improved, but can he continue…

  30. By Fletch on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith has had a great year. When his protection is good he’s great. What a lot of internet warriors don’t seem to understand Alex was running for his life for the last 6 years. 2 Games lost this year were games where the O-line didnt protect the QB.
    One game the defense gave up a big play in overtime.
    Alex is only going to get better as long as the Offensive line can protect him. Also he is very very good outside the pocket.

  31. By KDB on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    sdakota9er–couldn’t agree more. Alex has REALLY caught many folks off guard and they are not sure how to act. Having said that, there are some that will NEVER give him his due and that really doesn’t matter. IMO they need to understand the game better because as I see it, NONE of us are going to out smart Harbaugh when it comes to NFL QB’s and like he said, Alex should be and I agree in the Pro Bowl, additionally, Pete Carroll said the same thing. thought that was pretty cool. He cited all of the obviouis reasons and minimized the Gaudy numbers of some because it’s about winning and here in SF in ain’t all about the Defense even though they are HUUUUGE.

    So in any case, I like our rookie QB and I think we should bring the Josh what’s his name from Tampa or draft another to keep Alex sharp but need to resign Alex for sure. And anybody SQUAWKING negative about that, needs to LEARN the game of football, and that is FOR SURE. You don’t get to be 11-3 without having an excellent QB.

    Sorry negative Ladies it’s time for some of you to go back to your hole.

    Go Niners.

  32. By KDB on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Just as an adendum for tose that NEED a Football 101 lesson. When we get some additiona speed and size at Wideout you’ll see even more PERFECTION from Alex. and anybody that doesn’t think Alex is Harbaughs main guy then you REALLY don’t understand a quality relationship in team sports and you probably NEVER played at a very high level. JH LOVES Alex and he’s his guy just wait and see.

    there mere fact that we are having this discussion says it all.

    Go Niners.

  33. By Tarcules on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Any team is only as good as the weakest link. I know we are good enough to win the Superbowl. Will Alex show up when we need him? He has managed to give us all haters or lovers long lost excitement thus far. None of us really know what the outcome will be, we are just excited and want a six pack. Only when the Superbowl is all done with, will we know. This year we have gained Fan base from all over the country, everyone loves to Win. Go Niners!!!!

  34. By matt on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    “7 years with we’re doing better”, You can watch the game and still miss the game. the lack of TD production in the 1st half was NOT because of a Smith. And once he figured out their zone blitzing for that night, he torched them with the VD touchdown that was called back. He then scored on the ubsequent play because he did well in fooling the defense, exactly what the OC asked him to. After that it was ball control. You can watch all the games over and over and over again, but if you can’t grasp simple concepts then you might as well be looking at 11:30pm highschool highlights. You are excused.

  35. By KDB on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Matt that’s hell of FUNNY!

  36. By KDB on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    bhemp11 YOU are SOOOOO on the MONEY with your overview on Alex, nice recall of the actuall history especially that Saints game which some DumbA$$e$ wanted to blame Alex for. Good insight and nice historical call.

    If we all can rememeber alex started playing well when he came off the bench in Houston, that was his comming out party given the fact the Singletary ( I don’t know how to coach) pulled him off the bench and he single handedly almost brought us back with 5 TD’s so to say he can’t do it is merely folks that DON’T know the game very well Honestly and it doesn’t make them bad fans, they just don’t know what it takes to really win at this level.

    No one guy does it alone.

    Alex has proved so many wrong already I just LOVE it. No matter what happens from here on out.

  37. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    wow even when you spew that stuff yourself you don’t really believe it do you. several times on 3rd down the play had crossing routes one short 3-5 and one long 5-10. Alex threw to the short guy and yes the long cross was open he does not have his head in the game when we need first downs he throws a check down and walks off the field and blames the receiver for not getting the first down. Believe what you want as I believe what I want. Well I am right though that is the diff. And if you want to call me 7rs thats cool it is all the same to me. An opinion on the QB and you run home to daddy what ever dude. By the way he said he left for a different team or somthin didnt he. You guys are too funny when it comes to trashing opinions its your way or under the bus. must be a lack of trust in the guys we have on our line. either way the season is comeing to and end and we shall all see how it plays out.

  38. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    well if he is so good why are the phones not ringing why is there no trade rumors why is buffalo or even the seahawks not starting rumors of going after smith lol. by the way he was not even on the ballot for mvp. wonder why. oh yeah even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  39. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    ok so dureing the seachicken game explain why he threw where he did and not down field and or if it was his fault for the sack and why so we can see who is in the know and who just thinks they do

  40. By Niner4Life on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey All,

    Thers is so much BS about how Alex cant do this or cant do that. Well guess what he is one of the bset QB’s in the league The wins dont lie. . In the Baltimore game he threw a TD that was called back. That wasnt his fault. He also threw a ball to Braylon in the end zone that any of the other recivers couldd have caught just by jumping up to catch the ball. Instead Braylon laid back and it got intercepted. With either one of those scores the game would have been totally different as we then would have been able to start running the ball more, and thus controlling the game . Give him the protection and the Niners will win every game. Seattle is tough at home but I know we will be ready to kick but. Go Niners All the Way !!!

  41. By KDB on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    bhemp11 YOU are SOOOOO on the MONEY with your overview on Alex, nice recall of the actuall history especially that Saints game which some DumbA$$e$ wanted to blame Alex for. Good insight and nice historical call.

    If we all can rememeber alex started playing well when he came off the bench in Houston, that was his comming out party given the fact the Singletary ( I don’t know how to coach) pulled him off the bench and he single handedly almost brought us back with 5 TD’s so to say he can’t do it is merely folks that DON’T know the game very well Honestly and it doesn’t make them bad fans, they just don’t know what it takes to really win at this level.

    No one guy does it alone.

    Alex has proved so many wrong already I just LOVE it. No matter what happens from here on out.

  42. By mark wilson on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    We have a legit shot at going to the Superbowl. We have all the pieces needed to do so even if we only score field goals. The giants beat the big bad 2 time Superbowl champion niners in 1990 15-13 and they kicked nothin’ but field goals.

    Montana was creamed and knocked out of the game as well. If we lock up a first round bye then we have a great shot. Beat the saints at home by dominating the clock winning the turn over margin and then go to Greenbay where we will be under estimated and laughed at until we do the unthinkable. confusing Rodgers and controlling the clock. SUPER BOWL Here we come

  43. By MataFata on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I’m stuck up here in the N.W. reping my NINERS. Can’t wait till Sat! Shut these Sea-Chickens up!!!!!!

  44. By kahipa on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I hate the seahawks I’ll be right there where I live outside seattle cheering on the 9ers to beat them once again as these saehawk fans seem to think they are on a roll and they’re talking like they already won this game. beastmode 12 man god I hate the seahwaks!
    I know one thing! They sure the hell aint got it like us! Who gots it like we do?Aldon smith wreck that jackson fellow please like I know you will!
    Thanks in advance for winning.
    fo-dee-nine-oos as my baby girl would say dad you like da fo-dee-nine-oos! And I say I love the fodeenineoos and you will too someday.
    Niners in the super bowl!

  45. By matt on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    The SEAHAWK game. . .The FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON? you’re straws are thin. And yes he came after the receiver after not making that down, he had too little time. The Zone blitz was teaching him. And he began to see it. He had to dump it off while learning it just as Rodgers or any other qb, elite or not would have to while learning the night’s scheme. He did NOT have the time to get it to the open guy YOU saw. Everything looks good from the field cam buddy. But back to reality? You don’t know very much. And you’ve proven that countless times as “seven years with alex smith”. . . You’re up for another ban. Because you’re really not “going to try to do better”. Have fun the next few years. Smith is going to be resigned. . .I actually feel bad for you man. You apparently like the 49ers. . .You just don’t have any grasp on the reasoning of the coaching decisions or the field reactions.

  46. By matt on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I meant to hit “enter” after “your straws are getting thin.”

    Sorry. The rest of the paragraph refers to the Steelers game. . .To even question his strengths as a QB with ANYTHING in the steelers game shows your true knowledge of the position. This isn’t fantasy football. This is an 11-3 quarterback that has brought the team back in half the games they’ve won. You probably look at espn QB ratings to give you your QB opinions as well. End while you still have your reputation with a new screenname.

  47. By PAninersfan on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    @ chickenfriedrice…
    im sorry bro i disagree… i wasnt saying that the niners wouldnt play to win the game, i was saying that they are not going to give there best. like i said why would you give teams something to study going into the playoffs? yh it would be really nice to have josh back ( GOD BLESS HIM ) but one guy does not make the team. i have faith that when its crunch time the oline will be SOLID, giving alex alot of time in the pocket, an this will give the WR’s, TE’s, and even frank gore to get open. just to make a story short, i think JH and the TEAM is playing mind tricks with all the teams in the NFL. THE TRUE NINERS WILL COME OUT IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!!! lots of love to the TEAM an the TRUE FANS!!! GOD BLESS!!! GOOOO NINERS!!!!

  48. By Tarcules on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think JH will let MEGABEAST out in the playoffs,…..Demarcus Dobbs!! Think about it JH is an intelligent man,..why would we have 35% Redzone success, because that is what he wants eone to think. That would explain why there are not many Redzone screen plays ,bootlegs etc. That is very interesting,………….

  49. By 49er bear on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    i totally agree with matt. keep up the good work alex and coach of the year for JH he knows alot more then 7 year …… (itch)

  50. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    work hard play hard

  51. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    madcow

  52. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    matt matt matt please decaf it is for the best. we are all niner fans. I believe 7yrs is a niner fan and we can all relate that the past years have been so bad that we grasp at any life we see. For us all to be better fans we need to comment on all phases of the game and deal with what we feel is not going as we would like. Be it trades , rookies, cheerleaders, that hotdog guy that only gives you one mustard. Man what gives does he make it himself in his back yard.

  53. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    sorry for multiple wont let me post anything longer than who knows

  54. By Louie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Now that’s a great win !!!

  55. By Qdoggsdad on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    PLEASE!!! Stop hating on Alex Smith, he’s playing great football right now and he has a coach willing to teach him. I believe the last 2 coaches he was with were more defensive minded. Sure he could be a little more consistant but he’s getting the wins when it counts!!! Coach Jim continue to do what you do and keep being that inspirational leader the Niners need, I ve been along time 49er’s fan and I ‘m loving the results we ar getting!!! NINER FAITHFUL FOR LIFE!!!

  56. By KDB on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    You know what’s nice? To see that most folks here have said you know what, I was very wrong about Alex Smith and they have begun to support him, because if you don’t then you really aren’t supporting the entire team. Yes, there still are a few Turds and they are very stanky one’s but that’ who they are as a whole beyond football because and as an example. How do you go ahead and run your QB or anyone for that matter down (Especially when you have NEVER played at a high level
    ) and say he isn’t the guy when we have won the NFC West, we are going to the playoffs and we are 11-3, it just doesn’t make sense, you have other issues beyond being a fan, seriously. Additionally, you know nothing is going to change for this year so why not just go ahead and join the pack for this year then armchair for next year and support your team REGARDLESS just as many that were negative are doing now? It just seems like the right Fan thing to do. Do you really want your team to lose so you can bash someone, really? Start that next season or after our long or short playoff run.

    The fact is, if we listen so the few Stanky one’s left I have to point out, You have already MISSED VERY BADLY on Alex Smith, regardless of what he does in the playoffs or not. He should be but won’t be in the Pro Bowl; however, if you look at the entire body of work, and wins and losses, turnover ratio, etc. The coaches will give him high marks around the NFL for sure, they already have. Additionally he should have about 4-5 more TD all wide outs that have dropped. Yes, he had a pick or two dropped too but the point is, he’s a winner and NONE of you who are the stanky one’s are qualified to say he is or isn’t the guy. There are only very few on this board that have that understanding truly. Now you are entitled to your own opinion for sure, that’s not the point; however, when it’s so obvious that you have GROSSLY MISSED on your critique of Alex it just needs to be pointed out, YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL because you are so focused on a Negative that doesn’t exist except for your personal story and that’s sad.

    So how about you get on the wagon and try to go ahead and support your team and if your heart get’s broken because you went ahead and supported Alex one last time then so be it but it’s better than standing in a pool of muck all by yourselves, seriously.

    This just needed to be said.

  57. By Patrick on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a niners fan all my life. Compared to Montana and Young smith sucks. Our kicker broke Rices record for most points in a season and Gore broke records what does that tell you. Our D is a beast simple as that and yes a great d can win a superbowl. There are some good opportunities every game that he misses. A few misses is ok but sometimes is like come on. The great thing he has done and the whole offense for real is few turnovers. We have a great punter and awesome D that can stop them if given enough yards. Last weak we got two int and Smith had open men both times. Miss one ok it happens but overthrow both I am sorry that does not cut it. The reason we are 11-3 is our D,RB, and kickers.The games we lost where the ones our D let a little past and our O couldn’t put up enough.

  58. By justin kerr on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    alex smith is the reason we are 11 an 3 point blank kids having the best season hes ever had good coaching an talent around him go niners beat the pack an every other team woooooo get healthy willis

  59. By Patrick on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    One last thing is Alex supporters he is ok and should play in the NFL that is why he is there but he is not the reason we are where we are. He is not Montana or young or some other greats but as long as he is a Niner I will support him.But the truth is just that put the credit where it is due mainly our D who broke the NFL record for no rushing TD yet. I love it finally all these years of losing my team is winning again but be honest it is mainly our D. Alex does not desearve to go to the probowl just because he on a winning team there are better QB out there and that is just the truth.

  60. By NinerNation on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I AM SOO TIRED OF ALL YOU FAKE NINER FANS THAT DONT SUPPORT OUR TEAM BUT RATHER FOCUS ON HOW AND WHAT ALEX IS NOT DOING..GUESS WHAT? HIS WINNING AND THAT’S THE STAT THAT MATTERS..I GUESS U ALL WILL BE BELIEVERS AFTER WE WIN THE SUPERBOWL..GET A NEW TEAM IF U CANT GET WITH THE PROGRAM…#49ERS FAITHFUL..

  61. By KDB on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Again for those that need a Football 101 Lesson:

    There are only very few on this board that have that understanding truly. Now you are entitled to your own opinion for sure, that’s not the point; however, when it’s so obvious that you have GROSSLY MISSED on your critique of Alex it just needs to be pointed out, YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL because you are so focused on a Negative that doesn’t exist except for your personal story and that’s sad.

    So how about you get on the wagon and try to go ahead and support your team and if your heart get’s broken because you went ahead and supported Alex one last time then so be it but it’s better than standing in a pool of muck all by yourselves, seriously.

    This just needed to be said.

    Oh and read what his coaches and team mates have said in the lates story on the board.. and again some of you sure don’t have any credibility as far as evaluating a QB let alone ANY NFL player.

  62. By Patrick on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    His team should support him but stats speak for themselves Alex is not one of the best QBs in the NFL sorry. I love the niners but right now our defense and coach has gotten us our record Alex is getting better but honestly the stats are not there for him to be known as great.To say that he is takes away from greats like montana and young and also insults our D that is the best in the league you can love a team and not a player and you can love a player but not the team. I love the Niners but sorry when I think of great niners QBs I think of Montana and young not smith. Just like I love america but not all Americans to call someone a fake fan because they do not like a person is childish. Plus as a guy Alex seems ok I like him as a guy and a Niner but as an NFL QB he has some work to do before he is one of the greats. We will win the superbowl but please give credit to the ones who deserve it the most. They win as a team but our D is ranked #3 overall and #1 rushing for a reason.

  63. By Patrick on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Oh and for everyone that keeps saying people do not have cred to rate an NFL player your right no one on here does all we can go by is stats what people actually do Aldon Smith has 13 sacks, Justin smith has 6.5, Gore has over 1000 yards rushing Akers has 38 field goal thats 114 points Alex is ranked 17 which I dont see how tony homo is higher he really sucks so Alex is but to say he is why we are 11-3 that is just wrong. There is no better team than the Niners in the NFL but sorry we do not have the best QB be honest with yourselves. You talking about get on the wagon I have supported Niners for 24 years now and love them over my home team the ravens but I am an honest guy and give credit where it is due our D is the best ever, Gore is monster and Akers is a beast that is why we are going to win superbowl. What is Alex the George Bush of the niners he can do no wrong. I don’t get it stats are not an opinion they are stats of what has happened look them up sometime that is all I am saying.

  64. By KDB on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Again for those that need a Football 101 Lesson which you obviously do:

    There are only very few on this board that have that understanding truly. Now you are entitled to your own opinion for sure, that’s not the point; however, when it’s so obvious that you have GROSSLY MISSED on your critique of Alex it just needs to be pointed out, YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL because you are so focused on a Negative that doesn’t exist except for your personal story and that’s sad.

    So how about you get on the wagon and try to go ahead and support your team and if your heart get’s broken because you went ahead and supported Alex one last time then so be it but it’s better than standing in a pool of muck all by yourselves, seriously.

    This just needed to be said.

    Oh and read what his coaches and team mates have said in the lates story on the board.. and again some of you sure don’t have any credibility as far as evaluating a QB let alone ANY NFL player.

    And you are not even worth engaging, sorry.

  65. By KDB on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    And just for the sake of Argument—Alex is coming back so all of this Junk, Smack, etc that has been talked is irrelevant because Harbaughs bringing him back. So to look at a stat sheet which he ranks 9th in the NFL FYI, and to say he isn’t Young or Montana which noone sad he was, DUHHHH.

    This conversation is MOOT, thank god for Alex.

    I think Harbaugh knows quite a bit more than we do. Nuff said on this topic.

    I’m out til Sat.

    Go Niners please beat the SeaBags!

  66. By NinersALLIn on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    It’s funny how Seven Years is now denying that he is “Hey”, I mean you serious? You think we’re that stupid? Your patterns are so obvious. “Alex Hating”, then the multiple comments one after another after another. Gee if you want forgiveness go to another team. Thought we kicked you out the bandwagon to the playoffs? Get out of here, no one wants you here as a fan. You can throw your opinion but don’t call yourself a 49er fan anymore. You’re now the troll that lives under the SF Gate

  67. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    sounds like everyone is playing the same game how can I up the last post. I said it before get on the blog dureing the seachicken game and tell us what was good and bad about the plays and we shall see who is in the know. Call me what you will I am no hater be it this or that you still are the one that hangs in the balance. forcre feed your own junk and risk the reward. Simply put no matter what you say you are always going to be wrong. Oh maybe i should write in caps so it looks better.

  68. By Philip Albornoz on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    No one should hate on Alex Smith. You try to go out there and perform like Rodgers, Brady, or any good QB with a bunch of different offensive coordinators in about 6 years. Its almost impossible with so much inconsistency. I give Alex a lot of credit for staying and continuing through all the criticism. You have to remember that many good QBs have a consistent offensive coordinator.

  69. By Matt on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    “no matter what you say you are always going to be wrong” . . . I like that phrase, ‘hey, we’re going to try to do 7years’.

    Well look at this reality. All you folks who think A Smith isn’t the answer. You disagree with the front office, you disagree with the winning coach, you disagree with the winning players, you disagree with the winning record, and Alex smith is getting an extension for several years. You disagree with the etire organization!!!! Why don’t you go to a place that you agree with; to a place where you LIKE the style of play, especially at the QB position; to a place that you will be comfortable for the next few years. Why stay here and bellyache about a team you do not believe in and an organization you disagree with?

  70. By Matt on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    So “no matter what”, those that don’t like A Smith arn’t going to get what they want.

  71. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    which teams have the best records in the league?…..let me see.

    Green Bay ……….. 14-1
    San Francisco…….12-3
    Pats…………………..12-3
    New Orleans………11-3
    Ravens………………11-4
    Steelers……………..11-4
    etc., etc.,

    what’s my point? the point is the Niners are amongst the elite in the league, and who are their QBs? rogers, Smith, brady, brees, big ben, etc…..Alex Smith is one of the best QBs in the NFL because he is money. I don’t care about the stats of the other qbs, the one stat that matters most is Wins. Amongst these elite, Alex Smith leads them in turnover differentials….nough said…..our qb is elite and belong in the pro-bowl….I know he won’t be there this year, but we will teach the league to honor the most important stat of all…..that’s wins vs. loses. even if we have to teach them by winning the super-bowl.

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