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49ers Use Smash-Mouth Style of Play

Posted by Alex Espinoza on August 24, 2012 – 3:27 PM

Joe Staley is walking around with a bandaged nose these days and he’s proud of it.

A couple of days into Training Camp, Staley’s helmet gashed his nose during a battle in the trenches and it’s been a recurring issue ever since. Not that Staley minds.

“I don’t miss time for this,” Staley recently told reporters while pointing to his nose. “No time is missed for this. I’m a tough guy.”

Staley’s wound is a great representation of the smash-mouth style of play the 49ers have used throughout the preseason. In the two exhibition games thus far, San Francisco leads the league with 189 rushing yards per game, showcasing its deep stable of tailbacks.

Not only is it a function of the added depth at the position – namely Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James and Rock Cartwright – but the gaudy rushing totals also reflect the offense’s development under second-year coordinator Greg Roman.

“We’re much further along than we were last year,” Staley said. “Last year we were just diving into the playbook and trying to wrap our head around the concepts and memorize the play calls and everything like that, installing another playbook. Now we’re very familiar with the system and very familiar with what we’re trying to accomplish and you’re seeing it on all sides of the ball.”

Staley has established himself as the vocal leader of the 49ers offensive line in recent years and earned his first Pro Bowl berth following last season.

In the two seasons since Mike Iupati was drafted to the team’s starting left guard, Staley has developed good chemistry with this partner on the left side of the line. Iupati has started all 32 games of his NFL career and it’s clear he’s benefitting from a full year in Roman’s system.

“You can see mentally, he’s a lot sharper,” Staley said. “He’s a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable out there.”

Aside from the continuity on the o-line, Staley is also excited about the new weapons like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham that the 49ers front office added via free agency this year.

“I think all the guys that we added are going to have huge roles for us and make us a better team,” Staley said. “Really excited about that.”

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23 Responses to “49ers Use Smash-Mouth Style of Play”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    go go running game …would lov to see the niners with great running numbers this year

  2. By cshack1 on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    PLAY ACTION!!!!!!!!!

  3. By trob0 on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    Another year of the Staley show should be good haha only two days away until the 9ers give out another woopin!!!

  4. By kyle b on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    Double tight right offset I. Delanie motion left QUICK reverse. Get those D-ends/OLBs thinking twice about crashing inside on big O sets. split williams out left to iso the corner… easy 10 yards.

  5. By CHRIS on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    watching these preseason games is like holding your breath….praying someone important doesnt go down for the season.

    too many close calls aready…. lets get this over with and be safe!

  6. By N9er4LIFE on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Best POWER RUNNING plays in the NFL so far…and leading the league in RUSHing during PRE-SEASON…AWESOME !!!

    Imagine what other NFL Teams are about to TRY IT STOP in our RUNNING GAME…very SCARY…isn’t it….ISN’T IT????…..MMMmmmmmuuuuuahhhhhhhhh~~~~~!!!

  7. By Kirk Ketchum on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Balance, hit them with left knock out with right, hit them with right knock out with the left, Its going to be the 49er’s WAY!!!!!!

  8. By 49erFaithful on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply


  9. By johninchina on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Joe & crew, you and our running attack are certainly the pride of our offense so far this preseason, taking right up from last year. I am looking soooo forward to the renewed brawl with the New York football Giants this year and yep, I sense a rivalry beyond what it already was. . . i read some trash they were talking about the forty-niners crying about our loss in the NFC championship game – despicable, and I am going to be looking for Joe and Co to make them Giants “eat their words” every time we play them . . . go Joe, go Niners!

  10. By Armchairscout on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Playing smash mouth football is a given. What I would like to see more of is an improvement on the offensive side of the ball when it comes to execution. We have the players for a top 5 offense to go with our #1 defense. And we are going to need it if we are going to make the Super Bowl because the secret is out on us and every team in our league is improved and will be out to unseat us as NFC West champions.

  11. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Have some faith in coach harbaugh, my fellow red and gold-blooded faithful. We lost a preseason game to the texans because he’s not gonna start tipping his hand. Of course the secret is out, we went 13-3 and came one horrible moment away from the big one. Actually though, we were the #4 defense last year. Yardage-wise at least, #2 in points allowed. I’d love to see top 5 offense but the thing that makes us so special right now is that if we can even improve to top 15 we will be BY FAR the best team in the NFL. Case in point, we did what we did last year without even having training camp!!! The defense will be even better, which is downright scary. The offense will improve, especially on 3rd down and in the red zone which we all know were problems last year and for several years now. It’s very true, everybody in the west is getting better. It will be tougher going, but I still say at worst we go 5-1 in the division and win it easy. I’m much more interested in the road games at lambeau, foxboro and the super dome and of course the the giants come to candlestick on oct. 14th. Already requested the day off, I need some sweet revenge. Just saying, have faith guys we are in position to dominate. Here’s to harbaugh and the hybrid return of the west coast offense, and just to give some credit here’s to the best special teams in the game. Who’s got it better than us? Have no fear, we’ll be answering that question in February.

  12. By bkg98z on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Looking forward to this year. If we stay healthy, everyone in the nfl should lookout. 49ers on a mission for 6.

  13. By Basil on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have no idea how our defense can possibly get better then last year, matter of fact I don’t even know how we can match last year? I mean our D was insane last year!
    IMHO and its just that MHO, But our offense needs to take some of the pressure off our defense. ooops game time!

  14. By Les on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    Not much to watch so far. !st team Denver ate us up. At this time all I have seen is a great Punter and Kicker for us. They are always on their game. Doesnt matter with the non starters. Our 1st team looked bad on both sides.

  15. By Les on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    Terrible half..Kept Smith in so he could do something positive all the way up to half time. Never happened. Team looks very flat; lots of missed tackles unlike last season. Schedule this season will be a lot tougher. Hope you kept film from last year guys.

  16. By NinerFanFromTonga on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    Two words……..”pre-season game”………love what our team is doing. Give Manning all the cudos he can get on a pre-season game…

  17. By whynncheese on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    familiar AS,..3rd and 6,..oh no numba 84 Randy Moss wide open for first down?, nope didn’t see him. On next Bronco series,… Manning 3rd and 6, yes first down,….hummmm,…. IN “HARBAUGH WE TRUST” crossing all fingers,………..Let the 2012 games begin!

  18. By Rajers on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    ESPN aka Niner Haters!!!! I think we should take a look at T.O. or Plaxico

  19. By Shawn on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Smash-Mouth? We looked pretty flat against Denver. Denver smashed our mouths. The starters were kicked around pretty badly. The O-Line was missing blocks. Smith didn’t have a chance to do anything. Only positive thing is that it showed that we have better depth. The backups saved the day!

  20. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply


  21. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ok let cuts Kyle Williams and go get plaxico that’ll solve all our problems NOT BY ALONG SHOT.

  22. By Shawn on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yes we get that it is preseason. That’s no excuse for poor individual efforts. Poor effort by the O-Line can result in serious injury to the QB. Denver wasn’t holding back. They played like they wanted to win. Our starters didn’t.

  23. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn what you posted I’ve heard it so said so many times before it’s the nature of the game. Let’s see what happens at the chargers this coming weekend.

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