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Niner Talk: 49ers-Dolphins Week 14

Posted by Taylor Price on December 7, 2012 – 2:01 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are seeing the fruits from their 2011 draft class on a weekly basis. First-round pick Aldon Smith leads the NFL with 17.5 sacks and is already set the NFL’s record for most sacks in consecutive seasons to start a career. Second-round pick Colin Kaepernick has been elevated to the team’s starting quarterback in recent weeks and third-round selection Chris Culliver stands out as San Francisco’s No. 3 cornerback.

In regards to Culliver, the young defensive back chosen out of South Carolina has thrived in the role he’s held for consecutive seasons. With the 49ers, Culliver often finds himself matching up against some of the league’s top perimeter weapons. Culliver discussed those challenges as well as his own development in 49ers.com’s latest Niner Talk podcast.

The 49ers cornerback with two interceptions on the season said a lot of his confidence comes from the fun he has playing the game. In the interview, the former South Carolina Gamecock explains the story behind his “Cully in the house” nickname, plus his favorite TV shows and the best dishes he can cook in the kitchen.

For the Miami Dolphins perspective, we welcomed Jesse Agler, host of Dolphins.com’s “Finsiders” online programming, to hear his thoughts on Miami’s offensive line situation and the keys to beating the 49ers on the road.

Click here to listen to the Niner Talk podcast, which is also available on our 49ers Gameday live App.

Here are some of the highlights from both interviews.

CHRIS CULLIVER

[:40 – Culliver’s story on how “Cully in the house” was born.]

“It started from when I was in college. It was me and a couple guys, and we used to make fun of it with a couple guys in the league now. You’ve got Melvin Ingram, Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffrey – people like that – we kind of came up with, ‘Cully in the house!’ It just factored in to what I do, how I have fun and stuff like that. Every time I do something, people say, ‘Cully in the house!’”

[2:30 – Culliver’s thoughts on his role against multi-receiver sets.]

“Really, it’s fun. For me, coming up as a young player, I just go out there and have fun. There’s a lot of big names out there on the outside and I always come to play, it’s fun out there. I enjoy my time and try to make everything possible out there.”

JESSE AGLER

[6:40 – Agler’s thoughts on rookie tackle Jonathan Martin moving to the left side of the line this week for injured tackle Jake Long.]

“Quite a week to change positions right? He’s going to have to go against one of the best defensive fronts in the National Football League this year. As you guys know out there, (Martin’s) a very smart, capable, offensive tackle. He’s very comfortable on the left side because that’s where he played at Stanford. These (49ers) coaches know him about as well as anybody does, they can probably give a couple of tips to Aldon Smith and whoever else might be against him at any point. It’s a big challenge for Jonathan Martin this week. I know he’s looking forward to it… but it’s definitely not the easiest week to move from right tackle to left tackle.”

 [10:50 – Agler’s thoughts on how the Dolphins can disrupt Colin Kaepernick’s production.]

“It’ll be interesting to see because they’ve been really good against the run this year defensively. Against New England the other day, they had the one drive where the Patriots just shoved it down their throats and basically clinched the game. Outside of that, they were really good against the run this season. With Kaepernick, it’s not just turn around and hand off to Frank Gore anymore, which is kind of what (Miami’s defense has) shown themselves to be good at stopping this year. So it’ll be very interesting to see. They’ve got a lot of pieces up front on the defensive line, subbing a lot up front. They’ve got some interesting kind of guys who can play multiple positions.”


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20 Responses to “Niner Talk: 49ers-Dolphins Week 14”

  1. By Roy padilla on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    START ALEX SMITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. By 49er-n-memphis on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    Why?

  3. By Mary on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    Kap’s record honestly is 1-2. He won the Bears game, the defense won the Saints game with 2 touchdowns, and blame it on a bad call or inexperience, he threw away the Rams game. I say give Alex a chance!

  4. By cody on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    Kap-good Smith-record breaker hmmm which one? which one?

  5. By jason on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    Start Smith before Kaep loses another game…..

  6. By metafile on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    Kap is good, but Smith should ‘give Kap a well-earned rest’ (!). We are quickly forgetting how good “AS” is..??

  7. By 49ersfanforliferich on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    Kaepernick has a much higher ceiling than alex smith have you seen the cannon on colin? whats the harm in having two quarterbacks with experience come playoffs. 49ers could have an elite offense with kaep at quarter remember what happened to our recievers in the nfc championship game 2 yards total because alex smith is scared to throw the ball down field

  8. By 49ersfanforliferich on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    plus alex’s arm strength isn’t close to kaep watch alex smith when the pressure comes he runs to his non throwing side essentually conceding a sack if I were to compare the present quarterbacks to past ones alex is like jeff garcia colin is like steve young who would you rather start?

  9. By fan-no matter what on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    I find it amusing to hear all the support for AS (well-deserved, by the way) from the same fan base that has been screaming for his blood for years. A very gutsy call by JH,though. Regardless of the merits and downsides of the respective QB’s, if CK doesn’t get us to the NFC Championship, JH will have a monkey on his back the size of Kong! Only an SB championship will redeem him. Pretty risky decision.

  10. By ruben on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    throw the ball more to THE BEAST – VERNON DAVIS an we will win-out!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

  11. By Humble Gold on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    Lose next game, and consider a possibly failed season, again.

  12. By so.cal49ERSfan on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    whats with all the love for alex smith please!!! all ive seen is a complete 49ers team wins since coach jh took over. GOOOO JIM!!!!!!GOOOOOO 49EEEEERSSS

  13. By Daimon on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    I say Alex got us to the NFC championship and basically the superbowl if not for us fumbling it away for him then came back and had us in playoffs top of division again before getting hit. He earned this to go to playoffs hoping on what colin can do we know what Alex can. Colin had reps with the offense before starting so its not like he came off the bench in crunch time and won a major game so why sit Alex? Harbaugh remember what its like getting hit and being replaced?

  14. By Daimon on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    This is about winning a Superbowl not hyping the crowd for a game or two right?

  15. By ogre on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    No this is about honor, integrity, respect. All of which got “thrown out the window”. JH is a great coach when viewed by past coaches. He came onto a team that was loaded with talent (just look at the roster). But he knew how to organize and use the player. Man knows football but GRo needs to quit the high school/college plays; cutsie but doesnt get us anywhere. Kaps got the future, but Alex “is the man” and should playout. This isn’t about the “hot hand”; that was a line of BS. Its about the $$$$$$$$$ and the suits should really stay out of the team. Great stuff on paper but you need to stay away from the real players on the team. Sad to see, but I don’t hear that old “who’s got it better?” anymore. Guess it died along with loyalty and respect. Dolphins 26 49ers 20. And hopefully nice guy Alex just won’t be available when Kap goes south.

  16. By Rob on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t get it. Kap got lucky against the Bears because the Bears didn’t know what to expect and played to stop the run. But since other teams have now seen the game footage, he has been average. He looks like a second year quarterback. Put Alex Smith back in and salvage what’s left of the season before you blow it!!!!

  17. By Rob on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    I find the previous comparison of Kap and Smith to Young and Garcia laughable. Yes, I’m probably the only Niners fans that did not like Young. They said the same thing about Joe ‘s arm strength vs Young’s, yet Steve’s long throws were so inaccurate that they were more like hail Mary’s, coming down to the left or right of the intended to receiver, usually where the safety or cornerback was. His short throws took so long to get to the receiver that they had to stop and wait on the ball and then got plastered as soon as the ball got there. Good for the QB’s stats, but lousy for the receiver and YAC. The Niners mortgaged their future to get Young his one superbowl. That decision was based on ego’s in defense of their decision to let Joe go. Hopefully, they aren’t going down that road again.

  18. By cody on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    i dont understand why kap is starting he only got one good play today and no good plays against that saints or the rams…. Alex Smith gets greats plays everygame.. i think imma email coach about this

  19. By cody on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    niners have 6 losses under alex and JH IN 2 YEARS!!!!!!!kap could have made 2-2 if not for the sexy defense IN FOUR GAMES!!! who is the obvious choice i say alex, kap is gonna be a baller but let him find his swagger during off-season not super bowl chances

  20. By mfkram64 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    what is this alex smith’s page..give me a break if akers hits those fg’s kap would be 5-0! to’s happen the thing is he bounced back in ram game walker drops a sure td or did u guys miss that too! he has played good….and only will get better..he is a winner period…hey orge u pick miami what happened they got beat by 14 what’s wrong with that? if alex wins by 3 he’s great right? they won that’s all that matters is what’s said when alex wins but kap wins it’s not enough..alex is gone after this year so go like his new team!

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