Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:31 am
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Troy Smith named starter, Alex out 2-3 weeks

Posted by Will Brinson

Alex Smith will miss two to three weeks with a left shoulder separation suffered against the Panthers on Sunday. And David Carr played so well in his absence that Mike Singletary is tabbing Troy Smith, who has yet to take a snap this season, the starter.

Singletary, in London with his team already, announced the move on Wednesday morning, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

"The bottom line is I think for where we are, Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win the game," Singletary said.

It stinks for Smith (Alex) that he'll miss that time, but it's not that devastating for his legacy -- he looked pretty bad against the Panthers in the early going, and will probably only be remembered as doing well because the act that followed him (Carr) was flat-out embarrassing and completely uninspiring for a team that desperately needs a spark.

Which is what Troy Smith could provide, according to Singletary.

"Probably the No. 1 thing I like about him is leadership," Singletary said. "The ability to get everybody on the same page."

That's not "arm strength" or "pocket presence" or "accuracy" or anything that relates to immediate success on the football field, and it's definitely concerning that Smith was sitting behind Mittens on the depth chart all season (and fans never started chanting HIS name when Alex started stinking it up), but watching Carr play against the Panthers, it was 100 percent clear that he has no business ever taking live snaps for an NFL team again.

Too bad that's a lesson the 49ers had to learn after they traded the always capable Shaun Hill.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:00 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 2:01 am
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 7

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. It's running late this week because we really wanted to include Wade Phillips Disembodied Head. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to embiggen.

Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:22 am
 

'Embarrassed' McDaniels apologizes to fans, owner

Posted by Will Brinson

Anytime you get beat by 45 points, you're probably not happy. If you get beat by 45 points while giving up a franchise-record 59 to a division rival who has consistently failed to be anything even resembling mediocre, well, you're just downright embarrassed.

Like the apologetic Josh McDaniels, following Denver getting spanked -- at home, no less -- 59-14 by the Raiders on Sunday.

"Absolutely," McDaniels responded when asked if he was embarrassed. "I fail to believe that we couldn’t have put together a better performance than that. So, I take full responsibility for it. It’s not good enough – it’s not even close to good enough. I apologize to (Owner) Pat (Bowlen) and the organization, all the fans and everyone else. It was awful."

Kyle Orton also mentioned that the team has some "soul-searching" to do before they head to London. That's true, and McDaniels should be plenty concerned for his job at this point (bright side: Bowlen knows he has to convince someone to come in and take over a team that just burned a first-rounder on Tebow!) if the Broncos continue to descend into the cellar of a weakened division.

On the bright side, they get the 49ers in London -- provided that Alex Smith doesn't get really healthy really quickly, Denver's defense gets to face David Carr, the NFL equivalent of a slumpbuster.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 12:09 am
 

Singletary says playoffs, owners reportedly angry

Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers lost to the previously winless Panthers in Charlotte, 23-20, on Sunday, and with a trip to London coming up, things don't look too bright for the future of the franchise's season.

Don't tell that to Mike Singletary, though -- he thinks they can still make the playoffs!

"There's no doubt in my mind, somehow, someway, we will regroup and we will keep fighting and we will make a season of it," Singletary said. "And I still believe we can go to the playoffs. I still believe we can get those things done. We just have to get the right things in place and go from there."

Mmmm-hmmm. That's a pleasantly optimistic scenario. But as everyone's covered, they Niners are in the NFC West, and anything's kind of fair game in that division, although with the Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams all having a few more wins than anyone expected.

Plus, perhaps Singletary should delay the trip across the pond and have a little chat with the last coach (John Fox) forced to use David Carr as a starter on an extended basis -- in 2007, Carr and the Panthers appeared to have a shot at the playoffs, and they were 4-2 headed into the their bye. Then Carr turned into, well, himself, and Carolina dropped five straight and seven of their final 10 games.

Back then, though, Fox wasn't facing the same pressure as Singletary, because his job was safe. A report from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com indicates things aren't so simple on Sunday that owners John and Jed York weren't too thrilled with their coach.

"There were some grumbles from the owners about bad coaching," a source near the "inner circle" of the Yorks told Maiocco.

That's perfectly plausible, given that the Niners, a would-be playoff team, look like perhaps the worst team in the NFL relative to expectations; the Panthers showed some signs of life just as they did in 2009, the Browns flipped the defending champs at home Sunday, and at least the Bills are giving it the old college try with their depleted roster.

The Niners, on the other hand, keep getting beat (sometimes badly) by inferior opponents, and that's a clear-cut sign that their coach isn't cut out for his job.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Smith sprains shoulder, Carr at QB for Niners

Posted by Will Brinson

If you're watching the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers play, well, hope you brought a knife -- that's the only way you're cutting the irony of Alex Smith's injury on a Charles Johnson sack leading to David Carr entering the game.

After all, you may remember that Carr (a.k.a. "Mister Mittens") spent some time with the Panthers -- things did not go, um, well for him after he replaced an injured Jake Delhomme several years ago. But on the bright side, he's used to being booed at Bank of America Stadium.

Smith, on the other hand, walked off the field to the locker room clutching his left arm -- X-rays were negative but Smith has a sprained shoulder and will not return against the Panthers. 

That means the job of keeping the Panthers winless falls entirely to Carr, which suddenly makes this battle of two teams with one win combined kind of interesting, at least from a storyline standpoint.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: October 24, 2010 11:50 am
 

Week 7 NFC Inactives

Posted by Will Brinson

Here are some notable ACTIVES for Week 7: 49ers CB Nate Clements is "in uniform," Panthers WR Steve Smith, Redskins TE Chris Cooley.

And now, the inactives you should note.

- Dunta Robinson, CB, Falcons - Robinson made big news last week with his hit on DeSean Jackson and the subsequent monster fine. That hit will keep him out against Cincinnati, which means the Falcons are even more vulnerable to the big play than normal.

- Michael Vick, QB, Eagles - Vick's the QB3, which means he'll only play in an emergency. This is the smart move by the Eagles -- if they can win with Kevin Kolb and get to the bye and get everyone healthy, they're a better team for it.

- DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles -- Ha. Almost forgot, because it was so obvious -- but Jackson won't play for the Eagles, which hurts Kolb in terms of having weapons.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Clements out for Niners 'probably the situation'

Posted by Will Brinson

Things haven't been easy for the San Francisco 49ers this year, and despite playing a winless Panthers team on Sunday, they might not get easier -- looks like starting cornerback Nate Clements could miss the game in Charlotte.

"Yes, that's probably the situation," Mike Singletary said after Clements participated in limited practice on Friday.

Clement's likely absence means Will James gets the nod, and Steve Smith, returning from injury, should see a boost in production and targets.

It probably doesn't help, either, that the Niners are en route to London for their Week 8 game against Denver in the now annual Fog Bowl.

Lest you laugh at the travel aspect, think about this little factoid that Darin Gantt dropped on Twitter Saturday morning -- the 49ers are 7-38 since 2003 in 1 PM EST games (after all, that's like kicking off at 10 AM their time).

Additionally, Carolina's been the stopping point for two teams on their way across the pond each of the last two years -- the Saints swung by in 2008 and the Buccaneers in 2009, with the Panthers winning both games.

So, yeah, really, they probably shouldn't even bother playing; we can just move the Panthers to 1-5 now.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:07 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.21.10 over the moon for Moss return

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


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David Garrard (concussion) was not at the team facilities again on Thursday. It’s highly unlikely he’ll play against the Chiefs.

Chris Cooley took part in a few light drills on Wednesday. Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night against the ColtsR. Moss (US Presswire).


Randy Moss’ appearance at Lambeau Field Sunday night will be his first since the 2005 mooning celebration.


Titans cornerback Jason McCourty has been cleared for contact after rehabbing the fractured forearm suffered September 28. It could still take a little time for McCourty to return to game action, though. And when he does he may no longer have his starting job, considering how well rookie Alterraun Verner has played.


Gerald McCoy has fellow rookie Sam Bradford in his sights.


Alex Smith wouldn’t mind being left alone on the sideline a little more during games.


Kris Brown will fill in as the Chargers kicker for at least one week while Nate Kaeding nurses a groin injury.


The Cardinals are getting healthy (including at wide receiver, with Steve Breaston and Early Doucet).


Terrell Suggs keeps firing shots at Tom Brady.


We’ll keep one eye open on Kyle Boller and the Raiders quarterback situation. If healthy, Jason Campbell is expected to start. But will he finish?


The 49ers are delaying the opening of their new stadium until 2015, due to financing and labor issues. The team originally expected to open in 2014.


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