Tag:Alex Smith
Posted on: December 21, 2010 3:45 pm

Singletary won't tell who he's starting at QB

Posted by Will Brinson

All year long, the 49ers quarterback situation has remained one of the most asinine starting decisions in the NFL. Picking the best available quarterback -- Alex Smith, Troy Smith or David Carr?!?!?! -- is like picking the healthiest meal off of This Is Why You're Fat. And yet, Mike Singletary is still trying to play games, refusing to name a starting quarterback for Sunday's matchup against the Rams ... even though he already knows who it is.

But ... but ... WHY?

"Because it's something I don't want to announce right now," Singletary said via CSN Bay Area.

Oh, well in that case, I'm sure Steve Spagnuolo won't care at all, since he's not spending his week preparing his team for whoever's starting.

"In all honesty, in terms of an advantage, the only real advantage that you can have is to go there and play well," Singletary said. "All the other stuff is cat-and-mouse stuff. I just think it's important for us to prepare well and be ready to go."

See, this is why Singletary is a bad head coach. (But an EXCELLENT position coach and motivator.)

He just got paddled by the Chargers on semi-national television, his quarterback stable is full of whatever the mutt version of a horse is, and yet, at 5-9, he's still inexplicably in the division title race.

What he should be doing is quietly going about his business, picking his quarterback and getting his players ready to try and save his job. What he should not be doing is calling unnecessary attention to himself. And, yet, here we are on Tuesday and he's like a parent, taunting a young child by putting wrapped presents all over the house and constantly reminding them not to open them until Christmas day. Unfortunately for Singletary, the strategy is moot, because everyone already knows it's an ugly sweater under that wrapping paper.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:36 am

Singletary contemplates ANOTHER QB change

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Smith (US Presswire)
The 49ers are technically still in playoff contention, which means we’re obligated to pass along this story. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Mike Singletary considered replacing Alex Smith with Troy Smith during San Diego’s blowout of San Francisco Thursday night.

This, of course, has happened before. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where, out of self respect, we’re refusing to offer analysis. Neither Smith can play, which is why neither can hold down a starting job. ‘Nuf said.

If you want more, you can read some of the previous “49ers changing quarterbacks” stories from this season:

Alex Smith unhealthy and out

Alex Smith healthy but still out

Singletary struggling between Smith decisions

Singletary had no choice but switching Smiths

No word on who will start for the 49ers next week against the Rams. "Once again, I want to get back and look at the film," Singletary said. "It wasn't just Alex. ... I think our offensive line has to do a better job in terms of protecting him."

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:30 am

Week 14 NFL Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 14's upon us, and it's Friday so that means another podcast preview. Woo! Feel the rush. Or something.

But, really, we do have some questions. Like, would you rather have a one-back or two-back system if you ran a team? Is Albert Haynesworth the most disastrous free agent signing of all-time? Who stands a better chance of winning a playoff game, the Jaguars or the Raiders? Can the Rams upset the Saints? Why are the Niners still using Alex Smith? Can the Chargers man up and stop the Chiefs? Should we question the realness of the Jets? How important is Patriots vs. Bears? Should Michael Vick start for the NFC in the Pro Bowl? And if he does, who's getting left out: Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers or Matt Ryan?

All those questions answered (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:25 am

Singletary had no choice but switching Smiths

Posted by Andy BenoitA. Smith (US Presswire)

Mike Singletary flip-flopped his Smiths’ again, re-anointing Alex the starter and relegating Troy to backup again this week. The move would be surprising if not for San Francisco’s on-going signal-caller carousel this season.

"It was definitely my first question: 'What's changed?'" Alex Smith said Wednesday, according to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle. "That was definitely something that was on my mind and he made it very clear that was his thinking, that we're going into this game and I gave us the best opportunity. He made the decision, I'm going to get ready to play. We're all going to get ready to go play."

The Niners were 3-2 under Troy Smith but after last week’s Green Bay game, it had become apparent that the ex-Ohio State Buckeye was incapable of reading an entire field and thus, incapable of operating out of the entire playbook. The Niners had to rely too heavily on plays where the reads and decisions were essentially already done for Smith (such as play-action or, especially, bootlegs). Smith has an 80.2 passer rating on the season, but he has had a passer rating below 65 in each of his past three outings.

Alex Smith is no stud, but he at least gives San Francisco a chance to open up the entire offense. With Frank Gore out of commission, it’s vital the 49ers maximize their opportunities in the passing game.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:58 pm

Alex Smith returns as starter in San Francisco

Posted by Will Brinson

The "Troy Smith Experiment" in San Francisco is over (for now anyway) -- Mike Singletary is going to turn back to Alex Smith for the rest of the 49ers season as he hopes to salvage his job.

It makes sense, kind of, to do so (which he is, according to a report from the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora), given that Singletary used Alex as his metaphorical shovel to dig the metaphorical hole that landed him in the position where he desperately needs to win out just to have a prayer of coaching again in 2011.

And even that might be optimistic -- it seems all but certain that Singletary will be gone after this year, particularly with the rumored candidates (Jon Gruden, Jim Harbaugh) that might be interested in the 49ers job.

If he's gone, though, he'll have left doing things his way, and forcing Alex Smith on the field time and time again.

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Biggest and best insults

Jeff Fisher and V. Young aren't exactly getting along these days (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Part of the reason we all follow sports is for all the insult material. I insult your team. You insult his team. You all insult my intelligence. There’s nothing better than a solid day of watching football and insulting all your buddies and having them insult you right back.

Unless it’s watching other people insult each other. Which happens ALL the time in the NFL. I’m not necessarily talking about players woofing at each other on the field, though that obviously has its place on any top-ten insults list. But I’m talking about the crowd insulting a player, a team insulting one of its own or a player insulting a coach in front of the rest of his teammates (psst, this last one might have occurred this past week).

So, let’s explore the best of what the NFL has to offer as far as metaphorically slapping people in the face. And if you choose to ignore this story, your mother wears Army boots.

10. Jonathan Stewart to Panthers offensive line: We’ll start it off relatively mild. After Stewart rushed for 30 yards on 14 carries vs. the Rams in Week 7, he complained about how his offensive line wasn’t opening enough holes. Sure, Stewart has a rushing average of 3.0, but unless Mike Goodson (220 combined yards in the past two games, 12 yards MORE than Stewart’s season total) is rushing behind a different offensive line, I’m not buying Stewart’s argument.

9. Thirty one NFL teams to Marc Mariani: The rookie, drafted in the seventh round this year as the No. 222 overall pick has been a breakout performer for the Titans. Listen, just because he played at Montana doesn’t mean he can’t hang in the NFL. Look at his stats as a punt returner. He’s third in the NFL with a 17.1 yards per punt average and his 87-yard TD return Sunday was his second score of the year.

8. Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco: Palmer has found a new play toy with Terrell Owens – who’s got 12 more catches and four more TDs than Ochocinco. Partially, it’s because Ochocinco, at times, doesn’t run the most technically-proficient routes. Of course, Owens gives up on plays some of the time, but there’s little question Owens has been much more effective this season. And Palmer knows it.

7. John Fox to his bosses/fanbase: I’m not sure this qualifies as an insult because I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in Fox’s head. But here’s what I know: he won’t be back as coach in Carolina next year and he decided not to use backup QB Tony Pike and started Brian St. Pierre last week instead, although St. Pierre was a stay-at-home dad the week before. Pike, a rookie, probably wouldn’t have done much better, but this was an odd move.

B. St. Pierre made his first career start last week, even though he was a stay-at-home dad the week before (US Presswire). 6. San Francisco’s Week 2 MNF crowd to Alex Smith: When you call for David Carr to replace your starting quarterback, Candlestick Park crowd, you insult EVERYONE.

5. Michael Vick to dog lovers everywhere: This is an interesting dynamic. If you’re a dog lover, is it impossible to root for Vick? I love dogs, but I think Vick has paid his debt to society and he shouldn’t be scorned for the rest of his life. I also have friends who would like to see Vick ripped limb by limb by one of his former pets, and they always will hope for that moment. Is it me, or do people make a bigger stink about Vick than they do about, say, Ravens WR Donte Stallworth who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and then served only 24 days in jail?

4. Dallas Cowboys to Wade Phillips: Weird how, as soon as Jerry Jones pick-slips Phillips, Dallas suddenly plays some of its finest football of the season. Interim coach Jason Garrett probably should get a tiny bit of credit, but why suddenly are the Cowboys on a two-game winning streak? Probably because they all hated Phillips and wanted him to fail and fail hard (I kid, I kid).

3. Terrell Owens to Donovan McNabb: It’s beyond me why Owens would feel it necessary to comment on McNabb’s new contract with the Redskins, asking how the new deal could be justified while Washington and McNabb were taking a beating by the Eagles. McNabb came back and basically asked why a guy playing on a 2-7 (now 2-8) team was criticizing anybody. And it was a good point. A better point: why do we listen to Owens at all when he talks this kind of trash?

2. Vince Young to Jeff Fisher: Just one paraphrased quote when Young departed the Titans locker room Sunday while Fisher was giving his postgame talk said it all. “I’m not walking out on my teammates; I’m walking out on you.” The repercussions of that statement will be felt by Fisher and Young for years to come.

1. NFL owners/players to NFL fans: This one hasn’t happened yet, but it’s been hanging over the entire season like a low-lying storm cloud that’s ready to unleash hell at some point soon. Of course, I mean the impending owner lockout, which would stop all work in the NFL. I have a hard time believing the owners and players won’t work something out before the start of the 2011 season, but it’s entirely possible they could give you the biggest insult of all: no football.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 5:11 pm

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary's 49ers -- winners of, gasp, two games in a row! -- will stick with what's worked this week against the Buccaneers, as a healthy Alex Smith will return to serve as Troy Smith's backup.

Singletary announced the news at his Monday press conference, via our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erier.

"We’re going week to week," Singletary said.

So, yeah, he's not entirely confident in Troy, even though the former Ohio State product lit up the Rams en route to a potentially season-changing win for San Fran. And sure, he's undefeated this season and has more wins than Alex, but there's no reason to think keeping him as the starter is actually smart.

This does fall in line with Singletary's tactics, however -- steadfast denial of a situation and the belief that withholding job security might serve as motivation is his MO.

Troy should be fine come this Sunday, too, since picking up a "W" is probably going to fall more on the defense. After all, if Mike Goodson and the Panthers can run for 100 yards against Tampa, there's no reason to think Frank Gore can't pile up a monster game too.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:40 am

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs at Broncos

Right now, it’s unclear what will happen with Denver LB D.J. Williams, who was charged early Friday morning with a DUI – his second alcohol-related charge since 2005. He didn’t practice Friday, and coach Josh McDaniels expressed disappointment with Williams – who’s been one of the best defenders on the squad this season.

He could play this Sunday, but he’s looking at discipline from the NFL at some point and probably from the Broncos as well. That said, he very well could be out there this weekend. You’ll remember that when Braylon Edwards was charged with DWI in September, he played the very next week.

Kansas City rookie WR Dexter McCluster – who’s missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain – is listed as questionable and will be a gametime decision. He was limited at practice all week, and if he could play Sunday, he’d be a big boon to the Chiefs. Aside from McCluster, OG Brian Waters, S Kendrick Lewis and S Jon McGraw are questionable.

Cowboys at Giants

The big blow for the Giants will be that WR Steve Smith won’t play because of a partially torn pectoral muscle he suffered in Thursday’s practice (luckily for him and his team, it doesn’t appear to be a season-ending injury). His team will miss his production, and Hakeem Nicks will miss Smith’s ability to take some of the opposing secondary’s attention off him. Mario Manningham should get more playing time in place of Smith.

We also could see the return of T Will Beatty, who’s been out since mid-September with a broken foot. This week, he started doing agility and footwork drills for the first time since his surgery, and he’s listed as questionable on the injury report. RB Brandon Jacobs, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, is probable.

For Dallas, CB Terence Newman hasn’t been himself since he hurt his ribs three weeks ago, and he’s been burned for big gains and big touchdowns because he’s having a tough time accelerating. Considering the Cowboys are thin in the secondary, Newman likely will continue to play. He had full participation in practice all week and is probable.

Seahawks at Cardinals

Arizona RB Beanie Wells just cannot seem to get healthy. Once again, he’s listed as questionable this week after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday (he was limited Friday) with continued swelling in his knee. It’s not just the fact he’s hurt. He’s also missing valuable practice time, and that combination does not bode well for him. He played last week, but carried just once for minus-two yards. Until he’s healthy, Tim Hightower will get the bulk of the carries.

DL Darnell Dockett, one of the Cardinals most important defenders, suffered a shoulder stinger in last week’s loss to Minnesota, and he’s questionable. He practiced all week (albeit in a limited fashion), but he seems likely to play. LB Paris Lenon, who aggravated an ankle injury last week, also is questionable to play. But he progressed well this week, and he very well could play as well.

Seattle, once again, could miss first-round pick LT Russell Okung, who’s been battling injuries all season. Now, he’s dealing with an ankle injury, and the Seahawks listed him as questionable to play. Without him, the Seahawks likely will start G Chester Pitts in his place.

Rams at 49ers

Obviously, the big absence for San Francisco is starting QB Alex Smith, who is out with a left shoulder injury. Troy Smith will get the start in his place. Considering he helped lead San Francisco to a big win against the Broncos two weeks ago in London, Troy Smith deserves another shot this week against San Francisco. Plus, as LB Takeo Spikes told me recently in Five Questions (or More), Smith’s presence in the pocket was a comfort to the team.

Of the 11 Rams who are on this week’s injury report, two (WR Danario Alexander and S James Butler) are out, one (TE Fendi Onobun) is doubtful and everybody else is probable.

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