49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Smith connected with Michael Crabtree six plays after he began experiencing blurred vision on a 1-yard keeper early in the second quarter. Six plays earlier, he had taken a vicious hit from St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Read More
The 49ers are a model organization, which is the biggest reason to believe they’ll be serious contenders for a Super Bowl slot in the second half of the season.
The front office, mainly general manager Trent Baalke, prepared well for this season, keeping the team mostly together and improving it with free agent signings. The result is a roster so deep that good players are inactive, waiting their turn. Read More
When Alex Smith is good, he can be very good. When Smith is very good, the 49ers are practically unbeatable.
While the staples of San Francisco’s success this season remain a rock-solid defense and the NFL’s top-ranked rushing game, Smith’s play at quarterback has been a key variable that’s put the 49ers over the top in a string of lopsided victories. Read More
Jeff Fisher and his St. Louis Rams consider the 49ers the blueprint for what so many NFL teams would love to be.
From a multifaceted, creative offense and dominant, shut-down defense to spot on special teams, and a coach who motivates in his own unique way to make a group go, the 49ers sure look to be rolling right toward another special January playoff run. Read More
Frank Gore looks at his three 100-yard rushing performances, four touchdowns and overall stellar output in the season’s first half and is quick to praise an unheralded offensive line that plays such an integral part in helping him do it.
Helping San Francisco’s entire offense shine, too. These big boys block all over the field, every which way — even if it means taking on a speedy, more athletic defensive back.
“It’s fun because they look at you like you’re not supposed to be down there,” right tackle Anthony Davis said Wednesday. “We’re a lot bigger than them.” Read More
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that linebacker Aldon Smith spoke with general manager Trent Baalke about what happened during the bye week while the player visited his former college, Missouri.
The 23-year-old Smith denied on Twitter a report last Thursday that he had been attacked earlier in the day outside a restaurant in Columbia, Mo., saying, “Didn’t get jumped — stop asking.” There was no formal police report filed.
Earlier, he had posted this tweet: “Want to clear up rumors of me getting jumped, I’m ok and doing well! Como! I missed you. Go Tigers!!” Read More
49ers tight end Vernon Davis doesn’t much care for having to take a mandated week off in the middle of the NFL season.
He would rather build some first-half momentum and move right ahead into the second half — and Davis sure is looking forward to having a bigger impact over the final eight games for San Francisco than he did during the first eight. Read More
Niners left tackle Joe Staley claims he caught quarterback and seatmate Alex Smith checking out his trending Twitter self while on the team plane awaiting takeoff Monday night from Arizona.
Ha, says Smith, who insists he has no idea how to tweet.
“I don’t even have a Twitter,” Smith quipped with a grin Tuesday during a quick walk through the empty locker room. “I don’t know what Twitter is.” Read More
Three touchdown passes, one incomplete pass.
Not a bad night for Alex Smith, and it could have been better, considering that the one incomplete pass was dropped by a wide-open receiver.
The San Francisco quarterback completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns — two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss — to help San Francisco flatten the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on Monday night. Read More
The NFC West takes over “Monday Night Football,” and this season at least that means defense.
Entering this week, the four NFC West teams ranked among the top nine in the league in defense.
The 49ers lead the way at No. 1 with a powerful, smash-mouth group that overwhelms opponents, particularly with its excellent front seven. Arizona counters with a fast, aggressive unit that rates No. 7 in the league. Read More