Tag Archives: Clay Matthews

Staley: “I do not think of Clay Matthews when I look in the mirror.”

SANTA CLARA – The last time Joe Staley faced Clay Matthews, Staley gave up three sacks and got his nose broken. Staley will face Matthews again Saturday night. Staley spoke about Matthews Monday in the 49ers media tent, and here’s what Staley said. Q: When you found out you were playing the Packers, what was […]

49ers-Giants matchups: Part VI – Staley vs. Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora

The 49ers play the Giants on Sunday at Candlestick. In the meantime, I’ll break down a couple of key matchups per day. LT Joe Staley vs. DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DE Osi Umenyiora Staley did not play well against the Giants last Season. Week 10, he gave up 1 sack, 1 QB hit and 3 […]

Lions-49ers matchups: Part II

The 49ers play the Detroit Lions Sunday night at Candlestick Park. In the meantime, I’ll break down one key matchup per day. Alex Smith vs. the Lions’ secondary: CB Drayton Florence, CB Chris Houston, CB Jacob Lacey and FS John Wendling. The key for Alex Smith is to avoid obvious passing downs, like third and […]

Roman philosophizes about the read option, and more

SANTA CLARA – Here’s the transcript of Greg Roman’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers. Opening Statement: “Good afternoon. We had a really good training camp. Thought our guys were dialed in every day. I think we got accomplished what we wanted accomplished in camp and we’re able to turn the page here this […]

Packers-49ers matchups: Part III

The 49ers play the Green Bay Packers in three days. In the meantime, I’ll break down a few key matchups a day. ROLB Aldon Smith: 6-4, 258 pounds, 22 years old, 35 3/8-inch arms. vs. LT Marshall Newhouse: 6-4, 319 pounds, 23 years old, 34-inch arms. This is the key one-on-one matchup and if Aldon […]

Preview: How the Niners match up against the Packers

As we examine the details of team building this offseason, let’s also look at the big picture, just for fun. How do the Niners match up against the Green Bay Packers, their first opponent next season? NINERS DEFENSE VS. PACKERS OFFENSE: Green Bay may have the best offense in the NFL, but it doesn’t match […]