Tag Archives: Justin Smith

Who is the most important player on the 49ers this season?

I say Justin Smith is the most important player on the 49ers this season. He is the engine that makes that defense go. The 49ers’ defense was terrible without Justin Smith last season, and until Michael Crabtree is 100-percent healthy, the 49ers are going to have to win games with their defense. Who do you think […]

Report: Justin Smith signs two-year extension

Matt Maiocco just tweeted Justin Smith has signed a two-year extension, keeping him a 49er through the 2015 season. The 49ers are taking a leap of faith by extending Smith, who tore a ligament in a his elbow late last season. They’re betting he can fully recover and dominate the line of scrimmage until he’s 36 […]

Fangio on Carradine, Reid, Asomugha, Rogers and more

SANTA CLARA — Here’s what Vic Fangio said Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of the 49ers.   So, offensive coordinator Greg Roman had said yesterday, obviously he’d been through two offensive installs already and it was more for him about execution. What is it about for you during this mini-camp with the defense? “Well, the mini-camp is […]

Justin Smith estimates he’ll be 100 percent healthy in one month

SANTA CLARA — Justin Smith spoke to Bay Area reporters Wednesday afternoon for the first time this offseason. Here’s what he said. Q: How did you elbow surgery go? JUSTIN SMITH: I thought it went pretty well. They went in and repaired it. The strength and everything came back pretty good. I’m almost 100 percent. […]

Projecting the 49ers’ DL depth chart in 2013 and 2014

What will the 49ers’ DL depth chart look like in 2013 and 2014? Here’s my best guess, and I’m interested to read yours as well. 2013 BASE ROLB, or “Leo” or standing rusher – Aldon Smith (although Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio could choose to play Parys Haralson here to keep Aldon Smith fresh for the […]

Trent Baalke’s pre-draft press conference transcript

Trent Baalke held a press conference in the 49ers’ defensive meeting room Wednesday morning. Here’s a transcript. Q: Where are you guys in the process of putting together your board? BAALKE: We’re probably 50 percent there. Q: That’s all? BAALKE: It’s pretty much set. We’ve got some touch-up stuff we’ve got to do, cleaning some […]

How Glenn Dorsey fits into the 49ers’ defense

There’s been some confusion regarding exactly how the 49ers will use their newest defensive lineman, Glenn Dorsey. So I wrote an article explaining Dorsey’s role. He will start at nose tackle for the 49ers, meaning he’ll line up in the strong side A gap, the position Isaac Sopoaga played for the Niners the last two […]

3-4 or 4-3 Under?

What’s the correct name for the 49ers’ base defense: 3-4 or 4-3 Under? If you’ve never heard of the 4-3 Under, click here to read a detailed explanation of it. The article says George Seifert used the 4-3 Under when he was the defensive coordinator for the 49ers. His defense looked like a 3-4 because […]

49ers vs. Seahawks: Which team is better right now?

Many of my readers have been comparing and contrasting the 49ers and Seahawks this week, so I thought it would be interesting to break down the two clubs by offensive, defensive and special teams units. In other words, at this point in free agency which team has the better starting QB? Which team has the […]

49ers working out John Abraham but they should not sign him

Accoridng to Adam Schefter, the 49ers are working out defensive end John Abraham at their Santa Clara practice facility today. Abraham, who will be 35 years old next season, probably has some gas left in the tank as a situational pass rusher, as in nickel and sub packages, but he does not have as much […]

What the 49ers really need

Matt Barrows wrote a blog this morning arguing why the 49ers’ biggest offseason issue is the pass rush, not the secondary. I love Matt’s work and I usually agree with his opinions, but I disagree this time. The 49ers need to address the secondary with greater urgency than the D-line. If Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky […]