Fangio on Justin Smith’s game-winning strip: “The defensive equivalent of The Catch.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s the complete transcript of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s Thursday press conference in the media tent, courtesy of the 49ers. Do you know or expect what the status of DT Isaac Sopoaga will be on Sunday? Do you expect to have him ready for the game? “I think right now it would be highly unlikely that he’ll play this Sunday.” What have you seen from his replacement…

October 6, 2011

Ahmad Brooks in-game quotes

SAN FRANCISCO – Here are in-game quotes from Ahmad Brooks, courtesy of the 49ers Talk about what you saw in that first play there picking off  Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub: “I just really reacted to the play. I got to the play kind of early and I saw that he dropped back kind of far and I recognized that the offensive line, they were starting to go down the…

August 27, 2011

QB competition heats up, Smith pulls ahead

SANTA CLARA – Practice ended with Colin Kaepernick leading the first team offense against the first team defense in a 2-minute drill. Kaepernick was 4-6 on the drive, but Aldon Smith sacked him on the last play, and the offense put up zero points. Over the last 90 minutes of practice, Kaepernick took 22 reps with the first team while Alex Smith took 20. This was the first time in…

August 16, 2011

Day 3: Practice assessment

SANTA CLARA – Practice is over for the day and I will post two interviews shortly, but first here are the good things and the not-so-good things I saw on the field. THE GOOD Colin Kaepernick. By my count he was 15-23 with one interception and one fumbled snap in 11-on-11 scrimmages. He connected with Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker repeatedly on crossing routes and deep outs. Kaepernick makes throwing…

July 31, 2011

Fangio has scheme, needs the right players to run it

It’s generally agreed that Fangio didn’t inherit a unit with a great pass-rushing outside linebacker – a key ingredient in the blitz-heavy 3-4 scheme he prefers to run. And at today’s press conference to formally introduce Fangio, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and special teams coordinator Brad Seely, Fangio did little to dispute the notion.

February 16, 2011