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(Eds: Adds quotes, details.) The San Francisco 49ers figured they were in for a long term project when they selected Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft.
They're happy to have been proven wrong.
At the time of the draft the team viewed Smith as an outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme, despite the fact the 20-year-old played solely with his hand in the dirt in his two college seasons.
''He was never standing up at Missouri. And as a matter of fact, he played about half the time, or I would say at least 40 percent of the time, he was a defensive tackle for Missouri,'' Fangio said. ''So, he always had his hand down. So, you never were able to see that on film. You had to just project that.''
With Parys Haralson and Ahmad Brooks entrenched at the two outside linebacker spots last season, the team was able to bring Smith along slowly. In practice, he learned the nuances of play...
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It has been another great start for the San Francisco 49ers, and they should be poised for another playoff run. While San Francisco was upset in Week 3 by the Minnesota Vikings, they bounced back in a big way in Week 4, in a dominating win over the New York Jets.
While the 49ers will never rank amongst the elite when it comes to passing, they are one of the toughest teams to stop...
Patrick Willis has established himself as one of the best defensive players in the NFL. And while the 49ers linebacker is physically gifted, it's what's inside of Willis that has brought him to new heights. Willis has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first five NFL seasons after enjoying a standout college career at Ole Miss. Things haven't always been easy...
Greg Roman is giving the rest of the NFL something extra to think about it when it's time to play the San Francisco 49ers.
Roman doesn't like to call them trick plays, but the offensive coordinator's creative play selection last week sparked the 49ers to their most productive performance of the season during a 34-0 rout of the New York Jets.
Mixing in a collection of...
WHAT: Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers, NFL Week Five. WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. WHERE: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif. SPREAD: 49ers -9.5 PREVIOUS RESULTS: The Bills lost to the New England Patriots, 52-28. The 49ers beat the New York Jets, 34-0. The Bills last played the 49ers in 2008, with San Francisco visiting Buffalo and leaving with a 10-3 win. BILLS ON OFFENSE...
The San Francisco 49ers on Sunday face another passing offense and another mobile quarterback, two elements that have given them problems this year. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 12 touchdowns this season, the most in the league through four weeks, and those 12 have come in just 72 completions. He is also a run threat and is somewhat similar in style to Minnesota...
After a tough loss to the New England Patriots last week, the Bills return to action on Sunday when they take on the San Francisco 49ers. Buffalo enters at 2-2 while the 49ers currently stand at 3-1. For the Bills to win, they’ll have to have one of their best performances of the season as they try to remain in first place in the AFC East.
Ryan Talbot: Bills 27-24
The last time the Buffalo Bills entered Candlestick Park, the 2004 San Francisco 49ers started a struggling quarterback (not named Smith!) the day after Christmas on the way to a 2-14 season under then coach, Dennis Erickson.Drew Bledsoe played conservatively following a running game that pounded the Niners for 226 yards and a 41-7 score.Oh, how things change! In 2012, if you have...
Donte Whitner, the former Buffalo Bills safety, knows all to well what losing to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots feels like.
According to SFGate.com, Whitner suggested the Bills’ problems went beyond their personnel when asked about Buffalo’s mindset after its 52-28 loss to the Patriots last week.
“Their backs are against the wall, knowing those guys,” said Whitner...
Jason: 35 - 10, 49ers: Why couldn't the Ryder Cup have been this Sunday instead? This one has the potential to enter into the pantheon of All-Time Bills Road Game Debacles. Anticipating at least one San Francisco return for a TD, either defense or kick teams. Give the points.
Frank: 38-16, 49ers: If Buffalo is serious about showing folks they're legitimate...
Thankfully, it only comes around once every four years.
Presidential election? NBC's Summer Olympics coverage? Nope, I'm talking about Bills-49ers week. I dread it.
Here's the thing most of you probably don't know about me: I was actually a 49ers fan before I became a Bills fan. Joe Montana - the greatest, most clutch quarterback of all time...