Found November 17, 2011 on
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Alex Smith is enjoying this season too much to think ahead.
The 49ers’ quarterback, now in his seventh NFL season in San Francisco, would rather think about how his team is 8-1, how the Arizona Cardinals are next up on the schedule this Sunday at Candlestick Park and how the Niners now seem a lock to clinch the NFC West and make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Already, NFL observers, including Mike Sando of ESPN, have concocted numerous and complicated scenarios to predict when the 49ers will win their division, and if they could set a record for securing the earliest-ever playoff berth.
For his part in what the 49ers have done this season, Smith already has been nominated as a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, along with Tony Romo of the Cowboys, Matthew Stafford of the Lions, Steve Smith of the Panthers and Jermichael Finley of the Packers.
Smith, who is playing on a one-year, $5 million contract, has completed 64 percent of his passes and thrown just three in...
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Even if the 49ers wanted to kick start contract negotiations with quarterback Alex Smith, he might reject it. Smith said Wednesday, he'd prefer to focus on the season and leave contract talks until later. Smith signed a one-year contract for a reported $5 million once the off-season lockout ended....
TEMPE, Ariz. Three NFC West teams took a gamble at the quarterback position this offseason. The Cardinals bet the house on a trade for Kevin Kolb. The Seahawks reached really reached for Tarvaris Jackson. The 49ers stood pat with Alex Smith.
The conservative approach has paid off in San Francisco at least in the short term.
There are better reasons to point to for the 49ers...
For several key NFL players, 2011 represents the final year of their current contracts. While that reality has caused some to complain publicly (e.g., Matt Forte) or to engage in bizarre behavior privately (e.g., Peyton Hillis and DeSean Jackson), 49ers quarterback Alex Smith doesn’t seem to care about whether and to what extent negotiations will…
Another year with quarterback Alex Smith ? It was a question many long-suffering 49ers fans asked with dread or disgust three months ago. Nine regular-season games later, however, the question is a bit different. That...
The San Francisco 49ers (8-1) took yet another step towards the NFL‘s best when they defeated the New York Giants (6-3) in their biggest test this season.
Even without Frank Gore, the 49ers managed to pull away a win from the Giants who have made their mark this season with late-game scores, and San Francisco was a Justin Smith batted ball away from possibly falling into that same...
Running back Frank Gore has a sore left ankle and a sore right knee, but 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Monday he believes Gore will be able to play Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
And if he can’t – or if he needs relief – Harbaugh says the Niners are ready for that, too.
“I would plan on (Gore) playing, but you just feel right now, well, we’ve got a stable of...
With the 49ers trailing 13-12 late in the third quarter last week, the Giants' Steve Weatherford, likely trying to direct his kick away from Ted Ginn, shanked a 29-yard punt that allowed San Francisco to begin its drive at midfield.
Five plays later, Alex Smith connected with Vernon Davis for a...
Smith has a cake matchup against ArizonaPhoto Credit: John Martinez Pavliga
This week’s “Don’t Sleep” will be a little different. Rather than going over the players that you should be rushing to put a waiver claim in on, we will talk about the guys that likely cleared waivers that can still give you an edge this week in your fantasy matchup. Before we get into this picks...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Tom Rathman is slow to hand out praise and quick to tell it like it is. San Francisco's intense, no-nonsense running backs coach played for the 49ers during their glory days, and he knows what it takes to get to the top and stay there.
That's why he demands so much from his players. It...
Don't laugh, Len Pasquarelli writes: The 49ers are for real. Thanks in part to Alex Smith, who is famous for being drafted No. 1 overall instead of Aaron Rodgers, San Francisco is the only team pushing Green Bay for homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs.