Ahmad Brooks has paid his dues to make it to the NFL. Part of it was his own doing, but his path to get to the professional level as been difficult and unique. However, with football in his blood, he has worked hard to earn a spot with the San Francisco 49ers.
Colin Kaepernick played well in his second career start, and the 49ers defense showed again that they are the best in the league. With Kaepernick again having a good performance the only question is who is the team going to use under center for the rest of the season and beyond?
New Orleans has players listed as out and will have some concerns at depth, but will have all their starters on the field when the 49ers and Saints play on Sunday. While the 49er secondary has several players listed on the injury report, New Orleans is getting back another offensive weapon.
The injury report for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears is unremarkable except for one big name, Jay Cutler. Chicago will be without it’s starting quarterback who suffered a concussion last week and has not been cleared to play. Even without Cutler, San Francisco will have their hands full on Monday Night as they faced a very talented team.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh missed his first full practice since taking over the team due to an irregular heart beat, and although the team says he will be fine, there is still some concern. One player not concerned is running back Brandon Jacobs, who took a shot at Harbaugh on Twitter.
For the 49ers to win in in the second half of the season and move forward in the playoffs, it will all come down to the play of Alex Smith. They will get consistent performances from the defense and special teams, so if the offense can do their part, then San Francisco is going to be tough to beat. The running game has been solid this year, and when the team loses it’s because they got nothing from Smith and the passing game.
Division rivals need no reason to dislike each other, and the 49ers and Seahawks have added fuel to the fire. After the teams recent match-up, 49ers head coach Jim Harbuagh questioned some of the play in the Seattle secondary that may have been overly physical, and this resulted in a war of words between the two teams. However, the end result will only help out San Francisco.
In a sport that puts so much focus on winning and losing, Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers is not the norm. The young cornerback as been close to death, is just happy to be alive, and has learned to cherish each day. He has made his presence felt on the field and embodies the ideals that the team looks for in its players.
After another impressive performance for the 49ers, Frank Gore is slowly becoming on the best all around backs to ever grace the 49ers uniform. The ultimate goal has eluded him, but if the team can get him the ball early and often, they will be in a position to compete for a Super Bowl.
The New York Giants just put the rest of the NFC on notice. After dismantling the 49ers, who many believed to be the most complete team in the NFL, the Giants are back to the form that earned them a Super Bowl win last year. However, San Francisco can point to missed chances to at least keep the game close.
Not only have the 49ers avoided the injury bug, but they have gotten more and more healthy. The lone name that is new is the most important player on the 49ers roster, Alex Smith. However, the injured finger on his right hand seems to be fine and of no real concern. The Giants on the other hand are missing a few starters on offense and will hope that Hakeem Nicks is able to play.
Alex Smith is on the verge of becoming an elite quarterback. The San Francisco signal caller was nominated this week for the FedEx Air Player of the Week award, which is the 3rd time in the past year that he has been up for the award.