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49ers offensive line boldly proclaims: “We don’t suck”

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The 49ers haven’t been able to run the ball this year.  They’ve struggled to protect Alex Smith.

Their offensive line was supposed to be the foundation to the team, but it hasn’t worked out that way so far.

“Contrary to everyone’s belief, we don’t suck,” tackle Staley said via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We’re good players and we play well. It comes down to everybody executing. It takes all 11 guys. It doesn’t take five offensive linemen to make a running play go.”

Staley goes on to talk about all the other components of a running play.  Whoever is at fault, the 49ers can improve on things this week.

The Eagles don’t scare you as a run-stopping team, so we expect to see plenty of Kendall Hunter playing behind banged-up starter Frank Gore. Staley and friends could struggle to pass protect against Trent Cole, Jason Babin, and company.

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59 Responses to “49ers offensive line boldly proclaims: “We don’t suck””
  1. kingokra says: Sep 30, 2011 5:57 PM

    Ummm, yes you do.

  2. jimbobobjr says: Sep 30, 2011 5:58 PM

    Yeah……..Kordell Stewart said that at one time, too. Doesn’t really change the facts.

  3. tdk24 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:01 PM

    We know! It’s your QB!

  4. baltimorons says: Sep 30, 2011 6:01 PM

    …but the rest of our team does”

  5. basketballexpert says: Sep 30, 2011 6:02 PM

    ““Contrary to everyone’s belief, we don’t suck,” tackle Staley said via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.”

    Staley must be from Brazil since he has no first name. Nice work Rosenthal.

  6. favreforever says: Sep 30, 2011 6:02 PM

    Taking their motto from and old ad campaign, the boys rally each other with “We’re number thirty-two so we try harder!”.

  7. forever8young says: Sep 30, 2011 6:02 PM

    Staley needs to keep quiet and focus on improving his game. Quit yappin to the media about how good you are or aren’t. Prove your worth on the field.

  8. kingdm8 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:04 PM

    Nothing screams “we suck” like a player saying, “We don’t suck.”

  9. rayvens says: Sep 30, 2011 6:06 PM

    49ers offensive line boldly proclaims: “We don’t suck”
    —————–
    He’s right…. Only Alexis Smith does!

  10. fasteddy415 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:10 PM

    Not worried too much on the oline. As the season goes we should see improvement. For not having much of a off season the team has played the best with a new coach at the helm.

  11. discosucs2005 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:15 PM

    There an articulate bunch.

  12. discosucs2005 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:17 PM

    They’re. Disregard my previous comment. Clearly I’m not one to judge articulation.

  13. trbowman says: Sep 30, 2011 6:19 PM

    Alex Smith sucks

  14. ninerdynasty says: Sep 30, 2011 6:20 PM

    No staley, you are right, the whole unit doesnt suck, just you and rachal. You are an over rated player that just plain and simple SUCKS! I dont remember a game where you didnt commit a holding, a false start or allowed a sack.. there is always something …YOU SUCK!

  15. goldrush4949 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:22 PM

    Frank Gore is averaging 2.5 yards a pop.

    Alex Smith has been sacked 11 times in the past 2 games.

    When Smith isn’t getting sacked he’s running for his life immediately after the taking the snap.

    Sorry, Joe. That whole unit stinks and you’re playing the worst out of all 5 starters.

  16. ctiggs says: Sep 30, 2011 6:33 PM

    they dont suck they blow
    signed
    niner fan

  17. chocolatebaconbutter says: Sep 30, 2011 6:34 PM

    I can’t name 6 players on that team who DON’T suck.

  18. luckynumberlucas says: Sep 30, 2011 6:38 PM

    No, in 80% of the cases the OL is at fault.

    10% if a QB doensn’t recognize a blitz and 10% if the RB messes up.

    I play RT and we take pride in blocking for our RBs and if we can’t run the ball, we are the ones to blame usually.

    Get better, stop bitchin’…

  19. ryanclark25 says: Sep 30, 2011 6:41 PM

    for a line with (open to correction) 3 first round picks – staley iupati davis ( latter two only last years draft), the perfromance is abysmal, they should not only be saying they don’t suck, they should be a dominant line in the league! And yes as a steeler fan commenting on a different offensive line not named the bears, i recognise the whole pot meet kettle irony but i hope with pouncey and co, the dark days of bens routine sunday murder are behind us.

  20. raiderapologist says: Sep 30, 2011 6:42 PM

    If Tackle Staley isn’t going to take responsibility, he needs to point the finger accurately. Is it the receivers and/or the tight ends? Is your crappy quarterback taking too long to hand off the ball? Do your backs suck?

  21. 2sloweggroll says: Sep 30, 2011 6:50 PM

    My wife said the same thing exactly one day after she stopped being my Fiance

  22. 2sloweggroll says: Sep 30, 2011 6:53 PM

    Crap ola! I meant Fiancee … I really did. That was karma and I deserve it.

  23. marcsasharc says: Sep 30, 2011 7:00 PM

    i think hes clearly stating that Gore is the problem. thats what i read in between the lines. and he does have a point. although the line hasnt been great, it hasnt been terrible. they are weaker in pass protection than in the run game yet they arent getting any production on the ground.

    is the line good? nope. terrible? nope. the QB has been doing his job too, so you cant go there with Alex Smith even though hes the easy target.

  24. citynative says: Sep 30, 2011 7:03 PM

    Niner fan here…. yes you do!

  25. ron69 says: Sep 30, 2011 7:09 PM

    49ers with a winning record and in top of his division? Could this be the signal that the end is near?

  26. tommytd says: Sep 30, 2011 7:14 PM

    No, they don’t suck…now the Bears’ O line…there’s a line that SUCKS! I challenge Frank Omigod to play one single game without a false start penalty!

  27. arbiterflick says: Sep 30, 2011 7:22 PM

    Staley is a good player, but that’s a horrible unit.

  28. snowskier24 says: Sep 30, 2011 7:26 PM

    Umm… the rest of the guys dont have a job to do if the line cant block and the plays end in the backfield, silly goose trix are for kids

  29. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 30, 2011 7:43 PM

    As a long time fan my considered opinion is that they are awful. Bill Walsh had better offensive lines with waiver wire pick ups and an obese tackle named Bubba Paris.

  30. 1phd says: Sep 30, 2011 7:47 PM

    chocolatebaconbutter says: Sep 30, 2011 6:34 PM

    I can’t name 6 players on that team who DON’T suck.
    ——
    Let me help with 7 to get you started. Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Kendall Hunter, Frank Gore, Ahmed Brooks, Andy Lee and David Akers

  31. time2speakup says: Sep 30, 2011 7:47 PM

    Die hard-plus Niner here. I beg your pardon, sir. Except for the Center, you’re the same bunch from last two seasons – and with continuity in coaching, but still you’re digressing from one game to the next. True its about a collective effort, but you five are not getting any movement up front. Not any. And you are stale mated cold at the line snap after snap. Who is that on really? Inquiring minds want to know. Alex will not last the season. No way.

  32. savannahrose44 says: Sep 30, 2011 8:21 PM

    Put your money where your mouth is…If you don’t suck then stop playing like you suck.

  33. theysone says: Sep 30, 2011 8:22 PM

    ninerdynasty says: Sep 30, 2011 6:20 PM

    No staley, you are right, the whole unit doesnt suck, just you and rachal. You are an over rated player that just plain and simple SUCKS! I dont remember a game where you didnt commit a holding, a false start or allowed a sack.. there is always something …YOU SUCK!
    ___________________________________

    You, sir, are wrong. Anthony Davis also sucks!

    That leaves Iupati and Goodwin as being the only decent starting O-Linemen.

    Hope Rachal is on the bench this week and Snyder starts in his place. Wish we still had Sims or Wragge!

  34. savannahrose44 says: Sep 30, 2011 8:35 PM

    “We’re good players and we play well. It comes down to everybody executing. It takes all 11 guys. It doesn’t take five offensive linemen to make a running play go.”

    Alright he may have a point here…but it does take five offensive linemen to protect a QB and at 11 sack in 3 games this season Alex Smith thinks you suck too.

  35. bossplayer213 says: Sep 30, 2011 8:35 PM

    Any 49er fan can tell you this OL is without question THE worst OL in the entire NFL.

    For people who don’t follow the 49ers, it is baaaad, real bad, Michael Jackson.

  36. funkylovemonkey says: Sep 30, 2011 8:37 PM

    Prove it on the field.

    A formerly stellar running game now averaging 2.5 yards per carry?

    Giving up 11 sacks and 17 hits on the QB in TWO games?

    Alex Smith has a rating of 91.3 with a completion percentage of 68.9%. The defense is even better then it was last year, ranked 3rd with the run and 4th with points allowed.

    It actually sounds like everyone is doing their job EXCEPT the offensive line.

    Stop talking and prove it on the field. In the games I’ve been able to watch the Offensive Line has been an embarrassment.

  37. flavordave says: Sep 30, 2011 8:37 PM

    It is time for the Eagles to start the new era of football dominance. Bow down to Philly all of you ugly smelly pukes.

  38. hendeeze says: Sep 30, 2011 8:39 PM

    Niner fan here that says, Yes, you and everyone not named Mike Iupati sucks

  39. citynative says: Sep 30, 2011 9:12 PM

    @flavordave

    Niners 5 – Eagles 0. Dominate that.

  40. biggie900 says: Sep 30, 2011 9:15 PM

    marcsasharc says:Sep 30, 2011 7:00 PM

    i think hes clearly stating that Gore is the problem. thats what i read in between the lines. and he does have a point. although the line hasnt been great, it hasnt been terrible. they are weaker in pass protection than in the run game yet they arent getting any production on the ground.

    Gore hasnt impressed me this season. watched game against Seattle saw some running plays where Gore could have cut outside but he chose to run into the back of his O-linemen. its like he’s got tunnel vision.

  41. marcsasharc says: Sep 30, 2011 9:23 PM

    yup, biggie900. i record every game and i always go back to watch it so i can review it and break it down. the line has opened holes that Gore hasnt hit. he keeps running into his linemens back and its not even when they are getting pushed back. hes literally running into them even when they get a push. hes not seeing the lanes and he isnt breaking any tackles.

  42. briank1ne says: Sep 30, 2011 9:30 PM

    well against the eagles you have a good defensive line to prove that against. 11 sacks in 3 games…2 games really…didnt give one up against the seahawks. but dallas and cincy crushed us on the line. Alex smith has been doing fantastic without a good line in front of him. so everyone thats saying that the qb sucks…we all really know you arent a niner fan or you just dont know what the heck is going on.

  43. cowboy88 says: Sep 30, 2011 9:47 PM

    They may suck, but they’ll still run the ball down the Eagles throats.

  44. pacash80 says: Sep 30, 2011 9:59 PM

    “We don’t suck.”

    That should be adapted as the 49ers new slogan.

  45. cactusranger71 says: Sep 30, 2011 10:22 PM

    Who names their kid Tackle? And why didn’t he become a fisherman?

  46. 90sniners says: Sep 30, 2011 10:53 PM

    Alex Smith is jealous of Cutler’s O-line.

  47. raiderrob21 says: Sep 30, 2011 11:37 PM

    Ahhh yes you do, so does the entire team and the ownership! Be very thankful you had an easy opening schedule and play in the WORST division in the NFL. Sad thing is its been the worst division for a few years now, and you guys still cant win the damn thing!

  48. niner89 says: Sep 30, 2011 11:56 PM

    @flavordave – it must suck to be an Eagle fan…with zero Super Bowl rings and such. You can only dream of achieving the Niners have. Go eat your cheesesteak and be quiet.

  49. gi141 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:49 AM

    48 hours before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles run Defense is probably the best time for an O-line to play the, “We don’t suck” card.

    Now, if you go out and suck on Sunday against that swiss cheese Defense…nothing left for the front 5 but SHAME.

  50. dirtyjersey9er says: Oct 1, 2011 3:36 AM

    I think part of the early struggles is the fact that they shifted to zone blocking this season. There has been a big lack of communication on the line especially on the left side. But Staley has been bad and Anthony Davis has been worse. I think it’s time to see Alex Boone in there.

    Gonna need a lot of quick slants this game with that pass rush. Probably some screens and Play Action too. Well that and some more plays that feature Alex rolling out as opposed to dropping back because at least that way he will be running by design and not for his life.

  51. faaast1 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:46 AM

    I’ll reserve judgement until I hear the results on that comprehensive survey, from the Castro District.

  52. axespray says: Oct 1, 2011 6:47 AM

    You can write a book full of all the excuses for why Alex Smith Doesn’t suck and why it’s everyone else’s fault…

    seriously, let it go, the dude is a bust, move on.

  53. xmgmx says: Oct 1, 2011 7:20 AM

    Cactus, that was funny :)

  54. jimmysee says: Oct 1, 2011 7:55 AM

    In the world of compliments, that one ranks pretty low.

  55. waynefontes says: Oct 1, 2011 8:38 AM

    Nothing like giving yourself a backhanded compliment.

  56. dgavrock says: Oct 1, 2011 10:44 AM

    Pretty much the whole team sucks except for like 7-10 guys. One of which is iupati. So that means 80% of the line sucks. Which means the line is at the mastery-level in sucking. But that doesn’t mean Alex doesn’t suck. He does. He’s just not the only one. We’ve known this for a while now.

  57. 49ersmang says: Oct 1, 2011 12:27 PM

    raiderrob69 you must be fishing for responses, because YOU have the worst owner in football, and didn’t your team sweep the division last year and still missed the playoffs? Brady will bring the raiders back to earth tomorrow…..

  58. MossMoon2Packers says: Oct 1, 2011 1:11 PM

    He’s right. They don’t suck. They blow.

  59. jagonnater says: Oct 1, 2011 11:36 PM

    yeah Staley you do suck. But you dont suck as bad as the tackle playing opposite of you Anthony Davis. Now he really sucks.

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