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49ers think Sproles is so good, it’s almost unfair

Darren Sproles AP

Almost immediately after the lockout ended, the Saints traded Reggie Bush to Miami and signed Darren Sproles to replace him, in what may have been the most significant personnel move of the entire 2011 NFL offseason. More than five months later, as 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio prepares to stop Sproles on Saturday, he’s still shaking his head about how it was possible that an already good New Orleans offense could pull off a move like that to get better.

I can’t believe they got him for the cheap price that they got him for replacing Reggie Bush,” Fangio told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think if it was the NBA, the commissioner might have stepped in and stopped that move.”

Every defensive coordinator who has had to prepare for Sproles this season has probably wished Roger Goodell had pulled a David Stern and said it would simply be unfair to add a player like Sproles to an offense like the Saints’. After all, in Sproles’ first year with the Saints he set a new NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards.

However, it’s easy to forget that not everyone around the league appreciated Sproles’ talents before this season. That’s why the Saints were able to attract Sproles for the relatively low price of a four-year contract that averages $3.5 million a year.

But now everyone knows how good Sproles is. The 49ers’ defense especially.

“There’s no doubt that he’s a unique running back,” 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. “For a guy his size, he does it all. He runs in between the tackles, outside, catches the ball really well. He’s a complete running back. Certainly, we’re going to have to know where he is at all times.”

Fangio is shaking his head at how many ways the Saints can move the ball.

“He’s a talented player,” Fangio said of Sproles. “He’s extremely quick, extremely fast. He’s got a great working knowledge with Brees that goes back to their San Diego days. They worked all offseason together. He’s a weapon. And that’s the most glaring thing when you look at this offense is they have weapons everywhere. It’s hard to say, hey, if we stop this guy we’ll win this game, or we’ll play great on defense. They’ve got a lot of guys we’ve got to stop.”

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2012 7:08 AM

    Not good enough for the San Diego Super Chargers though.

    No way.

  2. jackntorres says: Jan 13, 2012 7:08 AM

    Story of the Saints… everyone is treasure here.

    SF has no chance of reading Brees’ play action to Sproles behind our mean and massive offensive line.

    34-20

    WHO DAT

  3. kmdp4 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:13 AM

    Well maybe the 49ers should have signed him, he was out there on the open market for anyone to grab.

  4. kelvinmchale says: Jan 13, 2012 7:13 AM

    He’s no Danny Woodhead.

  5. ashman23 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:22 AM

    What is it with the Chargers drafting all these quality RBs and not being able to hang onto them?

    Oh. that’s right, they suck.

    Sproles completes an already potent attack.

  6. KIR says: Jan 13, 2012 7:25 AM

    This often repeated fallacy that great RB’s are easily replaceable is laughable. Which great backs are they talking about? lol The only individual position without question that’s harder to replace than a great back is the QB. Please don’t bring up the OL. I know 5 players TOGETHER are more important than one.

  7. mrklutch says: Jan 13, 2012 7:32 AM

    Was actually a solid stat line on my fantasy team this year, had to replace him for Charles.

    Still, a very good back.

  8. jeffharwell3 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:42 AM

    WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?? NOBODY!!!

    GO 49ERS

  9. cuda1234 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:43 AM

    Remember when the Chargers had LT, Sproles AND Micheal Turner in the backfield? Maybe Norv’s not the problem after all.

  10. indywilson40 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:43 AM

    I do believe that there should be a minimum height requirement for running backs. It creates an unfair advantage when defenders can’t see the back behind his tall offensive lineman. MJD has the same unfair advantage.

  11. gopats23 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:51 AM

    So 2 of the Saints best players came from the Chargers roster, AND were easy acquisitions.

    And we wonder why SD is always such a disaster…

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 13, 2012 8:01 AM

    A.J. Smith was too bullheaded to give Sproles what he deserved, which in part helps to explain why the Chargers are watching the playoffs from the comfy confines of their couches.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:05 AM

    Fangio must be a Laker fan ha

  14. test2402 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:07 AM

    The only person so good it’s unfair is Tim Tebow.

  15. CKL says: Jan 13, 2012 8:09 AM

    If I were an offensive skill player, I’d take a smaller paycheck too to play for Payton. That man uses every possible talent of his offensive skill players the right way. Best playcaller/designer of offense in the league.

  16. mattsffrd says: Jan 13, 2012 8:10 AM

    Smart of the 49ers to not give them any bulletin board material…only praise. Unlike the Giants, who are acting like they’re going to destroy the best team in the NFL without breaking a sweat.

  17. wikidpissah says: Jan 13, 2012 8:11 AM

    The sales of Rolaids and alcohol must skyrocket in San Diego when they watch Brees and Sproles run rampant on another team.

  18. skinsrollyou says: Jan 13, 2012 8:11 AM

    He’s no Danny wood head? Who posted that? Forrest gump?

  19. longdrivesaint says: Jan 13, 2012 8:15 AM

    Pound for pound best all around back. His stature allows him to do so many things so well. Their is no me, myself or I about him. Great pick up. Could be the X factor tomorrow.

  20. sojumaster says: Jan 13, 2012 8:16 AM

    49ers are already making excuses for their upcoming loss against New Orleans ….

  21. igetlaidmorethanyou says: Jan 13, 2012 8:18 AM

    Typical 40-whiners. Crying and saying if they get beat, then something wasn’t fair. When they get beat on Sat., they’ll blame it on the refs and this.

  22. slowclyde86 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:22 AM

    While it is most decidedly true that sproles has been exceptional this year, what else do ou expect an upcoming opponent to say?—well, provided said opponent is not a Jets employee.

  23. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 13, 2012 8:24 AM

    But A.J. Smith keeps his job, year after year….

  24. freedomispopular says: Jan 13, 2012 8:25 AM

    I remember seeing him play in a KSU game and thinking he’d be a stud someday. But he was “too short” and “too small.”

  25. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 13, 2012 8:26 AM

    No disrespect to BJGE, but how did Bill Belichick not sign this guy????

  26. lolb23 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:30 AM

    Niners are frauds, product of worst division in football. Saints in a blow out.

  27. cowboycjn says: Jan 13, 2012 8:39 AM

    He was there for anyone that wanted to get him. As for Goodell pulling a David Stern to block that move – I think that is wrong to even think that way. A team builds their talent with skilled players depending on their need and ability to pay within the salary cap. Each team has the same opportunity and to have Goodell or anyone else meddling in a teams ability to better themselves is like trying to limit which teams you want to win or loose at the mercy of upper management. Then its not a game anymore its pure politics.
    GEAUX SAINTS

  28. jackntorres says: Jan 13, 2012 8:47 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    Jan 13, 2012 8:26 AM
    No disrespect to BJGE, but how did Bill Belichick not sign this guy????
    ——-
    Because he wanted to play for Payton, no disrespect to Belichick.

    Can’t you read he took peanuts to come here?

  29. jackntorres says: Jan 13, 2012 8:49 AM

    I remember seeing him play in a KSU game and thinking he’d be a stud someday. But he was “too short” and “too small.”
    ——
    People say the same thing about Brees. It all works when you have 3 Pro Bowl offensive linemen.

  30. philwauke says: Jan 13, 2012 9:03 AM

    The same could be said about Braylon, oh wait never mind.

  31. IMG says: Jan 13, 2012 9:05 AM

    If the Saints fans stop their Who Dat crap folks might start giving them more respect

  32. bleed4philly says: Jan 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    It’s hard to stop someone you can’t see.

  33. jmsincla says: Jan 13, 2012 9:07 AM

    Brees, Sproles, Turner…How does A.J. Smith have a Job?

  34. ilcattivo118 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    If the StLouis Rams can get 2 Rushing TD’s against the 49’rs run D then…. well, need I say more…..

  35. goldrush36 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:12 AM

    Typical media spin. I didn’t see anything about unfair. He simply said in te nba the deal would’ve probably been blocked because they are already so good

  36. longdrivesaint says: Jan 13, 2012 9:14 AM

    Sometimes it’s not all about the so called “measurements”. It’s what’s between the ears. Yes Drew and Darren have that Charger connection, but teams had their chances. Glad we got him.

  37. goldrush36 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:21 AM

    If the StLouis Rams can get 2 Rushing TD’s against the 49′rs run D then…. well, need I say more…..
    ___________________________
    no disrespect to sproles but Lynch and Jackson are completely different animals than sproles. They run with a lot of authority and a fluke td scramble happens now and then

  38. kylehealy says: Jan 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    @igetlaidmorethanyou and sojumaster

    What the hell are you guys talking about? 40 whiners? Making excuses?

    Typically, I’d just ignore idiotic posts like that, but I feel I have to bring some wisdom to the less intelligent. I’ll use small words.

    You see, what the 49ers are doing is stating a fact. In order to win, they’ll have to contain Darren Sproles. He’s just another weapon in a very potent offense and they acknowledge it. I haven’t seen the 9ers whine or complain about the refs all season so I don’t know what the hell you guys are talking about. You should take a page out of the Packer’s fan book of class and shut up. For a team that has won a single championship in their existence and became the first team EVER to lose to a team with a losing record in the playoffs last year, you sure love to talk. Let me give you a nickels worth of free advice, wait till AFTER the game to talk, I think people will respect you more. Haven’t you learned anything from the Ryan’s?

  39. havok82 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    He is not “pound for pound the best back” in the NFL. MJD or Ray Rice are much, much better. A healthy Matt Forte is better. Sproles is a hell of a weapon, but he’s on an offense loaded with talent. The Jags, Ravens, and Bears don’t have anywhere near the complementary talent and teams can focus in on them. They are still great even when teams can sell out to stop them.

    In this season of offensive overkill, Sproles is productive back and a good reason why the Saints are where they are, but let’s all hop off the hyperbole wagon. He led the team in rushing with about 600 yards. His biggest threats are in the return game and catching passes out of the backfield. Yes, he averaged 6.9 yds per rush, but he had more targets (and almost more catches) as a reciever. Bush ran for 1000 yards this year. I am not convinced that Sproles ever could (or could withstand the pounding of 200+ carries).

  40. jr4real says: Jan 13, 2012 9:36 AM

    indywilson40 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:43 AM

    I do believe that there should be a minimum height requirement for running backs. It creates an unfair advantage when defenders can’t see the back behind his tall offensive lineman. MJD has the same unfair advantage.
    ————————————————–

    this may be the dumbest comment on PFT of all time!!

  41. blogatron2000 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:38 AM

    Note to Alex Spanos,

    We would like to commend you for your decision to keep AJ Smith and Norv Turner.

    Best of luck next season,

    The rest of the AFC West

  42. qcsfinest704 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:39 AM

    Go read the injury report from teams that play the Niners. The other teams training room looks like a dam triage. If you think that Willis and Bowman cant cover sproles and graham sit down in front of a TV saturday and watch them disappear.

    All your gonna hear is”Who dat gettin carted off the field now?!”

    49ers 24 saints 17

  43. stephenjr311 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:43 AM

    For those who are taking Fangio’s comments as an indictment, you should become political analysts. The guy was just marveling at the fact that the Saints were able to make such a good move. If someone asked Fangio if there should be an investigation into the move he would laugh in their face. I’m not sure why I have to explain this to you…

  44. cdsaints says: Jan 13, 2012 9:43 AM

    IMG says:
    Jan 13, 2012 9:05 AM
    If the Saints fans stop their Who Dat crap folks might start giving them more respect

    ——————————

    We don’t want or need your respect.

    Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?!?!?!

  45. waxthat says: Jan 13, 2012 9:47 AM

    lolb23 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 8:30 AM
    Niners are frauds, product of worst division in football. Saints in a blow out.

    ——————————————–
    lol…you must not have watched much this year. Or at least not the fraudulent 49ers, smh.

  46. waxthat says: Jan 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    ilcattivo118 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 9:11 AM
    If the StLouis Rams can get 2 Rushing TD’s against the 49′rs run D then…. well, need I say more…..

    ______________________________

    And the Rams beat the Saints…enough said.

    Niners beat the Rams, by the way..do any of you watch the games? unbelievable…

  47. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2012 9:50 AM

    indywilson40 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 7:43 AM
    I do believe that there should be a minimum height requirement for running backs. It creates an unfair advantage when defenders can’t see the back behind his tall offensive lineman. MJD has the same unfair advantage.
    ***************************************************
    You’re kidding, right?

  48. celonedafam says: Jan 13, 2012 9:50 AM

    As for the comment “the Niners are fruads” thats the typical sportscenter watching fan!! obviously u know nothing about football the Niners have only given up 3 rushin touchdowns all season. If u think sproles is just goin to do what he wants on Sat then ur crazy!! No one will give this team any credit they will have to take it!! if they make it through this playoff bracket then they will offfically shut evreybody up!! Plus this is only YEAR ONE OF THE HARBAUGH ERA!!! They will only get better from here.

  49. waxthat says: Jan 13, 2012 9:51 AM

    Keep hating, we love it. I respect the Saints and think this is a going to be a hell of a game. Bill “spat my face” Romanowski was right, Niners need to make this a stretcher game.

    I was right on about the Giants, Steelers and Philly games. I’ll eat crow if they lose tomorrow but im sticking with my guns…Niners 24 – Saints 21.

    Thanks you Philly, for giving up on your best player of all-time..David Akers ;)

  50. tmtz2112 says: Jan 13, 2012 10:13 AM

    Thank you kylehealy for that post, all these saints fans are just on the bandwagon cause of the saints play the past 5 seasons, a real saints fan is humbled and appreciative of the team they have now. Where were the bandwagon fans before the pre brees and peyton era, exactly the only place you could see a saints fan was wearing a paper bag over their heads while gettin whooped on by the panthers rams and niners twice a year in the pre division alignment era. Now you got people like jackntorres who im glad too see he took time from jackn it to write a post even though he obviously is one of those bandwagoneers, the aints are geauxing down

  51. bayoubauer says: Jan 13, 2012 10:17 AM

    This game has the makings to be the best of the weekend. I’m of the opinion that the Saints should use the pass to set up the run, and not vice versa. You don’t want to fire up that D and that crowd by consistently running for next to no yards, and getting caught in 3rd and long early in the game. Also, watch for Smith to come out throwing early just like Bama did to LSU on monday (that one still stings). Hopefully the Saints learned a lesson from the seahawks game, and are completely focused for this one.

    GEAUX SAINTS!!

  52. Aaron says: Jan 13, 2012 10:26 AM

    I remember the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game when Sproles led KSU on the ground with 235 rushing yards to knock off OU 35-7. (Keep in mind #1 OU averaged 42+ ppg and held opponents to 15.3 and was widely considered at the time to be the ‘next great’ in CFB history).

    Guy has been tearing it up on the ground for years and it’s high time he gets the recognition he deserves.

  53. yamchargers says: Jan 13, 2012 10:29 AM

    Soo painful!

    But remember anyone could have had Brees and Sproles. Only Miami had a competing offer on Brees and I dont know if there was any other serious offers for Sproles.

    I honestly didnt think that Sproles was that good but wow, he is on fire now. He did suffer a serious early career injury and missed a season and his durability SHOULD have been an issue but wow, hes playing great this year.

  54. sonoco says: Jan 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    stephenjr311 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 9:43 AM
    For those who are taking Fangio’s comments as an indictment, you should become political analysts. The guy was just marveling at the fact that the Saints were able to make such a good move. If someone asked Fangio if there should be an investigation into the move he would laugh in their face. I’m not sure why I have to explain this to you…

    ***************************************

    Thank you! It was a compliment to their front office not whining. smh

  55. franknunley57 says: Jan 13, 2012 10:40 AM

    to the Faithful: don’t even bother refuting the posts from most of these saints fans.they’re too stupid to understand Fangio was paying Sproles a compliment. i wonder if all these players that are dying to play for payton know that he would cross a picket line to take their jobs. F using eaux. Go 9ers!

  56. fngs1 says: Jan 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    ilcattivo118 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    If the StLouis Rams can get 2 Rushing TD’s against the 49′rs run D then…. well, need I say more…..
    ——————————————————
    Didn’t the Rams beat the Saints? Need I say more……

  57. 6ball says: Jan 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    .

    In today’s NFL which depends so much on creating mismatches, why would SD jettison this guy? Who covers him? a linebacker? I don’t think so.

    .

  58. igetlaidmorethanyou says: Jan 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    LOL @ ‘whiners fans. Your hubris is only slightly less amusing than the Ryans’. Hilarious….

  59. bozosforall says: Jan 13, 2012 11:01 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 7:43 AM
    Remember when the Chargers had LT, Sproles AND Micheal Turner in the backfield? Maybe Norv’s not the problem after all.

    __
    And as long as Spanos keeps “The Lord of No Rings” around, the Chargers will continue to have those kinds of problems.

  60. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 13, 2012 11:08 AM

    I remember Rolondo McClain hitting him so hard gave Sproles a concussion. Ro was laughing and saluted Raider Nation.,,,Good times.

  61. Nevis says: Jan 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    igetlaidmorethanyou says:
    Jan 13, 2012 8:18 AM
    Typical 40-whiners. Crying and saying if they get beat, then something wasn’t fair. When they get beat on Sat., they’ll blame it on the refs and this.
    ——

    You are clearly a terrible chess player. That’s OK, the 49ers and their fans are used to ignorance like yours.

  62. dougydougdoug says: Jan 13, 2012 11:20 AM

    The Chargers aren’t technically one of the 32 teams in the NFL. They’re actually a professional training organization, designed to pick and train great players, then let them go have fantastic careers on the other 31-teams. For free.

  63. Nevis says: Jan 13, 2012 11:23 AM

    ilcattivo118 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 9:11 AM
    If the StLouis Rams can get 2 Rushing TD’s against the 49′rs run D then…. well, need I say more…..

    —————————–

    And money says you don’t have the first idea how or why those scores occurred.

    One was a QB run on a rare broken play and the other was a 1 yard dive after a PI call to the 1.

    That’s not exactly getting abused. Saints won’t run on the 49ers, you can take that to Vegas.

  64. smartandhung says: Jan 13, 2012 11:25 AM

    These 9er fans are the same derelicts that elected and REELECTED the Gubernator and Nancy Pelosi. And you see how that’s going for them. That fact alone discredits any opinion they may have on here.

    To the FAITHFUL: “Your not as smart as you think you are”

  65. notdemfalcons says: Jan 13, 2012 11:26 AM

    cdsaints says:
    Jan 13, 2012 9:43 AM
    IMG says:
    Jan 13, 2012 9:05 AM
    If the Saints fans stop their Who Dat crap folks might start giving them more respect

    ——————————

    We don’t want or need your respect.

    Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?!?!?!

    ——————

    Couldn’t agree more regarding the “lack of respect.”
    That being said, the fact that people are actually annoyed by another fan bases’ chant is laughable and probably even more childish than the chant itself. SMH

    Who dat? Not dem 49ers, I hope. Should be a war and a great game to watch. Good luck to both teams.

  66. sojumaster says: Jan 13, 2012 11:29 AM

    kylehealy says:Jan 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    @igetlaidmorethanyou and sojumaster

    …. For a team that has won a single championship in their existence and became the first team EVER to lose to a team with a losing record in the playoffs last year, you sure love to talk. Let me give you a nickels worth of free advice, wait till AFTER the game to talk, I think people will respect you more. Haven’t you learned anything from the Ryan’s?

    ————————-

    I am not even a Saints fan. I just made a general comment.

    (BTW, I do not NEED to be a Saints fan to make a comment for or against either team in this matchup.)

  67. dstep24 says: Jan 13, 2012 11:35 AM

    What’s new? The 49ers think anything that could contribute to them losing, is unfair.

    Road games are unfair. Road games in Baltimore on Thanksgiving are unfair. Darren Sproles is unfair.

    Ref spots them 5 yards and gives them the Detroit game….not hearing anything about “unfair” out of Ninerville on that one.

    The darndest thing…

  68. Nevis says: Jan 13, 2012 11:50 AM

    dstep24 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 11:35 AM
    What’s new? The 49ers think anything that could contribute to them losing, is unfair.

    Road games are unfair. Road games in Baltimore on Thanksgiving are unfair. Darren Sproles is unfair.

    Ref spots them 5 yards and gives them the Detroit game….not hearing anything about “unfair” out of Ninerville on that one.

    The darndest thing…

    ——————-

    Why are people so dense? Fangio is paying respect and saying “it’s not fair’ in jest and out of respect, not ACTUALLY making excuses.

    Your spin is worse than the medias.

  69. norcalmafia says: Jan 13, 2012 11:56 AM

    Just shows how good this team is…everyhting is unfair yet we still keep winning baby!

  70. miamisaint3255 says: Jan 13, 2012 11:59 AM

    It will be nice and breesy conditions in Candlestick tomorrow. Niners are a really solid team that should be proud of their season, but they have little chance at keeping this game close. Saints offense is unstoppable. Only the Saints can stop themselves with turnovers and niners will need a lot of those to compete.

  71. citynative says: Jan 13, 2012 12:03 PM

    This is amazing. Intelligent folks would understand Fangio was paying Spoles and the Saints a compliment.

    @dstep24

    You ok bro? How old are you? Your posts make you sound childish. I know your team rarely makes the playoffs so you don’t know how to handle losses, but stop the whining. Your Lions had a good season…hopefully you can build on it. Blaming the refs still for a game in October is just amateur. But again, we will just excuse your adolescence on the Lions lack of success through the years….so this is all new to you.

  72. Nevis says: Jan 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    Saints won’t be allowed to the play their own game, it’s that simple.

    Yes, they have a chance to win, but it will not be a blowout and I don’t expect the Saints to score more than 28 unless the 49ers make key mistakes, which they haven’t all year.

  73. das14 says: Jan 13, 2012 12:19 PM

    I’m a huge Vikes fan and loved when we made up calling them cheeseheads. They turned it into a new hat. I vote we start calling them the stock holders or paper boys.

  74. izrath says: Jan 13, 2012 12:20 PM

    Niners are frauds, product of worst division in football. Saints in a blow out.

    —————-

    AFC South is the worst division with 26 wins

  75. thesportgenius says: Jan 13, 2012 12:43 PM

    igetlaidmorethanyou says: Jan 13, 2012 8:18 AM

    Typical 40-whiners. Crying and saying if they get beat, then something wasn’t fair. When they get beat on Sat., they’ll blame it on the refs and this.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yeah you get more with Ma Thumb and her 4 daughters…what a jag off. Really you should get a clue, he was complimenting Sproles with a sense of humor. Gotta love the shot at Stearn

  76. thesportgenius says: Jan 13, 2012 12:51 PM

    lolb23 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:30 AM

    Niners are frauds, product of worst division in football. Saints in a blow out.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    How do you win 13 games in the NFL by being a fraud? They went 8-2 out of division and beat 4 out of 5 playoff teams. Demonstrating your ignorance. Oh BTW, how bout those Rams?

  77. pavelfitzgerald says: Jan 13, 2012 12:55 PM

    Was Reggie Bush traded to the Fins? I thought he was released or contract was up

  78. thesportgenius says: Jan 13, 2012 1:05 PM

    Home Field should be an advantage for the Niners…the natural grass is at sea level so the field should be more like a bog. Are the saints good mudders with the long cleats on? This won’t be a track meet in a dome. Look for a lower scoring game than expected.

  79. cletusvandam says: Jan 13, 2012 1:08 PM

    jeffharwell3 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 7:42 AM
    WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?? NOBODY!!!

    GO 49ERS

    ————–
    As a 49er’s fan for almost 20 years I’ve gotta say this is the most annoying, stupid, only used by bandwagon fans slogan I’ve ever heard.
    “who’s got it better than us”? How about teams that have real QB’s, or real WR’s?
    This is going to be a very difficult game for SF to win. If we do win it’ll be with great defense and an unstoppable running game which will limit the saints offensive chances.

  80. sbxxix says: Jan 13, 2012 1:39 PM

    skinsrollyou says:
    Jan 13, 2012 8:11 AM
    He’s no Danny wood head? Who posted that? Forrest gump?

    Post of the week right there lol.

  81. forever8young says: Jan 13, 2012 2:15 PM

    igetlaidmorethanyou says: Jan 13, 2012 8:18 AM

    Typical 40-whiners. Crying and saying if they get beat, then something wasn’t fair. When they get beat on Sat., they’ll blame it on the refs and this.
    —————————————————————

    “40-whiners”?? Really?? What are you, in the 6th grade punk?

    Also, I reject the premise of your handle.

  82. bubba9er says: Jan 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    There is so much build up for this game! I can’t wait to see what happens.

  83. bobhk says: Jan 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    thesportgenius says:
    Jan 13, 2012 12:51 PM
    lolb23 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:30 AM

    Niners are frauds, product of worst division in football. Saints in a blow out.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    How do you win 13 games in the NFL by being a fraud? They went 8-2 out of division and beat 4 out of 5 playoff teams. Demonstrating your ignorance. Oh BTW, how bout those Rams?
    ————-
    Assuming you are bandwagon saints fan. Which team were you rooting for when the saints were the doormats of the league (which is most of their existence).

    Comments by Fangio and others have been nothing but complimentary (as it should be). But don’t take that for a sign that they don’t think they can win.

  84. rihks says: Jan 13, 2012 3:12 PM

    jeffharwell3 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 7:42 AM
    WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?? NOBODY!!!

    GO 49ERS

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    As a 49er’s fan for almost 20 years I’ve gotta say this is the most annoying, stupid, only used by bandwagon fans slogan I’ve ever heard.
    “who’s got it better than us”? How about teams that have real QB’s, or real WR’s?
    This is going to be a very difficult game for SF to win. If we do win it’ll be with great defense and an unstoppable running game which will limit the saints offensive chances.

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    I’ve been watching the 9ers since the Jones/Waters/Rice/Young Days…

    15+ years (Roughly) of wearing the Red & Gold on my sleeve.

    I have to disagree.

    That is a great team philosophy.

    It is a piece of the 49er identity.

    The minute you allow yourself to believe that someone else has it better, you open up the doors for excusing failure.

    That being said. The season is not over.

    This game is going be a battle.
    49ers can’t play Saints Football
    Saints can’t play 49er Football

    This game will go to the team that FORGES THE IRON WILL!!
    Whoever imposes their style upon the oppponent will win.

    The season isn’t over, so lets not begin to evaluate what positions need improvement just yet…

    Who’s got it better then us?
    As of right now…. NOBODY!!!

    and you have to feel that way!

    49ers – 30
    Saints – 28
    If it wasn’t for that chant, Week

  85. doctordjohnson says: Jan 13, 2012 4:01 PM

    Darren Sproles will be one of the reasons the N.O. Saints will beat the SF 49ers on Saturday.

  86. dstep24 says: Jan 13, 2012 8:15 PM

    U think I’m a Lions fan? Haha. Doesn’t take a Lions fan to know that an extra 5 yards won that game for SF. All good though. Mistakes happen. Just tell your crybaby coach and fans to stop whining about having to go on the road and play Baltimore on Thanksgiving. We all know it’s because Jim knew SF would lose and he didn’t want embarrasment on national TV.

    13-3 is good. Congratulations. The bye is even better…it’ll make it feel like you’ve been in the playoffs longer than you actually have when you get obliterated by the Saints.

    Keep it ‘Niner though.

    BTW…my team has made the playoffs a lot more than yours in the last 10 years, so keep whining.

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