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NFC Championship Game loss has Justin Smith fired up

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San Francisco defensive lineman Justin Smith has had a hard time getting over the 49ers’ loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. And he’s channeling the frustration he felt from that loss into an offseason in which he’s working harder than ever.

“My whole life, I’ve never really moped around after a loss or this or that. But this is one that’s burned my ass the longest,” Smith told the San Jose Mercury-News. “I’m just like, ‘Man.’ It makes me that much more hungry.”

Smith was back in the 49ers’ weight room two days after the loss to the Giants, has attended all of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and has incorporated boxing into his personal workouts. He says he’s motivated by a firm belief that this year’s 49ers have the talent to win the Super Bowl.

“We’re aiming high. But it’s an everyday grind,” Smith said. “It’s going to be tough, but we think we have the pieces in place. As long as we keep our heads down and work hard, I think we have a shot.”

As hard as he’s working, Smith wishes he could go even harder: He called the rules in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that restrict contact in offseason work “ridiculous.” He wants to hit somebody. And he’ll be fired up to do so when the season starts.

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  1. mikea311 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:18 AM

    had they had even a decent QB they probably would have won that game.

    this coming from a Giants fan.

  2. randallflagg52 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:03 AM

    How about having more than one great season in over a 10 year career? Might help if you produce this year again Smith.

  3. gpete1962 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:08 AM

    You’ll only go as far as your QB will take you, So don’t get your hopes up!!

  4. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:11 AM

    I would be pissed too if I could have gone to the Superbowl had it not been for the qb of my team
    going 1/13 on 3rd downs in the championship game……

  5. cowboyhater says: Jun 8, 2012 7:13 AM

    This team will fall back to where it was 2 yrs ago. Last year was an admiration, and Harbaugh is a ticking time bomb. As long as they pick up over the hill, locker room killing WR’s, a QB that will not win the big game, a RB that will not make it out of week 3, and a defense that will get figured out this year, spells a mediocre season. They are fortunate to play in a very week division.

  6. strctlylo says: Jun 8, 2012 7:24 AM

    But this is one that’s burned my ass the longest

    he should probably take something for that, anti-biotic maybe

  7. discosucs2005 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:25 AM

    @cowboyhater

    More new an interesting commentary from someone who is probably way too old to being using the word “hater.”

  8. 1122world says: Jun 8, 2012 7:31 AM

    “had they had even a decent QB they probably would have won that game.
    – this coming from a Giants fan.”

    —- ———————————–

    What was Brady??? Not decent either???

    Truth of the matter is the giants front 4 were dominating and even had Brady looking ordinary.

    Don’t hang the loss on Smith – try Vernon who got ahead of himself jumping up on the podium like some WWF clown in the first quarter.

    The game runs 4 quarters.

  9. mattsffrd says: Jun 8, 2012 7:34 AM

    As if a normal Justin Smith isn’t scary enough, now opposing teams have to deal with a fired up, pissed off Smith. Be afraid, NFL.

  10. cali49er707 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:36 AM

    it would be easier to except if we didn’t beat ourselves!! i have had a marriage & son since i felt that joy, i could have only dreamed for what i experienced last year, only to be crushed

  11. florida49erfan says: Jun 8, 2012 7:42 AM

    Dang @cowboyhater! At least give my niners some cred! Was a pretty good season along wit a coach of the year performance from JH & staff! The 49ers have a great chance to be right back in the thick of it. I feel Like we have the best dept in the NFL (mayb not at safety position) overall, full return of the leagues #1 defense (in my mind), plus a few added pieces on offense! Sure it’s a wait & see process with Moss but u can’t look past all the moves we’ve made over the off season! Team should be primed up for big run at our 6th SB title no doubt!

  12. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 8, 2012 7:50 AM

    The NFL can’t win….they change the rules in order to better protect players from concussions, but all we hear is players complaining Roger Goodell won’t be happy until the NFL is just glorified flag football. (Some) Players complain about the league’s concussion protocol and lie about symptoms so they don’t miss any games.
    The players union negotiated fewer full-contact practices, and here’s a player complaining about not being able to practice hard enough to erase the bitter pill of last season’s play-off defeat.
    I’m tired of listening to some of these multi-millionaire players complain.

  13. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 8, 2012 8:03 AM

    What last season illustrated, is just how close the competition is in todays NFL. One or two plays made the difference for NY in 5 games and they’re champs. Romo makes the pass to Austin, Giants aren’t even in the playoffs. Eagles win one close game, Giants aren’t even in the playoffs. Two special teams plays without Tedd Ginn Jr., and SF gets knocked out of a run to the Super Bowl. A bowl they might have won.

  14. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 8:11 AM

    I keep violating this rule that I have. That rule is “you’ll never win an argument over the internet”. You see, everybody is already set in their opinions so there is really no use in the argument….. But that brings us to the first 4 comments above. They don’t have “opinions” per say as they just have venom and hatred. It must really burn to see the resurgence of this once great franchise. After wallowing around in the muck with your garbage teams they’ve found a way to elevate themselves back into contenders. “Alex Smith blah blah blah”. It must also hurt that this dude didn’t give up and fade into oblivion like you weak fools. He just kept working and dealing with adversity and in your tiny world that somehow makes HIM the loser. Wow. Your ignorance shines through.

  15. hart089 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:12 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 8, 2012 7:03 AM
    How about having more than one great season in over a 10 year career? Might help if you produce this year again Smith.

    Are you slow or something? look back at the tape ever since Justin Smith put on a 49ers jersey. He has been a consistant dominant force for us every year, difference is we actually had a winning record this year. At least think before you speak.

  16. hart089 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:12 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 8, 2012 7:03 AM
    How about having more than one great season in over a 10 year career? Might help if you produce this year again Smith.

    Are you slow or something? look back at the tape ever since Justin Smith put on a 49ers jersey. He has been a consistent dominant force for us every year, difference is we actually had a winning record this year. At least think before you speak.

  17. pixelito says: Jun 8, 2012 8:19 AM

    He should’ve been fired up before the game.

    Now he’ll fine out how hard it is to get back there.

  18. blackfootkiller says: Jun 8, 2012 8:21 AM

    It’s a good thing he didn’t mope around after losing. Considering his time in the NFL has been spent on two losing teams up until last year. I feel kind of bad for him, his being 32 and all…And the fact that the Santa Clara 9’ers will come crashing back down to earth this season.

  19. sfloyal says: Jun 8, 2012 8:23 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 8, 2012 7:03 AM
    How about having more than one great season in over a 10 year career? Might help if you produce this year again Smith.
    ———————————————
    You sir, are a moron.

    Smith has been one of the best and most consistent DL over the last 10 years.

    1) He has not missed a game in 10 years. Not one!
    2) Has averaged 67 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 1.5 FF over the last 10 years
    3) His 2011 stats were only slightly better than his 10 year average (58 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 3 FF) so if you are saying that 2011 was a great season for him, then you are also saying the last 10 years have been great as well.

    Don’t know why I’m even bothering explaining this to you. If you are dumb enough to post a comment like that I highly doubt you’re able to comprehend stat comparisons.

  20. mikea311 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:28 AM

    “had they had even a decent QB they probably would have won that game.
    – this coming from a Giants fan.”

    —- ———————————–

    What was Brady??? Not decent either???

    Truth of the matter is the giants front 4 were dominating and even had Brady looking ordinary.

    Don’t hang the loss on Smith – try Vernon who got ahead of himself jumping up on the podium like some WWF clown in the first quarter.

    The game runs 4 quarters.

    —————————-

    the 49ers had the better team and better game, the special teams and defense dominated the Giants, especially in the second half, im not too proud to admit that, but the truth this Alex smith could not keep the offense moving. The Giants waited and the 49ers finally made a mistake on specials teams. kudos to them for their patience, but the 49ers would have won that game with a better QB.

  21. hooks024 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:32 AM

    He’s fired up! Ooooooh, I’m scared! Bet blue beats them again this year. Go giants.

  22. bucthat says: Jun 8, 2012 8:33 AM

    Tom Brady is a one inch warrior

  23. trollhammer20 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:34 AM

    Willis gets most of the press and the jersey sales, but to this Seahawks fan, the most important guy on their defense is Justin Smith.

  24. brooklynniner19 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:40 AM

    49ers will show the world week 1 against the pass happy Packers! Aldon smith & Co. will lead the league in sacks this season. #Fact!

  25. fcoprado says: Jun 8, 2012 8:41 AM

    If he believes,like you all be lieve that the Niners are going to repeat last years success,you’re kidding yourself.First Alex Smith isn’t going to have another season like last year and hes not a SB caliber QB.

  26. zoidenflak says: Jun 8, 2012 8:44 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    How about having more than one great season in over a 10 year career? Might help if you produce this year again Smith.
    ———————————————————
    I’m a Steeler fan, and I can assure you this guy has always been GREAT. Twice a year he’d torment the Steelers. I couldn’t believe it when those idiot, cheapskate the Bengals let him go…

    [Mike Brown'll sign any old criminal off the street...but they let this guy walk...incredible!]

  27. xxwhodatxx says: Jun 8, 2012 8:55 AM

    I just don’t see ‘em making it back to the NFCCG.

  28. LoCoSu@%s says: Jun 8, 2012 8:56 AM

    cowboyhater – I would suggest using spellcheck (or in your case – grammarcheck).
    “Last year was an admiration”? Huh? Yes – I did admire the niners last season, but somehow this sentence doesnt fit in with the rest of your diatribe.

    In any case – the niners are not a fluke. They’ve been building talent for a few years and it took a good coach to bring it all together.

    They may finish with a worse record than last year, but that will be more due to a killer schedule than any deficiencies in the team.

    In any case, it is good to see bad mouthing of the niners – it means there is fear of the team. You rarely see any pure hatred of the downtrodden teams.

  29. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:15 AM

    : ) i agree with Mike. 1/13 on 3rd downs vs giants wont cut it. sorry alex

  30. sixjak says: Jun 8, 2012 9:21 AM

    cowboyhater says:
    Jun 8, 2012 7:13 AM
    This team will fall back to where it was 2 yrs ago. Last year was an admiration, and Harbaugh is a ticking time bomb. As long as they pick up over the hill, locker room killing WR’s, a QB that will not win the big game, a RB that will not make it out of week 3, and a defense that will get figured out this year, spells a mediocre season. They are fortunate to play in a very week division.

     ________________

    Mmmmmyes last year certainly was an “admiration”. Many were admiring the incredible play the 9ers displayed. What is not an ABERRATION are idiotic comments from stupid ppl regurgitating sheep think theories.. Justin Smith has been a very productive player for a long time. But you wouldn’t know anything about that would you cuz it’s just easier to think in generalizations huh?

  31. bucrightoff says: Jun 8, 2012 9:21 AM

    I truly find all the hate on Alex Smith to be pretty hilarious. He is a decent QB, he’ll make enough plays in a game but more importantly he won’t get you beat with stupidity. Obviously he’ll never be able to justify being the number 1 pick, but people act like he’s costing the 49ers games with his poor play when in reality his ability to limit turnovers and make the smart decision probably won them a few games last year.

  32. ninersforlife15 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:24 AM

    I’m sick of these IDIOTS who blame the NFC Championship game on Alex Smith. Quit doggin on him, the 49ers gameplay in that game was not the greatest. Doing play action or roll outs or screens on first and second down was not the formula they had all year. When you do things like that, against a very good front four, they will burn you and put you into third and longs. Plus, the Giants could basically double Crabtree with all the injures we had at WR. So a third and long scenario coupled with 3 healthy WR against the Giant’s pass rush was best case senatio for the Giants D. Now what more do people want to see Alex do? Don’t make bad decisions? Did it, 17 TD’s to 4 INTs. Win a big game? Did it, vs. the Saints, in the PLAYOFFS. Have a comeback win? Did it 4 times last year. Better pocket awareness? Had a couple huge TD’s on the ground this year. What else do haters want to see?

  33. jfodagreat says: Jun 8, 2012 9:27 AM

    @randallflagg52

    You must of just jumped on the NFL bandwagon a year ago bcuz last year wasnt the only year Justin Smith has been playing at all pro level…….i smell 49ers hater from a mile a way……..”1st year having a great season” ………what a joke!!!…..catch up on some Justin Smith 101 you’ll b surprised son!!!

  34. illbillgiantz4lif says: Jun 8, 2012 9:31 AM

    They gave my Giants all they wanted in that game. Much respect to SF for a great title game. Next season should be better with the new upgraded WRs. Good luck!

  35. sonoco says: Jun 8, 2012 9:36 AM

    @cowboyhater

    I surprised at your handle since you spell exactly like Emmitt Smith speaks.

    And FWIW, Jim Harbaugh run football programs don’t regress . . . neither do John Harbaugh run programs for that matter. Does that mean 13-3 again? Probably not. But it does mean another division championship and playoff run is coming for the 49ers in 2012. Get used to the idea.

  36. kingaldon99 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:37 AM

    It’s amazing how many uneducated, brainless morons Run about on these sites! I’d you don’t know or understand the game of football that’s fine but stick to Facebook.

  37. jikkle49 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:44 AM

    Smith was only part of the reason they lost the NFCCG. He didn’t make enough plays and if he converted a few of those 3rd downs they might’ve bled off enough clock to where the Giant’s couldn’t have come back.

    The other part was besides Vernon Davis his weapons sucked. It speaks volumes when watching Vernon Davis on the Top 100 they had a clip of a Giant’s defensive coach saying “the only guy we have to worry about is 85″ which shows you opposing defenses weren’t exactly scared of being burned by Crabtree or any other WR that game.

    I don’t the SF defensive coach’s we’re saying “the only guy we have to worry about is Hakeem Nicks”.

  38. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 9:47 AM

    I bet those 6 4th quarter comebacks by Alex were an aberration too right?

    @seahulk….. You can keep trotting out that tired 1/13 3rd down stat in one bad game where he only threw for 200 and 2tds, but I’ll take the heart and grit he displayed ALL year. Thanks for putting in as little effort as possible brother. :-)

  39. malbosia says: Jun 8, 2012 9:52 AM

    As a 49er fan, this is awesome to hear! We had a great year and were only a step away from playing in the Superbowl. With this kind of leadership I can see the Niners going back and winning it all. All the defensive starters return and they added some great weapons on offense. I haven’t been this excited about an upcoming season ever! And about all the criticism for Alex Smith, he did a decent job last season. He stepped up in the clutch multiple times and won the Saints playoff game for us! He has some growning to do and as he becomes more comfortable in the offense and with his new teammates he should take more risks and be more effective as a passer. I can see him having a much better season and the defense should give him plenty of opportunities to score. Can’t wait!!!

  40. eyezworld says: Jun 8, 2012 9:54 AM

    defensive coaches need to make sure that they have a younger cornerback to cover slot recievers. You must have loose hips. If that’s done, you will witness a very special season this year. People are quick to jump on the QB but when you have all other positions that good, it doesnt matter as much as you think. Niners will make alot of teams pay this year…….just keep you know who from returning punts.

  41. aces79 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:04 AM

    Alex Smith sux this is coming from a niners fan thats why we lost the NFC game

  42. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 8, 2012 10:07 AM

    49er’s probably would have won the play-off game if: #1 Special teams absolutely KILLED them! If the return man’s hands hadn’t turned into stone & his brain into mush…he would have been able to CATCH the ball #2 if they actually had some wide receivers.
    I believe they truely are just a few pieces away from becoming a beast in the NFC for quite some time.

  43. bigblue5611 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:13 AM

    Niner fans still crying and thinking they “should have won” the championship game is just comical.

    49ers could not MOVE the ball at HOME in the 4th quarter and OT. Last 5 possessions they were 3 and out. 1-13 on 3rd down and they still think they were the better team with that putrid offense………what a joke

    Then they blame Kylie Williams for fumbling yet the “big bad” 49er defense couldn’t bail him out and stop the Giants from scoring a TD on 3rd and 15. Then in OT, that same “big bad” 49er run defense let the Giants RUN the ball to the 5 yard line for a chip shot FG to win it.

    49er fans get a clue- championship teams don’t make mistakes when the PRESSURE is on-especially at home. If Giants had that game at home, we win by 2 touchdowns easily not even question

    WORLD CHAMPION NY GIANTS and a repeat coming- we are STACKED

  44. sellout3871 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:26 AM

    randallflagg52 says:Jun 8, 2012 7:03 AM

    How about having more than one great season in over a 10 year career? Might help if you produce this year again Smith.
    __________________________________

    This is an idiotic statement.

  45. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:38 AM

    oh come on 49ertim, i thought we were buds..i use the stat over and over because it is extremely significant and quite telling. im not full of venom or whatever you said…i call it like i see it. day after day im subjected to article after article about alex and why hes so underrated and how hes been a victim of poor coaching and sub par wr ‘s when the honest truth is he just isnt very good… Im done on the topic tim. You will all see for yourselves

  46. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    @bigblue….. Who is taking anything away from NYG? I’ve consistently praised them for putting it all together. “could” the 49ers have won? Yes! It was a close game. “should” they have won? Not with those mistakes. Turnovers are killers! You learn that in Pop Warner. So, again, congrats on that win and we’ll see you again in a few months for our regular season rematch.

  47. sj39 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:46 AM

    Justin Smith is a beast but the QB is weak, that is why they wanted Peyton.

  48. kstacy31 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    Bottom line is, the niners went much further last year than anyone could have imagined. This year, they have a full offseason to prepare and install their entire playbook. They have more continuity and talent on defense than anyone else in the league, and the offense added a ton of talent that will increase their efficiency and balance.

    The Giants beat them last year in a game they should have won. Harbaugh is a master motivator and he will have this group focused and prepared. They may not go 13-3 again, but as the Giants showed, you can suck all year but still win in the tournament if you get hot at the right time.

  49. stampede101 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    @49erstim…excellent comment.

  50. johnnyshore says: Jun 8, 2012 10:51 AM

    @cowboyhater, you said..”This team will fall back to where it was 2 yrs ago. Last year was an admiration, and Harbaugh is a ticking time bomb. As long as they pick up over the hill, locker room killing WR’s, a QB that will not win the big game, a RB that will not make it out of week 3, and a defense that will get figured out this year, spells a mediocre season. They are fortunate to play in a very week division.”

    You need to check your facts. First off, to counter your belief that Harbaugh is a ticking time bomb, I urge you to google the story between Jim Harbaugh, and teenager Tyler Schilhabel, a high school star who was paralyzed. Jim didn’t know the kid but has been there for him every step of the way, and need I remind you that Harbaugh won Coach of the Year Last Year. As for over the hill WR’s, they signed to receiver free agents this year, Moss and Manningham. Exactly how is Mario Manningham, a 26 year old stud and super bowl hero for the G-Men, “over the hill.” And Moss doesn’t have a guaranteed contract, so if he looks bad, he’s gone, there’s no risk involved. Alex Smith beat the Saints, which if I recall, was a big game. So, he’s 1 for 2 in “big games,” I’d say that’s not bad, and sure to get better next year. It was what you said about Gore and the Defense that really got to me though. You state that Gore can’t make it past week 3, but the facts do not support this. Let’s look at his past 5 seasons: 2011, 16 games and 1211 yards. 2010, 11 games and 853 yards. 2009, 14 games and 1120 yards. 2008, 14 games and 1,063 yards. 2007, 15 games and 1102 yards. So, the shortest season he had over that span was 11 games, 8 more than the 3 that you stated, and he consistently produced over a thousand yards. As for the defense, this is a defense that stopped Eli Manning’s offense in that playoff game 13 consecutive times. Need I repeat that? They single handedly kept the team in the game, and were won of the top ranked defenses throughout the year. They didn’t give up a rushing touchdown until week 15, which is incredible, and they had multiple pro bowlers led by two all pro middle linebackers, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, as well as a rookie who had 14 sacks. Oh, by the way, they are returning their entire starting defense, every single player, so I’d say there’s room for improvement there, and the 49ers will be a scary team next year. Listen, I have no problem with questioning teams and making predictions, but if you are going to make a statement, at least back it up with facts. I just disproved everything you said.

  51. johnnyshore says: Jun 8, 2012 10:54 AM

    Oh, CowboyHater, one more thing, I forgot to correct your least intelligent statement of all, “This team will fall back to where it was 2 yrs ago. Last year was an admiration,”

    Umm….Yeah, you are right, last year was an admiration, that’s actually a compliment, but I think the world your scatterbrain was looking for was “abberation,” which means “a departure from what is normal,” according to the dictionary. That would seem to make more sense with what you were saying, but if you can’t even get basic English right, how can we trust your football knowledge?

  52. mrmarcus55 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:01 AM

    All right, let’s get some of you a reality check here. Random thoughts-
    1. Justin Smith is plain a gold diamond beast. Deal with it.
    2. Seahawk fan, talk all the smacky about Alex you want, becuase you don’t even have a a qb that can win the division and your coach will always be harabaughs b**ch.
    3. Like last year I heard all the excuses they don’t have this or that, no offseaon, college coach, can’t beat
    saints….blah blah blah. Get over yourself, this team is good.
    4. Giants, not impressed yes eli is good but in playoffs and sb most of the teams you played beat themselves.
    5. With a full offseaon this team is just going get better, so every time I see smack talk on here I smirk and think ‘cool story chip I know that makes you feel better at night about your sucky team’
    6. Alex is going get better this year and even more frightening is that they got a backup named Kaperknick who beyond legit.
    7. In tony starks voice ‘we got a Patrick Willis…yeeeahh’

  53. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:03 AM

    and Brooklyn9er you cant declare a fact before the season starts…..you just cant do it…….that is unless you’re from the future

  54. bigblue5611 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:06 AM

    “The Giants beat them last year in a game they should have won. Harbaugh is a master motivator and he will have this group focused and prepared. They may not go 13-3 again, but as the Giants showed, you can suck all year but still win in the tournament if you get hot at the right time.”

    Niner fans- when you play well in only 1 phase of the game- you never “should have won the game”

    And your D didn’t get it done in OT

    49ers also did not have 1 major injury on defense all year….not one

    Giants starters on defense lost 68 games to injury and that’s why they were 9-7. They didn’t get “hot and go on a run”. They got healthy at the end of year and that’s why they are the BEST team in football……period

  55. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:09 AM

    if a handfull of come from behind wins (in san frans case thanks to rbs and your kicker) are the sign of greatness then tebow is a frickin hall of famer….heart and grit baby!!!!

  56. steviep23 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:15 AM

    Lmao at ppl hating on Alex smith. Especially seahulk let me know when Carroll isn’t harbaughs bitch anymore.

  57. steviep23 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:26 AM

    Seattle fans need to stop worrying about San Fran and make sure the rest of their pro teams don’t get taken away. And i’d like to see Pete Carroll not get completely owned again by harbaugh this year let’s try and make it competitive this time petey.

  58. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 11:30 AM

    @seahulk… We ARE buds!… That does NOT mean we can’t disagree. You haven’t been overwhelmed by Alex Smith articles. You been subjected to 49ers articles that degenerate into Alex Smith discussions. I think our differing opinions may have more to do with investment. You are completely uninvested in Alex (being a Seahawks fan) and therefore you do not view his career in the same light that I do. That is completely fine. Even 49er fans are split on him. I’ve watched almost every game he has played. I’ve seen his potential and I’ve seen his downside. I’ve also seen that he is a fighter and willing to try and improve…. I’m happy to give him the chance to put it all together….

    BTW….. He may be from the future. Sounds legit to me.

  59. sonoco says: Jun 8, 2012 11:34 AM

    Pete Carroll is getting ready to launch a new book and seminar series . . . “7-9 Forever”

  60. jakek2 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:44 AM

    It was an awesome game. Throwback to days when defenses could hit. As a Giants’ fan, I was happy with the outcome. However, first and foremost, as a football fan it was refreshing to see two hard nosed teams getting after it outdoors in the elements.

  61. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:05 PM

    by the way good one steviep23…very well thought out comment. at least as far as the rivalry between the 2 carrol has always been respectful while harbabaugh shows a lack of class.

  62. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:12 PM

    thanks 49ertim in glad we are cool. however I strongly doubt he’s from the future.

  63. seahulk9 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:43 PM

    and solid point about investment…i see where you are coming from.

  64. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    @seahulk….thank you for thanking me! :-)

    However!….. (there is ALWAYS a however)… not from the future? That is what that psychiatrist said to Sarah Conner. That didn’t work out too well for him. Open mind please.

  65. 49erstim says: Jun 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    @seahulk…again…… :-) I think there were solid odds that I would eventually type something intelligent. Lol. Monkey with a typewriter baby! “it was the best of times. It was the BLURST of times.”

  66. sellout3871 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:25 PM

    Good lord, is it possible for people to post their thoughts with out it being the length of a college thesis. Some of these comments are longer than the article itself!

  67. mikeinsanfran says: Jun 8, 2012 2:03 PM

    Cowboy Hater – ““Last year was an admiration”?? HUH? Hahaha. Are you that “Stoopid”?

  68. mikeinsanfran says: Jun 8, 2012 2:07 PM

    bigblue5611 says: “And your D didn’t get it done in OT”?

    Really, because I was at the game and your offense didn’t move the ball on our D in O.T. Our special teams gave you the ball in field goal range, after our D forced another 3 and out, and then you kicked the game winner. Remind me again how that was our Defenses fault? Because they forced a punt?

  69. bigblue5611 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:49 PM

    mikeinsanfran says:Jun 8, 2012 2:07 PM
    bigblue5611 says: “And your D didn’t get it done in OT”?

    It’s real simple- we got the ball at your 21 yd line which would make it a 48 yard FG in horrible conditions. 49ers absolutely KNOW we are going to run the ball 3 straight times and try to kick FG. And what happens- 3 straight runs and we’re down to the 5 yd line with ease for a chip shot FG and the rest is history.

    My point is if the 49er D was so stout, it should have been able to stuff that run 3X and make us kick an impossible 48 FG in those conditions. No chance Tynes was making anything over 45 yds in those conditions.

    49er D didn’t get the job done in OT plain and simple- BOOM

  70. bigblue5611 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:55 PM

    Actually we had the ball at the 24 yd line which would of made it a 51 yarder if the 49er D could of held. But Bradshaw peels off 3 straight great runs to the 5 and game over- BOOM

    Soft D in OT when you know the run is coming
    stop blaming Kylie Williams for everything

  71. discosucs2005 says: Jun 8, 2012 4:45 PM

    @Bigblue

    Saying the defense could have stopped them, and blaming Kyle Williams aren’t mutually exclusive. Given the fact that the defense had already gotten the ball once in OT (only to have it fumbled away) not to mention carried the 49ers all season, you can forgive us 49er fans for not harping all over them because they didn’t make a field goal harder. Let’s be honest, it was Williams. The entire team lost, no one person is to blame, but if you’re putting a face on it, it was Williams.

  72. briank1ne says: Jun 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    Yeah that giants game was some bs. If it weren’t for Kyle Williams the giants wouldn’t have even gotten past 10 pts. Fact is…giants won’t even make the playoffs this yr. Eagles will be the team people expected last yr.

  73. johndillen77 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:50 PM

    I keep reading that Alex Smith can’t get the job done. Last year they put the ball on the ground and let our Defense get the ball back. This year we have a better receiving core that will give more targets. Just wait til the season starts and teams are fearing playing us. That was the case last year and this year we are alot better.

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