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Justin Smith will be pulled if he isn’t productive

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In the aftermath of last Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III both said part of the reason Griffin wasn’t pulled despite being at less than 100 percent was because the team felt he was still their best option at quarterback.

We don’t know what 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would do with Griffin, but he said Tuesday that defensive lineman Justin Smith won’t be extended the same courtesy in this weekend’s game agains the Packers. Fangio said that he would rather have another player at 100 percent than stick with Smith if he is limited by his partially torn left triceps.

“If, from point of view, he’s not playing up to his standard or close to it, we’ll put the next guy in,” Fangio said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s been my experience that someone at 80 percent is not as good as the next guy at 100 percent.”

Ricky Jean Francois started in place of Smith in the final two weeks of the regular season and would presumably be the next guy if Fangio decides that Smith’s play isn’t up to par.

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16 Responses to “Justin Smith will be pulled if he isn’t productive”
  1. dlc618 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:25 PM

    Yup

  2. stevincinci says: Jan 8, 2013 7:58 PM

    Yup, trader.

  3. atthemurph says: Jan 8, 2013 8:00 PM

    Going to be tough for Smith to do his patented hold move with one arm, but we’ll see.

  4. goldrush36 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:13 PM

    Glad to see they won’t screw around with him if he can’t go but I disagree with the reasoning. 50% Justin is better than 100% RJF. They should pull him if he shows struggle because of pain and risks of further injury.

  5. killitandeatit says: Jan 8, 2013 8:14 PM

    I don’t see a problem . Smith could play with one arm and besides,his arms are bigger then RG’s bird legs.

  6. wheresmyjuice says: Jan 8, 2013 8:15 PM

    The fact that the quote is an “if” is GREAT news for the Pack.

  7. albinorhino49 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:22 PM

    This is all to cover his butt. Cowboy knows 1 speed and that’s all out full bore. A one armed Justin Smith is better than 2 RJF’s.

  8. lionsdraftguy says: Jan 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    Here comes the 49ers excuses.

  9. flik44 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:32 PM

    If Cowboy is on the field, they’ll double team him. Even if he doesn’t rush, he’ll impact the game.

  10. raiderrob21 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:21 PM

    This means his injury is pretty serious. Hope he doesnt cause more damage. But the D just isnt the same without him in the lineup. Aldon has been average without him.

  11. thermalito says: Jan 8, 2013 10:28 PM

    As a 49er fan all I can say is, thank heavens Mike Shanahan is not our head coach

  12. packers13xchamps says: Jan 8, 2013 10:53 PM

    Awww poor Cowgirl. Stay home. GO PACK GO!!!

  13. theysone says: Jan 8, 2013 11:49 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Jan 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    Here comes the 49ers excuses.

    ____________________________________
    And the Lions’ excuses for missing the playoffs are…?

    Oh, last year was a fluke. It’s really too bad that your festering cesspool of a city wastes the careers of phenomenal, one in a million type talent like Calvin Johnson and Barry Sanders.

  14. ern215 says: Jan 9, 2013 12:29 AM

    i dont think it matters much, the packers have revenge on their minds and that will carry them to victory.

  15. ninerdynasty says: Jan 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    My question is.. Why are lions fans still trolling? didnt they finish last in their division and back to the same ol Lions we all know?

  16. fcoprado says: Jan 11, 2013 3:37 PM

    Justin shouln’t even be playing,but his pride is as big as the Golden Gate bridge.Besides,Aldon is average without him,a skinny one trick pony(pass rusher).

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