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Vic Fangio: Aldon Smith will play a lot this week

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Linebacker Aldon Smith’s return to the 49ers lineup last Sunday against the Panthers didn’t see Smith play a tremendous amount.

Smith played a dozen snaps in the loss and said afterward that he knew he wouldn’t be serving in a prominent role in his first game back. The same should not be true of his second day back in the lineup.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio didn’t say that Smith would start against the Saints, but he did say that Drew Brees should expect to see a lot of Smith coming off the edge in this Sunday’s game.

“He’s ready this week to play a lot, and he will play a lot,” Smith said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.

Fangio also said that chances are good that safety Eric Reid is able to play for the Niners despite suffering a concussion against the Panthers. Defensive tackle Ray McDonald, who is fighting a sprained ankle, was deemed “iffy” for Sunday by the coordinator.

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27 Responses to “Vic Fangio: Aldon Smith will play a lot this week”
  1. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 14, 2013 4:48 PM

    Brees will throw 4 picks in the loss to SF this week. Fangio has planted the seed about the pass rush which means he’ll do the exact opposite and drop everyone into coverage.

    Gore runs for 150 and Niners possess the ball for 45 mins. Book it

  2. sportnorcal says: Nov 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    They’ll need him.
    Brees has been out of this world lately.

    What an incredible season for him thus far. Hopefully we will be able to slow them down, I doubt anyone can stop them the way they are putting up numbers.

  3. asseenonokra says: Nov 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    “Book it.”

    Sure, since you said so.

  4. lurch61 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:22 PM

    sportnorcal says:
    Nov 14, 2013 5:09 PM
    They’ll need him.
    Brees has been out of this world lately.

    What an incredible season for him thus far. Hopefully we will be able to slow them down, I doubt anyone can stop them the way they are putting up numbers.
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    hmm i think it was two weeks ago that a normally dysfunctional Jets team “stopped” him

  5. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    San Fran loses and it could be ugly. SB goes thru Seattle. Book it.

  6. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 14, 2013 5:45 PM

    Colin Kaepernick will find a way to lose. Book it.

  7. leftygun says: Nov 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    hmm i think it was two weeks ago that a normally dysfunctional Jets team “stopped” him

    ====================================

    Big difference in the Dome. And I know SF won there last year, but this is clearly a much better Saints squad, particularly the defense

  8. goldrush36 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:00 PM

    Last #1 seed to win 2001. Seattle will NOT win the SB. Tnat is the only thing in on this page that you can book

  9. handsomehawk says: Nov 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    Whiners are done; give him back his gun and send him on his way

    #RobFordRules

  10. hillbillyjim says: Nov 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    Hey genius, remember the 2009 season? The Saints were the NFC #1 seed and I do recall them beating Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl… Go ahead and book that.

  11. mmsierra says: Nov 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Nov 14, 2013 5:30 PM
    San Fran loses and it could be ugly. SB goes thru Seattle. Book it.
    ——————————————————–
    Just curious….
    Will Seattle have more PED suspensions ?

    Thank you, Smarty Boots

  12. hooterdawg says: Nov 14, 2013 6:36 PM

    It won’t surprise me if sometime in the next decade these NFL games are remotely played like Madden. There will be no injuries because simulated players don’t get injured. In the face of increasing litigation and concern for long term health, that is the only way that hard hitting will return to football.

  13. jayniner says: Nov 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    Brees hasn’t seen a defense like ours at home yet….

  14. goldrush36 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:03 PM

    hillbillyjim says: Nov 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    Hey genius, remember the 2009 season? The Saints were the NFC #1 seed and I do recall them beating Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl… Go ahead and book that.
    ________________________________

    You are right I overlooked the one team out of the past 12… but guess what that team also could beat GOOD teams on the road consistently. At some point the paper tigers will fold, poor teams have almost beat them at home, and the Saints will go into the clink and throttle them in a few weeks. So as I said before. Seattle will NOT win the Superbowl. BOOK it

  15. dirtysouthniner says: Nov 14, 2013 7:09 PM

    Its early. .technically the cards can still win the superbowl. Enjoy this weekends games everyone. I know I will and you can book that ish! Go niners!!

  16. pacificnw7722 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:16 PM

    DC Rob Ryan already has “Krap” figured out……..Book it!

  17. hillbillyjim says: Nov 14, 2013 7:19 PM

    What does beating good teams on the road mean when you’re the #1 seed? You play your playoff games at home. It’s happened before, it will happen again… As long as we don’t fumble punts.

  18. adderal says: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    SF has matched up well will the Saints the last two years. Besides the bad offense last week I am worried that its hard to beat a good team three times in a row. In the past SF has been able to out physical them. I hope for the same

  19. sportnorcal says: Nov 14, 2013 8:44 PM

    “hmm i think it was two weeks ago that a normally dysfunctional Jets team “stopped” him”

    They shut him down to only 382 yards.
    Are you NY fans for real?

  20. JSpicoli says: Nov 14, 2013 9:13 PM

    Because the team has done it’s feasibility studies, and has had the player under constant scrutiny and careful attention. they hav etaken no chances with the safety of the public or their valued player.

    All that and they lost last week.

  21. JSpicoli says: Nov 14, 2013 9:14 PM

    Just bummed I did not sell my Kaeperdoodle rookie cards on eBay when all the fools were looking for gold.

  22. goldrush36 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:19 PM

    Yeah you play at home in the playoffs, but the SB is in New York… minus your absolutely necessary 12th man. IF you can get there even with homefield advantage, but I guess that was too hard to figure out

  23. uplate5301 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:10 PM

    SF REALLY doesn’t like losing two in a row….. and they’ve taken a lot of heat from their fans for only scoring nine points against the Panthers last week….. and have been even herder on themselves.

    Brees is playing ‘lights out’ football right now. But he can be stopped. And the Niners will control the clock, with Gore picking up over a hundred and Kaep getting another fifty.

    Final score: 27-24 Niners

  24. wpolkjr says: Nov 15, 2013 10:12 AM

    Mark Ingram Last week was cute.

    However, this would be a good week for you to start earning your money, (in your best Hulk Hogan voice) BROTHER!!!

  25. akasaintsbaby says: Nov 15, 2013 12:38 PM

    Saints defense has allowed 163 points this season.
    49’ers defense has allowed 155 points this season.

    For all the talk of the 49’ers defense, the Saints defense is no slouch.

  26. goodolebaghead says: Nov 15, 2013 1:07 PM

    Everytime Smith rushes off the edge, he is going to watch the ball sail ever slightly over his head into the waiting hands of Sproles behind him. Prepare to be gashed.

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 15, 2013 3:31 PM

    The problem for the 49ers is going to be the Sproles/Graham combination. If Brees is on his game it’s going to be a tough time trying to key in on one or the other.

    I fully expect this to be a tough game because the 9ers match up well with New Orleans but it’s really tough to beat a team 3 times in a row, twice at their home.

    Last year when the 49ers beat the Saints they didn’t have Sean Payton and if you don’t think that makes a difference just imagine how good the 49ers would be without Harbaugh.
    Big difference.

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