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.

27 responses to “Vic Fangio: Aldon Smith will play a lot this week

  1. 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. 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. 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

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

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    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

  5. 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

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

    Thank you, Smarty Boots

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
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    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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. “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?

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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!!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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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