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Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 9:14 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The big storyline from Dallas' incredible comeback win in San Francisco was Tony Romo's ability to lead the team to victory despite suffering a punctured lung and broken ribs. (Or, as DeAngelo Hall might call them, "target practice zones.")

But as it turns out, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith suffered an injury too -- he suffered a concussion against the Cowboys but played through it.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Smith suffered the concussion "at some point during the game" but never showed symptoms while the 49ers were still playing. Only afterwards did Smith display symptoms of the concussion.

"Tough son of a gun," Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday, per the Bee. "He was making some big-time plays. I think we talked about it after each of these games, definitely watch the tape and see the same thing. Pleased with the way Alex is playing and we definitely want to play better.

He wants to, we want to, and that goes for all positions on the offensive side of the ball, and include coaching in that. We're striving to do it all better."

One thing Harbaugh's team needs to do better is protect Smith -- he was sacked six times by Rob Ryan's defense, though the concussion didn't necessarily occur on one of those plays -- Barrows notes he was hit hardest on a completion. (I might argue whatever evil thing DeMarcus Ware did to Smith immediately following the photo to the right could qualify too though.)

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Oh, and another thing Harbaugh's team could do better -- throw Vernon Davis the damn ball. The often mercurial tight end isn't thrilled about his production in 2011, and it's kind of hard to blame him.

The combination of Greg Roman's new offense plus a lack of healthy, talented receivers plus Smith desperately needing a safety valve was supposed to mean big stats for Davis this year. Instead he has just seven catches for 65 yards through two games and has remained, more or less, a non-factor thus far for the Niners.

So he and Harbaugh had a little chat on Wednesday.

"I had on my mind some things I felt we could've done better," Davis said, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. "And I pointed them out to him, as far as getting everybody involved -- I mean, everybody, all the playmakers that we have.

"That's what we need to win games. And that's what I'm here for, to win games, help my teammates win games, go to the playoffs and get a chance to appear in the Super Bowl. That's all I think about."

Harbaugh denied that there was any discussion of "frustration" in the "two-way conversation" and that's fine. But if the 49ers keep losing and Davis keeps not seeing targets, the rhetoric in the discussion will probably get a little more heated.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:48 am
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air



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Since: Nov 28, 2011
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Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:57 am
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

Vernon Davis has been the perfect example of wasted talant so far this year... I agree, get him the damn ball!



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:57 am
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

This is the area where harbaugh is supposed to be the expert.  1st-if Davis is being double (or triple) covered, Harbaugh has to have plays where it looks like Davis would be the primary reciever, then go to a single covered Crabtree, Morgan, Walker, Ginn, or Gore.  2nd-by formation, personnal packages, shifts and motions, they have got to get some single coverage for Davis.  Granted, the o-line has not yet livied up to expectations.  Also, I really do thing that Harbaugh is taking the "building block" approach.  With no off season to speak of, the offense (specially Alex Smith) probably has to un-learn as much as it has to learn.  So I think that the basics were put in for the preseason and they are still adding to the playbook.  It is not like they can say 'remember that play we used last year in the game against Seattle?"  I would like to think that the offense we see in week #2 will be nothing like the offense we see in week #10.  And that what they install now will carry not just this year, but into next year and the upcoming seasons. 



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

everytime i see alex smith on the field i get sick.all that i can think of is we could have drafted aaron rodgers,who had played just accross the bay at cal.


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Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 4:13 pm
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Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

davis is awesome but hes gonna have 2 people on him at all times. the 2 "good" recievers are out. if crabtree and edwards were in u could hit davis all day and pound the ball up the middle with gore. also it would help if the 9ers had a quality qb. smith was a good college player but its been a few years and hes done nothing and probly wont.draft a qb next year andlets get the 9ers where they should be on top




Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

Vernon is complaining that he's being kept back to protect the QB. It's not about the coverage.




Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Alex Smith suffered concussion, Vernon clears air

Vernon is complaining that he's being kept back to protect the QB. It's not about the coverage.


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