49ers Gab Speaks: Things You Want To Know About San Fran

DJ Boursiquot, the editor of 49ers Gab, was gracious enough to give me a collaboration interview regarding issues and concerns currently surrounding the San Francisco 49ers. In return, I answered some candid questions about the Saints to the best of my ability for him. Through it all, I made a new friend and got to know a little bit about a valued colleague. Here are the questions I asked him and his answers.

Me:  There have been a lot of rumors going around concerning locker room issues between Michael Crabtree and his 49er teammates. I’m not one to dabble in rumors and speculation or anything of that sort, but do you think that it is possible that problems in the locker room could be affecting the team’s on-the-field performance?

DJ:  As you say, the rumors do exist. Could there be any truth to the rumours? Most certainly. Are they affecting the team’s performance? After the embarrassment in Week 1, one has to believe so. Right now, the 49ers locker room seems to be on the brink of disaster, especially if they lose on Monday night. To begin with, during training camp, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree had a spat that seems to have been cleared up, but could definitely resurface. Crabtree, rightly or wrongly, strikes me as a guy who has the potential to divide the locker room. Alex Smith recently aired his frustration with the play-calling against the Seahawks. Reports indicate that some players approached Singletary during offseason to voice their concern over offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. That in turn infuriated coach Singletary. Moreover, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports recently reported that a member of the organization has told him of the existence of a locker room rift. We will see how the team responds against the Saints. Coach Singletary will have them playing inspired, but if they lose the game-even though we are only in Week 2-I get the feeling that this season will be lost one.

Me:  Patrick Willis was listed as questionable on the 49ers injury list as of Friday. Do you think that there is anything short of death that would keep him from playing against the Saints?

DJ:  There is absolutely no way that Patrick Willis misses this game. He is currently listed as Probable, aka, will be playing on Monday night. There is nobody else on the defensive unit that can quarterback the defense as well as Willis does. He keeps the defense going. If Willis misses this game, it will be a field day (night?) for the Saints offense.

Me:  The 49ers defense is one of the best at lining up in the 3-4 which has been problematic in the past for the Saints. What can we expect to see the 49ers do to slow down or stop Drew Brees and his offense?

DJ:  Yes, that defense has posed problems for the Saints in the past, but in the end they always seem to get the last laugh. Contrary to what coach Singletary thinks, the 49ers cannot stop Drew Brees, but they can certainly slow him down. The Dallas Cowboys, a team that runs the 3-4 and gave the Saints trouble last year and in fact handed them their first loss could provide the 49ers the perfect blueprint to beating the Saints. First, from what I remember, they put pressure on Drew Brees all night long. Drew Brees was sacked four times that night and always played from behind. In the 24-17 loss, the Saints offense had nothing going for them and only scored both their touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Translation; Willis and friends must apply pressure on Brees and never allow him to settle himself. It will be critical for the 49ers to get stops when they face third down situations. The defense CANNOT allow the Saints to move the chains. Force the Saints to kick field goals- long ones. The Saints offense must be kept OFF the field. On the offensive side, the 49ers will have to run the ball efficiently and chew up valuable clock time. This will be crucial because the 49ers are not built to go in a shootout with the Saints.

Me:  Do you think that Alex Smith was responsible for the team’s performance last week or was it all on the coaches’ shoulders? What have you heard your fans saying?

DJ:  I have to put it on Alex Smith. I understand that there were rumors flying around indicating that the plays were not getting it on time, etc, and all that seems to be true. By the way, Jimmy Raye took responsibility for the play-calling coming in late. But, at the end of the day, if you are a starting quarterback in the NFL, you just have to know what to do in certain situations. I mean, that is why these guys study film and get paid the big bucks. If it were Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees, we would not be having this discussion. Let’s not forget that Smith was the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. In the first game, it looked like Alex Smith and rest of offense did not even play in the preseason (Crabtree and Davis did miss entire preseason). Smith totally disappointed me when he terribly overthrew to FB Moran Norris who was not covered in the end zone. The play led to a turnover on downs. If this goes on, something will have to give. Either changes will have to be made at the QB position, or there will have to be a new voice calling the plays. Believe it or not, this season is the first time in eight seasons that the 49ers have the same coordinator from the previous season. We finally have some relative consistency at that position but the players don’t seem to want Raye there.

Me:  This last one is a good one–what’s good to eat out there in San Fran? If I ever make it out there, where could I go sit down and enjoy a good meal? I do love to eat!

DJ:  Unfortunately, as much as I love the 49ers, I have never actually been to San Francisco, but it is certainly on top of my bucket list. I have heard of the great cuisine that they have in New Orleans and I could not guarantee that San Francisco or the Bay Area could match it. Who knows, I may be wrong. Nonetheless, the following link is a list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/listings/restaurants/listtop2010

To see what he asked me and my responses, check out his article at http://www.49ersgab.com .

I would like to thank DJ for being such a good sport and working with me on this piece.  If you have any questions  about the 49ers,  he is the perfect one to ask.


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One Response to “49ers Gab Speaks: Things You Want To Know About San Fran”

  1. Dion says:

    how can you write a 49ers blog but never have been to san fran!? thats poor..

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