Where did it all go wrong for Alex Smith?
Well it would seem that his concussion suffered in the tied game against St.Louis Rams a month ago, was the beginning of the end. Or is it?
He is ready to play now, in fact he was medically cleared ready the week after his enforced absence. But San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh decided to run, quite literally, with second year QB Colin Kaepernick.
Harbaughs decision seemed to be the right one as the new face in the huddle ran out impressive wins against the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. This past week however, the wheels come off a little as the Niners offense stuttered somewhat and the Rams once again held them and this time ran out winners late in overtime. The brief look between the two passers as they left the field in the Edward Jones Dome, was almost one of “What happens now?”
Arizona Cardinals Must Act Decisively, Fire Ken Whisenhunt Following Humiliating Loss To New York Jets.
There is no question that it was a bad day at the office for Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt during his teams humiliating 7-loss to the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. It's certainly not the first time that the Cardinals have struggled under Whisenhunt. The question remains, however, whether it will be his last.
Without a doubt, in recent years, Whisenhunt has brought a level of credibility to a Cardinals franchise which has traditionally been the perennial laughing stock of the NFL. But their now eight game losing streak may just be the proverbial straw which breaks the camels back. History often counts for a lot in the NFL but the sad reality is that when it comes to continuing employment for head coaches, current form is all that matters.
The Cardinals playoff hopes are now effectively nonexistent, and continuing improvements in St. Louis and Seattle mean a last place NFC West finish seems more assured with each passing week.
Arizona Cardinals: Loss to St. Louis Rams May Signal Beginning of the End of Whisenhunt Era In Arizona.
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints Preview: 49ers' Pass-Rusher Aldon Smith Set To Dominate Drew Brees
Aldon Smith can again dominate when the San Francisco 49ers take on the New Orleans Saints. Smith can attack the weak edges of the Saints' offensive line and terrorise quarterback Drew Brees.
Smith is coming off a monster game in Week 11. He dominated the Chicago Bears on Monday Night football.
The second-year rush end logged 5.5 sacks. That gives him a league-leading 15 for the season, exceeding his rookie tally of 14.
Smith is arguably the best pure pass-rusher in the NFL. His long arms and natural bend, explosive first-step quickness and deceptive power, make him a nightmare for offensive tackles.
That's bad news for Saints duo Jermon Bushrod and Zach Strief. The strength of the Saints' front five is along the interior, with guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs.
However, they have a definite weakness on the edges. Bushrod and Strief lack range and are awkward movers.
Neither is able to shift their feet quickly and turn to deal with speed around the corner. That's not the kind of problem blockers can afford to have against Smith.
On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins are hoping to stop the slide and come away with a much needed win. The only problem? They must do it against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Let's break down this matchup and see where the value lies.