Defensive rivalry brewing between left and right sides


Defensive rivalry brewing between left and right sides

SANTA CLARA -- Remember that scene from "Remember the Titans" where Bertier and Big Ju shove each other debating whether it's called the "left side" or the "strong side?"

Ahmad Brooks and Ray McDonald do, and they've adopted it as the mainstay of their competitive defensive vernacular. Brooks and McDonald comprise the 49ers' defensive left side, and they are engaging right-siders Justin and Aldon Smith.

Is there a left side-right side rivalry going on in Santa Clara?

"Not necessarily," Brooks said. "But then again...yeah."

"We're really just competing as sides," Aldon Smith confirmed. "We try to see if me and Justin can make more plays than Ahmad and Ray can make."

It started last year with McDonald and Brooks' impromptu re-enactment of Bertier and Big Ju, and the two have run with it, using it to egg on their right side-counterparts.

How the right side responds, however, is up for debate.

"We just let the play do the talking," Aldon said.

"They just talk crap," Brooks said.

We'll check in throughout the season to see which side has the upper hand, but the underlying theme of making plays has clearly been internalized by the 49ers' front seven.

"It's not a rivalry, it's like a friendly competition," Aldon said. "We want to see who can get more than the other. And just get 'em period."

Head coach Jim Harbaugh -- always a proponent of competition -- surely supports the exercise of relaxed intensity, especially considering the outcome.

"It's cool," Aldon said. "You get better having fun."

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”