Redskins' Hall provides scouting report on 49ers


Redskins' Hall provides scouting report on 49ers

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, an eight-year NFL veteran, provided an informative scouting report on the 49ers offense in a conference call Wednesday morning.Quarterback Alex Smith is showing he can win football games with a "controlled passing game" and the 49ers offer the unique challenge of putting tight ends on the field who are faster than their wide receivers, Hall said.The 49ers (6-1) own the 23rd-ranked offense in the NFL, but the Redskins (3-4) know they'll have a huge challenge against an offense that features a diverse run game and an efficient passing attack."Alex Smith is not losing the game," Hall said. "He's shown that he can win football games. And I think everybody knew he had it in him. He just had to be coached the right way, and I think coach (Jim) Harbaugh is doing a great job of coaching him the right way.
"Being an ex-player and ex-quarterback, he knows what it takes to go out there and lead teams to victory. He definitely has Alex Smith focused and knowing his job and knowing his assignment."RELATED: Where's the trash-talk from DeAngelo Hall?
Smith as the second-most stingy quarterback in the NFL with an interception percentage of 1.1. That means he averages just 1.1 interceptions for every 100 passes attempted. (The Rams' Sam Bradford leads with an interception percentage is 1.0.)"He doesn't give you great opportunities," Hall said of Smith. "It's a very controlled passing game. He's going take a couple of shots downfield when opportunities present themselves, but for the most part it's a controlled passing game. It's a passing game that works off timing, works off his reads. If he doesn't see it, he pulls it down and tries to extend the play. He's done a great job of doing that."The 49ers are unique because of the speed they can put on field. Hall said he was blown away Wednesday morning when he received the scouting report on the 49ers' pass targets and noticed the tight ends were faster than the wideouts."Any time you can keep your tight ends on the field and be able to throw the ball and run the ball, it's special," Hall said. "It's special when you have tight ends who run like receivers. We looked at 40 times today. Man, looking at personnel and the tight ends are faster than the starting receivers. That's rare to find. Those guys are gifted athletes and when they get the ball in their hands, they're special."Vernon Davis was listed on the report as running the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds. Delanie Walker was listed at 4.5. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was listed at 4.52, Hall said.
When asked if Crabtree is a deep threat that the Redskins have to worry about, Hall answered, "I don't know if he's a deep threat you have to worry about, but he's definitely a guy who can catch the ball and get down the field. I don't think anybody in this league playing receiver can't play, can't run."The 49ers' passing attack ranks 31st in the league in yards per game. But the team's main offensive threat comes on the ground. The 49ers' run game ranks sixth in the NFL, as Frank Gore has gained 125 yards or more rushing in each of the past four games."Man, they're just mashing guys," Hall said. "They're running the ball great with Frank Gore. They're bringing in a change-of-pace back (Kendall Hunter) and their offensive line is a monster. They're bringing in Isaac Sopoaga, extra tackles. They're just running it down people's throats."That's something we're definitely going to have to do, stop the run. They've done a great job over the last couple of weeks, and we know that that's something they're going to try to do."

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.”