Smith earns 49ers' rookie sack record


Smith earns 49ers' rookie sack record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Aldon Smith's sack of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger late in the fourth quarter Monday night gave him 13 sacks for the year, eclipsing Charles Haley's single-season rookie record in San Francisco.

Smith had 2.5 sacks in the 20-3 win over Pittsburgh. His first sack of the night was negated by a penalty.

"I'm happy about it," Smith said. "I take a tremendous amount of pride ... it's something I'll never forget."

Haley set the 49ers' rookie mark of 12 in 1986. Fred Dean holds the team's single-season mark of 17.5, set in 1983.

Bryant Young's 89.5 sacks is the all-time franchise mark. Young starred for San Francisco from 1994-2007. Haley is second on the team list with 66.5 in two stints (1986-91, 1998-99) with the 49ers. In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 sacks.

Cedric Hardman is credited with 112 sacks as a member of San Francisco's famed "Gold Rush" line in the 1970s, but sacks didn't become an official NFL statistic until 1982.

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.”