Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl


Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO -- Players and coaches around the NFL will get together in their respective team rooms Tuesday and Wednesday to fill out Pro Bowl ballots.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh gave those around the NFC something to think about after the 49ers' 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers."A tremendous job by Alex Smith," Harbaugh said. "He was just on the money all night long. Played great. There's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. He's had that kind of season. I think he really put an exclamation point on that tonight."
Smith completed 18 of 31 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the nationally televised game.RELATED: Alex Smith 2011 game logs
Smith ranks ninth among NFC quarterbacks in yards passing, but he's sixth in passer rating. And the 49ers currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with an 11-3 record.Three players are named to the squad. The game takes place a week before the Super Bowl, so the quarterback from the team that advances that far will not play. Here is a list of the top candidates for NFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks. (Record in parentheses is team record, not necessarily the quarterback's record):Aaron Rodgers, Packers (13-1)
322 of 473 (68.1 percent)
4,360 yards
40 TDs
6 Ints
120.1 ratingDrew Brees, Saints (11-3)
417 of 583 (71.5 percent)
4,780 yards
37 TDs
11 Ints
109.1 ratingTony Romo, Cowboys (8-6)
317 of 483 (65.6 percent)
3,895 yards
29 TDs
9 Ints
102.6 ratingMatthew Stafford, Lions (9-5)
356 of 568 (62.7 percent)
4,145 yards
33 TDs
14 Ints
93.8 ratingEli Manning, N.Y. Giants (7-7)
326 of 529 (61.6 percent)
4,362 yards
25 TDs
15 Ints
91.7 ratingALEX SMITH, 49ERS (11-3)
239 of 389 (61.4 percent)
2,752 yards
16 TDs
5 Ints
91.1 ratingMatt Ryan, Falcons (9-5)
307 of 505 (60.8 percent)
3,698 yards
26 TDs
12 Ints
90.5 ratingCam Newton, Panthers (5-9)
283 of 475 (59.6 percent)
3,722 yards
17 TDs
16 Ints
82.3 ratingMichael Vick, Eagles (6-8)
211 of 352 (59.9 percent)
2,675 yards
13 TDs
13 Ints
80.6 rating Harbaugh says he believes Smith should be on the NFC Pro Bowl team. What do you think?

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."