Monday Morning Mailbag: Jacobs is comfortable around ex-'mates

October 15, 2012, 4:48 pm
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You are not alone. The 49ers had a lot of questions after their 26-3 loss to the New York Giants about what happened Sunday at Candlestick Park, too.
Let's open up the Monday Morning Mailbag (and I'll answer more questions in the comments section below):Q: What do you think of Jacobs in the Giants locker room after the game? (@rpv173)
Inactive 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs did not suit up for Sunday's game against his former team. He told the New York Daily News it was "the hardest game I've ever had to watch."He said that while in the Giants locker room.Jacobs has not played in a 49ers regular-season game. He has not played since an Aug. 18 left knee sprain. Jacobs went through limited practice in Youngstown, Ohio. Then, he participated fully in practices the past two weeks. But he has yet to be active for a game.Obviously, Jacobs is frustrated. And, obviously, he still has a lot of friends on the Giants. He spent a lot of time on the Giants' sideline before the game chatting with former teammates and staff.
I cannot think of a time when a former 49ers player entered their locker room after a game. But Jacobs obviously feels at ease around the Giants, so he went there to see some people before the team left to return home. Jacobs won two Super Bowls in his seven seasons with the Giants. He had a nice run of success there. It's understandable, I suppose, that he wishes he were still there. It's difficult to tell if he will ever be a factor with his new team.Q: It seemed like Leonard Davis had a difficult time once Alex Boone went over to LT. Your thoughts? (@justinbior)
I watched every play, and Davis executed his assignment on just about every snap after right guard Alex Boone moved to left tackle following Joe Staley's concussion.Leonard Davis had a critical false-start penalty when he entered the game as an extra blocker that turned a third-and-1 situation into a third-and-6 early in the third quarter. But when Davis moved to right guard, I did not think he struggled.That said, Davis is an 11-year veteran who does not have the lateral quickness to do many of the things the 49ers ask of Boone. Davis is much more effective in tight spaces.
There was a play in which Jason Pierre-Paul lined up over right tackle Anthony Davis, and Mathias Kiwanuka was at tackle over Leonard Davis. Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka ran a stunt. Rather than switch off, Leonard Davis' assignment was to stick with Kiwanuka. Davis could not keep up with the much-quicker Kiwanuka, and that play resulted in a sack of Alex Smith for a 14-yard loss.In the event that Joe Staley does not get cleared to return to action Thursday night, the 49ers will have to do more switching to cut down on the room that Leonard Davis has to cover to fulfill his blocking assigments.There was a question from @Rynormas, who asked if Daniel Kilgore might start at right guard. I don't believe so because the 49ers know what they're going to get from Leonard Davis. If he was the backup guard before Sunday, they wouldn't have seen anything to make them believe that he is not capable of starting.
Q: Thoughts on first INT? Does Walker need to make more effort on ball? (@ReevesHitchcock)
One of the memorable plays from the NFC Championship game was when Delanie Walker was wide open on a wheel route at the start of the second half. Alex Smith didn't pull the trigger, and a potential big play was lost.On a similar play Sunday, it seemed as if Smith was determined to throw this pass. Cornerback Prince Amukamara made a good play to turn and go up for the ball.And, yes, Walker said afterward that he should've done a better job of breaking up the pass -- like Victor Cruz did later in the game on a play in which Carlos Rogers had a chance for an interception."Yeah, the DB made a great play, but at that time, just where you've got to become a defender," Walker said. "(I) should've batted it down. But it was a little too hard with me running full speed and trying to get back."As for the obvious questions about Smith's middle finger, I believe -- and Smith said it, too -- that the finger was not an issue. Smith's three interceptions were a result of poor decisions.Q: Any idea what's going on with Akers? (@GoSF49ers)
David Akers ranks 32nd in the NFL after making 11 of 16 field-goal attempts (68.8 percent) through six games. Each of his misses have come from 40 yards or more. He is 5-of-8 from 40 to 49 yards, and he is 1-of-3 from 50-plus.Akers, 37, is in his 14th NFL season. Last year he set the NFL record with 44 made field goals. But let's also remember that he ranked 15th in the league in field-goal percentage at 84.6.Last season was his fourth consecutive in which his field-goal percentage was anywhere from 82.5 to 86.5. In 2007, Akers made just 75 percent of his kicks. From 2005 to '07, his percentage was in the 70s.That's probably where Akers will finish this season, too.My point is, at this stage in his career, it would not be completely unexpected for his accuracy to drop back.