Maiocco: 'It was a big-time battle'
John Henry Smith and Matt Maiocco break down Jim Harbaugh's Monday press conference from Santa Clara.
Welcome and John Henry Smith and Matt -- could. John Henry the first thing we all noticed here was that Jim Harbaugh not mesmerized by your voice today perhaps may be too tired. From the midnight flight back from New England. You know David I'm glad you said that because our friend that -- Korea has made the same cross country trip and look at pressure as a daisy has always I don't know I you do it but boy it would appear eating out like some of that. Well lot of sleep on the plane but -- -- -- got back to the hotel in Boston we'll laughter 2 o'clock closer to three. Had the the 4 AM pizza delivery. And ready to rock and roll 755. Flied out of Boston and here I am back in the Bay Area. -- pizza is breakfast of champions well you are fresh as a daisy but bad. Defense for the 49ers they were on the field a lot last night the whole team I think it was a heavyweight fifteen round bout. How fresh do you think this team is or how are not first you think they are going into this week's game -- Seattle though when you think about Patrick Willis Navarro Bowman. It's two safeties -- goals and Donte Whitner all those guys played the entire team on defense in 94 snaps with. Bowman and Willis in goals and also playing a lot of special teams do so this team was. Beat up by me there -- out. The Patriots are a physical team of four hours or physical team. It was so -- you -- -- I mean it was a big time battle bit physical football game. And they go into a game Sunday against Seattle it's the prayers a -- played. Their most physical game of the season up to this point so. I think Jim Harbaugh is gonna pull the reins back a little bit there won't be any hitting a practices. I think it'll be a lot of mental preparations. And try to get their bodies dresses up. Going up to Seattle for what now becomes their biggest game of the season. Well coach are rod said they were gonna know what a couple of days two -- three days. The status of Justin Smith and his team seem to play a little bit worse that big rally cap which Justin Smith a lot of how much trouble is this team in without Justin Smith in the lineup. -- justice that is a valuable football player now -- some of the guys stepped up by doctor just in the locker room last night he was really pleased with the job that -- -- that's why did stepping in for and in fact. It was a Rickie -- as -- who had a huge sack. Tom Brady on third down but DeVon there's no getting around that the fact that justice Smith might be the most valuable defender he had just all the Smith is closing in an NFL records. Tied for the league lead in sacks but just is this just makes so many things happen and I gotta believe it's gonna be. Very -- if you play Sunday because he anytime you see him on the sideline without left elbow wrapped. Trying to get back on the field and just can't do it tells me there's there's something. Wrong with him. For him not to -- to go back out there so Jim Harbaugh kind of skirted the issue a little bit about the MRI I asked to make it whether this is a Parys Haralson type of injury where you you have the but it torn triceps or biceps something along those lines and Jim said he does not the same thing self. Hopefully that means for the 49ers -- justice Smith won't be out long term that he can still. Come back in the other factor for this team because they're gonna need him in the playoffs. And selling is that is there an argument be made for even resting him his biggest the Seattle game this is there an argument be made because -- they don't really have to win the Seattle game. To win the division if I'm correct right. That that is correct guy you'll they they wanna win this game that the main thing was to Seattle game we're talking about how this team is is physically spent. Eighteen -- first round bye in the playoffs if they went out if they beat Seattle if they beat Arizona the next week. They're right now the number two spot which means a first round bye in the playoffs that home playoff game of the divisional round if they lose to Seattle. They'll still probably win the division because all they have to do is beat to the Arizona Cardinals. However now you start to see that hole they have on the number two spots -- away and it's he liked the Packers have the Packers can win two games in the forty -- just split the the Packers leapfrogged the forty hours to get that. That number two seed so it is -- it is big -- because. Get the foreigners winning in Seattle then they get that rest. Which after last night's game and after this game in Seattle they'll probably dearly need. Matt Mayo go I'd tell you to get some rest but you really don't seem like you need -- -- thanks for the acknowledged thinks that dive back to you guys. I John Henry Smith thank you very much and Matt Mayo go live. -- -- --