CSNBayArea's Matt Maioco checks in on CTL
Fri, 1 Feb 2013|
CSNBayArea.com's 49ers Insider Matt Maioco checks in on CTL and looks ahead to Super Bowl XLVII - 2/1
Very has met -- go all right let's talk about this match up of Brothers Harbaugh. Jim against John I look at the teams made the niners adding it's gonna be really tough for the Ravens overcome. Do you think that's the key to the game. -- I think there -- a lot of keys of the game that the last time the players played the Ravens was Thanksgiving Day 2011. And the Ravens terrorize the 49ers put nine quarterback sacks. Now you're looking at an -- like for the 49ers. That's a very solid they've they've protect college governing very well the Ravens are getting fielding at night quarterback sacks this time. I think the forty hours of the team speed on defense they can do some things offensively with an average throwing the ball running the read option -- the forty hours -- very difficult out. And I think that there's a game that that sets up well what. They met Doug Davis Shuster from WSCR radio I was not Frisco love went -- and I -- his introduction if you will against the Bears and it was incredibly impressive. And his continue to do so and you certainly don't wish injury on anybody. But if he were to get injured at any juncture in the game on Sunday and end up you had to go to the back up how confident are. Are the rest of the niners in Smith then with the game plan change at all. Well I think the 49ers are probably set up better than any team in the league they have to go to their backup quarterback and their backup quarterback. Is an eight year pro who's having his best season in the NFL with a quarterback rating at 104. Is a very controversial decision in the Bay Area. We Jamar about a decided to go -- With college -- -- over Alex Smith so. I think as far as that standpoint goes so early the court hours would it would be in better shape to withstand. It even be productive. At the quarterback position if that are starting quarterback goes down. Better stop all the from the Chicago Tribune. It's just going to be probably the biggest gain them back Africa's ever played -- it certainly has broker may be in his life how do you expect that he's gonna handle that at least early on. What the jitters or whatnot and did they change anything in terms of just kind of easing him into the offense or did everything right off the bat. Well I needed big game against that. Falcons in the NFC championship game they they did try to ease him in a quick out the very first snap of the game only for one yard of Michael Crabtree. The game before the 49ers. The whole game against the Packers in the playoffs. The second pass of the game can't predict threw pick six. So what he stated that he was very impressive. He got off to a very bad start the people at Candlestick Park we're starting to groan that you could hear it you know certain faction of the crowd wondering I shouldn't really be Alex Smith and their quarterback. Both got predicted and what -- has done repeatedly since taking over the 49ers he showed a certain amount of -- far beyond his years. He came back from the pick six against Packers before yours yet do a touchdown. And then even in the Falcons game -- seventeen nothing on the road very hostile environment maybe he let the players to a touchdown drive there are so. He's shown an amazing capacity -- have a short memory out there on the field but the bad plays behind him and move forward so I think that she feels very good about. His ability to rise to the occasion in a big game. They met Phil Rodgers in the Tribune the other side of the ball. You know Joseph Flacco on an incredible role it. It is or -- any one way yeah I mean obviously the cliche -- get pressure on him but is there any one way other than that. That forty niners are look at when they think they can take him out of this roll he's on. Yeah you know the players have done a pretty good job of switching out. Their defense is disguising coverages inning yet being on the same page now they got away from that a little bit and that. That he NFC championship game at a rare blown coverage any game. And -- it led to a 46 yard touchdown pass the first time that -- hasn't given up a touchdown pass of forty yards or more this season but you eluded to that it could be getting. The 49ers he just has been tying up blockers. They need to get all the its -- a free run at the quarterback like. Those -- teamed up to do meeting times and if they do get that pressure on Flacco put him on the ground a few times it's gonna make things so much easier. For the 49ers secondary. Now before we let you go your prediction on the game and do you think that this is a game that's played. At a really high pace a lot of downfield passing everything gets sent Frank Gore a lot of carries. I think Ray Rice a break or I mean I think votes he's wanna get that going is that the pace of Super Bowl is always kinda offset by all the all the time outs in the thirty minute halftime so sometimes it's kind of tough to get in a good rhythm. For these teams as far as my prediction. I'll be honest with you back in May watching how the 49ers in the offseason program bounce back and -- lost in the NFC champs -- games. They were so focused and I never in eighteen years of covering this team solid team that was so -- to make the Super Bowl run so that it may. I thought that that that determination I saw the end woods leads at this stage. To the super boy and a Super Bowl victories so. I -- statement that obviously the 49ers 3123. Over the Baltimore Ravens.