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Ravens TE Ed Dickson: Niners’ defense has a lot of holes we can exploit

Ed-Dickson-RavensThe San Francisco 49ers have had arguably the best defense in the NFL over the past two seasons, but Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson is not overly concerned about it. The Niners ranked second in the NFL with just 17.1 points per game allowed during the regular season, but they allowed 31 to the Green Bay Packers and then 24 to the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs. Those numbers have Dickson chomping at the bit.

“We’ve seen the success that Atlanta had,” Dickson said Tuesday according to CSNBayArea.com. “We’re not going to be naïve. I’m sure they’ve made corrections. In the end, it’s all about us and the things that we do well with running the football and passing the ball, just being a balanced offense.

“We’ve seen a lot of things on film we can exploit, and we’ll go after those things.”

Common sense would tell you that the Super Bowl is unlikely to turn into a shootout, as the Ravens and Niners have two of the more physical defenses in the league. Dickson is right that San Francisco’s defense was exploited in its first two playoff games, but Baltimore doesn’t have players like Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Roddy White and Julio Jones. If the Ravens are forced to throw the ball a lot, they’ll be doing so against a much tougher defense than the one they lit up in New England. That’s not to say it can’t be done, but Joe Flacco would greatly benefit from his team getting Ray Rice going early and often on Sunday.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Niners LB Ahmad Brooks thinks Torrey Smith’s name is Joe Torre

Ahmad-Brooks-NinersLike the rest of the San Francisco 49ers, linebacker Ahmad Brooks has likely been spending most of his time over the past week or so preparing to face the Baltimore Ravens. Brooks has a responsibility to learn about Baltimore’s tendencies on offense and keep track of their playmakers, but I suppose there’s no reason he has to know their actual names. As long as he’s familiar with their numbers, that should suffice.

Thank goodness for that, since he recently confused Torrey Smith with Joe Torre. During an interview with 95.7 The Game’s Bucher and Towny on Tuesday, Brooks sounded like he legitimately believed Smith’s name was Joe Torre.

“They have good receivers; they have a good deep threat with Joe Torre, matter of fact he’s from around my way, shout out to Joe Torre,” Brooks said. “Is that his name? Joe Torre? They have him and Anquan Boldin. They have a good offensive line, they have a good fullback and we played against them last year on Thanksgiving, and the fullback was just pancaking some of our guys, so we have our hands full on Sunday.”

The audio of the interview is available here, and the Torrey/Torre talk comes in at about the 5:20 mark. Brooks and Smith are indeed both from Virginia. Brooks was informed that he was talking about Torrey Smith later in the interview, and he corrected himself by giving shout-out to the Ravens receiver rather than the legendary MLB manager.

As a linebacker, Brooks won’t have to worry as much about Smith as someone like Carlos Rogers will. However, he could learn his name in a hurry if Joe Flacco and Smith hook up on one of their patented deep balls early in the game and set the tone. I don’t know if Brooks was intentionally insulting Smith or not, but either way the second-year receiver must be slightly offended. If I was one of his Ravens teammates, I’d be hanging the quote above his locker.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the quotes

Vernon Davis unleashes his pythons; has to answer Red Rover question (Video)

Vernon-Davis-gun-showThe San Francisco 49ers hosted their Super Bowl media day on Tuesday morning, and as usual the players and coaches had to answer a number of ridiculous questions. Vernon Davis was prepared to intimidate reporters by going with the rolled-up sleeves look and unleashing his prominent pythons, but that didn’t stop someone from asking him an obnoxious question about a game of Red Rover.

“If you were playing Red Rover, who would you ask to come over?” a reporter (or some other person with media credentials) asked Davis.

The gentleman had to repeat the question several times so that Davis could understand what he was asking. Eventually, Davis said “Beyonce” and everyone was able to move on.

Nothing says “hurry up and get here already, Sunday” quite like media day. When we don’t have players like Antrel Rolle to talk about midgets in Brazil, the week before the big game just seems to crawl by.

Video via Shutdown Corner

NFL pressured a man to give up his request to trademark ‘Harbowl’

John-Harbaugh-Jim-HarbaughWith the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens set to square off in Super Bowl XLVII, much of the buzz surrounding the game has centered around the brothers Harbaugh competing against each other for the Vince Lombardi trophy. John and Jim Harbaugh both had great teams heading into the season, so it is not shocking that they are the only two coaches left standing.

A man from Indiana named Roy Fox anticipated a potential Niners-Ravens matchp, so he decided to try to make some money off of it. Last February, Fox says he paid more than $1,000 to file trademarks for the phrases “Harbowl” and “Harbaugh Bowl.” However, his plan never came to fruition because of pressure from the NFL.

“Right before the conference championship games last year, I thought to myself, ‘Can you imagine if these guys played each other?’” Fox told ESPN.com. “If Pat Riley would go through the trouble of trademarking three-peat, why shouldn’t I try this?”

In August, the NFL sent a letter to Fox expressing concerns that his recent trademarks could be confused with the league’s trademark of Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained the purpose behind that letter.

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