There have been numerous questions sent to me via Twitter on the status of tight end Delanie Walker. Walker was scheduled to be checked out on his fractured jaw and his status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said he had no update on Monday during his press conference. Walker has been rehabbing and it’ll be more likely we get a definite answer on Wednesday.
Here are some other questions that were sent in.
Ken via Facebook: What’s going to be the single biggest challenge for this weekend’s game?
– Pass rush protection. The Giants have a great defensive line and if Alex Smith can’t get his opportunities to make the big throws, the 49ers have no chance.
@geosushigourmet: the East Coast press is once again doubting us, and dreaming about Patriots-Giants. is this on Harbaugh’s radar/is it motivating?
– Probably a little but doubt it matters much to him. He notices what the outsiders are saying but he ultimately is concentrating his time on what he can do. I don’t think he needs any extra motivation to win.
@DiegoNaranjo82: with so many free agents who do u see the niners keeping?
– Rogers, Alex Smith, Goldson, Morgan in my opinion are the top priorities. Can’t determine anything else until season ends.
@tjimenez85: what do the 49ers need to do to keep Alex Smith upright against the Giants tough pass rushers?
– Heavier formations may help out a lot but the key could be Frank Gore’s blocking skills. Gore was a non-factor in their last meeting but now they not only need him to have a great running day, but also need him to help out in blocking.
@zarpama: do you sense a high confidence level (cockyness) in the players?
– Should be same as last week: loose, confident and most importantly, just enjoying football.
@f8th4lyf_2: Are there any Niners who have previously made it this far in playoffs w/ another team? If so, who?
– C Jonathan Goodwin, WR Brett Swain have Super Bowl rings.
@StewBear55: The Giants defense looks much improved. How can the Niners be successful against them, particularly that front four?
– The 49ers offensive line has improved a lot since last year and they should be given some credit. Other than blocks, I think a strong option for the 49ers is to get quick passes and make the receivers playmakers in the open field. The 49ers can’t give the Giants defense an opportunity to get to Smith.
@Msclemons67: is re-watching the 1st 49ers-Giants matchup worthwhile or have the two teams changed too much?
– You can still learn something from the first meeting. But it’s better to consider the Giants last few games instead. Both teams are different and better than two months ago.