Kristian's Quick Hits: Saints prep for the Niners
O-Line: Bryce Harris filled in for Charles Brown at right tackle last week against the Raiders after Brown suffered a leg injury in the first half. It’s unclear if Harris will be the starter this week as the Saints host the San Francisco 49ers. The usual starter at right tackle is Zach Strief, he’s been sideline by a groin injury and was limited in practice on Wednesday. The Niners boast one of the league’s best pass rushes. DE/OLB Alden Smith leads the league with 15 sacks coming off a 5 sack performance in the 49ers 32 to 7 win over Chicago on Monday night.
Strief told me he’s still not sure what his status will be this week for the Saints. “You gotta wait and see how things respond. Missing time with any type of Injury, there is a little bit of ‘how does your body react’ to being back in action.”
Sacks Alive! Believe it or not, the Saints defense has more sacks this season with (24) than the San Francisco 49ers (23). I would have never guessed that in a million years.
Collin or Alex? While 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was coy through this week about who will get the start at quarterback this week, many media outlets now report that the backup will start.
“In both guys we have quarterbacks that we’re confident in, believe in, have won for us, Alex (Smith) over a long period of 25 games and Colin (Kaepernick) playing winning football the last two times he’s been out on the field. Plus the situation is that (Kaepernick) has gotten to play this year. Both of them have displayed that they are guys that we believe in, are confident in and can win for us.” Smith suffered a concussion a few weeks ago, and Kaepernick started and played well in a 32-7 win over the Bears on Monday night. In either case, the Saints say they’re preparing to see both Quarterbacks.