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[News] Jimmy Smith Saves Best For Last

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The second-year cornerback made the game's biggest play after a trying season.

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i was very impressed with Jimmy's performance on Sunday, hopefully he will continue to improve.

Chykie? Not impressed in the least...
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Ryan Mink kudos for explaining that play in as unbiased as an opinion can be despite working for the Ravens organization. Could it have been called as pass interference, yes and yes-- offensive and defensive. It was only right that the ref kept the flag tucked away nicely somewhere under his garments. If you want to start pointing out all the bad calls then you'd clearly see the Ravens were hosed. This game should have been a blowout; it should never have come close. Then again I didn't want my Ravens winning another blowout Superbowl making it seem like an unfair match-up. I kind of like the way it ended; now I know this one will be in contention for greatest Superbowl ever and Jim Harbaugh and Frank Gore would have to endure watching it for years on NFL Network. All's well that ends well.
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Jimmy has made big plays in big games before. i remember his int last year in NE. but knocking the ball out of crabtree hands was the best yet. enjoy the parade and good luck this offseason
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He will be starting alongside webb next year. Graham will be #3 nickel and be able to also play special teams, which is what he was signed for in the first place, being a pro bowler. This will improve both the secondary (jimmy is better than cary IMO) and also the special team unit.
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His best play was that strip before the 4th down reminiscent of the Lee Evans situation! Jimmy laid the "wood" on Crabtree knocking the caught ball loose!

Karma, right?

Build on that, young man, build on it!
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What our secondary accomplished without having Lardarius Webb was tremendous. All our young players stepped up to win this. The Red Zone Defense that stopped teams when it mattered. I am proud of them all.
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That's what it normally takes for skilled positions like WR and CB to break out is 3 years as long as he can stay healthy there's big things in his future
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hopefully now that Jimmy is healthy we can see him reach his full potential. Hope the super bowl was an inication that no stage is too big for him, as he grows into an elite CB. THat would be hughe moving forward:
1 It solidifies our Defense
2 It gives us the type of physical presence that has made us so feared
3. It allows us to transition smoothly *if* we lose Cary
4. It allows Webby to ease back into his oldoform
5. We will face the Brady, Peyton, Rivers, ROthlisberger, Dalton and Luck in the AFC -Jimmy will be a big part of our success moving forwarad if he continues to reach him potential!
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If you look at the CBs we have for next season, we are loaded. Webb, J. Smith, C. Graham, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, C. Williams, C. johnson and plus anyone I forgot. Thats not even considering we might draft someone. And Im not even going to get into the safety position. I'm feeling pretty good about our DB situation
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thats about the1st play he's made all year...............Great job Mr Smith.....you have earned the paycheck and the ring.....
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[quote name='Mystigo_Dragon' timestamp='1360085686' post='1346385']
His best play was that strip before the 4th down reminiscent of the Lee Evans situation! Jimmy laid the "wood" on Crabtree knocking the caught ball loose!

Karma, right?

Build on that, young man, build on it!
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I have to disagree with you on that. Lee Evans was in the end zone untouched and lost the ball due to not realizing what was on the line. He had time to clutch the ball as tight as possible. In a span on two seconds we went from in the Super Bowl to not in the Super Bowl. On the 3rd down play Crabtree wasn't in the endzone and he had Graham on him going for the tackle and then Jimmy came in and finished him up. He never really had the time span that Evans had to tuck the ball in.

Either way it was a great play and showed why big physical corners are important against some of these big receivers. What I find most impressive is he used perfect tackling technique on the play by getting his helmet across the receivers body which made it easier for him to knock the ball away. Then on the 4th down play he stressed technique. Finally he is realizing that you have to mix technique with talent to be a successful DB in the league.
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[quote name='sami' timestamp='1360090039' post='1346489']
If you look at the CBs we have for next season, we are loaded. Webb, J. Smith, C. Graham, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, C. Williams, C. johnson and plus anyone I forgot. Thats not even considering we might draft someone. And Im not even going to get into the safety position. I'm feeling pretty good about our DB situation
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I'll take Webb, Smith, Graham, and Williams the others can go and be replaced. Brown talks too much for a person that cannot tackle and blow coverages. Johnson I was done with him after he messed up against the Redskins. Jackson (Who is that?).
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If we cant keep Williams because of Flaccos contract, Jimmy has to step up! In addition to Webb, Graham and Brown that would still be a godd set of corners even if he leaves
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Jimmy's a big part of that win. And like people have said before, and I think it bears repeating here, is that our Red Zone Defense was able to bend without breaking. It's incredible just how many times we forced teams to settle for FG's this year (esp. in playoffs) and not get touchdowns in games where a TD here or there would have won the game for them. Our Red Zone Defense is a big reason why we're World Champions!!!!!
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[quote name='blackandpurplesacks' timestamp='1360084649' post='1346350']
He will be starting alongside webb next year. Graham will be #3 nickel and be able to also play special teams, which is what he was signed for in the first place, being a pro bowler. This will improve both the secondary (jimmy is better than cary IMO) and also the special team unit.
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That remains to be seen. Graham is a player and showed it on the field consistently. Actually he was one of the few play makers we had when we were banged up in the regular season. In the playoffs especially against Denver he showed that his regular season play wasn't a fluke.

Cary Williams? The sky is the limit for that guy. After his poor play against Denver in the regular season he stepped up his game and he has room to get better.

My guess:

1. Webb (if healthy)
2. C. Williams
3. Graham
4. J. Williams

Trust me Jimmy's output on those last two plays were tremendous, but we need to see that on a consistent basis. Hopefully he will stay healthy for this to happen. Over the years a lot of guys have flashed for a play or two in the Super Bowl and the next year they were back to reality. Manningham and Tyree are recent names that come to mind.

Regardless of what order those guys come in...that would be one of the best secondaries in the league.
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[quote name='baltimore1975' timestamp='1360090476' post='1346502']
I have to disagree with you on that. Lee Evans was in the end zone untouched and lost the ball due to not realizing what was on the line. He had time to clutch the ball as tight as possible. In a span on two seconds we went from in the Super Bowl to not in the Super Bowl. On the 3rd down play Crabtree wasn't in the endzone and he had Graham on him going for the tackle and then Jimmy came in and finished him up. He never really had the time span that Evans had to tuck the ball in.

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Well, fine! I've moved way beyond Lee Evans! I'm using his as an example of Karma!

My point is that Jimmy's was a "make or break" play deep in our Red Zone, regardless of Graham's position, with hardly no time to respond should Crabtree make that catch and be able to stretch for the pylon!

He didn't because Jimmy Smith hit him, solidly, in the elbow and shoulder and that, sir, popped the ball out!

It was a great play that allowed us to live another day, another play!
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He played a great game. Good think too, because I don't see how Williams will be back next year. With Flacco, Ellerbe, Kruger, and Reed all needing new contracts I don't see why Ozzie would spend money of Williams with Webb coming back and the emergence of Corey Graham. Not to mention Chykie Brown didn't look to shabby. Throw in Jimmy Smith maybe coming on and there's really no justifying paying Cary Williams
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I really did like Smith's play on those final possessions for San Fran. He was quick and physical. It's good sign of the his potential. Keep up the great work!
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I'm happy for Jimmy. I'm one of the few who still believe he can be a shut down corner. I don't believe Williams will be back so I'll be happy with Smith, Webb, and Graham. Williams, and understandably so, will opt for free agency where he will get more money. Next year will be Smith's breakout year. Mark my word.
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Yeah if the 49ers' want to make a big deal about the no call on 4th and 1 think about this...Flacco was clearly pushed/tackled out of bounds when we were in the red zone and only got 3 points. If that was Brady or Manning there would have been laundry all over the field and we would have scored a TD vs a field goal. That would have made it a 2 score game. Moot point in my opinion.
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[quote name='singin1' timestamp='1360096652' post='1346624']
Yeah if the 49ers' want to make a big deal about the no call on 4th and 1 think about this...Flacco was CLEARLY pushed/tackled out of bounds when we were in the red zone and only got 3 points. If that was Brady or Manning there would have been laundry all over the field and we would have scored a TD vs a field goal. That would have made it a 2 score game. Moot point in my opinion.
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Not to mention the great acting job David Akers did and that PI on Torrey Smith that was never called. It was a fair game from the refs view and that's why we came out on top with the W
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Williams was ranked near the very bottom in Corner rankings even though picks are good the only reason why he had 4 this past season was QB's kept on throwing his way and picking on him. The Ravens will be fine with Webb, Smith, Graham, Brown, and Jackson(hopefully the next Webb).
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[quote name='Mystigo_Dragon' timestamp='1360093259' post='1346569']
Well, fine! I've moved way beyond Lee Evans! I'm using his as an example of Karma!

My point is that Jimmy's was a "make or break" play deep in our Red Zone, regardless of Graham's position, with hardly no time to respond should Crabtree make that catch and be able to stretch for the pylon!

He didn't because Jimmy Smith hit him, solidly, in the elbow and shoulder and that, sir, popped the ball out!

It was a great play that allowed us to live another day, another play!
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Ok I can agree with that!
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I find it sad that 49ers fans still cry about the final call. Take time to review the replay and you could clearly see that Crabtree started holding/mauling Jimmy Smith after about 4 yards of forward movement upon snapping the ball. If anything, it could have been called as a double flag on both of them, which lead to the refs. just letting it go.
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williams will not be here next season. thanks for your part in this great season and you got a ring out of it but we need to resign flacco,pitta,kruger and ellerbe.
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"You went first round, thought you were all high and mighty," Smith said, recalling his mother's words. "Then you get knocked to your [butt] and you have to go through this to put things back in place. In a way, I can see that. It makes sense."

I absolutely love this! Who better than a mother to bring their child back down to Earth? I bet this hit Jimmy hard and will push him to become that much better.
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Hey, Jimmy Smith is still practically a baby. He may or may not ever be the shut down corner that we anticpated, but 4th and goal with all the marbles on the line, he played fast and physical and like a Raven. Anything short of that and 49ers probably win the game.
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[quote name='blackandpurplesacks' timestamp='1360084649' post='1346350']
He will be starting alongside webb next year. Graham will be #3 nickel and be able to also play special teams, which is what he was signed for in the first place, being a pro bowler. This will improve both the secondary (jimmy is better than cary IMO) and also the special team unit.
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I highly doubt jimmy starts over graham going into the season next year. Personally I really wish we could keep Cary. Good cbs are hard to come by...Cary> Kruger
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[quote name='JoeyFlex5' timestamp='1360084556' post='1346344']
jimys crack on crabtree that knocked that ball loose was absolutely beautiful
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Gorgeous even.
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Jimmy "crybaby" Harbs needs to stop. Gore, too. Tell you what, Niners fans, you can have that penalty if you give us the no call on Flacco that puts us first and goal on the one, and give us about half a dozen no calls where Torrey was mauled so he couldn't break away beyond five yards. Oh, and take back the ludicrous Akers flop for 3 pts. It just makes you seem desperate and pathetic and immature. And I see you as favorites to return next year.
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Jimmy Smith would be a lockdown corner is the refs and the rulebooks let him play like that. They basically decided to call nothing in the 2nd half in the hopes that the 49ers could make a run. Rodger got what he wanted, and the league made the $$$, which is the only thing they care about. At least we pulled that game out! I can't wait for next years team to defend their title!
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I hate to hear about how well Jimmy did and then people bash on Cary. Cary made a number of great plays throughout the season. He was going against the number one receiver since Webb went out. I don't know if the Ravens can afford to pay Cary but he did a great job. You look at Cary's game when they had a decent pass rush going... He was way better than Jimmy this season. I am not saying that Jimmy won't get better but If Jimmy was that good, he would have been starting in place of Cary a long time ago. Even when Jimmy came back healthy, he dropped in the depth chart behind Chykie. Great job to all of the Super Bowl Champion Ravens!
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Hey enough with who stinks and who did good - they won the SUPER BOWL!!! Enjoy the moment, it took 12 years to get back to this day....enjoy it!!!!
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[quote name='baltimore1975' timestamp='1360090476' post='1346502']
I have to disagree with you on that. [b][color=#ff0000]Lee Evans was in the end zone untouched and lost the ball due to not realizing what was on the line.[/color][/b] He had time to clutch the ball as tight as possible. In a span on two seconds we went from in the Super Bowl to not in the Super Bowl. On the 3rd down play Crabtree wasn't in the endzone and he had Graham on him going for the tackle and then Jimmy came in and finished him up. He never really had the time span that Evans had to tuck the ball in.
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Not realizing what was on the line? Seriously?
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It sucks hearing 49er fans and others tlk about Jimmy Smith hold when in fact Crabtree initiated the contact ..And if that was a hold,then how did Navarro Bowman get them into the Superbowl? Lol ..either way DBs stepped up on the outside and made great plays. Always proud to be apart of RavensNation win or lose!
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Leaving aside the fact that Crabtree clearly pushed off and that the pass would have only been catchable if Crabtree were at least 14 feet tall so that he could dive and fully extend far enough out of bounds to grab the ball while keeping his feet in bounds, and the fact that basically all of the objective experts agree with no penalty for the Ravens on the play, there's a very basic fact the Forty-Whiners are overlooking--the Ravens had all three of their timeouts left with 1:46 left on the clock.

Let's assume they call a penalty against the Ravens, giving the 49ers half the distance to the goal line and a 1st down, and the 49ers marched it in on the next play. The 49ers would be kicking off with about 1:40 left and the Ravens with three timeouts. Even if the 49ers made the two point conversion, the Ravens could still tie it with just a FG and win it with a TD. If the 49ers didn't make the conversion, the Ravens could win it with just a FG. The Ravens kicker made over 90% of his FGs this year and was perfect from beyond 50, and they're playing indoors. Worst case scenario is they call the penalty and the 49ers get stopped on 3 running plays, forcing the Ravens to take all their timeouts, then punch it in on 4th down. Even then, Flacco would still have about a minute and a half to move the Ravens to at least the 49ers 35 or 40 yard line, for a reasonable shot at winning or tying the game. Ask the Denver Broncos what the Ravens offense can do with that much time.
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[quote name='Haze of Purple' timestamp='1360084053' post='1346327']
i was very impressed with Jimmy's performance on Sunday, hopefully he will continue to improve.

Chykie? Not impressed in the least...
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Please post your 2 cents on the [i]Chykie Brown[/i] Thread!
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[quote name='bmore_kman' timestamp='1360189576' post='1348205']
Not realizing what was on the line? Seriously?
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Pretty much he didn't take it seriously enough. When you have the ball in your hands to get to the Bowl you clutch it with your life. If it was Boldin receiving that pass we could be talking about back-to-back titles. Where is Lee Evans now? Exactly if it was a play that Ozzie thought that he shouldn't have made he would have still been on the roster this year.
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[quote name='baltimore1975' timestamp='1360392351' post='1351434']
Pretty much he didn't take it seriously enough. When you have the ball in your hands to get to the Bowl you clutch it with your life. If it was Boldin receiving that pass we could be talking about back-to-back titles. Where is Lee Evans now? Exactly if it was a play that Ozzie thought that he shouldn't have made he would have still been on the roster this year.
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That's a bunch of crap. There isn't a player alive in that situation who's not taking it seriously. Making a physical error is hardly the same as not caring or being serious about a play.
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[quote name='bmore_kman' timestamp='1360466443' post='1352496']
That's a bunch of crap. There isn't a player alive in that situation who's not taking it seriously. Making a physical error is hardly the same as not caring or being serious about a play.
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Really? I'm still high on our super bowl victory...Leave Me Alone!
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[quote name='baltimore1975' timestamp='1360474042' post='1352697']
Really? I'm still high on our super bowl victory...Leave Me Alone!
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You're high on the Super Bowl victory but still talking about Lee Evans?
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