Another crushing blow this week to both the 49ers and the organization. After losing 27-7 to the Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco dropped a bomb that linebacker Aldon Smith will be away from the team indefinitely.
The 49ers made incredible strides in the past two years, they were back-to-back NFC Champions and lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl last season. Smith also had the best year of his career in 2012 only to see it crumble in front of his eyes.
"First off I want to apologize to the team, the organization, my family and everybody I let down," said Aldon. "I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem and it's something that I will get fixed, and that I'll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again. I also wanted to let everybody know that once again I'm sorry and, like I said, this won't happen again."
Smith antics off the field has become concerning, this past Friday morning the linebacker was found passed out in his car after hitting a tree, waking up asking "what happened"? He was then arrested for DUI. Over the summer Aldon was stabbed at a party he hosted at his home that led to several lawsuits against him. And last year he was charged with his first DUI.
"I don't know that there's a right decision in this situation," CEO Jed York said. "It was obviously something that was very disappointing to the team and I think in talking with [Aldon] Smith and knowing what he wants to do, there's not a one-day fix. This is a long-term fix. We support Aldon if Aldon is willing to fight for himself and try to make this right and I will stand here and I will support him and I'll take any shots that anybody wants to direct at the organization, you can direct them to me. And I will support Aldon as long as he's willing to work at this and fight to get better."
In the meantime, San Francisco lost their second game in two weeks. The quarterback that wooed us all has struggled getting the offense going and has yet to show his ability to get out of the pocket. Colin Kaepernick was the lesser of the quarterbacks today against Andrew Luck.
"They put a spy on me," said Kaepernick. "So, I mean, they have one more to account for me. I have to be able to make throws down the field."
Unable to move the ball effectively Colin recored his first loss at Candlestick Park as a starter. He finished with 13-for-27 for 150 yards with an interception and three sacks. The offense scored off one drive that led to Kendall Hunter's 13-yard touchdown in the first quarter. After that Indianapolis defense shut San Francisco down.
"You never know," CB Tarell Brown said. "We felt flat. We felt flat and looked flat. Guys have to come out, myself included; we all have to come out with a lot more intensity to start fast. We haven't started fast all year and we're used to starting fast. That's the type of team we are, we start fast and finish later. We have to get back to that."
Luck passed for 164 yards, rushed into the end zone for a touchdown and led his offense against his former coaching staff from Stanford University. Newly acquired Trent Richardson scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first carry in his Colts debut.
"I wasn't caught up in, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going up against coach Harbaugh, [Greg] Roman, and [Vic] Fangio,'" said Andrew. "I figured any time you play this sport, coaches and players go so much that you always end up going against someone that you played for or played with or had a good relationship with."
The 49ers don't have much time to dwell on what went wrong, they have to focus for their upcoming game Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams. A short week ahead means reevaluating the cause and effect of why this team is moving in the opposite direction. They have much more potential and proved that last season.
"There's no way to wash it away until we get out there Thursday and get that W," Donte Whitner said regarding a quick turnaround for the Thursday's game. "Last week was terrible, this week's going to be a lot worse and we brought it on ourselves, so Thursday we have to go out there, be prepared, come out playing physical and get a 'W' in St. Louis."