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December 27, 2006
Not a passing fancy


Question: It seems that Alex Smith takes three quarters to get into the flow of a game. Do you think he would be better served by using the pass to set up the run, somehow getting him into the game sooner?

- Jeff Rabinovitz, Sacramento

Answer: Well, that would run counter to the 49ers' offensive philosophy, which, of course, is to tenderize defenses with the run through three quarters. I don't see that changing any time soon.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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