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August 1, 2007
Is Luke Getsy good enough to quarterback in the NFL?

Question: Greetings, my question is about Luke Getsy. Do you think he has legitimate tools to be an NFL QB? He wasn't ranked too highly by the draftniks. He didn't make it at Pitt, but he's somewhat mobile, with a strong arm. Who's right here?
-- Steve, Placerville

Answer: Good question, Steve. Getsy has gotten his first extensive work this week, albeit against the third-team defense. He threw a very nice touchdown pass to Jason Hill earlier this week, in fact. The book on Getsy is that he's very smart, somewhat mobile and has an OK arm. Possibly the best thing going for him is that he's practice-squad eligible. His competition for the No. 3 QB spot, Shaun Hill, is not. If the 49ers follow the league trend and keep only two QBs on the roster, they could place Getsy on the practice squad and promote him in an emergency. How he performs in preseason games will be a big factor.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: With (Monday's) news of the passing of Bill Walsh, the man who made the 49ers the best franchise in the NFL, do you think the fans and media should push for the 49ers' new stadium (when built) to be called Bill Walsh Stadium?
-- Dennis, Elk Grove

Answer: That's a nice thought, Dennis, and I should note that Berger from Reno suggested the same thing. Unfortunately, the 49ers are counting on naming-rights revenue to help fund the stadium. There should be some sort of permanent commemoration, though. It was a shame to see guys like Jerry Rice and Steve Young speak about Walsh Monday in front of a Stanford logo. Walsh's legacy should be with the 49ers, not Stanford.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: Matt, do you believe the influx of ball-control passing in our offense will be a better fit for Alex Smith? I know he has a strong arm, but his accuracy on deep throws is less than optimal. What do you think he is more comfortable doing?
-- Jeff, Fletcher, N.C.

Answer: Well, the offense will be very much like it was last year, with a few dashes of the West Coast thrown in. I know that Alex likes the Norv Turner offense much better than the one he ran his rookie season. He said he felt too robotic in the West Coast, that Turner's numbers-based system gave him more freedom. Just think, if he makes the same improvement from Year 2 to Year 3 as he did from Year 1 to Year 2, you shouldn't have any complaints.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: I was wondering who player No. 55 was in the late 60s or 70s. All I know is that his first name was Matt H. Any idea who this was?
-- Sean, South Pasadena

Answer: Ah, you're talking about Matt Hazeltine, who played 13 seasons at linebacker from 1955 to 1968. Hazeltine died of ALS in 1987 at which point Bill Walsh created the Matt Hazeltine Award, which is given annually to the most courageous and inspirational player on the team.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: Matt, to borrow a page from John Madden - what about food, team meals and all that? I have roamed all over the Niners' Web page and see nothing about a nutrition guru. Back in the day, Jerry Rice would have a PB&J sandwich waiting for him following practice. What does the current crop of Niners eat, and when and where?
-- Sammy, Sacramento.

Answer: Fear not, Sammy. The 49ers definitely have a team nutritionist - I interviewed her last year, in fact. I can attest that they eat very well ... enough fruit, salad, grain and chicken breasts to stock a health food store. These days, they have three squares a day on the patio at team headquarters in Santa Clara.
-- Matt 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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