Daruis Fleming Out, and (gasp) Alex Smith News

In a bit of very bad news, Darius Fleming, the 5th round LB from Notre Dame tore his ACL in his first pro minicamp  last Friday. This wasn’t the nutcracker, or even a hitting drill, but a non-contact drill in which he came down awkwardly on it. He tried to keep going, but it was obvious there was a problem. It is just the ACL, and nothing else that was damaged, so that’s a little bit of good news. However, he’s pretty much gone for the year. He had signed a 4 year deal worth $2.3 million the day before. Fleming was likely going to be a special teamer and back up, but this is a set-back in his development. Hopefully this is a blip in the future of his career.

In other news, Alex Smith’s mechanics are being given a thorough workover, and supposedly he is looking to stop sailing shit high and to the right. Smith had a great year last year, but there were times he was a little off on some throws. He has been working with Tom House, renowned pitcher and pitching guru for the Atlanta Braves, among others (Nolan Ryan ring a bell?). He has a doctorate degree in sports  psychology, and had been working with QBs for the past 10 years. Apparently he found a problem with Smith’s delivery where he was compensating for losing a little shoulder strength (due to the surgeries) by moving his head to the left. He rebuilt Smith’s delivery to get a better release point, saying Smith had a perfect delivery before the injuries, so it’s a matter of getting back to that point. He also developed an excersize plan to rebuild strength in that surgically repaired shoulder.

What does it mean? Well diddly-squat. Or it means a break out year. We’ll see when we get there, but with a vastly improved WR corps, and a motivated Crabtree, we should see a better passing game this year. The RG spot remains a concern for me since they are likely to be throwing more, so protection to allow these deep patterns to develop is key. They seem to be fine though with the undersized guys they have in Kilgore Trout, David ‘missing’ Person, and erstwhile backup Alex Boone.


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33 Responses to Daruis Fleming Out, and (gasp) Alex Smith News

  1. unca_chuck says:

    WTF? WordPress is out to get me.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Good to go now . . .

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t all storm the gates at once now . . .

  4. philippinefan says:

    Anyone know when the next OTAs are going to be held?

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Ask and you shall receive…They will conduct OTAs May 22 to 24, May 29 to 31 and June 4 to June 7. They will wrap things up with a mandatory minicamp June 12 to 14.

      Anything else? How to split the atom? How to commit the perfect crime? The meaning of life? I got all the fucking answers.

    • philippinefan says:

      Del Mar I can count on; thanks for the info Sir. Yeah Chuck had this laid out on the sidebar over there but it disappeared when Spitwad launched his latest attack on the site (I jest). It really IS so quiet over here that I do kinda look forward to the latest NFL stuff on the sked. Thanks.

      My only other question is- What can you tell me about herding cats?? This is a skill position right? Could Alex do it with an improved throwing motion? Dunno…

      (Chuck will curse the day he got this thing rolling again and the three stooges show up right away….poor Chuck)

  5. unca_chuck says:

    You got it, Phil . . .

  6. rob says:

    hey it fuckin worked ! wow !

  7. rob says:

    not feelin the avatar tho … where the fuck did that come from

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Rob, your avatar looks like SpongeBob eating a purple jellyfish. I think that happens on every episode right after Patrick breaks Squidward’s clarinet and then downs another Krabby Patty.

    • philippinefan says:

      Saw this on Rob’s FB Wall:

      Dominique Abell just answered a question about Rob!
      Do you think that Rob is lazy?

      I dunno. The picture there looked like a guy powering da beers and nachos. How lazy can that be??

  8. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I had a near death experience yesterday that has changed me forever. I went horseback riding. Everything was going fine until the horse started bouncing out of control. I tried with all my might to hang on, but was thrown off. Just when things could not possibly get worse, my foot gets caught in the stirrup. When this happened, I fell head first to the ground. My head continued to bounce harder as the horse did not stop or even slow down. Just as I was giving up hope and losing consciousness, the Walmart manager came and unplugged it. Thank Christ for heroes!

  9. philippinefan says:

    Man who fathered 30 kids says he needs a break—on child support

    Oh I thought this was a TO article. Never mind


  10. Nipper says:

    Chuck was on the BEAT! He’s pissed off! What else is new?

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      The Chron still has an A’s blog?
      What a waste of internet space.

      • Nipper says:

        You’re missing the wisdom of Mossback, troll extraordinaire!

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        Nip, you piqued my interest. So much so that I even left my first comment in many a moon. I feel like such a low-life for having visited the Beat — even more than usual.

      • Nipper says:

        What’s next the gutter?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    New post . . .

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