Troy Smith Takes Blame for 49ers Sacks

By Joe Kukura
|  Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM PDT
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Troy Smith Takes Blame for 49ers Sacks

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SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14: Troy Smith #49 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Prior to playing the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had only eight quarterback sacks over nine entire games this season.

While playing the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had six sacks in one single game.

Were the Bucs somehow powered up on Ike's Place sandwiches, or are the 49ers just all of a sudden that bad?

"All of it was me," Troy Smith told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "I control and dictate a lot of things as a quarterback, and definitely I talk about decision-making and where you're going with the ball. I talk time and time again, sometimes the best throw is a throwaway. If you can avoid a sack, if you can avoid a costly mistake, you do just that. I just have to continue to get better."

Troy Smith has been sacked eleven times in their last two games. Alex Smith, in contrast, has been sacked 13 times this season -- but it took him seven games to rack up that many sacks.

If Troy Smith can't correct this, Monday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals is going to get pretty ugly.

That game is already going to be pretty ugly, cosidering the Cardinals will be wearing their bizarre black jerseys.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer whose biggest Thanksgiving laugh comes from seeing John York in an apron.

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