49's rely on short passes
Smith’s reliance on short and intermediate routes this season has been largely effective. He ranks seventh in the NFL in passer rating (102.7) and has completed 77.4 percent of his passes (41-for-53) when targeting his wideouts. He’s embraced a take-what-the-defense-offers approach under Jim Harbaugh and has avoided taking risky chances downfield, which helps explain his franchise-record streak of 249 passes without an interception.
In other news...With nose guard Isaac Sopoaga (knee, ankle) sitting out his second straight practice today, it appears Jean Francois will make his third career start Sunday when the 49ers visit the Jets.
A seventh-round pick in 2009, Jean Francois, 25, made both his starts last year, filling for Sopoaga at nose guard in a win over Tampa Bay and subbing for Ray McDonald at tackle in a victory over the Redskins.
Jean Francois had 11 tackles in those games and the 49ers allowed an average of 69.9 rushing yards a game and 3.6 yards a carry.
While there has been a lot of talk about West coast teams traveling to the East coast the 49'ers have stayed in Ohio all week to work on their offense even during a substantial rainstorm yesterday.
I don't believe we are going to see many deep passes at all from the niners. I believe you'll see a lot of inside crossing routes and passes to their TE after they establish the running game on a team that is having problems stopping the run. The Jets do have an opportunity here but they are going to have to come out like they did against Buffalo to get SF off their game. If the 49'ers are able to run the ball well it's going to be a long long day