Golden Nuggets: Aldon Smith chases sack record, Jake Long out for Dolphins

Chris Graythen

Thursday, December 6, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

For once, I don't have too much to say. It was a slow news day yesterday, filled with the run-of-the-mill midweek interviews, notes on the opponent and what not. I think the Dolphins are in for a hammering, not cause they're a bad team or anything like that. They actually look like they're on the way up. The 49ers and Coach Harbaugh do not like losing and I'm pretty sure the score in Week 14 will reflect that.

There's a few articles about playoff scenarios and remaining strength of schedule for our playoff co-contenders. There's more news about Coach on "Saved by the Bell". And Jake Long is done for the year for the Dolphins. He has a torn triceps and has been placed on IR. That should make life a little easier for Aldon Smith in his quest to break Michael Strahan's single-season sack record. It would be sweet if he gets it and erases the Brett Favre gift-wrapped record that Strahan holds. Now to the links...

Week 13: Rams 16, 49ers 13

Here's my recap of the Rams game. It was depressing to do, needless to say. Going over that game, a game that may likely cost us a first-round bye in the playoffs, simply makes it worse. How does the defense not give up any points until the last play of the game and we lose? I still can't make sense of it. | Offense gives up more points than defense in loss in St. Louis (Malone)

Coach Harbaugh had some thoughts about the Rams game. He's still haunted by the pitch play and thinks the league should fix the rule that made the intentional grounding for a safety call non reviewable. | Pitch play still gut-wrenching for Harbaugh (Barrows)

Week 14: Dolphins at 49ers

Aldon Smith is chasing Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5. He's on pace to get it. He won't be going up against the Dolphins LT and former No. 1 overall draft choice Jake Long. He's been placed on IR with a torn tricep. | Aldon Smith will not face Jake Long, chasing sack record (Gin)

The Dolphins are trying to find clues for how to beat Colin Kaepernick from the Rams' game. I can tell you, stopping Frank Gore and smashing our offensive line is the key. Then you can play deep coverage all day long. Easy, right? | Dolphins study Rams tape for clues on defending Colin Kaepernick (Maiocco)

49ers vs Dolphins injury report: Mario Manningham, Tarell Brown miss Wednesday practice (Bay Area SB Nation)

Why didn't Dolphins sign Alex Smith? (Maiocco)

Assorted 49ers News

Tre Faaborg gives some ideas on what the 49ers should do for the 2013 draft. Formulating a draft strategy before the season ends is admittedly premature. Tre says move up! | A way-too-early look at 49ers' draft strategy for 2013 (Faaborg)

49ers have stock-piled plenty of 2013 draft picks (Maiocco)

This is exactly why that loss last weekend kills us. If we slide out of the No. 2 seed I swear to goodness I'm gonna get buck nutty in here. | Remaining schedule favors 49ers' competitors (SF Gate)

Week 14 playoff scenarios (Pro Football Weekly)

Another problem plaguing the 49ers as of late is penalties. We've given up 21 penalties over the last two games. Coach Harbaugh needs to stop hanging out with his cousin Screech and start enforcing some discipline on this team. | A review of the 49ers' 21 penalties in the last two games (SF Gate)

Here goes Coach Harbaugh on television again. Here he is on 'The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.', another horrible 90's show. He's got a knack for it. | Jim Harbaugh joins Terry Bradshaw for more TV time (SF Gate)

Harbaugh reacts to "Saved by the Bell" sensation (SF Gate)

How recently drafted QBs are stacking up (Sando)

David Akers trying to fix FG woes (Yahoo!)

Niners not concerned with upset Akers' psyche (Scout.com)

Notes, quotes and stats with four regular-season games remaining (Inman)

Kaepernick speaks softly, moving focus to Dolphins (Inman)

Joe Staley feels bad for Alex Smith but supports Kaepernick (Maiocco)

49ers, other Bay Area athletes give back to community (SF Gate)

Justin Smith remains a force (49ers.com)

Coach's notebook: Dec. 5 (49ers.com)

Kaepernick, 49ers ready to rebound (49ers.com)

Deep thoughts: Kaepernick tends to pass (Branch)

SF would feel Mario Manningham's absence

Videos / Assorted Media

Press pass: Colin Kaepernick (49ers.com)

Press pass: Jim Harbaugh (49ers.com)

Press pass: Justin Smith (49ers.com)

Entering fourth quarter of season (49ers.com)

Conference call: Dolphins HC Joe Philbin (49ers.com)

Conference call: Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (49ers.com)

Matt & Mindi answer Twitter questions (CSN Bay Area)

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