49ers' three Pro Bowl alternates

Defensive end Justin Smith and special-teams member Michael Robinson are second alternates to the Pro Bowl in the NFC. Frank Gore is a first alternate.

That is the word from Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

Smith plays at a high level. He set a fast pace this season and I'm not sure he maintained it all the way through. He also will not get the sack numbers playing defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He's still a very good player and worthy of consideration. He gives Arizona problems in particular.