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Morning Tailgate: Feb. 21

Posted by Taylor Price on February 21, 2012 – 9:44 AM

Fresh off President’s Day weekend, Goal Posts has compiled the top 49ers headlines if you happened to get away for the weekend.

There’s also a 49ers must-watch DVR-alert. More on that after the jump.

Donte Whitner will join the set of NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday. The opinionated safety will discuss his first season with the San Francisco 49ers as well as look forward to the upcoming 2012 season. The show which airs week nights at 4 p.m. PT will also be replayed later in the evening. Set your DVRs if unable to watch the first airing, as Whitner always offers strong insight on the game.

Several former 49ers attended the funeral of Freddie Solomon over the weekend in Tampa. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Roger Craig, Dwight Clark and Eric Wright were some of the 49ers in attendance to pay tribute to “Fast Freddie.” The Tampa Times offers a recap of the day as well as a photo gallery from the funeral service.

With 32 NFL teams allowed to start playing tag (applying franchise tags on pending free agents), Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wonders how hard the 49ers would pursue pending restricted free agents, chief among them, Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Mike Wallace. If the Steelers apply a first-round tender on Wallace, any team that signs the restricted free agent would have to give up a first-round pick as compensation to acquire the receiver who has 24 touchdown catches in three NFL seasons. Barrows also evaluated candidates for the 49ers’ own franchise tag.


Time flies. Scott Kegley points out we’ll be heading to Indianapolis for the NFL’s annual Scouting Combine. This will be our third year making the trip. Make sure to visit 49ers.com all week for insight from Indy.

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25 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Feb. 21”

  1. By LEW on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I say draft a WR and keep improving the def as well as that very slow oFFense that jim runs but I geuss he runs it because he did not want his slow brain QB A-smith to think too much. This is the position which we need to either upgrade or let c-kap take the rains we need more production on off.

  2. By gary potter on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    lew: 13-3 not good enough for you?? find another team

  3. By robert on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Gary….13 AND 3 FROM 6 AND 10 seems like a hell of a jump to me.And everytime the Niners lose one lets throw it on Alex….Alex is a damn good QB and just getting better….find another team dude…you have 31 more to choose from……

  4. By eric on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    draft a few WR’s,,hard to hate on kyle williams when clearly he was spooked early and harbaugh should have picked up on that and put kendall back there,,,if alex would have made some wide open throws I would still be enjoying my super bowl hangover and we woudlnt be wondering about the upcoming year,,these people who get on the blogs and say wait till next year and well get it next time,,PEOPLE,,,ITS VERY HARD TO GET TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!!!,,,those of you expecting a repeat performance are sadly mistaken,,,we go 10-6 next year,,maybe 9-7,,with the schedule we got,,,wild card round and get bounced ,,,UNLESS!!!,,, we improve at the qb position and WR,,,maybe improve at right corner,,

  5. By eric on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    who knows,,,maybe alex gets better with another year under his belt in romans offense,,,but some of the throws he KEEPS MISSING,,are throws that have to be made on A CONSISTENT BASIS,,!!!!!!!UP GRADE THE QB SPOT,,,13-3 was great but this year they will see us coming

  6. By Josh on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Alex did prove that he can be a great QB. He made some really great throws last year. And let’s all remember that sweet throw to Davis for the win against the Saints. Also that he only thew 5 pics all year. With that said, I think we should go get Wallace to take the pressure off Crabtree and Davis. With that combo and Gore in the backfield, We would be dang hard to beat.

  7. By YENNY on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply


  8. By Frank on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ok, Alex haters…it’s an old and tired argument. Let’s compare OL’s and receiving corps for some of the other playoff teams. GB, NYG, Saints just to name a few. All have very good OL’s and outstanding receiving corps. We have neither. Give all the hate a rest and look at the supporting cast Alex has…put comparable OL’s and receivers around him, THEN judge him.

  9. By seven years with Alex on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Just sad to see the yeahoos trying to say alex went 13-3 …alex only threw 5 picks …or alex is improveing. NO..NO..NO GUYS COME ON…..alex was saved in 10 of those games because he couldnt finish a game by getting a first down and useing up the other teams timeouts late in the game…..second he only threw 5 picks yeah because he never throws …he threw for less than one TD a game average over the season wich is almost dead last …wich in all means no improvements …the improvements were in the defense and special teams and the o-line …same old alex on a better team than past….we will not win anything but the ” well he might be good in a few years award” and yeah if the niners wait anymore for this bust they will lose and lose and then lose really good players that dont want to play here because the QB sucks and we wont get rid of him …he sucks deal with it and suck it up WR’s wont help line man wont help and if you think so then write it and stake your name to it because you will lose

  10. By seven years with Alex on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Sad days when people wish and hope for a diamond when all we have is a piece of radioactive waste that not one team wants and or needs and a bunch of fans who cant help but cling to a waste of time for what ever reason. He will never be your savior and will never amount to anything here ..if you really like alex wish him luck in freeagency and maybe buffalo will pick him up.

  11. By seven years with Alex on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    last thing Eli made NFL throws in both games we played him in …wich means no the guy was not open …throws that alex qwould never be able to make and or try wich makes him the loser to a better QB and shame on you for trying to say alex is getting better ..he is the same thing we got 8 years ago and if he signs and starts you will deffinatley find out …but of course you will make more excuses for him as to why he cant get it done so it dont matter any more your just brain washed has beens just the same …you should be ashamed for not wanting our team to win..and wanting it to flounder around for another 4-5 years waiting on something that will never happen

  12. By James Barnhill on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith is one of the smartest athletes in any sport. You can say what else you want to about him (probably untrue, too) but his intelligence is widely known. Check your facts.

  13. By True Niner Fan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Blog after blog after blog I have to read seven years and his twin brother jeromy spread their cancer about my 49er team and Alex Smith. No matter what the headline is, they talk the hate of My teams QB. The true fans spend time defending our teams QB blog after blog after blog. You guys must be Dallas cowgirl fans that got kicked their site for spreading your ignorant comments. Neither of you know a thing about players or coaching according to your posts, so let the true fans post about the headlines like Whitner or the upcoming draft or anything 49er besides you chaff. Stay Strong True Niner Fans, Stay Strong!!!

  14. By NINERFAMILY4LIFE on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    My question to all my fellow FAITHFUL is “What are we going to do with Joshua Morgan?” The man was Ballin Out of Control before the injury. Do we bring him back Yes or No?

  15. By J V on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously, from what I seen in C.Kap when he was in.. Let’s see, missed throws, Panic in the pocket with a RUN FIRST then THROW mentality and let me take a sack rather then throw the ball away. That pretty much sums it up. I think kap can be a starter but most definitely NOT now. Still a green thumb. Our O-Line IS in need of some help. Staley gets injured and who do we have (Chilo) whom I feel doesn’t fit in this system. Anthony Davis still needs work. Bright spots on O-Line, Iupati holds his own pretty well and GOODWIN was a GREAT ADDITION. Our WR corps took a hit when Morgan got injured. He may not be a Megatron or a A. Johnson, but he MAKES THE PLAYS that are NEEDED. Picking up a FA WR or two will help. Defensively, CB’s and another D-Lineman would be great but other then that, our d is solid.

  16. By J V on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    @Ninerfamily, YES.. keep Morgan.

  17. By eric on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    hey james,,,it doesnt take a genius to throw a football,,,and yes NINERFAM,,,morgan was goin off b4 he got hurt,,,AND WHY THE HELL WAS HE STILL IN THE GAME AGAINST THE BUCS AT THAT POINT

  18. By JM41484 on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    We go 14-2 next season. In Green Bay and at the Superdome are going to be hard.

  19. By JM41484 on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    But who knows, every team will be different next year so besides weather and the crowd, the Pack and Aints are beatable.

  20. By Basil on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    All this hating on Alex do any of you haters think of who the WR’s were, that Joe and Steve were throwing too?
    Freddie Solomon, Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Mike Wilson,
    M Wilson BTW maybe the best third down receiver we ever had? And
    I’m not mentioning the TE’s because we have good ones, and yeah my is it that Alex has no trouble throwing to his TE’s? maybe its because he has confidents in them? And the WR’s above WENT for the ball!

  21. By YENNY on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply


  22. By seven years with Alex on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    wow keep makeing excuses because your going to need alot of em if he is on our team and starting ….yet you never fail to comeup with one everytime so yeah i guess you are alex fans and not niner fans after all i want a super bowl win for our guys all you want is another 7 years with alex

  23. By seven years with Alex on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    the schedule this year is going to knock alex out of the league if he starts his skill are nonexistant and are going to show really bad. please niners let him go in freeagency and find out how bad he is

  24. By tiger on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    all the alex haters name one Elite QB or any qb for that matter that has had a different system to learn every year he has been in the league. and cant throw the ball when you’ve been sacked 172 times in your career 44 times last year alone the most of any year and he had the best year of his career with ONLY 5 INTs to 17 TDs and only second time to play and start all 16 games

  25. By las vegas 49er's fan on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey seven seconds (if that)

    You really need to get a life and stop irritating the real 49er’s fans that really stick by their team. You are always on this blog like you have no life but to bash a guy that is giving the Bay Area Fans a hope to another Lombardi Trophy. Do us a favor and go away. Because you don’t Really like the 49er’s,never have, not at all ,you are no fan. And I’m positive if any of the players on that team read the puss filled slime that spews from your hole in your BIG head they would bounce you off the turf and punt you like a fat football. I may get kicked off this site for reveling the true you but that’s o.k. it was worth every little bit. Go Alex Smith, The best Quarterback on my favorite team The San Francisco 49er’s…….

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