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Morning Tailgate: May 17

Posted by Taylor Price on May 17, 2012 – 9:32 AM

Matthew Stafford probably wasn’t consulted, nor was Eli Manning, Tony Romo, or Tarvaris Jackson for that matter, but it’s more than likely that all four quarterbacks would agree with ProFootballFocus.com’s recently released top 10 performances by a 3-4 defensive end in 2011.

PFF’s ranking show five of 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith’s 2011 performances cracking the top 10 list.

Smith’s Week 10 performance vs. Manning and the New York Giants was tied for the seventh-best performance along with, who else, Smith’s Week 1 outing against Jackson and the Seahawks. Furthermore, PFF selected Smith’s Week 2 clash with Romo and the Cowboys as its fifth-best performance, Smith’s NFC Championship Game against Manning as its second-best effort and finally, Smith’s Week 5 dominance against Stafford and the Lions as the single-best game from a 3-4 end.

In actuality, the 49ers list Smith and fellow starting defensive lineman Ray McDonald (who made the list at the No. 9 spot for his Week 3 outing vs. the Cincinnati Bengals) as defensive tackles in the team’s 3-4 scheme. However, Smith has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons as a defensive tackle. He was also selected first-team All-Pro at defensive tackle, and second-team All-Pro at defensive end for good measure.

Whatever postion you consider him, Smith’s dominance continues to be discussed long into the offseason. More of the latest 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along a Tweet from 49ers CEO Jed York that said the team has no interest in being featured this summer on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series. “We don’t need distractions,” York wrote.

Maiocco also takes a look at images of quarterback Alex Smith’s throwing motion in 49ers Football School sessions compared to last year’s in-season throwing motion.  Maiocco: In the “before” picture, taken last season above on the left, we see how Smith would get very little drive from his hips and lower body. He seemed to be throwing “all arm.” In the “after” photo, which was snapped this week during the 49ers’ “football school,” Smith’s shoulders are square, there’s more drive from his hips and back leg. 

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee believes seventh-round pick Cam Johnson is in a greater spotlight this offseason now that fifth-round pick Darius Fleming could be out for the season with a reported ACL injury.  Barrows: “Johnson wasn’t selected until the end of the seventh round. But he’s bound to receive a lot more attention this offseason than a typical seventh-round pick given the flashes of ability he showed at Virginia and the recent ACL injury that is likely to end the season for fellow rookie outside linebacker Darius Fleming.”

The folks at NinersNation.com are looking to hear how and why you became a member of the 49ers Faithful. Feel free to share your story. 

Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of The New York Post writes 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs will compete against Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody in Call of Duty Elite’s Friday Night Fights series.  Jacobs, an avid Call of Duty video game player, is looking forward to heading a team of gamers to face Cody’s squad this Friday night in New York.

Jacobs, however, didn’t head to the East Coast on Wednesday night to receive his New York Giants Super Bowl ring. The two-time Super Bowl champ explained his reasoning in an interview with 49ers.com.

Lastly, if you missed Michael Crabtree’s live 49ers.com chat on Wednesday, here’s the transcript which shares all types of insight on the 49ers leading wideout of 2011. You can even find out Crabtree’s childhood nickname.


The joys of being a first-year player in the National Football League…

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40 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: May 17”

  1. By gary potter on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    11: waiting for your expert opinion on AS progress this spring. coach sees big improvement not what you are wanting to hear eh? he will succeed no matter the stupid posts you and jeromy put up. super bowl bound.
    go niners

  2. By Basil on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    “PFF’s ranking show five of 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith’s 2011 performances cracking the top 10 list.”
    Like I’ve posted Justin Smith #1, but of course our whole defense is at the top of the NFL, but Justin Smith is the leader of the pack. he doesn’t turn his motor off the till the fat lady Sings.
    gary we go 19 wins and still numb nuts will find some to B!tch about!

  3. By Basil on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Alex read >>http://www.csnbayarea.com/football-san-francisco-niners/niners-talk/Alex-Smith-then-and-now-?blockID=708888&feedID=5936<&lt;

  4. By jeromy on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    I want & have wanted him to succeed, he just hasnt, now why is it that he is just now addressing his mechanics??

  5. By DMT on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go Jed! Like I’ve said before, let those side show circus acts such as the Jets, and that overrated team in texas have hard knocks.

  6. By rjdniner on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy …. He’s done a lot more then you will ever think about doing .

  7. By Niner from the cradle 2 the grave on May 17, 2012 | Reply

  8. By gary potter on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy. mechanics, why is he just correcting them? 1 he was not a pro type QB out of college, 2 he had what 7 different OC, 3 he now has a coach that knows the QB position unlike you and 11. you 2 clowns will see mark my words

  9. By Basil on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    cradle: nice presentation, but in the nfl, and sports in general its what have you done for me lately?

  10. By rjdniner on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hey don’t forget about his shoulder work that keep him out for a period of time

  11. By SHIP on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Basil…you right. It is what have done lately.

  12. By Ladybug on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with rjd and gary. Alex Smith never had an OC that did ANYTHING for him to bring him up to speed in the Pro ranks. He never had a coach that paid him any attention, except to yell at him (nice positive feedback), and then he got hurt and sat out about a year and a half.

    Now he has something to work with, positive feedback…spent the summer at a quarterback camp of some sort, He is now essentially in year 2 with all the support and coaching he should have gotten way-back-when. Watch him shine this year. Keep the faith.

  13. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    so you are saying that now that alex feels the team has a good defnese and beefed up wr and rb…..now he is willing to address his problems ….lol remember when alex flops you all said he is the man …..now i am a niner fan and if alex can throw the ball down field and look off a safety here and there and limit checkdowns …oh and score some freakin TD’s then the alex critics will have been right all along all of those things he was not doing and now you say he will so really thanks to you all for proving us right

  14. By wso2hi on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hearing that Moss was Crabtree’s is music to my ears. The chemistry Moss has going with this team is a huge win for Moss and the 49ers. And it all started with Harbaugh. When I first heard that Moss’s workout/audition was going to be conducted by Harbaugh personally, I was dreading hearing the reports that they didn’t get along. Turns out It was the total opposite. And Moss, like anyone, thrive s on respect. Hats off to Harbaugh for giving Moss a sincere reason to go all out.
    and Crabtree’s new running mate spells trouble for the NFC, big time.
    this is a perfect storm brewing in the Bay area!
    can’t wait to see this team take the field!

  15. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    just admit he was a hack and move on the look of how he stands now looks good now if his head is in the game instead of in the what about me line and my only 5 picks then yes maybe he can make it …prob not ……..too much to over come …but the team carried him last yer maybe they will do it again

  16. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    it really is simple math until you solve the problem your just lookin at some random numbers

  17. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    and since everyone is waiting for my opinion on weather or not alex will go and win a superbowl this year or any other we should first look at what he is bringing to the game like a different stance and throwing motion ….and oh yeah your favorite the same coordinator who alex says he knows all the plays and had them all as of week 8 ……simple again you can put expensive wheels on a down hill racer ….yet who is driving makes all the difference …what ever that means ….stand up and be counted …..yeah for alex neh for alex ..all means not till we see what we got and who stepped up

  18. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    tired yet ……..lo …….stay sharp as a marble alex a lot of fans are staking their claim and not 1 wants them to fail…………..

  19. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    way too many folks striing up the alex pot lately why is that ………dont know ….. alex will lose his o coordinator next year as he almost lost him this year so he has 1 more shot at it ….until the coordinator excuses start up again for the highest paid waiting game ever

  20. By SHIP on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    I must interject…so 11 says somehow everyone else is settling and he has these precious high standards. Standards that are apparently much higher than Harbaughs & Baalkes. Can we say joke of the year? What world does this idiot live in? With all the work and hours these guys invest and time away from their family sacrificing with the constant pressure and years of knowledge THIS IDIOT HAS HIGHER STANDARDS than them. Hmmmm….like act like you just pluck a QB anywhere “ready made” and bang HALL OF FAMER. It freaking laughable how little they understand of all the complexities of football BUT somehow 11 has it all figured out. I wonder how it feels to live in a whole full of unreality. I guess the only way I can relate is to do crack.

  21. By SHIP on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    And by the way, everyone is not waiting for your opinion dumb@ss opinions 11. Quit flattering yourself. We wish you would leave, but you like that big a$$ green fly that keeps hovering over our outdoor BBQ burgers after he constantly lands on turd after turd dropping his BS everywhere, and we keep swatting his a$$ but he keeps coming back to annoy our gathering.

  22. By SHIP on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    And ELEVEN “saying checkdowns” and “looking off safetys” every 3-4 blogs does not make you even begin to understand what it takes to be a QB. You are as football knowledgeable as a piece of moldy cheese. For you to honestly think that YOU know about QB’s than Harbaugh is the biggest joke I have ever heard. You keep arguing with us like we the ones keeping ALEX. We simply just agreeing with Harbaugh (OUR COACH)…YOU are truly disagreeing with him when you want to get right down to it. SEE THE JOKE IDIOT YET?…IF NOT LOOK IN THE MIRROR. HAAAHAHAHAHA

  23. By jeromy on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    your speaking the truth 11yrs, Ship, coach wanted better, just couldnt get him

  24. By jeromy on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    alot of excuses here for Alex, but none fit the situation

  25. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    just have to kick the dust up every now and then keep ya on your toes ….last time i left for a bit fanster blew a gasket……….stay safe …..

  26. By EG49er4Life on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    The bottom line is that the team is working extreamly hard to address the issues they have had in the past, I say it takes a big man to look at themselves and say to themselves, this is the skills that I am lacking to be great, Alex has taken it upon himself to find the flaws in himself. I think Alex is going to be a great QB, a champion of the game, and in the end he will be in that hall, next to Steve Young and Joe “cool” Montana as some of the greatest QB’s in 49er history….

    Let go SF, bring us the Championship back to SF….

  27. By Basil on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    11 & 7 are one in the same, yep! how sick is it that he/she talks to him/her self? But thats the ‘only’ they can get a nod of approval. Probably looking for the father figure to spank`em, so if we ignore`em their hunger for attention will consume`em. All their doing is baiting us, none of their postings say anything!

    Our record speaks for its self 13 3, We won and lost as a team.
    Coach and Staff address the defense last year, and this year the offense! This is of course one mans option!

  28. By J.R. Baca Albuquerque New Mexico SF 49er on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX and jeromy, you 2 punks need to support our whole team or go find another team to cry about, BLA, BLA, BLA, no fan cares what both of you punks have to say, a bunch of BS coming out of your mouths. Like it or not Alex Smith is going to take us to the Superbowl this season and we will win. Go across the bay and join the loser Raiders Team. Negative Nonsense from both of you punks. Get a life!

    Go 9ers>>>>>>>

  29. By Basil on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    Alex will be just fine he’s one hell of a QB, will he be a great QB YES he will be just that. And the only thing that could prove me wrong (if it can be done?) is the 2012 season! The giants a 9-7 team won it all, we spilt the season with them. And with a wounded team took them down to the wire. And I doubt they wanted any more of us. matter of fact 2 of their guys jumped ship and joined us.
    Yeah I’m really big on my 9ers, and my tears now, are tears of Joy! I know what happened last year, could it have been better
    NO! Last year was the maturation of the future Forty Niners.

    But lets not get confused, I doubt we go undefeated? and the twin dummies will attack Alex even after wins, (past year) all WE need to do is keep the faith ….

  30. By jeromy on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    nie thought J.R but last year was his best chance by far, he WILL be replaced before midseason

  31. By 49er hit squad on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    wow,at least 65% of this blog was in response to jeromy and 11 years,,at least fanster was informative with up to date team talk,,you two clowns can only bag on alex all the time,,you both claim to be fans,,BUT TALK ABOUT NOTHING ELSE,,bring fanster back,,at least it was fun to hate him,,,

  32. By dave g. on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    Of course Jeromy comes to the defense of his loverboy Eleven yet again. Who was the one they brought in to “evaluate”? Yeah…they brought in one of the TOP TEN QBS of all time. Not Matt Flynn, Tim Tebow or anyone else…but one of the top QB’s of all time just to see if he was healthy enough to even consider…Thats it…NO ONE ELSE. Was an offer even made? Could it have been leverage…NO ONE KNOWS.

  33. By dave g. on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    And you are the ONLY person on the planet who thinks 11 is speaking the truth. Hmmmm….sounds like real love to me! You fools are disagreeing with the Coach more than us. I get it though…you have to agree with 11 or you would be cutoff from your special moments together.

  34. By dave g. on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    It seriously has to be a special love story between those two. Jeromy always always always sticks up for Eleven…Either they the same person pathetically trying to strengthen his own pathetic argument. OR it is a TRUE LOVE STORY.

  35. By gary potter on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    dave: well said. welcome back JR. we are going to SB.

  36. By Basil on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    true love story, pathetic but true!

  37. By rjdniner on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    fanster left on his own

  38. By rjdniner on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    might share the same bed ,couch,keypad .

  39. By 49fSINCE '67 on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cradle, great video…I’m a Crabtree fan…what he did in college was legeondary..If you guys watch the way he runs then and the way his injured foot allowed him even as late as last year big difference…healed, healthy and in camp (unhurt) I see him playing like he did in college

  40. By ace on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    omg # 94 is a beast !!!

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