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Morning Tailgate: June 15

Posted by Taylor Price on June 15, 2012 – 10:05 AM

Big news from Jim Harbaugh came at the conclusion of Thursday’s minicamp finale: The San Francisco 49ers will once again spend a week in Youngstown, Ohio, to prepare in between Week 3 and 4 East Coast road matchups against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.

But before the Morning Tailgate dives into the announcement from the 49ers coach, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks offered a must-read review of the 49ers recent veteran minicamp.

According to Brooks, Alex Smith’s play continues to evolve.

“Smith was more decisive in the pocket and appeared to have a strong grasp of where to go with the ball on each play,” Brooks wrote.

Brooks referenced a short red zone touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree that demonstrated the quarterback’s willingness and confidence to drive the football into tight throwing windows. In addition to Smith, Brooks praised San Francisco’s revamped receiving corps, including Randy Moss’ contributions, and the creative play-calling from coordinator Greg Roman.

Brooks’ report is summed up best with his closing line: “The Niners showcased clever strategies last season, but now they have the pieces to really give opposing defenses fits.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that Harbaugh confirmed the Youngstown trip is back on for 2012. Maiocco: “After the 49ers play at Minnesota on Sept. 23, the team will practice mostly at Youngstown State in preparation for their Sept. 30 game at the New York Jets. The 49ers will replicate the schedule from last season when they stayed in Ohio between Week 3 and 4 games at Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Youngstown is the hometown of the DeBartolos and Yorks.”

Dan Arkush of ProFootballWeekly.com writes that Moss couldn’t be making a better impression with the 49ers.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando shares Donte Whitner’s comments on who is primed to be the 49ers breakout player in 2012.

Mark Emmons of The San Jose Mercury News offers notes from the minicamp finale, including Harbaugh’s comments on the backup quarterback competition. Emmons: “Alex Smith is the 49ers’ unquestioned starting quarterback. But as the team ended minicamp Thursday, coach Jim Harbaugh indicated that the backup position remains wide open. Last season’s No. 2, Colin Kaepernick, newcomer Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien all looked good during the three days of workouts, Harbaugh said, and should have a spirited competition next month when training camp begins.”

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle shares Harbaugh’s positive comments on Kaepernick, as well as notes from the coach’s conversation with the media. Branch: “About 30 players had perfect attendance during the offseason program, Harbaugh said. Ray McDonald, Justin Smith, Will Tukuafu, Isaac Sopoaga and Tramaine Brock are players Harbaugh mentioned as having attended every practice, meeting and weightlifting session.”

49ers.com minicamp coverage included: A minicamp finale recap, a story on the emphasis of Harbaugh’s “work, not worry,” mantra, A.J. Jenkins’ continued development, Justin Smith’s relentless work ethic, Whitner’s comments on the offseason program, Harbaugh’s press conference and photos from the minicamp session.


Matt Maiocco is on the scene for former 49ers offensive lineman Harris Barton’s charitable work that attracted five Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks to lend their support to a great cause, profiled by Dan Brown of The San Jose Mercury News.

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67 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: June 15”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    wow steve young looks like he can still play …sign him up

  2. By carrubba on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    So does Brady and that Rodgers kid …


  3. By John Lennon on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply


    They had 3 of the 5 QB’s. They could have drafted the other two but didn’t. =^(

  4. By Jon on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    You know what I love Jeromy? People that try and fail at sarcasm… you’ll notice that it says “Super Bowl MVP Quarterbacks.” Alex hasn’t been in a Super Bowl, let alone become the MVP of one, so he could still be “elite” without being an MVP of a Super Bowl. Therefore your comment is flawed and useless. If you want to down talk our quarterback go trolling on the Seahawks website.

  5. By UrConscience on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    @jeromy, seriously, why don’t you go be another teams fan (if you aren’t already), your negativity is not needed among the FAITHFUL.

  6. By T.Chong on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    Nice picture if there wasnt a Raider in it!

  7. By DMT on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    Nice picture even with the Raider, only a dallas cowboy could ruin it.

  8. By faithful12 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    If only Mike Nolan listened to BW, Aaron Rodgers could’ve been a Niner….what a loser Nolan was, and Singletary, wow!!!

  9. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply


  10. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    trying to post on this blog

  11. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    sometimes it posts your comments

  12. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    and other times it will just vanish into thin air

  13. By lorenzo on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply


  14. By rjdniner on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Faithful everybody keeps crying about the if this or that; the past is over and done with. Am more concerned that everyone stays healthy .

  15. By The Cost on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy…. How many years did Young play before he went to a Super Bowl. What you forget is because of Alex we got to where we got to last year….. I still think Alex will be in the Super Bowl and probably will get MVP of one. The man has got talent. He made some pretty great plays last year. Harbaugh is sticking with him for a reason….. He will make more great plays this year…. I am kind of with John. Maybe you should go root for another team….. Maybe you should troll on the Seahawks website…… Go Niners!!!!!!!! As they are.

  16. By roodles111 on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    say it with me DYNASTY the niners are well on their way a whole new coaching staff last season no off season otas mini camps no explosion on offense first time same system for offense adding explosion the niners will be a top offense in this league this season but i want to see the defense same system otas mini camps a full off season i want to see how dominating they will be

  17. By David on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply


  18. By Ladybug on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    I really like the fact that JH arranges to have the team practices in Ohio between week 3-4…..It is really smart to focus on keeping the team fresh, rather than wearing them out traveling back and forth.

    I know if I spend a day traveling, it is tiring…even if you are just sitting in the plane.
    AND…they will have a little extra time to work on refining a play, or tweaking something.

    PS : Jeromy,….shut up already. No one wants you around…so go bother some other team.

  19. By T-Dawg on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tommy Chong… Plunkett was a Niner before he was a Raider. You must be young!

  20. By dave g. on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    It must really suck to be Jeromy and live in his shoes. I mean think about the miserable failures he has had in life to put all his blame for all his failures to one person and how it dominates his life & to try and try and try constantly to make people think that he knows better than Harbaugh, Baalke and every other 49er fan who is focused on the whole team winning. I mean think about the psychological profile a loser like that must have to be obsessed with wanting sooooo bad to be right that it overwhelms his desire to just see us win regardless of who the QB is. Man you must have been rejected A LOT in life!

  21. By dave g. on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Now Jeromy is calling Jon dumb when he is the one who can’t read & once again he has failed at trying to throw yet another jab. What a clown! At least a clown tries to make us laugh on purpose. Man it is pathetic how much of a failure he is. Hey dumb@ss guess what? Jon was right. But in your world RIGHT does not matter.

  22. By rjdniner on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ladybug you can bet it’s already scheduled as soon as that game schedule came out .it’s a shame there not playing the fins in south fl I’d get tickets for that one. That’s a long drive .

  23. By rjdniner on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry about Jeromy everybody they tie a key board around his neck so someone can play with him.

  24. By dgon on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner has lame posts

  25. By Basil on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    @If only Mike Nolan listened to BW!
    if you mean Bill Walsh? I can’t find anyplace that Bill advised
    Nolan/9ers to pick Aaron Rogers over Alex Smith.

  26. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    I just read an article from ninersnation.com that had an interview with coach harbaugh regarding alex boone and the RG position, quote ” I think alex boone has a firm hold on the RG spot and would be more than “mildly surprised” if anyone was able to over-take him at this point”, now I know that members of the media can twist and re-word comments and qoutes from coaches and players,but when I read coach harbaugh said “he would be mildly surprised” that sounds like something our coach would say,with his gaze high and his brows furrowed as he said it. I think it very smart on harbaughs part not to proclaim him as the full time starter yet, keep the competition fast & furious untill the start of the regular season and let the chips fall where they may,alex boone may have a veterans stauts on his side but you cant rule out anything,I know one of the RG we signed either in free agency or got from the draft wont be able to participate untill training camp due to injury,so there remains an abundance of intrigue surrounding this years upcoming training camp and pre-season,,I,FOR ONE,CANT FRIGGIN’ WAIT GO 9ERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. By gary potter on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    dave g & ladybug. well said he really is pathetic isn’t he

  28. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    ok im sitting here late sunday morning june 17th here in the bay area and as im watching nfl network replay raiders vs lions the bottom line said 49ers 1st round pick aj jenkins had trouble staying on his feet at the last 49ers day of camp before the team broke untill training camp, please dont let it be an injury that needs to be scoped or any kind of injury for that matter. I just hope it was a case of dehydration and nothing more

  29. By S.F. Love on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’s anyone else kind of confused at how low on the radar frank gore was last year i feel like he had a pro bowl season but because the expectations for him are always high he got pushed to the back behind people like Marshawn Lynch and other good not great running backs. Frank “the tank” Gore is one of the top 3 backs in the league period. Not just as far as talent but all around productivity. Go Niners no stopping till we get the ring.
    oh and you guys should stop ganging up on Jeromy, there are 31 teams and probably millions of people in the same shoes as him…. SCARED OF THE NINERS!!

  30. By rjdniner on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    DGON how long have you been a 49er fan.

  31. By rjdniner on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hey 1 def Jenkins was am sure getting some REAL GOOD COACHING, that’s why I was really happy that the 49er,s said no to nfl hard knocks ……

  32. By Basil on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    another post POOF! where in the Hell do they go?

  33. By Basil on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    We had diner the other night with packer fans. and I mentioned that we open the season against each other.
    And yes he had to make a smart remark. So I told him that we were gonna B!tch Slap their A$$, and the best thing about it is, I believe IT! For the first time in quite a while, I believe it!
    He tried some Aaron Rogers vs Alex Smith, I just laughed and told him, “just wait till your boy Aaron meets Alex’s brothers Justin and Aldon” he didn’t get it. But on 09-09 he sure will!

  34. By rjdniner on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    Basil THAT WAS SO MEAN OF YOU, I like it, so am at the local flea market and a Steelers and Ravens fan were talking about each other def and then they started to talk about super bowl wins, couldn’t resist it any longer so I told them that they both have lost super bowls, they both looked at me, we’re 5-0, I was wearing my 49er hat, smiled and said have a nice day.

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

    yeahpretty much the 5-0 shuts em up …unless they are hard headed and have to say somthing you just repeat the niners are 5-0 in superbowl appearances foo

  36. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    @,,rjdniner,the ravens have only been to one super bowl which they won,so the ravens fan was pobably looking at you like you didnt know what you were talking about

  37. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    if your gunna talk smack,at least make sure you know what your talking about,otherwise you end up looking like an idiot

  38. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    so maybe dgon was right with his post about your lame posts

  39. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    just saying,check what your saying before you look dumb

  40. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    because that post of yours regarding the ravens-steelers fans was super lame,sorry pal,but it was really dumb of you to post that

  41. By Basil on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    defense you sound like fanster , ha how you doing eh?

  42. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    basil,the fanster references are getting old,and that doesnt change the fact that rjdniner looked stupid with that last post of his

  43. By Basil on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    getting old, hell you poster 5 times bashing rjd, and you made your point with the first post! After that you were just nasty!

  44. By rjdniner on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    1, DEF First you have no room to judge ANYONE, Let’s SEE how did it go, can’t see have to use CAPS. Everyone makes mistake’s even you, and you am sure have never played football …..

  45. By Basil on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    “Plunkett was a Niner before he was a Raider” Wow thats going back Plunkett and O.J. were on the same 9ers team?
    I think ? Johnson & Wilcox also on that team, they had game!

  46. By rjdniner on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    Basil. THANKS, I do believe he is that person that was crying and going to 49er HQ, s like a child. fanster/ 1def

  47. By rjdniner on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    Basil, New England got him first; I can’t believe he’s not in the hall of fame.

  48. By Basil on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    he should be, he won 2 SB’s with the dreaded raiders! but yes I knew that! I followed his career bay area thing, Stanford and all that, eh?

  49. By Basil on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    And he talked the Pats into drafting a WR out stanford as well, The guy wasn’t to tall, but they played well together and hooked up for few TD’s!

  50. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    blah blah blah,nothing youve said makes up for the fact that you post stupid comments rjdniner,oh I mean basil,or do you have some other explanation as to why the 2 of you have the same IP address,arent you tired of seeing “your comment is awaiting moderation”

  51. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    and I dont see how pointing out that rjdniner looked stupid when he told some ravens fans that they lost super bowls when they havent,and I didnt rip him 5 times that is how my comment was posted

  52. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    and I played all 4 years of high school ball rjdniner talk about judging judge not lest ye be judged yourself

  53. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner and basil are lovers

  54. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply


  55. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    caps off,day time posting when I can see,you idiot

  56. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner has the grammar and sentence forming of a 2 year old,never has anything imtelligent or informative to say,then wonders why people point out his blunders

  57. By Basil on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    must have touched a nerve, eh? fanster ha ha ha !

  58. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    basil you are obviously rjdniner,every time you post,the two of you have the same I.P. address

  59. By rjdniner on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yaw I got him hook line and sinker and he swallowed all of it. And I don’t think he uses spell check ( imtelligent ) and how do you see me way over here on the east coast .1def /fanster , am enjoying this are you hahahahahahahaha.

  60. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner,you and basil are the same person,everytime you change your name you have to wait for,” your comment is awaiting moderation” not to mention your posts come from the same I.P. address,and my hitting the m key by mistake,which is right next to the n key is in no way anything like the constent blunders you type,you got my hook line and sinker?is that all you can say after looking like an idiot with your ravens have lost super bowl comments

  61. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    still waiting for your reply as to why you and basil have the same I.P. address,,dont got one do you? what a pathetic person needing 2 names so you have someone to agree with everything you say

  62. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    what a loser rjdniner/basil is,they are the same person just changing their name all the time. basil has talked about it alot since the april morning tailgate blogs. I mean dude,seriously,it takes hours after a basil post to see a rjdniner post,the posts come from the same I.P. address and he/she thinks they are out-smartting the world,pathetic.if I was this fanster dude you keep talking about,why is the fanster name not see on this blog,why dont I have to wait for, “your comment is awaiting moderation”, and I can make multiple posts in a matter of seconds,dude,give it up,you have been exposed as a phony,and a liar

  63. By rjdniner on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s laughing at you , 1def ,hahahahah.

  64. By Basil on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    such a vile nasty person, all I have to say to you!

  65. By S.F. Love on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Are you guys aware that this blog is about the S.F. 49ers? no offense to you guys since i don’t know you personally but looking in on your conversation makes you both or all three or all 4 or however many split personalities you guys have, look immature. In the words of the late Rodney King cant we all just get along? and agree that we haven’t had a team of this caliber in sooooooo long. 6-0 in the superbowl here we come.

  66. By rjdniner on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Why would I give you that information? You’re so smart you figure it out am to busy laughing at your posts

  67. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner/basil,you have no idea what your saying do you?

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