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Morning Tailgate: June 20

Posted by Taylor Price on June 20, 2012 – 9:30 AM

It’s officially the first day of summer and that means 49ers football is right around the corner. How good does that sound?

Before we can get to training camp (36 days away, but who’s counting?), let’s take a look at the latest 49ers headlines, beginning with the latest from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, who will analyze each position group on the roster. First up, the quarterbacks.

The tenured 49ers beat writer believes Alex Smith “completely passed the eyeball test as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback.” Maiocco noted that the eighth-year pro looked more comfortable than any other 49ers quarterback over the offseason. Smith’s performances in two-minute scenarios especially impressed Maiocco.

Another observation from Maiocco worth passing along dealt with Smith’s growth at the position:

“Smith’s accuracy and anticipation seemed to progress throughout the seven week of practices, including the execution of back-shoulder throws.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Nathan Jahnke of ProFootballFocus.com lists 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks as one of the NFL’s secret superstars. Brooks’ play might be overshadowed at times by his peers on a stingy defensive unit, but Janhke offers tangible proof of Brooks’ game-changing plays.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the progress of 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox over the offseason and how the versatile cornerback has embraced playing both on the perimeter and as a nickel corner. Barrows: “In addition to hanging on (Randy) Moss’ every word, Cox has been shadowing Carlos Rogers as much as possible. Rogers, of course, started at cornerback last year and moved to the nickel spot on passing downs. He did so with much fanfare, finishing tied for the team lead in interceptions and earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.”

Douglas Martin of The New York Times offers a must-read obituary on 49ers legend R.C. Owens, a football pioneer in many ways. Martin: “In 1962, the 6-foot-3 Owens wowed fans by standing under the goal post at the goal line (goal posts have since been moved to the back of the end zone) and leaping to block a long, line-drive field-goal attempt by the Washington Redskins. The tactic was legislated out of existence.”

Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com writes that this year’s NFL Rookie Symposium (which begins this Sunday) will break up the rookies by division.

Comcast SportsNet Central will air interviews with the 49ers rookies all week. Enjoy this preview that has this year’s rookies discussing what’s on their iPod, what dishes they can cook and any hidden talents they might possess.

49ers.com’s offseason coverage continued with a Q&A with veteran running back Rock Cartwright and a video highlight reel of Randy Moss’ offseason.


Someone is feeling extra chipper this morning, I wonder why…

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45 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: June 20”

  1. By LEW on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I would hold out on just giving a. smith the number 1 spot, he has looked good at all of the mini and traning camps over the last few years! It really matters when you have a real game with live action from another team i. e. blitzs and things like that. so I am not real impressed with a. smith

  2. By roodles111 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    if deshon goldson doesnt sign maybe carlos rodgers should move to saftey with all the corners on the team

  3. By Chris on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    LEW, you mean like the real game against the 13 teams he beat in the regular season last year and the SAINTS game where he completely outplayed DREW BREES? Yeah, i think Alex deserves the #1 spot.

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

    Hey Lew…no one cares whether you impressed or not. All the guy was saying is he is outperforming his competition in training camp which is what you would hope to expect from your number 1 guy. BTW: Thanks for the education and brilliant analysis on live action football vs. training camp (i.e. blitz & things like that???). Very astute of you. Wow…you a football knowledge goldmine now aren’t you?

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

    Roodles111…now you are actually coming up with ideas & thoughts that matter here. Yes…we need to be coming up with ideas incase the Goldson thing stretches for too long.

  6. By Nineya on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    dont really know how to take the “Goldson situation”. Does this mean he is not in the long term plans for the 9ers? or does Goldson wants to play the same positon for more money on a worst team? I mean, really………..? Whos got it better than us? GET THE DEAL DONE!!!!!!

  7. By Nineya on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith is the Number 1. Period!! That came from the Grand Chief himself. (Harbaugh) An injury…….God forbid…. is the only thing I see keeping Alex from starting.With the current coaching staff in place, ?Tolzien?, will help us win games.(if he’s still on the roster lol)

  8. By rjdniner on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Last year we all saw what the coaching staff did without the benefit of ota,s and mini camp and the views of the media is just that there views . I am looking forward to that first game. hey dave g the coachning staff,s decision on the matter i support it what ever it may be .

  9. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Goldson is 27 now and will 28 this, what I’ve heard is he wants more years on a new contract. Now what I’m sure about is, If he sits out this year he will become a free agent, so if another team signs him. do we get draft picks from the league? I don’t think he will sit out the year! but missing all this time can’t be good.

  10. By roodles111 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    all last year coach kept saying alex is our guy i dont think he ever wavered from that even with talking with peyton what i couldnt understand was the josh johnson signing but now i think they picked up josh to play back up i dont think ck is not progressing like they thought nor is scott

  11. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    nothing going on ,, this sucks! I need some 9ers football i think maybe I’ll watch a 2011 game? I need the fix i still have maybe 5 games on the tuner?

  12. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    i posted this before but just in case, our friendly TV providers
    DirecTV had lowered their NFL package price to $200 still a piece of change but still much better then the $400+?

  13. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin contract another gauge in Goldson talks, read more !


  14. By greg49ermontgomery on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    i already got my sunday ticket !!!!! now i don`t have to watch the rams every week
    now i can watch my niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Was that the right price with HD $200? when you said Rams first thing I thought of was LA! I date myself, eh?

  16. By rjdniner on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Basil can’t get direct TV, ill find someway to watch that first game. I my book A.J is way ahead of Crabtree, as far as what he did his rookie year.

  17. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    same story as all 7 years ….alex is good at practice …..wait for preseason ….with the defense and offensive additions ….i will expect blowouts and teams running for the hills ….and i mean no more excuses ….if we see check down alex again then expect the same as last year ….barley winning games late due to defense and kicker and punter in probowl………and just because he is the outright starter …does not mean he is a good QB……..the coach will not come down on anyone or slam them to the media that is for sure he is a motivator …..alex is a average QB on a awesome team ….until the stars align and we get a real QB to start….. it is what it is …………

  18. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    rjd: hit a sport bar maybe theres a 9ers club around you, we have a sport bas around here called the Wooden Chicken, they travel south and get signed 9ers gear and have raffles! I gave up beer and whatever so the bar thing not to much fun for this 9ers fan!

  19. By Micah on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Wow I leave for a couple weeks and come back to the same bull. All the Alex haters it is getting ridiculas, do you not listen to anybody who watches practice like for example Bucky Brooks who said he sees the Niners offense as being one of next years top offenses because of what he saw out of Alex. He reported that Alex looked spectacular and sees great things happening and the reports are all the same from everyone that watches Niner practice. Now I am not one to base what I believe off of what I hear so I will continue to have faith and believe in my boy Alex like I always have and base what I witnessed last season along with my complete faith in our coach and GM and their decision which is Alex is the starter no doubt. Why even question it? It makes no sense and all of you who say hold off on calling Alex the starter, you have no idea what you are talking about.

  20. By David on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    quote me on this “This is gonna be the year that Alex Smith shuts up all his critics and doubters” can’t wait to see him out perform Aaron Rodgers statisticly week one. I really believe this is the year Alex will shake the “Game Manager” label and start putting up big numbers in the stat columns. hes already proven he wont turn the ball over anymore. With our new offensive weapons and a higher knowledge of the playbook(remember because of no offseason we only used about 40% of our playbook last year), he’s going to have a breakout year.

  21. By Roberttrueninerfan on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Alex is the man and with the weapons he has around him will be one awesome season for him and the wideouts.
    Remember Alex plays what he is told so if it’s throwing for 400 hundred yards or 100 yards, it doesn’t matter as long as we get the w…….We had an awesome team last season and even better this season….tuff schedule….but they are one tuff team….go Alex do your thing….and there is no team that wants to play against Fangio’s men.

  22. By rjdniner on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yaw that’s what I did last year drank a lot of tea and the place I went to was wild wing’s Everybody was respectful of each other team’s The way the net work’s are taking about the niners, remember 2 yrs ago how bad things got for OUR team, now look at it, there’s still some out there that are waiting to see if it get’s better at the QB, s position I’ll still defend him around my area ……

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

    Well, there it is everyone “Eleven Years with Alex” has broken it down with his “refreshing” expert opinion and throwing in his continuous “check down” comment to sound like he conducts QB Camp. Same tired song & dance. Its like all your tired blogs have been copied & pasted for months & months & months. So according to you we should have had Kaepernick and Matt Flynn over Alex in the recent past…Remember that? .hmmmm, yeah they have had stellar training camps MR. QB expert. How those check downs coming for them? You may need to check down your girl Jeromy & keep her happy. Yeah, YOU DO AMUSE US WITH YOUR QB BREAKDOWNS. You right “it is what it is” & that is YOU A JOKE.

  24. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Alex is going to be just fine, now that he has what any QB in the NFL needs to be successful. Talented players around him and a coaching staff that knows what a game plan is, not to mention the same offense coordinator and system 2 years running!
    Alex Smith has earned the right to QB this team, he’s paid his dues, he never pointed a finger, he’s been kicked around, thrown under the buss (by his own coach) Yes I believe in the Man …….. all there is to it!

  25. By Chuckles on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    For as much as he has been labeled a underachiever/bust, Alex has never had any continuity in offensive coordinator, I am very interested to see how he will perform will Roman at the helm for a few years straight.

  26. By Basil on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    We’re going to be fun to watch on both offense and defense, but what some here (11) seem to forget is that every team wants to win and bad as we do. And we’re not slipping into town anymore, this year every team we play will be waiting for us.
    They’ve seem us play last year and they have film on us, so no surprises this year. But with that being said I don’t see a team we can’t beat. and on the other hand I don’t see a team that can’t beat us. So its one game at a time, and we have to play 60 minutes of our best ball, and hope that we peak at the right time.

  27. By greg k on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    When the Niners win it all this year and ALEX SMITH is named superbowl MVP, he will still have his doubters!

  28. By NinerFanFrmTonga on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith will finally show us why he was taken first over-all in 2005, yes, over Aaron Rogers and company. He finally has the pieces that the Niners should have had in place for a first over-all drafted QB. The only thing that will disappoint me this year is if we don’t win the Super-Bowl, only because I’ll have to wait one more year for it….lol. That folks is a glimpse of the life we all Niners Faithful Fans can expect for the coming years as 49er dynasty rnd 2 unfolds.

  29. By NinerFanFrmTonga on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Basil, you’ve come a long way as a true blue Niners Fan. So proud of you my fellow faithful. Gooooooooooooooooooooo Niners!!! Goooooooooooooooo.

  30. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Im not a fan of resolving the Goldson issue with moving Rogers to safety…The guy had the best year of his career and he is our best cover corner which is harder to find then a safety…i say worst case possibly move Tarell brown, he is bigger and has good ball skills and he lacks 1 on 1 coverage so it is not a huge loss at corner…Culliver could fill his shoes at corner!!!

  31. By truefaith49 on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    alex gonna throw for 4000 yrds!!!! watch dnt know why people and certain analyst on big networks still talk bout him like he didnt have a good winning season last yr, and no its not the same old alex he dosent have to cram in a new playbook like he has done yr in and yr out, show me another successful qb that has gone through the same as he has????? ill wait………. why on earth would he not get better when he has never had a fair chance like this ppl are so ignorant, common and proffessional yea we one off fields goals great argument who got us in possition to be in range of a scoring drive? the qb. no offseason last yr and alln the ppl said niners were not gonna do nothin and they still said week after week alex smith this alex smith that, all said n done aaaaalex smith 3000 plus yrds 17 tds 5 ints 13-3 what else do u want????? he gotta field punts too?????

  32. By 11 Years of 49er Life on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    people neeed to understand that alex smith is our leader so you losers talcking crud about need to bequite their babys

  33. By Basil on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Tonga: Thank you, bro! ……….. and right back at ya!

  34. By JMaz on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    They have until July 16th to work out a long term deal. I believe he will sign the tender b/c he doesn’t want to miss any regular season paychecks. Have faith, a deal will get done!

  35. By Basil on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Jacobs: we’ve all heard about the young boy that emptied his piggy-bank of all his money $3.36 and sent it to the NY Giants to help keep Jacobs in town. If you haven’t read the follow up to the story,

    Its a feel good story, glad we picked him up, eh?


  36. By Basil on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    One player left to sign, come on guys work it out !

  37. By roodles111 on Jun 23, 2012 | Reply

    hey ninerss all dayyy carlos rodgers may have had his best season but if hes the teams best corner the niners are in trouble because victor cruz beat him like a red readed step child in championship game thats why i think he would make a good safety he can get the younger corners lined up and he is not afraid to lower the BOOM

  38. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 23, 2012 | Reply

    hey roodles111,your mistaken if you think victor cruz beat him like a red headed step child, rogers was left alone to cover option routes all day by himself,if you knew what an option route was you would know that its impossible to try and cover those kind of routes by yourself all day,,eventually the qb is going to find the area to exploit,,you would have been more accurate saying that victor cruz beat the coverage we were’ running all day,he didnt beat rogers,he beat the coverage that was called

  39. By roodles111 on Jun 23, 2012 | Reply

    so basically your saying carlos needs help to play corner,1 d-fense thats all i was trying to say

  40. By rjdniner on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    Last season the question was, why does Alex need a wrist band to call the plays and that turned into a healthy discussion to say the least, and we all understood why I don’t think he’s going to use it this year . and if he dose so be it to help use win a championship …..

  41. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ roodles111,no what Im saying is fangio kept running the same defense because he only had carlos rogers to count on, covering victor cruz CONSTANTLY running option routes,so he was left on an island to try and cover cruz all by himself all day.fangio should have switched to maybe some zone or cover 2 type defense but with the pressure we were putting on eli manning kept us in the same defensive formations. maybe you should try and say what you mean WITHOUT bashing on carlos rogers,dude was a stud for us last year and you saying victor cruz beat him like a red headed step child makes you look like as hater

  42. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    We adjusted at half and Victor cruz did not exist in the 2nd half!!!!

  43. By roodles111 on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    1 d-fense im not a hater just staten the facts

  44. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    well said niners all dayy,,and ok roodles111 but the way you stated the facts sounded like a hater but your forgiven if your a true fan

  45. By roodles111 on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    thanks ive been a niner fan since late 60s early 70s, the 80s were great and the not so great years all i could say is we are rebuilding

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