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Morning Tailgate: July 3

Posted by Taylor Price on July 3, 2012 – 10:01 AM

Twenty-three days and counting.

Training Camp 2012 presented by HP is right around the corner for the San Francisco 49ers, who look to repeat as NFC West champs for the first time since the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando recently examined the 49ers offensive depth heading into training camp, and will offer a post on the defensive depth later today. 49ers.com, too, will begin to break down the various position groups on the roster, beginning with the quarterbacks. Stay tuned.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Sando lists the nickel cornerback competition between Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox as a position battle to watch for the 49ers. Sando: “The 49ers easily could have handed the job to Culliver after the 2011 third-round choice played better than 40 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Adding Cox creates competition and improves depth at a position that has become increasingly important as offenses more use additional wide receivers.”

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com examines how much travel miles affect a team’s overall record. Barnwell: “Of the 10 longest distances traveled by teams in a given season over the past 10 years, seven belong to either the Seahawks or the 49ers.”

David Fucillo of NinersNation.com writes that Frank Gore will carry Bay Area-based boxer Nonito Donaire’s WBO super bantamweight belt to the ring  for Donaire’s upcoming title fight.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shares voting information for the 2012 ESPY’s where the 49ers are nominated for “Best Game.” Barrows: “I’ve long said (for at least a month and a half) that one of the overlooked consequences of the 49ers’ overtime loss in the NFC Championship is it stole a little something from the previous game, the 36-32 win over the Saints. Five lead changes. More than 400 yards of offense for both teams. A last-second touchdown pass to Vernon Davis — it’s easily the best game I’ve covered in nine seasons.”

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison lists the 49ers-Giants regular season contest as the No. 18 overall game from the 2011 regular season. Harrison: “Obviously, this game didn’t carry the same stakes as the NFC title bout, but this midseason contest certainly provided championship-level drama. And truth be told, this edition of Giants-Niners was as much follow-up as it was warm-up, at least when you consider the insane stockpile of classic wars these two teams have waged over the years, in both the regular season and the playoffs.”

49ers.com’s offseason coverage continued with a video of Michael Crabtree’s highlights in the offseason program and Anthony Dixon’s outlook on his offseason work.


He can make great catches on and off the field.

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69 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: July 3”

  1. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey jeromy i see your a alex fan

  2. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    i dont think you can put all the blame on alex the guy only has 1 reciever and thats tight end vernon davis in 4 seasons what has crabtree shown

  3. By DMT on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    Until I’m proven wrong, I’ll say it again. “Crabtree is a BUST”

  4. By gary potter on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy. he will be the starter at the 1st game and winning starter in super bowl. why the hell don’t you get off his back? you know nothing about quarterback position. all you can do is rant and hate on him. you are truly pathetic. .

  5. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey dmt i agree crabtree is a bust they need to admit their mistake and cut their loss and free up some cap space he cant beat single coverage

  6. By time2speakup on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    This is a place where Forty Niner fans come together. So jeromy, tell me again please why in the H… you’re on here. Thanks!

  7. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    omg look at the people wanting to cut a first rounder because of lack of perfromance …hey this is the niners you get picked in first round you stay no matter how bad you suck….just ask alex he knows

  8. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    come together what is this the rainbow brigade ….this is niner football and obvious flaws in players is one thing we talk about here ….other things as player aquisitions and news as well ….some come to smash their chest as if that will help alex others try to establish their rank …believe me no one cares ….and still there are some who think that if they swear others will run ….same as any other blog …deal with it

  9. By Philip on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s see you play with 6 different Offensive coordinators and 3 different head coaches and be successful…

  10. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    by the way yes alex will be carried by the defense and yes moss will figure out alex sucks and sit the bench and all the weapons we just got will see as well ….the QB is a bust ….7 years and he just now figures out he has mechanic issues maybe another 5 and he will figure out he does not belong in the nfl ….what happened to the hey 3 years and cut em rule …..i didnt know that a first overall pick had to be coddled and nurtured and had his nose wiped for 7..8…9 years before he did anything …accept for take the money and not show anything for it …..what a scam artist alex is ….nicely done alex way to show the kids all you have to do is talk the talk and the rest you blame on others and make excuses

  11. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    philip you want to blame superbowl winning coordinators

  12. By Steven on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    Him being healthy is a good start…

  13. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11 years, maybe alex aint the guy hard to say when recievers cant get open for him to throw the ball, if he struggles early in the season, i dont think he will last long, too tough of schedule

  14. By gary potter on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    11. you came out of your hole. good show you were leaving your bedmate jeromy to go it alone. you are so dumb that you can’t see or won’t admit to the problems AS has the past 6 years. except when turner was off cord, he has had no one and i mean no one to mentor him on quarterback position. last year with no training camp but with a coach that knows quarterback position he throws only 5 picks yet you and your clown buddy can’t see the forest for the trees. give me a break

  15. By layzie16 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy/eleven years…do you guys have a hidden crush on Alex or something…let the mans nutts breathe for a second…if he isnt playing football he is getting his jock handled by you two…let it go…drop it…come back next offseason when again you will be proven wrong

  16. By mikewright49 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    Cant Wait till Alex shows you guys otherwise

  17. By layzie16 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    looks like all the boys are making a hobby of fishing…i mean they do play in the bay…i would really like to see a vid of all the team fishing together

  18. By layzie16 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    roodles…how are you going to back up any of the previous coaches when NOW you have seen what this team is capable, with great coaching that is

  19. By layzie16 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    just read your last post eleven years old…A it shows how LITTLE you know of your so called team…this isnt the first time Alex has seen a specialist so please quit pretending like if you know anything about the team…you are fed the news just like everybody else…its up to you whether you want to believe some nfc east-loving network in that of ESPN of NFL NETWORK…and B all of these little tantrums you throw on here only reminds us all of your ignorance…and lastly NOBODY IS BEGGING YOU TO BE A FAN, MATTER OF FACT EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE ASKING YOU TO STOP BEING A FAN

  20. By rjdniner on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not even training camp and these posts are really getting good, that’s why I love this blog.

  21. By rjdniner on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    I can wait until after the first game, like I said am enjoying everyone’s posts

  22. By Basil on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    He has too be doing this to get attention, I mean he just keeps saying the same thing over and over .. what a wast!

  23. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    i only comment on comments made that make no sense ….simple everyone else on the team has gotten better they went through the same thing and they are now elite where is alex oh yeah getting the dis by every team when he tried to test the market ….even favre would get hired ahead of smith ….lol he is useless and taking up valuable time the niners are now and he is never ….

  24. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    the issue is ..oh wait ..hmm so he has no mentor …lol another excuse for the book of alex excuses neither does cam yet he is poised all ready to do things and alex sits around trying to get better …at what i dont know the games prove it …he is ok when he runs scripted plays and yes when the coach told him in the saints game you have nothing to lose by throwing the ball he did and yes made some plays but any hack even tebow can do that ..

  25. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    the niners will lose all their players in 3 years then have to rebuild …and yet alex will prob still be here doing his best in practice and falling flat during the season …lame old alex

  26. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    lol preseason you will see the same old check down alex and moss will wait till game 3 to voice his opinion on how sorry alex is …sorry to say more years of no superbowl as long as lame old alex is here …just saying ….the rest of the team …aces …such a waste of good talent sorry guys that alex is all that is out there for us

  27. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    and still you cry for alex you bleed for him to win anything …division the defense won that and you know it ….sad thing is you think alex won the whole season and should have been in the probowl and gotten more kudos than a Tebow …..reality alex cant lead the team he is no leader and lacks all the skills to do so ….other wise he would have stepped up last year when the punter and kicker started breaking records ….oh forgot about that that we had more FG’s than TD’s …that alex had the worst 3rd down numbers and that alex had more check downs than a russian helicopter …..take notes on the games and watch how many times alex check downs on a 3rd down

  28. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    and further more the beatings will continue till we get a QB who has talent and drive to lead the team and not be a statue for sacks

  29. By rjdniner on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    All you two do is complain and cry about thing’s YOU CAN NOT CONTROL, how does that make you feel. ?

  30. By scott on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    We Went to the NFC Championship game as a team. Our coach led them as a team. We have a better team this year! We will be put to the test right off Tha BAT….

  31. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey jeromy, 11 you cant give an average qb 3rd or 4th string recievers and then complain when all he can produce is below average numbers, thats all this team has had the past few seasons

  32. By gary potter on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    yes. why don’t you 2 clowns wait until season is over. we go super bowl you 2 go back in your hole. 11 not 1 of your posts made any sense and of course your bed mate agrees. how lovely.

  33. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    lol i will make this as basic as i can …..alex got beat out by our punter and kicker …whom oh yes have had to go through differnet coordinator and teams yet they made the probowl …simple enough for you

  34. By roodles111 on Jul 3, 2012 | Reply

    if alex struggles early he wont last long as the starter he will get benched i believe, but who is the number 2 guy

  35. By rjdniner on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the tricky part about putting a QB, on the bench and the contract’s that they sign, it will turn into a public relations nightmare. Then we’ll find out how Jim and Trent handle it, hope like hell it doesn’t come to that. I pray it doesn’t…

  36. By gary potter on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    singing?? more like babbling if you ask me. and 11 it is hell lot harder to play quarterback than it is to kick a football. i think it was great that our kickers made it. i have no idea what your post was trying to prove. is that like comparing apples to oranges or what??

  37. By rjdniner on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    What you and 11 came up with that BULLSH-T song, I drought seriously you will be singing that song mid season. Hey you have to be a certain age to handle fireworks makes sure you and 11 get permission.

  38. By dave g. on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    I see the two lovebirds are back from their honeymoon together with their babbling propaganda on Alex. Now they trying to jazz up the same stale words. You can try to make it rhyme & change the words around but its still tired. Its funny how you two disappear & show up at the same time. Rolling out of bed and sharing the computer, the happy couple sounds like its true love.

  39. By rjdniner on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    If a kicker can win me a game hell yaw, and how many super bowls have been won by the kickers.? And how many games have the punters saved . ?

  40. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    ok so you still dont get the point …the entire team had to go through the same thing with coaches and plays and they all are right now ready for a superbowl …yet alex still is as he was when he first got here …someone show me ..someone wipe my nose ….why cant you guys get wide open …….and you back him up this is the NFL you dont get but 1 step on a guy or you m ight have to go up for a ball the QB is suposed to be able to hit his guy in stride and score TD’s ….not wait till a guy is wide open …that happens sometimesw and yet alex still blows it as when walker was standing 20 yards away in the end zone wide open and alex over threw him …….

  41. By roodles111 on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    maybe alex loses starting job in training camp/pre season, but who is on the roster that can start

  42. By roodles111 on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    i see 4 average qbs on roster at best, so then who wins starting job josh

  43. By Basil on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    “SAN FRANCISCO — As if there were any doubts, Alex Smith is the 49ers’ starting quarterback heading into the regular season.

    Coach Jim Harbaugh formally made the announcement after San Francisco’s 20-17 victory at San Diego in Thursday night’s preseason finale.”

    “I’m pretty sure we can say that,” Harbaugh said. “He played with a very cool head and made good decisions. He played the way you want him to out there — calm, cool, collected.” ”
    September 2, 2011, 7:56 PM ET
    So what's changed anything, haters? going 14 – 4 ?

  44. By roodles111 on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    hey basil, that was last season, this is new season, and coach only makes positive statements about his players nothing negative, maybe alex will be starter, i cant wait till preseason, to see the rookies at all positions play, and see which ones make the team

  45. By Basil on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    how do a punter or kicker beat out a QB? Dummy!
    Akers score 144 points thats 24 TD’s how many QB did that?

    “ok so you still dont get the point …the entire team had to go through the same thing with coaches and plays and they all are right now ready for a Super Bowl ”

    NO! the entire team did NOT go through the same thing, so many players have come and gone.

  46. By rjdniner on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    11yrs all you ever do is find fault with him on every single play, there are a lot of times he should have thrown the ball, you get on that field with guys looking to knock you out and see if your attitude doesn’t change, it easy for use when were setting at home watching replays or at the game watching the big screen at the end of the field. And another thing apparently you still don’t realize WE SEE THE SAME THINGS, so you go ahead and continue with what you want to do, and that go’s for your little friend too

  47. By Basil on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    Right it was the end of preseason last year!
    My point is, what has happened since then till now, to make coach change his mind a 13 – 3 season? don’t think so!

    Last year? yep but thats all we have to talk about .. last year!

  48. By Basil on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    The only way Alex haters can be right is for us to lose, so you know they want a loss, how can you be a 9ers fan and want us to lose? Thats true because last year after racking up a couple of wins, we didn’t hear from 7years, probably 11years now?

    Last year after a couple of wins we didn’t hear from 7years, we called out to him. but he chose to stay under his rock!

    This season Alex will be our starter and he won’t loss the job, I believe he will take us the next step, keeping in mind that their are16 other teams looked for the same thing. it won’t be easy but we finely have the players to do the job, and even with that it will take some luck!

  49. By dave g. on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    Ok Eleven Years with Alex, you the one who does not get the point. This is the point->
    Stupid is defined as:
    1. lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
    2. characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.
    3. tediously dull, especially due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: a stupid party.
    4. annoying or irritating; troublesome: Turn off that stupid radio.
    5. in a state of stupor; stupefied: stupid from fatigue.
    6. Jeromy and Eleven Years with Alex
    Your continuous repetitive pointless dribble makes ZERO difference to anyone who matters so quit whining. Whining is for LOSERS, if you don’t like something then change it…Oh yeah you don’t have that power so stop whining like little girls & go back playing with you dolls or each other & STFU. Get that point dumb@sses?! You are weak losers.

  50. By roodles111 on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    is alex for sure starter or if he gets outplayed in training camp/preseason can he lose the starting job

  51. By Ladybug on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    Reply to 11: A punter and kicker beat out Alex? A punter and kicker only punt and kick…they do NOT play in any other formation….they are not usually involved in any other play…..they only punt and kick. They do not run plays like Alex or other members of the team.
    I do not understand your logic.

  52. By gary potter on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    r-111. no way AS will get outplayed by any qb on current roster. you are listing to wrong group

  53. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    wow you guys should really pull you under wear from between and pull out the stick as well …..yeah yeah you say alex is the best and will take us to superbowl all i am saying is you have been saying that for years and still nothing but more excuses for a bust of a number 1 over all who need his nose wiped and someone to teach him to play football ..really you said that he needs someone to teach him too funny …yeah you said that …no coach or coordnator to show him the way …what a crock

  54. By rjdniner on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well 11yr you caught up early to post didn’t you; you always talk about the past never about the future, one question where did you come up with 11yrs with Alex since he’s only been with the team 7 yrs are you counting his collage yrs must be .and if you don’t want to answer that question we’ll understand, one more thing would you rather have Tebow and don’t forget to wipe your own nose .

  55. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    “wow you guys should really pull you under wear from between and pull out the stick as well ” WHAT ?

  56. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith has only started 5 years for the 9ers (surgery)
    Then there was O’Sullvan and Shan Hill starting games as well

    But with good coaching Alex does just fine! At the University of Utah ‘with good coaching’ Alex was 21-1!
    Last year with ‘coaching and a game plan’ Alex was 14-4!

    Its not Alex you don’t like dummy, you don’t like the game plan GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  57. By roodles111 on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    i think only 3 qbs will make the team this season,alex josh and colin i dont think scott even makes the practice squad

  58. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think more of Scott then you do I guess, but hey its all good?
    He looked pretty good in the last preseason game against us last year, I don’t think I’ve seen Colin look that good! but time will tell .. !

  59. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    And with that being said, I want Alex as our starter, Backup??Alex has earned the right to be our starter, he has taken the punishment without crying or finger pointing, and now that we have coaches, talent ‘WR’s’, and a game plan, its his job!

  60. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Urban Meyer said of Alex, once he knows everything about the game`plan he’ll do just fine. Well last year was the first time in the last 7 years that we’ve had a game` plan. And we go
    13 -3 or 14 – 4 and I see things just getting better, yep I do!

  61. By roodles111 on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    basil, i watched that preseason game against san diego and your rite scott did play well, they resigned alex as starter, josh who played for harbaugh in collage i figure he is backup, and last season moved up in draft to get colin,

  62. By roodles111 on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    i dont see them parting with any of those guys, which I THINK leaves scott out, unless one of those guys get hurt for a period of time [lets hope not]and go on i.r. but we will see what happens when training camp starts,and who excells in the preseason and earns roster spot

  63. By rjdniner on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    From the beginning I’ve been pulling for Tolzin and I vet explain why in a lot of posts and I’ve always wonder if Jim would have had the chance to get Dolton would he have done it , and for MEYER to say that about Alex , he had Alex for 3yrs and Jim ,s only had him 1 yr , and for cannon arm Colin he’ll be just fine . Training camp is going to be fun to watch.

  64. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see the finish product, who we go into the season with. We won’t show much in the preseason but what we do show should be fun?

  65. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Bill never thought the cannon for an arm was the most important thing for the QB, he thought the footwork was more important? and if anybody should know it would be Bill Walsh!

  66. By rjdniner on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    The way he was throwing it in collage, just an expression that, s all…your right
    look what he did for that qb when he was at the Raider,s .

  67. By dave g. on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven IT IS A TEAM SPORT!!!! Do you understand the concept of team sport? I don’t think you do and I am not talking basketball team sport BUT football. Do you have any concept of what it takes for a team to play well and even what it takes to hold up a championship trophy. You have obviously never been part of a football team & you are truly an armchair QB who knows and understands diddly about football! Do you understand All the surrounding pieces, players must have to succeed, especially QBs? You obviously don’t or you would understand what a former 1st round pick, Pro Bowl NFL QB & former NFL Comeback of the Year & an NFL QB of 14 years & great coach & evaluator of his OWN POSITION knows! Come on, you need to get your head out between of Jeromys inner thighs & vise versa & open your eyes to reality dumb@ss!

  68. By Basil on Jul 5, 2012 | Reply

    Now thats what I call a right proper spanking ,,, ouch!

  69. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 6, 2012 | Reply

    my god,the stupid things some people say on this blog. do they even see what they are writting?

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