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Morning Tailgate: July 11

Posted by Taylor Price on July 11, 2012 – 9:57 AM

It’s safe to assume that the 49ers Faithful had a hand in stuffing ballots for members of the San Francisco Giants to start in last night’s All-Star Game. So with that assumption in mind, the folks here at Goal Posts would like to say – nice work everyone – give yourselves a hand… The National League won 8-0 giving San Francisco another opportunity to potentially host the World Series.

Tonight is unique in that it’s the only night with no major sporting events taking place. Instead, the collective sports world will turn to the 2012 ESPY Awards which airs tonight at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. If you haven’t heard, the 49ers Divisional Playoff win over the New Orleans Saints is one of three nominees in the “Best Game” category. There’s still time to vote before the start of tonight’s show. CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Tune in tonight to see if San Francisco takes home the honor.

As for the current state of the franchise, NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest and Warren Sapp recently discussed the biggest question marks of all NFC West teams heading into training camp. For Sapp, San Francisco’s biggest question mark is whether or not the defensive unit can maintain its health and dominant play from 2011. McGinest, on the other hand, wondered if the offense would be able to fully showcase new perimeter weapons that were added in the offseason.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Former NFL linebacker and current ESPN analyst Antonio Pierce discussed Jim Harbaugh’s glowing comments on Randy Moss in a recent appearance on ESPN’s NFL32 program. Pierce believes Moss can have a big impact in 2012.

Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach of Comcast SportsNet recently discussed the 49ers depth at quarterback in this video segment.

Nathan Jahnke of ProFootballFocus.com continues to evaluate the three-year performance record of various position groups. In his latest offering, Jahnke looks at the receiving production of NFL running backs. Frank Gore, San Francisco’s all-time leading rusher, has the ninth-most receiving yards (1,055) and ran eighth-most routes (842) by a running back during that three-year period.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com shares the comments of safety Dashon Goldson, who discussed his contract negotiations with the 49ers on SiriusXM radio. Marvez: “Goldson has accepted that he may have to play the 2012 season under a $6.2 million tender as San Francisco’s franchise player. Because of NFL rules regarding that tag, Goldson and 13 other franchise players who have not signed long-term contract extensions must complete those negotiations by Monday. Otherwise, multiyear deals cannot be agreed upon until the 2013 offseason begins.”

Marvez also lists the top 10 veteran free agents that remain unsigned.

In case you missed it, 49ers rookie wide receiver Nathan Palmer will sing the National Anthem at the team’s Aug. 12 Fan Fest event presented by HP. Tickets are still available.

49ers.com’s offseason coverage continued with a #Camp49 preview on the tight ends and the latest “Meet the Gold Rush” video with cheerleader Alexa.


Jacobs joins Jim Rome later today, tune in to hear from the new 49ers running back.

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24 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: July 11”

  1. By Basil on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Saw the Warren Sapp, and Willie McGinest discussion on TV . I thought they were pretty much on, but McGinest went on to said that! “with all the weapons that were added this off season, no more excuses for Alex” Well I never thought I made any excuses for Alex, I just thought it was more a fact really.
    But Mcginest didn’t bash, he more or less said, ((Alex you have everything you need to be successful, show us what you can d)) and myself I couldn’t agree more!

  2. By okcniner on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    You seriously need to think about reviewing what you type before you hit submit!

  3. By Dean on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Good comments. I have to agree that Alex Smith and the offensive unit now have very little excuses for playing “conservatively” and struggling in the red zone. I agree with the fact that they didn’t really use any excuses last year and Alex Smith has shown what he can do with some competent coaching staff. Isn’t this the first year he has had the same O.C. in back to back years? I’m just hoping this is a year we see Alex Smith transition into the elite level of QB’s now that he has some weapons like the packers, saints, cowboys and niners teams of the past.

    The defensive unit was pretty epic last year, so there are some very deserved questions as to their ability to perform at such a high level. It will be interesting to see what a season without a lockout can do very implementing more schemes and developing some of the raw talent they had on the field last year.

  4. By LEW on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Yes! It is time for a. Hole smith to put up or step aside; and it is also time for 49er fans; some of you make comments on this fourm to stop making excuses for a. smith if you are not a elite qb you are not there is no other way to put it. I for one do think a. smith is not even close to an elite qb. I would rather have a qb who can win a game with his arm than one who puts his def under pressure all the time.

  5. By time2speakup on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Guess I must be a ‘cup half full’ type because my view is that this team will do precisely what Harbaugh’s favorite mantra begs: “be better today than you were yesterday.” They will progress in noticeable increments and continue evolving. Why not! Who says that just because ‘tradition’ or tendencies, or whatever label you give say that “you must and will digress – that’s just the way it works” is prophetic. I don’t buy it. If you accept or gear yourself to a particular ‘sameness’ that is exactly what, and all you’ll achieve. Harbaugh makes it brutally obvious that he cannot stand even yesterday’s practice and todays being the exact same. If anyone thinks he or the team will accept that so called history or tradition dogma, you have not been paying attention.

  6. By CJay on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Well… I disagree, really… They said they that they held playbook back because of Alex… That’s not entirely true… They didn’t have enough playmakers on O to run the playbook with complete efficiency, where NOW they do… Also, they must have not know Vic held back the defensive playbook because of shortened training camp. Players on the defensive side even admitted this. This defense is very complex and held much back last year, where now this year they aren’t. So what I’m saying is… Watch this defense excel even to higher level this year…. Oh btw… The defense is so deep, injuries won’t play a factor….

  7. By Spokaneninerfan on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Alex showed huge inprovement last year and for anyone to be critical of his play with what he had for weapons never played football! He is smart. He took sacks by design, he made the big plays when he had to with his legs and arm. He lead us back was it 6 times last year to wins? Detriot was at home with tons of momentum and what did Alex do? Get off Mr. Smith or go find another team and please take your miserable mindset with you! Tired of you fools getting on him. Who out of this bunch faces the preasure’s at their job that he faces? I dont care how much money he makes he is still HUMAN! Ask your self this question……could I do better? if the answer is yes then try out and if its no then shut it!

  8. By Basil on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    WOW! I got slammed, not sure what I done, but it was bad, eh?

  9. By Basil on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    (okcniner) I’ve reread my post and really I’m not sure what you see? you must be talking to me, nobody else above me?

  10. By Jack on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    actually, during Mike Singletary’s time as head coach, the OC remained constant for 2 offseasons under Jimmy Raye. however, halfway through that second season Raye was replaced. so technically, this is Alex’s SECOND time with the same OC. this is just the first time he has an actual GOOD OC. Can;t wait to see what Alex does next year. Bring the Lombardi back to the Bay!

  11. By gary potter on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    lew> what makes you a quarterback expert?? you think you know better than coachJH?? i got news for you. he has faith in AS we as true fans embrace that. get a life

  12. By EVA JARVIS on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply


  13. By jeromy on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Alex has sucked, Alex will suck, u cant change the facts

  14. By rjdniner on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Remember Norve Turner was here because of Nolan, I think that if Turner could have stayed on as the OC, Quit possibly he could have helped Alex be a better QB, look what he did for Troy Aikman . so all you alex haters that are in the same boat with jeromy good luck .

  15. By gary potter on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy. what facts?? you do nothing but babble. you wouldn’t know the difference between the quarterback or the ballboy. you should be happy now there are 3 of you haters. it’s sad that 13-3 and 1-1 in playoffs are not good enough for you

  16. By dave g. on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    Look at that picture above. It tells you the whole story. Harbaugh knows what he has & he is feeling very good about it. No need to dwell on the past. We are 5-0 with only one team with 6. No worries…we got this! Lombardi Trophy get ready to be placed next to the other 5 as we will be 6-0!

  17. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    49ers have won the 2012 ESPY for best game of the year against the saints in the divisional round of the playoffs

  18. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    dashon goldson tells sirius xm radio that if he has to play under the franchise tag,he will,and report to camp on time,but also says that he wants a long term deal done,this guy is one of the top 5 FS in the league,and yes his play does warrant a pay increase,but at what cost? the 49ers front office is hard at work crunching numbers to try and wrap up goldson with a 4-6 year deal.
    im hoping we get a deal done for dashon soon,he brings the whoo hits,and has great coverage reading skills. with whitner as the qb of the secondary,calling the coverages,adjustments and getting everyone in the defensive backfield in the right place,goldson is allowed the freedom to roam the zone and really help in run support. MAN,I AM READY FOR FOOTBALL SEASON, ONLY 10 MORE DAYS UNTILL ROOKIES REPORT AND IT ALL GETS STARTED ON JULY 27TH GO 49ERS!!!!!!!

  19. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    man it sure sucks when your comment doesnt post on this blog

  20. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith at 28 has a chance to join a long list of NFL qb’s who had early struggles in their craeers only to find success in their later years. rich gannon didnt find success untill he joined gruden and the raiders. of course the trent dilfer comparison has been beat to death. brad johnson found super bowl success with the bucs near the end of his playing days as a starter, chris chandler of the atlanta falcons also made it to the super bowl at the end of his playing days, even our own head coach jim harbaugh found success near the end of his career,winning the comeback player of the year award and leading the colts into the playoffs falling just short of a super bowl berth. I am looking forward to seeing how much alex will improve this year. he now has weapons,experiance in the system,and most important than all the rest, he has a coach and stafff that believe in him, we as fans of the 49ers, should do the same,even you alex haters have to admit,he has the chance to do great things this year,,,GO 49ERS!!!!

  21. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    the 49ers will keep 3 active qb’s on the 53 man roster this year with scott tolzien being the only one with practice squad elgibility, the only question that remains is who will be the primary back-up to alex smith this year? we know that alex is #1,but up to this point josh johnson has looked much more like a veteran qb than kaepernick,of course,johnson has been in the league longer than kap but seems to have the upper hand at securing the #2 qb spot,as kap was a 2nd round pick which the 49ers moved up to get,he wont be headed to the practice squad.so there it is,your sf 49ers 2012 qb roster, smith, johnson, kaepernick, with tolzien leading the practice squad. the training camp battle I am most looking forward to is josh johnson vs. kaepernick, that and seeing if alex boone can keep the RG spot that coach harbaugh awarded him earlier this spring, other than the RB’s trying to secure their pecking order, the rest of camp should be guys battling it out for roster depth positions

  22. By ace on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    so people who thought alex smith was bad should really look at what he did last year under harbough…vs saints best game ever !!! what he did with what he had was shear will power !!! i dare you to say give the ball to alex smith with like a minute or less to go.i dare you ..that stuff you cant teach you either have or you dont, but thats not to say alex smith cant get better, he “looks” even better this year….HARBOUGH< thank you..WE BELIEVE

  23. By Jet on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    As fans, looking at Alex Smith past years, in my opinion,
    he has limitations. With Harbaugh, House and confidence,
    can he move and perform to the next level ?
    This year is HUGE for him.

  24. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    great discussion format at the tail end of this blog. its refreshing to discuss topics without 11years and his side-kick jeromy throwing garbage on top of everything

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