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Morning Tailgate: July 19

Posted by Taylor Price on July 19, 2012 – 9:31 AM

Let’s begin Thursday’s Morning Tailgate by talking golf. It’s only right. After all, it’s the first day of The Open Championship and the American Century Celebrity Golf Championships in Lake Tahoe.

The celebrity tournament, of course, is relevant to the 49ers because Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice is in the field once again and is joined by a first-time 49ers participant, current starting quarterback Alex Smith.

If you happen to be in the Lake Tahoe area over the weekend, click here for tournament information which features a Thursday celeb pro-am. The actual tournament begins on Friday and will be televised on NBC Sports Network from 1-4 p.m. PT, and by NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. PT.

NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport also happens to be on the scene covering all things NFL-related. Rapoport ran into Smith as the quarterback was walking from the 18th green to the first tee box.

“In between signing autographs and dodging stray carts, Smith came off as a guy pumped to get going,” Rapoport wrote. “Considering his team added weapons like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, I can’t blame him.”

Rapoport also noted that Smith crushed his tee shot. Thatta’ boy Alex.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee continues to examine the top 49ers storylines heading into camp. In his latest offering, Barrows discusses expectations for this year’s rookie crop compared to the success of last year’s newcomers. Barrows: “Last season the 49ers received 2,451 snaps from their rookies. That’s an impressive number in any season, but it’s almost astounding when you consider there was no full offseason for these rookies to acclimate and that the 49ers were not a team in a rebuilding mode.”

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News passes along the comments from 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, who told Yahoo! Sports Radio that he thinks the 49ers can go all the way in 2012.

Matt Bowen of The National Football Post broke down Vernon Davis’ “Vernon Post” touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints in last year’s playoffs. Bowen: “-You won’t see a better throw than this vs. Cover 2 in the red zone. The Sam Backer will sink to play the “Seam-Hook” technique with the SS playing over the top. (Alex) Smith had to thread this pass over the Sam and in front of safety Roman Harper (driving at a downhill angle). Big time play from the 49ers QB.”


The G.O.A.T. is ready to G.O.L.F.

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20 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: July 19”

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

    finally,someone from the media acknowleges the throw from alex to vernon vs the saints in the playoffs was a great throw,calling it”a big time play from the 49ers qb” with the improvements alex has made this off season we will be seeing more of that kind of play from our qb,silencing the critics in the media and 11 years and jeromy on this blog

  2. By okcniner on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, I know its only one game but some of the plays Alex made in that game….in that PLAYOFF game….really opened my eyes as to the kind of quarterback that he’s capable of being. I’m full on board with Alex Smith leading this team!

  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    omg average throws that have to be made nothing else ….the throws that eli manning made against us were huge with double and triple coverage he laid it in there several times ….alex will never make those throws and he will never be any good …just average and last i checked average was not the norm at QB in the NFL….accept for the here and now where if you practice really good they give you money to be average during the year ….i would rather see a guy in there who nhas skills and progresses rapidly with them than a guy who has to have people help him become and avergae QB in the NFL …………

  4. By layzie16 on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    accept??? oh you ment except 11 years…if you cant even spell correctly what makes you think you have the brains to be calling out our signal caller

  5. By layzie16 on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    besides 11 years…how do you know what it takes to play in the NFL…remind me again how many seasons you played in the NFL…nevermind remind me again how many of your family members played in the NFL…hmm let me think…im guessing none because you know nothing about football

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

    great article on the camp preview of running backs. with the stable of horses we have @ the rb position,and the blocking skills of bruce miller we will again,no doubt,have another 1,000 yrd sesaon from frank gore. another name being talked about alot is the rhino like blking skills of miller’s primary back-up, cameron bell,brandon jacobs was overheard telling a member of the media about bell, “That guy blocks and runs like a rhino” it goes without saying that bell has earned that nickname as was evident when he crushed navarro bowman on a draw play up the middle and lamichael james took-off for a 65 yard td run. look for bell to make an even bigger impact when pre-season games start as he will no doubt get alot of playing time. this was from an article I found on the super bowl nation blog

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

    layzie16 laying down the law on 11 years, good job,dude is as un-intelligent as they come

  8. By layzie16 on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    you are darn tootin #1Defense2012 lol … some trolls just get annoying after a while

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

    amen to that

  10. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    amen like you even know what that means where you at the last supper …was anyone in your family …lol cant even work the numbs without crushing your own fingers ….pay attention and accept what is given to you …..or keep your shortness to yourself and let the others enjoy the fun …..by the way niner rock …they have to to carry alex around all these years

  11. By Krazy Canadian on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    11 years with Alex, why dont you cheer for another team already. You are not a real 49ers fan. Everyone knows Alex Smith is no Brady, Montana, Young, but he does’nt have to be. With our Defense, all he has to do is not turn the ball over, and now he has some weapons to work with, and familiar coaches. He looked really good in the Saints game and went 13-3, get off his back already. Clearly you have no football knowledge, You never played pro football, so cares about your stupid opinions/comments. If you dont like the guy, dont watch the game!!!!!!! You should be happy to have an NFL team.. Up here in Canada, we wish we had the 49ers playing here all the time. You need to get a life or cheer for another team then. Im sure everyone will agree with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By Basil on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    whats a matter ’11’ feeling a little lonely, guess you’ve been sitting there at the keyboard like a vulture just waiting for a article with some positive feed back on Alex. So you could counter post, but you come back with the same old BS! I guess something never change?

  13. By okcniner on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    11 years….get a life, Krazy is right. Your team nearly goes to the superbowl and you’re still complaining about Alex Smith? Look in the mirror dude, who gives you the right to criticize him? Go find another team to whine about you idiot.

  14. By Ladybug on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    Jeez, I hate it when I log on and see the whiney words and stupid remarks that 11 years is making. Evidently 11 has nothing else to do but complain about a team that is headed to the SuperBowl. And Alex will be at the helm.

    How is it that 11 seems to know what goes on at the practices…or in the locker toom, or during the coaching sessions……oh wait….he doesn’t know….so he is saying stuff just to hear himself talk…..like he really knows something…which he doesn’t.

    PFFFFFTTTTT…(royal razzberry, 11)

  15. By terry on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    Alex will be at the helm.11 years….www.shopnfl49ers.com

  16. By ace on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    when i come across “people” like 11 Years i ignore them, pay no more attention to his ignorent comments, plz
    cuz really he’s distracting us from the exciting team of talented players we have with a great coach, k so last year we were considered to be playing above our level……um so what lvl is this team, i’ll tell you RIGHT NOW, this is a top 5 in the leauge team, thx coach for making us believe in ourselves and now with the depth that we have at every position we are expected to win now…and teams arent taking us lightly this year.. so we will have to work very hard to beat every team every week this year, so get to work coach lets do this GOOOOOO
    NINERS !!!!

  17. By truefaith49 on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    double coverage?????? didnt see eli hitin those on the d since they mostly stayed in man wit the safetys floatin on zones what game were you watching??????? haha now he is a eli fan give me a break

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


  19. By Basil on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    RIP Colorado …………. we all feel your pain!

  20. By Basil on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just returned Tues from Breckenridge Co. (Nieces wedding)
    and may have driven through Aurora? All I mean by this is you never know, one should live everyday to its fullest and treat others the way you would want to be treated!

    Mom we’re going to the movies ……….

    Peace Out!

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