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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 6

Posted by Alex Espinoza on August 6, 2012 – 10:24 AM

The 49ers will return to Candlestick Park in four days to kick off their preseason schedule with a Friday night (6 p.m.) matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The reigning NFC Champs have put together a productive first two weeks of training camp and are eager to see some other jerseys out on the field.

Heading into 2012, the 49ers boast one of the league’s most talented and complete group of linebackers. Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is a key part to the San Francisco defense both in the run game and the pass rush, as evidenced by the six-year extension he signed with the team in February. Despite starting all 16 games during his career year in 2011 (50 tackles and 7.0 sacks) and his new contract, Brooks is more motivated than ever entering his seventh NFL season.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spoke to Brooks about his offseason, which included some trips to the local pilates class. “As a result Brooks enters the 2012 season with a changed physique,” Barrows wrote. “He weighs just as much as he has in previous training camps – 266 pounds – but it’s a different, more muscular type of weight, he said.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate features a variety of news, including the latest training camp headlines, a heart-warming story about 49ers great Jesse Sapolu, an inspiring video of Alex Smith’s career and more.

Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to former offense lineman and four-time Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu, who revealed he played his NFL career with a serious heart condition. Lynch: “Sapolu played with a torn aortic heart valve that left him dangerously short of breath at times. Because of his condition, he also played with an enlarged heart that required two surgeries, including one during his playing days.”

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shares a video from local film student Matt Ware, who put together a 26-minute project chronicling Alex Smith’s NFL career. Branch: “Among those who have given his film a click is Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, who said, via Twitter, that it inspired tears.”

Branch also spoke to former Illinois coach Ron Zook about his former player and current 49ers rookie A.J. Jenkins, discussed Mario Manningham’s team-first attitude and talked to special teams ace Rock Cartwright about his expected role in 2012.

Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group writes that Smith is entering the prime of his career with his supporting cast on offense and coach Jim Harbaugh. Poole: “Not until Jim Harbaugh became head coach in 2011 did Smith start settling into his skin. A former NFL quarterback with superb theories on coaching the position, Harbaugh immediately recognized Smith’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group takes a look at Tarell Brown’s heightened expectations in 2012. Inman: “Brown made a bold vow in May: He will lead the league in interceptions this season, and he’ll donate a game check to one of his charitable foundations if he fails to make the Pro Bowl.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com stayed up until the wee hours of Monday morning to answer fans’ questions in an informative mailbag session. Maiocco: “The one player I’m most curious to watch is LaMichael James. I’m very interested to see how his style translates to the NFL. I don’t expect the 49ers to disclose any specialty packages for James — that’ll have to wait until the regular season. But I want to see how his quickness looks at this level.”

Barrows examines the nickel position in Vic Fangio’s defense and the unique responsibilities of the job. Barrows: “Fangio has one excellent option in Carlos Rogers, whose six interceptions tied for the team lead last season and who was voted to his first Pro Bowl.”

Former 49ers defensive lineman Chris Doleman was the 21st member of the 49ers to be enshrined to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, writes Inman. You can also watch the best of Doleman’s induction speech on NFL.com

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47 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 6”

  1. By Vega on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    “The reigning NFC Champs” ? You mean NFC “West” Champs! Oh how I wish that were a true statement! We’d have another SB trophy in the display case!

  2. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    ok so ounce again the web site refuses to put up any posts great work there web guy ….you collect a check every week ….you and alex should be best buds then ….average work and paychecks to gloat about …..

  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    lol 6 times trying to get on and when i bash the web guy it posts …..all in fun guy ….but really can you post some help ….is it wrong timing or just too many words or what …give us a heads up guru

  4. By Ferny villagomez on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    well am a niners hard core fan! hopefuly we have a great football season:) & hopefuly alex smith gives his hard work & never give up! because nobody has it better then us nobody!! 49ers #1 in the heart!!

  5. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    wow a alex movie and allready the reports are bad for the offense …or should i say same old offense run by alex….

  6. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    offense sputtering and alex at the helm and now a film to highlight what a really good kicker that saved alex last year …he is the same as when he got here …accept now you think he is good ….that must be how he bilked the yorks to blow 70 million dollars on him what a scammer you are alex ..i would tell you to go to another team …but not 1 team wants you …so retire as a never was and go play golf with jamarcus russell

  7. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    and yes alex will look horrible against the vikes …3 and outs and checkdowns

  8. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    come ackers and defense carry alex one more time …he needs it

  9. By spike on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    11 years–you need to take your meds

  10. By 9er 9er on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a shame how we let Eleven Years continually highjack this blog. The guy is obviously sick and craves attention in the most negative way. In my book he’s a coward that hides behind the anonymity of the internet. Personally I believe our responses to his continual attacks on Alex is what he wants and desires. As I pointed out in a prior post he even goes as far as using other pseudonyms to justify his useless barrage of garbage…how sick is that? It wouldn’t surpise me if he’s pulling these same diseased methods on other NFL team blogs to heighten his twisted peverse need for attention and recognition. This illness will continue and he will most likely be excited (if you guys know what I mean) when and if he reads my post. This is it, I will no longer respond to him. Guys, please remember when you do, it’s what he wants.

  11. By J.R. Krikorian on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    @ 11 years with Alex. R U a moron or just trying to get the ire of any 5 year olds who might be reading your diatrades. You apparently HAVE NEVER played a down of football however you are now a genuis with more insight than others who have played and speak from experience. Let me break this down for you in laymans (5th grade) terms. Alex has never played with a coach who has had a clue until last year. He has had to learn a new system every year for the last 7 seasons. For 6 seasons, he had absolutely no o-line help and no weapons to speak of. He played with injuries, after being thrown under the bus and never complained. Now, quite ironically I guess from good fortune or luck according to you and the other haters, he gets to work for an offensive minded coach with QB experiance, playing in a system that is tailor made for him with an o-line in tact and a number of exciting pay-dirt playmakers and has a good season. Does this not resonate with you? Do us all a favor and get back to us in 10 weeks with your chest pumping and your mouth full of sh_t squeeling like a pig admitting you know absolutley nothing about football and maybe just then, someone will actually take you seriously.

  12. By gary potter on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    11: don’t bash web guy. he is just doing his job. keep your trash to a minimum. we have probably best defense in nfl. can’t you see offense struggle a bit against it?? if not why not?? coach JH will have it taken care of by friday night. count on it. then back in your hole for rest of season.

  13. By bo9ers52 on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    11 yrs. i don’t think i can’t agree w/ ur posting on alex smith, his still the main man in the center, no matter what u say or do this guy is gonna lead us to the promise land (S.B.) what he did last year was protecting the ball and he did a very good job on that, now this year the franchise loaded him w/ deadly weapons, i do believe his gonna have a break a way this year, well, if he does’nt then i’ll join u in smack talk w/ this guy,but i do believe its not gonna happen…just watch & see…until then “NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  14. By way2sicc on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I totally agree with 9er 9er, do not respond to 11 yrs no more. He is a waste of typing space. And besides offenses are always behind defenses at this time of year. Alex is a great elite qb and will have more wins this year than last year.

  15. By jack on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    are you kidding me we have the best defense in NFL do you think are offense is going walk all over it. i dont think so

  16. By ninerz 1 on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    11 years please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as the eagles say GET OVER IT, alex is OUR man so put your biggirl panties on watch and learn.

  17. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    @ 11 years: it has nothing to do with the guy who runs the blog. it has more to do with the server that handles the blog,and your own pc’s hard drive. if your hard drive is old or getting worn out it will be hard to post sometimes.the server for this blog site obviously handles more than just the “morning tailgate blog”
    and how could ANY server possibly hold all the tash you try and post,,hehehe

  18. By jeromy on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    what are you guys talking about? did you watch the games last year? those were not camera tricks, he really was throwing to the ground almost every play! 4games, 4 games at the most before all of you Alex faithful are begging for one of the backups to step in, BEGGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    oh and by the way 11, did you at least even bother to watch the video of alex’s career? it has MANY good points that hit home just how hard his career has been up to this point,and reflects the opinion of MANY 49er fans that go to the home games with me. alex does,and will have his detractors,many at candlestick scream for his head on just about every play,but we dont often see those people at more than one game. from my own experiance,alex has made great strides to improve his play.will he be another tom brady or drew brees? no,of course not,but that in no way,shape,or form means that he cant help this get to,and win,a super bowl. there are many examples of journeymen qb’s throughout the history of the league who have had early struggles in their careers and have gone on to have great success AND win a super bowl or two
    so,dude, just chill, if you truely are a niner fan, as you proclaim very sternly at times,relax and enjoy the ride,if alex flat out stinks it up this year and bombs out,you can say I told you so to everyone, BUT,,,if alex plays well,limits his mistakes,and helps guide this team to a super bowl victory,,I would expect you,as a true fan,to back on the blog and give credit where credit is due.,,,,,,,,,,,
    so let it be written,,so let it be done,,,

  20. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    and you guys,,,meaning jeromy and 11,,, make yourselves look fantasticly stupid every single time you say he throws at the ground on just about every play
    that in of itself gives me to pause to think that you didnt watch A SINGLE 49er game at all last season,and if you guys ARENT 49ER FANS,,fans of another team altogether, then you guys ARE REALLY IDIOTS,,spending all this time on another teams website,,sharing all your jealous hate because the 49ers did good last year and your team for another season floated around the turd bowl for most of the season

  21. By Gen on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    11 years…can you just shut up and wait until the season starts? Yes alex smith is far from perfect but he is our qb whether you like it or not…if you dont like it then find another team!!! and if we do go and get that 6th Lombardi trophy with alex smith then you’ll look like an idiot or to a lesser degree… if alex smith pulls out some elite qb stats next season you’ll look like an idiot. Even joe montana said once any qb gets comfortable in a west coast system you’ll see a major difference. Last year was his first year in a decent west coast system with basically our third string and practice squad as our recievers who found it difficult to get open…thats why redzone and 3rd downs were problems and also why he checked down alot or threw to Vernon Davis cuz our RB’s and VD were the only ones who could get open! With that being said shut up and wait!

  22. By bo9ers52 on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    upside down, in & out alex still the man in the middle….u can bring that to the bank……

  23. By mrblackccvip on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Well people all I am going to say about 11 is that they want some attetnion lol. All I want to say to the rest of my Niner brothers & sisters is we will have to earn it this year. We have a tougher schedule and we may not go 13-3 but we will win the west and be in the playoffs, as long as we stay relatively healthy. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

  24. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    HEY EVERYONE I SE ALOT OF NEWCOMERS HERE THIS IS THE ONLY TIME I WILL MENTION THIS 11 YEARS IS A COWBOY FAN . YOUR RESPONSE IS WHAT HE WANT S. DONT REPLY.

  25. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    WE HAVENT HAD ALEX 11 YEARS EVEN IF HE PLAYED OUT HIS CONTRACT DONT FALL 4 IT HES BEEN DOING THIS ON THIS SITE 4 /3 YEARS

  26. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    O.K. BACK TO FOOTBALL, WATCH OUT 4 OUR ROOKIES THIS YEAR THEY R BEING TAUGHT BY THE BEST JAMES AT RUNNING BACK. THINK OF OUR LAST PICK MORGAN AT 3RD DOWN DEF. END. AND I WILL BRAGG THAT I DID CALL 3 PICKS BEFORE THEY WERE ANNOUCED LAST YEAR. OUR SCOUTS AND COACHES R GREAT. {YOU CANT DENY FINALLY OUR Q BACK ALEX SMITH HAS THE SAME PLAYBOOK AND A WHOLE LOT OF ADDITINAL WEAPONS} NUMBER 6 ? 2 FUMBLES AWAY LAST YEAR. AND KYLE WILLIAMS HAS ACHIP ON HIS SHOULDER WE ALL CANT KNOCK OFF .

  27. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    wow you guys are on meds …first off a screen name means not ….lol you guys are so uptight

  28. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    second and listen closely i am huge niner fan yes from 2 years before montana graced us with the huge superbowl prize ….and so you know i hate the cowboys …and now the giants …..i hate any team the niners beat themselves and lose too …because that is the truth…all you who frequently bash my posts are just that ..thats all you do besides say …woot team goo niners win it all…..dudes we have to have a good team to do that …not rainbows and unicorns

  29. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    alex is the weak link on a good team trying to be great …you say crabbs has to go …he has not even been here half the time alex has and he came in on a strike with no offseason and like a moron he held out …and yet you guys oh no he has to go ….bunch of hipocrits if i do say so

  30. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    WE WILL BEAT GREENBAY WEEK 1 . OUR DEFFENCE IS RETURNED WITH ALOT OF DEPTH. GET USED TO THE NINERS BEING IN THE PLAYOFFS EVERY YEAR AGAIN . THE NINERS HAVE A TASTE OF 2 PLAYS AWAY FROM A CHAMPIONSHIP NOW HERE WE COME. WINNERS / CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYERS/ DETERMINATION/ DEPTH / GOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERS

  31. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    now for no wanting to have anything to do with my posts ..hey i sleep well at night and no i dont hate alex …i just dont know how some can say he is awesome that does bite ….he is awkward in the pocket after 7 years and the excuses are over the top boo hoo non of the coaches or co-ordinators have nothing to do with the fact that he has no NFL skills he was drafted #1 ….not in the 7th round

  32. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    a true niner fan should want the team to have the best and when they dont get the best…. is when they voice their opinion as to why the niner dont. alex went into freeagency and not 1 team wanted him not after his only 5 picks and not for his 3000 yards …they all see the tape and know he is not anywhere close to being a NFL QB

  33. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    and williams was trying tom make plays …alex did nothing after 8 minutes in the first quarter…and still had a shot in overtime and threw the ball in the dirt 3 straight times ….he should have pulled the team together and said hey lets do this and told them what to do if he had to …but nope he gave up and that is why he is on the list

  34. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    WE WERE ONE THE LEADERS INTHE LEAGUE IN RUSHING. I THINK WE HAVE THE RECIEVERS WITH CRABTREE/ MOSS/ MANINGHAM/ VERNON DAVIS/ ROOKIE A.J. JENKINS WILL BE GREAT / KYLE WILLIAMS/ LOOK AT OUR SMASH AND DASH IN THE BACKFIELD GORE AND JACOBS AND HUNTER AND JAMES . OUR SECONDARY IS GREEEEAT./ SMITH BROTHERS OFF ENDS / AND THE BEST LINEBACKING CORE IN FOOTBALL {WILLIS AND BOWMAN}

  35. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    HEY REMEMBER REAL 49ER FANS 14 AND 4 IS A GREAT SEASON. WE WILL BE BACK LOL

  36. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    and yeah i will say kudos for alex if he steps up his game but yet come on you know he is same as always wont throw down field and cant read the defense to save his life …..so keep your excuses handy as alex is carried by the defense and special teams yet another year …..yes alex is the QB yet we should not want him to be

  37. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I;LL SAY THIS EVERY SUNDAY I WANT EVERYONE IN THE NFC TO LOSE EXCEPT FOR THE 49ERS. AND I THINK ALL 49ERS SHOULD FEEL THIS WAY. I KNOW ITS NOT POSSIBLE. BUT YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE TEAM IN THE N.F.L. OR YOUR NOT A REAL FAN. U CANT SAY U PULL 2 OR 3 TEAMS OR FOR THAT MATTER THIS STATEMENT GOES FOR EVERY SPORT.

  38. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    YES 11 ALEX JUST DOSENT NEED TO MAKE MISTAKES LIKE LAST YEAR . BUT LIKE RODGERS WITH GREENBAY WHEN HE GOT HURT AT END OF YEAR {MATT FLYNN SET A FRANCHISE RECORD FOR YARDAGE AND 6 T.D.,S< ITS ALL ABOUT THE TALLENT AROUND A QUATERBACK } I THINK WE HAVE THIS .

  39. By Sean on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    why are my posts not posting…

  40. By Sean on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy and 11 years are the same idiot. We have the best coach in the NFL and better team cohesion than any of the other 31 teams

  41. By Sean on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    if they all beleive in Alex than so will I. Especially the way he perfomed in the post season. He finally has help and a full offseason. Lets see how he does

  42. By DYENNY on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    ALLTHOUGH 17 TDS AND 5 INT LAST YEAR WASNT BAD NFC CHAMP. GAME BUT 27 AND 8 WOULD BE BETTER / BUT OUR RECIEVERS WILL BE BETTER AND I BELIEVE THIS .

  43. By Ladybug on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven: you keep saying that Alex is no good…he doesn’t lead the team..etc etc.
    What you are missing is that the past is over…we cannot base the current team on what has happened before. Good or bad.

    Each year is new beginning…you know Alex now has the coaching and support he lacked before….you know we have the receivers he lacked before….you know we have depth in most positions….YOU KNOW ALL OF THAT. So, let the past go and support the team…ALL THE TEAM.

    so….WHOO HOO…the first preseason game is Friday and I will be glued to my TV….

  44. By kirk on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I think that anybody that goes against this defense is going to look bad. 1st 2cnd, or 3rd team. I think during the season offense and defense are going to mesh like a couple of gears grinding up team’s, IT’S GOING TO BE THE 49ER’S WAY.

  45. By gary potter on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    11: you accuse all that disagree with as not being true fans. i ask you 1 question what the h$$l makes you so knowledgeable about quarterback position. you claim to be a fan couple years before Joe M I have been a fan since Frankie Albert . i have seen the great not so great and terrible quarterbacks. AS is not great as yet but he has the coaching to take us to SB. his confidence will soar under coach JH. you can best do the blog a favor by leaving, take jeromy with you.

  46. By dave g. on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven & Jeromy keep copying and pasting the same tired posts they were posting months and months ago. Nothing new. YOU act like you are true NINER fans and we not. You want the best & we don’t. We merely agree with Harbaughs decision because we AGREE with him & believe in his choices especially at the position he played for 14 years in teh NFL. But at the end of the day, Harbaugh makes the choices not us so based on your logic of how bad you say Alex is, than Harbaugh is incompetent to coach the SF49ERS based on your standards????? You can’t say he is a great coach BUT at the same time say the QB he is basing his career and reputation on is incompetent. Bases on your logic Harbaugh should be fired. DO YOU SEE HOW ILLOGICAL YOUR ARGUMENTS ARE???? Man you two are idiots!

  47. By mooney75 on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand why the NFL channel does not talk about the 49ers more they are better than the Seahawks but they show there games on Friday night in stead of the 9ers game. That does not make any sense. The 9ers Vikings game will be way more interesting than the Seahawks game. Some times I think the NFL channel has a resentment against the 9ers. If they did not show the preseason games I would cancel the channel.

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