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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 13

Posted by Taylor Price on September 13, 2012 – 10:13 AM

Calvin Johnson’s injured foot is the hot-topic as the 49ers continue to prepare for a Sunday night home opener against the Detroit Lions.

The wideout gracing this year’s EA Madden video game cover did not practice on Wednesday but returned to work on Thursday according to multiple reports.

In order to stop the wide receiver who has caught 45 touchdowns since 2008, the most in the NFL, the 49ers will use many defensive looks. The same coverage or defensive philosophy just won’t work for 60 minutes against Johnson.

Cornerback Tarell Brown is “geeked” for the challenge, writes Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Brown and the rest of the 49ers secondary will likely need all available senses on Sunday night when the Lions arrive with All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson, who led the NFL in receiving yards (1,681), ranked second in touchdowns (16) and was fourth in receptions (96) last year,” Branch wrote.

CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach also discussed the challenge of stopping the player known as “Megatron” in their latest Matt & Mindi segment.

Maiocco caught up with Steve Young, who recently had his franchise record of 184 passes without an interception broken by 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Maiocco: “Smith has thrown 11 touchdown passes since his last interception. During that time the 49ers have also gone 26 consecutive regular-season quarters without a giveaway of any kind.”

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee looked at the development squad players on the 49ers roster and their impact in a Week 1 victory. Barrows: “Neither first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins nor second-round pick LaMichael James played against the Packers. But both were integral in preparing for them. During practice, Jenkins lined up as Rodgers’ favorite target from 2011, Jordy Nelson. This week, Jenkins has an even bigger assignment. He’s tasked with giving the defensive backs a taste of Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is five inches taller and at least 40 pounds heavier than Jenkins and who led the NFL in receiving yards last season.”

Steve Palazzolo of ProFootballFocus.com offers more analysis from San Francisco’s win in Green Bay: “The Packers did not attempt a run to the left of center all game. Probably a good idea as that’s where reigning PFF Defensive Player of the Year Justin Smith resides.”

49ers.com’s coverage included a story on the defense’s ball-hawking ways, a look at the offense’s emphasis on ball security, plus Kyle Williams’ growing confidence and a recap of Jim Schwartz and Matt Stafford’s conference calls.

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29 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Sept. 13”

  1. By Rsemp49ers4 life on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Were are the haters of alex smith?????? You all should learn too keep your mouth shut until you actually know what you are talking about!!!! Talking too the idiots out there who doubted smith. The guy has always been good, just needed the correct coach to unleash his potential and god given talent!!!!

  2. By bow9ers53 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    not so worry about c. johnson that much, our defense is gonna figure out how to stop him and theres no doubt in my mind that he’ll be limited in his receiptions and there running game will be total halt by our mighty defense, and alex will take care of the rest…….

  3. By jeromy on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    thats not fair, Steve Young was trying to make completions, Alex was trying to not get intercepted, there is a difference

  4. By 16280 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Uh Jeromy…no there isn’t. All QB’s try to make completions when they throw and avoid interceptions. Making smart reads and going with the high percentage play is what creates a turnover free streak, not just throwing it into coverage and hoping your guy can make a play.

  5. By bow9ers53 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    let me get this to ur head , again…the big difference is steve is retired and alex is very much active right now..don’t get me wrong steve is great qb. where talking about now …this guy alex will lead us , where joe and steve lid us and thats the SUPER BOWL;!!!! got that…..(bone head)…

  6. By gary potter on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy: you never give up do you. you make stupid statements like that and wonder why blog gets on your a$$. if you had a brain you would be dangerous, but since you don’y no harm no foul.

  7. By jeromy on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    ouch, the moron crew insulted me, how will i survive. watch the video, he still looks unsure of himself,scared,just not a leader. as good as the rest of the team is, i could step in there & win, so its not like hes marching the team downfield, as one analyst said “this is the first year that Alex is a contributer & not a spectator”

  8. By gary potter on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    yeah you could . but would you ?? first lineman in your face you woulds$$t your pants. big talker when there is no chance that would happen.LOL you are a joke

  9. By trob0 on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy/eleven years we get it you don’t know much about football. Stop getting on here cause your making everyone that much more dumb just reading your garbage. As for Sunday Alex and the 9ers are gonna rip the Lions a new one after that ridiculous handshake last year. If I still remember it I’m sure the whole team hasn’t either, which is just more ammo to add to the gunfight. Stafford throws 3 picks and Smith throws for over 300 yards. Goooo Ninnnnerrrrssssssssssssss!!!!!

  10. By dave g. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy, Analyst? Any schmuck can call themselves an analyst or expert. Theres analyst giving good reviews and bad reviews. You only going to extract the ones who say what you like??? You the d!ckweed who is unsure of himself, you lil petty insecure omega loser in life. Our team is doing great but you seem to always seem to have this obsession with Alex (win or lose-great game or weak game). Let it go loser and find another team that will give you Fantasy points at the QB position but lose games. You are trying to convince us that Harbaugh knows diddly about QB’s and no one is buying accept video game madden & fantasy geeks like you who never laced up and took or gave a hit. Yeah…you know we got your lil geek @ss figured out. HA!

  11. By dave g. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    It don’t take Sigmund Fraud to know that Jeromy was that kid who got picked on in school endlessly and never got the girl.

  12. By Basil on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    J-11 “one analyst said ” “this is the first year that Alex is a contributer & not a spectator”” what analyst said that, you lying sack of Sh!t.

  13. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    ok brainbruisers …if the niners even come close to the performance they gave at greenbay …it will be lights out for the lions and by the way niners by 14…yeeep….14

  14. By Basil on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Question I have is why do we give him what he wants (ATTENTION) If we stop replying to his stupidity, he’ll probably go away? Why not try it? I mean most of his post don’t deserve a reply anyway. Dave is right, the dummy needs attention or he’ll dry up and blow away, we could try it, eh?
    Replying to him is like trying to prove a negative ……..

  15. By ace on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    basil ur riight without a doubt, but even if the regulars who post here would glady ignore them, there would be new people who would be like “wtf” are you saying, and then we would have to expalin to ignore that jibberish, but im game cuz ur right , WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHAT A GREAT QB WE HAVE EVERY WEEK, IF YOU DONT GET IT, THAN I CANT EXPLAIN IT TO YOU,SORRY, GOOOO NINERS !!!

  16. By ace on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    so the last eleven touchdowns he has thrown since his last int, those were an accident i guess ur a genius jeromy really ?

  17. By ace on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    and by the way alex is being humble in his interview there,another one his many qualitities that make him a winner, jeromy u cant see that ? really ?

  18. By David Ham on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously …. I don’t comment very often, but these 2 bleeding morons are killing me. They ignore the fact that Alex OUTPLAYED Aaron Sunday, in all categories and had a QB RATING 30 POINTS HIGHER!!! Jeromy, 11, seriously, for the last time, go to any other teams boards and leave us TRUE, FAITHFUL, fans alone. Alex will be just fine. The team will be just fine. We don’t want or need your negativity on these boards any more. Get on board, or GET OFF THE BOARDS!!! Having said that, I have full faith in the ENTIRE team, top to bottom. I’m saying 12-4, home for the playoffs, and a 6th Lombardi Trophy. Niner born, Niner bred, I’ll be Niner Faithful even AFTER I’m dead!! And for the record, I remember watching Joe get drafted. I remember when Bill Walsh was named HC. I didn’t READ about it, I LIVED it. Even if Alex leads this team to 3 or 4 SB wins, these 2 frakkin morons will still grinch and moan.

  19. By David Ham on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, and the Niners win by 20, easily. Stafford threw 3 picks against the LAMBS, for cryin’ out loud!!!

  20. By jeromy on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Ace, there is a diffrence between being humble & not being sure of what you are saying, i think its the latter

  21. By ace on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    cant help but be reminded of when walsh took over as coach instiled his phillosophy, and the niners starting smoking fools left and right, all the way to the superbowl, and we almost always played against a qb with a stronger arm,blah,blah,blah,well guess what alex has a stong arm !!! soooo look out !!!

  22. By ace on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    back in the day when we came up against “strong” armed qb’s those games werent even close, because what that means is you are 1 dimensional, and when you stop that then what ?, teams that are harder to beat can run the ball and throw the ball,um see THE 49ERS !!! how can people not get that ?

  23. By dave g. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy…you an expert in not knowing or being sure of what you saying but know diddly about being humble so how in the world would you know the difference? You have got to be the biggest biased idiot there is. Alex outplayed Aaron Rogers and Stafford by far. Aaron threw to a LB and almost gave up a pic 6 if it were not for simply dropping AND you still going on about Alex’s every lil imperfection. Dude, you obviously biased & everyone see’s it but YOU! You such a dork.

  24. By dave g. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy..You can say the sky is pink as much as you want but we have eyes dumb@ss and so does our coach so STFU! You such a hater.

  25. By juan g. on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    9ers 45- lions 7
    here’s the scoring breakdown….Dixon rushing TD, Moss, Crabtree and V. Davis receiving TD’s, K. Williams punt return TD and an Akers FG

    A. Smith throws for 320-ish yards and runs for 30.
    Gore, Hunter and Dixon combine for nearly 250 yards
    Defense gets 4 turnovers, 9 sacks and holds the Lions to 250 total yards

    GOOOOO 49ERSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. By rjdniner on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the word on Jacobs?
    Is he going to be able to go this Sunday?

  27. By bow9ers53 on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    either way niners is gonna win and cover the spread…”NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  28. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    The bears blew it! they could have finished the packers off!

  29. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    First televised draft was in 1980?

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