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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 18

Posted by Taylor Price on September 18, 2012 – 10:28 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have moved on from a 27-19 win over the Detroit Lions to prepare for another NFC North opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.

After two wins over 2011 playoff teams to start the year, the 49ers are one of six undefeated teams left in the NFL. San Francisco (2-0) sits atop the NFC West along with the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

The 49ers, however, stand alone in other rankings, most notably NFL power rankings posted from various sports websites. ESPN and NFL.com both have the 49ers as the No. 1 team in the NFL through two weeks.

ESPN’s Sports Nation also lets you rank the NFL teams all yourself.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looks at the future roles for veterans on the 49ers offense. Maiooco: “Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn have not played in the 49ers’ first two games of the season. And Randy Moss has played fewer than one-third of the team’s offensive snaps. That could change in future weeks, and coach Jim Harbaugh likes the mystery to build.”

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee looks at the extraordinary people who’ve spoken to the 49ers in the Jim Harbaugh era. Barrows: “Jim Harbaugh has invited colonels and generals andNavy SEALs to talk in front of his team. He had actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn on the sideline during Sunday’s game and in the locker room afterward. But two of the figures he’d really like to have on the premises are Willie Mays and Muhammad Ali.”

Barrows also offers his game film evaluation form the 49ers-Lions game. Barrows on Joe Staley:  “The 49ers left tackle bounced back with a vengeance against the Lions. Staley got into the second level of the Lions defense all game long and he was one of several linemen with big blocks on Frank Gore’s standing up one-yard touchdown run.”



Cornerback Tarell Brown offers a glimpse into the team’s Week 3 mindset.

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42 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Sept. 18”

  1. By jeromy on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    see what a huge difference this is? if Alex would have just listened to me from the start, we would have won superbowl last year! now for the final step, lets try a pumpfake, just one

  2. By Micah on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Wow here Jeromy is still trying to bash our QB trying to find even one fault with him and its a pump fake lol wow your dumb. Alex is clutch and just like I said all offseason he was gonna prove Jeromy and all the critics wrong this is his year and he is our QB of the future. Just quit Jeromy no one wants to hear you

  3. By jeromy on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    my posts are for the benefit of Alex, you see hes improving because he listened to what i had to say(way above most of your heads) so like i said, if he can find a pumpfake somewhere in his bag of tricks he could start to be a decent QB

  4. By Micah on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Thats all I wanted to hear Jeromy is you renig on all you posts the past 8 months where you did nothing but say Alex sucked, and if you actually thing Alex Smith is sitting at home reading these blogs wow your really dumb then. I don’t wanna have to come on here and correct you because we can go back and look at all you posts, never once did you say well Alex just need to improve a little bit and change some things… No you plainly said Alex sucks never will be a good QB and that he would never amount to anything. All I said for the past months to your posts was wait and see because I saw the changes in Alex already and yes hes not perfect but he is improving a lot every week and he is the man

  5. By iswordsman on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, to a lot of folks, not having an ELITE QB in the town that invented them… sucks.
    That said, the greatest change in Alex’s game has been in TRUSTING himself to pull the trigger. I freakin love it too, the lad is GAMING to a faretheewell.
    Even tho he lacks the quick release of the top 5 or so, he is getting it done in a spectacular way and all of us so called critics may have to re-think what ELITE is! GO ALEX, GO 9ERS!! BUT HEY BUD, RANDY IS OPEN…. just sayin

  6. By bow9ers53 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply


  7. By bow9ers53 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    like i said before (j-11) u don’t know nothing about the game of football, just do us all ia favor & post ur comments on diff. sites and i a sure u they’ll agree w/u 100% cuz there all fools like u, and one more thing alex will never listen nor read ur post…

  8. By bow9ers53 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    on the other hand d. goldson was all over the place last game, i see another ronnie lott in the making, my say here is he deserve to have a new contract , lets lock up this guy and so is my main man navarro bowman, “NINERS BAby!!!!

  9. By Alex on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    If I was an NFL quarterback, I would totally search for playing tips in the fan comment zone on the team blog.

  10. By bow9ers53 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    but ur not (j-11) change ur name a….

  11. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    this is funny, you may want to check it out? 2008 ha ha

  12. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    J-11 why not just man up? you’re wrong you know it we know it
    you’ve gone as far as calling us the dummies, and here you are trying to joke your way out! won’t work dude! we’re going for it. So your best bet is to Man up!

  13. By CJay on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Wow… This Jeromy guy is delusional… LMAO. I think anyone questioning Alex Smith’s ability must be about 58 years +. Dang, this guy has gotten better every year and led NFL QB’s in comebacks last year. Had Alex stepped into Rodgers situation, he would have success early as well. Now we have an identity, which most teams cannot say. What the heck are we going to do with 13 draft picks next year? There isn’t any room! lol. Oh well, great problem to have right?

  14. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    gary, here in the portland area on a radio station sport show, one of the talking heads is Josh Wilcox yeah the son of HFer Dave Wilcox gotta bring memories, eh?

  15. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    CJay: back up a minute Dude, the called (58 +) are Fans that know a lot about QB’s past and present. You’re taking in a lot of 9er Faithful when you talk stupid like that, thats kind of a dumb thing to say really. You’re talking about fans that know the history of our 9ers, who have seen that 9ers history in the making. Do you even know what I’m talking about, I doubt it?

  16. By J.R. Baca Albuquerque New Mexico SF 49er on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you know so much jeromy, you should try out for the coaches position LOL.
    Give me a break, your funny Jeromy, you bash Alex and then you take all the credit that coach Jim Harbaugh taught Alex. Alex is not listening to you, stop dreaming, WAKE UP, it is all Alex, he has always been good

    Go 49ers

  17. By Bhenry on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    To those of us who are fans of the niners lets be proud of that and lets not respond to any of the outside noise because that’s all it is is just noise. The niners have the best team and any one who has something bad to say about them are just mad because their team sucks.

  18. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    stroke each other some more guys …wow and by the way alex is still alex his grasp of the offense is there finally ..prob because it is college based …as long as the niners win and look good doing it i dont care and give it up i am me and jeromy is one of your alts …so obvious trolls ….goooo niners and yeah defense is the beast not alex …..he is same why do you think they shut down the offense at half time …and rely on the defense

  19. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply


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


  21. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    still waiting

  22. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy is proving once again that he is truely the biggest idiot ever known to man

  23. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    “why do you think they shut down the offense at half time ”
    … so they can make the game more exciting ?
    … don’t want to get the other team and at us ?
    … trying to keep the spread down ?
    … I know! so you can figure out what happened in the first half but it doesn’t seen to work. because in reading your post I can tell that you don’t have a clue, what a wast!

  24. By johninchina on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    great game on all fronts against the Lions . . . remember, 60 mins in a game, not 57 or even 59 !!! And Brad Seeley, please reconsider your formation on the onside kickoffs; that is more drama than necessary and every game seems to produce drama of its own . . . i would prefer more points, touchdowns, but i’m not complaining . . . a “W” is a “W”, right ? What a team !!! thank you coaches and players for putting your best effort into your work, go beat those Vikings. Go 9ers !

  25. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    J-11 I remember you saying something about Alex watching manning play this preseason, Alex could Watch a real QB play,
    well that real QB had 3 picks in the first QT last night.
    And you think Payton’s all that hot, tell me how come he’s only won one SB? tell me J-11 why he hasn’t he won more SB’s ?

  26. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    johninchina, I couldn’t agree with you more, just 2 games in and I understand that. But these endings are a bit tough on this guy, now I don’t mind a blowout matter of fact I kind of like`em! I hear the talking heads say “it wasn’t as close as the score indicates” well you couldn’t prove that by me! Keep up the good work guys!

  27. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    can anybody out there in 9er land direct me to the place where I can got a custom 9er jersey made! thank you all

  28. By dave g. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy and Eleven have been more than proven wrong and they still trying to somehow convince us that they are and have been right. Look dumb@sses. You are the two idiots who wanted to pay Peyton (3 picks in one quarter) Manning in the offseason for crazy money or get Matt Flynn who is riding the bench behind a 3rd round, 5’10” rookie. You can say its defense all you want but Peyton is a has-been and Alex is a is-now so get used to it geeks. Just think where we would have been at with your genius moves. HA! You such dorks.

  29. By gary potter on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    basil: yes i remember dave wilcox. not to change subject but my wife is from portland, born and raised there. small world.

  30. By dave g. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I said it before and I will say it again. Manning is a choke artist. His playoff record is pathetic for being a “great one”. Just saying…BTW: Jeromy isn’t even man enough to admit he is wrong. We all know and remeber what you been saying dumb@SS. YOU REALLY THOUGHT WE WOULD FORGET? SO NOW YOU CHANGING YOUR TUNE & TALKING ABOUT A PUMPFAKE WHEN MANNING THROWS 3 PICKS IN ONE QUARTER BUT HE IS GREAT CUZ HE IS PEYTON? HAHAHAHAHAHA…you the biggest joke on these blogs. Like do you really believe your own BS?

  31. By gary potter on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    basil: more on dave wilcox. one of the best linebackers 49ers ever had, until patrick willis. hall of famer .

  32. By dave g. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy = hopeless = loser = pathetic = Browns Fan

  33. By dave g. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven you aint fooling no one with your BS. We know what you have been saying. Have some dignity and just admit you were wrong. Now your pathetic @ss is going to try to get a small win over the 2 or 3 who were down on Crabs????? You are sooooooo lame and we all see it. DO YOU REALLY THINK WE DON’T?

  34. By Basil on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Here the way I see it with J-11 and Payton! I’m pretty sure that J-11 would like to say that Payton can’t win with out Talent!
    But he can’t say that can say that can he? Because if its works for Payton … I’m just saying !
    Oh yeah speaking of Payton and Super Bowls ? Yeah ahhhh seems to me he threw a pick in the Super Bowl, eh? Maybe the
    guy should knock off the commercials and get back top work, and earn some of that money he gets. BTW J-11 Alex doesn’t get that kind of scratch, He’s a TEAM PLAYER! he’s taken cuts alone the way. So why don’t you ((POOF-OFF))

  35. By ace on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    yes poof off lol and thank you basil that post was funny to see, nolan,is where now ?

  36. By abe on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    “what we have here is a basic faure to comunicate”, doesnt anyone understand anymore ? why this team wins ? we have talented players making plays all over the feild for 60 mins, at all positions we outplayed the oppenet, 2 weeks in a row against playoff teams we never tralied yet and those games werent even really close, so IM LOVING IT ! ITS NINER TIME AGAIN LETS GO GET SOME !!!

  37. By abe on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    i think we had a talented team before harbuagh showed up, and now im right and ty coach

  38. By ace on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    so im just gonna say the only way the vikings can beat us sunday,and they wont, is really if we take them lightly,they looked like a 3-13 team when we palyed them in preseason,which means nothing,any team can suprise you on sunday, im gonna love every minute of it,GO NINERS GO GET SOME !!!

  39. By truefaith49 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    offense had three tds on sunday to the lions 1,,,,, there is no holes in the niners game,,ive even heard some analyst say the texans should be no 1 over the niners but who was their first two games again? c mon man haha how many ints dose alex have already this season??????? big fat zero,,2 tds a game is a good average to have,, there is no worry about the offense so far teams cant handle the giant package or the davis wheel route so why open it up when the important division games are still yet to come the nfc west is improoved but they will not see the offense still waitin for them have faith in coach,,,,, OBVIOUSLY HE KNOES WHAT HE DOIN,, ps alex has a 100 plus qb rtg against two playoff teams,,one had as many turovers as the niners last year get real what more could you ask for?

  40. By latenite9ersfan on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    well on to the real matter at hand: minnesota vikings may offer this niner team the toughest test its faced all season. They have a D-line, unlike the lions, and they can run the ball for realz unlike either of our other victems er… opponents. And Ponder to Harvin is also looking like a legit tandem. WE GOT A FIGHT ON OUR HANDS!!!!

  41. By ace on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    who’s got it better than us ? NOOOOOOOOOBODY !!!!!! GOOOOOO NINERS !!!!

  42. By abrahamer on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    i love how noone has posted any help on how to blog here now, so i signed up at 49ers.com > wrong, if you sign up with wordpress.com you can blog again > right, but it acted like there was something wrong with my connectivity > wrong, so go sign up at wordpress.com for ur new username this is ace by the way hope to see evryone back here blogging soon

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