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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 28

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 28, 2012 – 10:46 AM

The 49ers are about to wrap up their time in Ohio and that means no more Handel’s ice cream. The ice cream shop has been a hit with the 49ers — especially the team’s Pro Bowl specialists — given its location across the street from the team hotel in Boardman. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle stopped by for a scoop on Thursday night to see David Akers, Andy Lee and Brian Jennings. By the time he left, a few of the team’s linemen showed up.

Thursday’s practice session at Youngstown State University also featured a high-profile guest, University of Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean. Crean is Jim Harbaugh’s brother-in-law, and the two coaches already have a history together, as the 49ers coach served as an Indiana game manager at a Hoosiers game earlier this year. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com spoke to Crean about his observations from the 49ers practice at Stambaugh Stadium.

“Crean said he likes to watch defensive backs and offensive linemen in football, in particular, to develop ideas on how he can refine some of the drills for his basketball team,” Maiocco wrote. “He said he formulates ideas from watching defensive backs change direction and offensive linemen use leverage.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features headlines about Week 4 Niner Talk guest Anthony Davis, the Hall of Fame, NFL referees and more.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group passes along Frank Gore’s comments about Davis. Inman: “When Davis heard running back Frank Gore’s praise of him, well, now that elicited a huge laugh and smile from the 49ers’ third-year tackle. The adjective Gore used  to aptly describe Davis: ‘Dogness.’”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also discussed Davis’ return to his home state of New Jersey this week. Barrows: “At Rutgers, Davis played for hard-noses coach Greg Schiano and gained a reputation for his feisty play. He’s taken that east-coast mean-streak to the Bay Area. He teams with guard Alex Boone on the right side of the offensive line, giving that unit an edginess it hasn’t had since Derek Deese, Ron Stone and Jeremy Newberry played in San Franciscoa decade ago.”

Maiocco also wrote about Davis and his humble attitude despite the recent lofty praise he’s received. Maiocco: “(Greg) Roman said Davis has benefitted greatly from his first full offseason with the club. After being the No. 11 overall draft pick in 2010, his first full offseason of work with 49ers coaches was postponed a year due to the lockout.”

Barrows notes how the 49ers players and coaches are taking advantage of the unique setting in Ohio to put in extra work. Barrows: “Running back Frank Gore said he has had more time to study this week, too. Instead of going home in the evening, which he’d do if the 49ers were practicing in Santa Clara, he stayed up with backup center Daniel Kilgore on Wednesday night to look at film of the Jets and to work on pass-protection assignments.”

Branch writes that he expects Gore to be the focal point of the 49ers offense on Sunday vs. the Jets. Branch: “For his part, Jets coach Rex Ryan is braced for plenty of Gore on Sunday. Despite last week’s emphasis on the pass, the 49ers rank seventh in the NFL in rushing (141.0) and third in yards per attempt (5.4). Gore is averaging 88.0 yards a game and 5.9 yards a rush.”

Maiocco lists the 2013 Hall of Fame candidates, including all those with 49ers ties. Maiocco: “Former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young and offensive guard Larry Allen, who played his final two NFL seasons with San Francisco, are among a group of 13 first-time eligible nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Barrows wrote a column to welcome back the regular NFL referees. Barrows: “More than anything, the brief but turbulent reign of the replacement refs shows how good the regular refs have been. It also shows how mind-bogglingly fast the NFL game is and how much blown calls are magnified when there are 10 camera angles and everyone watching at home has a high-definition television.”

Rich Cimini of ESPN.com takes a look ahead to the 49ers vs. Jets matchup. Cimini: “Basically, the 49ers are what the Jets (2-1) aspire to be — a Ground-and-Pound team that controls the ball, makes the quarterback a game manager and plays great defense and special teams. Let’s see if the Jets can out-49er the 49ers.”

49ers.com’s coverage included a Cover 2 Preview of the Jets matchup presented by AAA and a photo gallery of Thursday’s practice. We also discussed Patrick Willis and the 49ers defense, coaching ties between the 49ers and Jets, Frank Gore’s work ethic, 49ers Hall of Fame hopefuls and press conferences from Vic Fangio and Greg Roman.



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31 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Sept. 28”

  1. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    im sorry jerry but im still mad at eddie d, who the f gets caught in a federal judge sting, you jepordized everything for ? some amount of money ? really greedy stupid thing to do and it cost us the 49er fans,suffering with none at the top who knew anything about football, for how long ? im gonnna say no eddie d in hof not now not ever

  2. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    and as for sunday,frank gore 5 yards a carry, give him the ball plz alot, hand it to him and then throw it to him, he’ll run wild on you,which makes evryone else single covered at best,protect alex smith and he’ll do fine,we match up pretty well against them,if we can get them off balance on d, with our running and throwing,we’ll hold onto the ball more than they will, which puts pressure on their offense to score on our defense,i like our defense with a lead, teams need to abandon run to throw,lol turnover time,look for some turnovers sunday i’m just saying GOOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERS!!!!

  3. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    the next time a qb runs up the middle i wanna see bowman or whitner change his mind about doing that ever again

  4. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    and dont forget jacobs is gonna smash on the jets,hand him the ball when you need a couple for a first, and throw him the ball on screens he’s a beast !!!

  5. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    and as for “conservitive” play calling thats a funny word cuz caliing high percent plays that lead to wins should be called “winning” play calling , ask coach walsh, our other coach, the way i see it we’ve really had only 2 good coaches, walsh and harbaugh will go on to be compared to him and his teams after we win superbowls !!!

  6. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    did anybody think montana was any good before coach walsh,coached him nooo but obviously he was great,did anybody think alex smith was really good before harbaugh coached him,,they will now just you watch # 11 ALEX SMITH GOOOOOOOO NINERS GOOOOOOOO !!!!

  7. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    this is now officially my blog for blogging the most lol

  8. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    finally a video without trance music lol BEAT THE JETS,BEAT THE JETS,LETS BEAT THE JETS GOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!!

  9. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    and the team spending time together is a great idea maybee they should do that like every week,lol, its just 16 or 18 weeks guys,i work 6 days a week like 52 a year, just saying

  10. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    i havent watched much of the jets games, but if they line up teebow in the backfield or slot and get him the ball,he’s gonna get hit and tackled quickly,do you really want to put teebow in the open field with the ball so someone like bowman can hit him ? BAD IDEA, dont try that on sunday,we have soo many hitters on defense, GOOOOO NINERS!!!

  11. By rjdniner on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Abrahamer .the media is the one to blame for the tebow hype he got lucky against the Steelers and am looking forward to seeing the sledge hammer brother’s on tebow .hoping Alex has a game that makes everyone forget about last week .besides 11yrs and tebow would be good together ….

  12. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    lol ur right id like to see them both tackled in the field

  13. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    sledge hammer time !!!

  14. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    in spite of the stats for the jets and the 49ers,I believe that for the rest of the year,every team we play will play us harder than anyone else on their schedule. I really think all this talk of super bowl bound and yadda,yadda,yadda, is quite pre-mature. we will be hard pressed to achive last years success. their is a way to beat us and the vikings exploited it, giving the rest of the league a format to follow. with that being said, the media says we arent going downfield with all the new weapons we have and blah blah blah,, I believe that coach harbaugh is saving all our new offensive schemes and formations for all of our divisional games. give them something they have never seen before from us,for lets not forget to goal at the outset of every season is to win the nfc west and thereby make the play-offs

  15. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    to break it down simply, we are playing with alot of stuff we used last season, formations and line calls and things of that nature. saving all the new things of greg romans offense for when we REALLY need it. I mean why else would coach harbaugh line up our busses as a wall to prevent prying eyes to what we are working on,,,,in practice,,,,I really do believe that harbaugh and roman are saving things for later in the season, we play a string of nfc west opponents really close together later in the season and wouldnt it be nice to spring a ton of new things on them that they have never seen before?? especially with the way seattle and arizona are playing right now, we are going to need some new looks to nail them with,,,cant wait till they get back home,,for there shall be no defeating the 49ers at bill walsh field at candlestick park

  16. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    my buddy thinks that gore will go off on the jets this week. exclaiming that the jets are so bad at defending the run his fantsy football team will blow up with gore. I dont believe in the whole fantasy football stats and opinions of those so-called experts. rex ryan has had great run defneses throughout his career with every team he has ever been a part of,and I think that this sunday will be no exception. look for alex smith to put the ball up more in this game than any other dating back to last seasons home game against tampa bay. this may well be the game that we will be thankful for brandon jacobs being on our team. it is going to be a slobber knocker of a game…mark sanchez wont be eating any hot dogs on the sidelines during this game I can tell you that much for sure

  17. By 9erdog on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    POOF !

  18. By rjdniner on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    49erdefense and we haven’t seen much of Jenkins or James just maybe they could get some playing time during the jets game and like you mention Alex could get some deep throws in and with the linebackers that we have I really don’t think there going to pull that kitty cat sh-t on use, and the big ugly, s up front are going to have fun. I enjoy reading your posts Take care

  19. By 9erdog on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    9erD, I think this is a very big game for us, I really believe we need to make a statement, that last week is not going to happen again. I still believe the viks saw something in the 4th qt’s of first 2 wins, both the packers and lions came too close to bringing those games into overtime.
    There was no reason for either game to come down to that, we need to finish games better, when you have a team down you need to keep`em. Teams are to good to let them think that they even had a chance to tie the game.
    We need to build a lead and keep it, never give the other team the thought that, that they could have won! WE want them too feel the way we did after the viks were through with us!

  20. By starshockeysoxbaseball on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    @rjdniner we haven’t seen much of Jenkins and James because we haven’t needed them. They are almost mirror images of both Manningham and Hunter. I was a little surprised with the draft picks, but the more weapons the better.

  21. By highflight49ers on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    “Harbough’s 49ers Battalion”
    “Roman’s Commandos”
    Capt. A Smith, Capt. F Gore’s
    “The Argonauts”

    “Fangio’s Marauders”
    Capt. P Willis, Capt. J Smith’s
    “The Claim Jumper Squad”

    “Seely’s Strike Force”
    D R Akers
    “The Tony Montana Kick Off Squad”
    A P Lee
    “The Rough & Ready Punt Squad”
    T Ginn, K Williams, K Hunter
    “The Gold Fever Return Squad”

    GO NINERS OORAH !!!!!!!

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  26. By 9erdog on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    the past is history, going forward one game at a time!

    to all ,,, have a great game today !

  27. By 9erdog on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    let’s keep the jet on the tarmac, take the wheels off the sucker!

  28. By 9erdog on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    PS: I like that score … lets do it!

  29. By rjdniner on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    The jets have no more jet engines looks like there going back to WW1 Biplanes. And Ryan as big as he is couldn’t get into the pilot seat anyway ….

  30. By 9erdog on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    WOW !

  31. By upick12 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Reblogged this on upick12's Blog.

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