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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 1

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 1, 2012 – 11:16 AM

The 49ers got back to their winning ways on Sunday, shutting out the Jets 34-0 on the road to wrap up their 10-day trip from the Bay Area to Minnesota, Ohio, New York and back again. All 46 players contributed to the dominating victory, but it was backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick who stole the spotlight with his dynamic performance.

The second-year signal-caller provided a spark to the 49ers offense and was commended by his coaches and teammates on both side of the ball. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passed along the comments of starter Alex Smith, who was excited to see Kaepernick contribute on Sunday.

“Colin Kaepernick got his first extensive playing time of his NFL career on Sunday, as the 49ers sprinkled him into the game against the New York Jets,” Maiocco wrote. “And Kaepernick delivered with the first touchdown in the 49ers’ 34-0 victory over the New York Jets.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate features more headlines from the Week 4 victory in the Meadowlands after the jump.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com broke down video of Kaepernick’s big day. Jeremiah: “We thought we might see an unleashing of an athletic backup quarterback. Of course, we did. Colin Kaepernick was the guy and not Tim Tebow.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted how Jets Coach Rex Ryan expressed previous interest in Kaepernick. Barrows: “Ryan’s observation was amplified Sunday after Kaepernick made only a cameo appearance but managed to pick up 50 yards on five carries, including a seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That total includes two knee-downs for minus-4 yards at the end of the game.”

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed the dominant day of work by the 49ers defense. Branch: “For the fourth time in four opportunities during the Jim Harbaugh era, the 49ers rebounded victoriously from a defeat, thanks to a suffocating defensive performance.”

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group features Aldon Smith in his Sunday notebook. Inman also passed along images of the New York sports sections. Inman: “Smith nearly had his first career game with three sacks, but that fourth-quarter effort against Mark Sanchez was wiped out by a downfield holding penalty. Added Smith: ‘We knew Mark held the ball a little longer. We keyed on that.'”

Branch discussed Aldon Smith’s “double windmill” celebration that he unveiled after his first sack on Sunday afternoon. Branch: “Smith, who has 4.5 sacks this season, helped set the tone for the rout when he ended the Jets’ first drive with a five-yard sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. He capped the sack by running around the field with his long arms rotating like windmills, a celebration inspired by a video soccer game he was recently playing with rookie linebackers Cam Johnson and Darius Fleming.”

Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group commended Jim Harbaugh for leading the 49ers to a 3-1 start to the season. Poole: “Harbaugh doesn’t care what you or I or anybody else cares to call it. He doesn’t care what you or I or anybody outside his locker room thinks about his game plan.”

Branch talked about the impact of the 49ers staying in Youngstown, Ohio, for a week of preparation. Branch: “Sunday’s game started at 10 a.m. on the West Coast, but it didn’t feel like mid-morning for a team that had acclimated to another time zone. Quarterback Alex Smith cited the stay in Ohio as a reason for a fired-up pregame vibe.”

Maiocco also discussed the team’s success in the Eastern time zone. Maiocco: “The 49ers’ energy was particularly obvious on defense. The 49ers allowed the Jets only nine first downs — and three of them were courtesy of penalties. All three of the 49ers’ sacks of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez came on third downs.”

Barrows shared the mood from the 49ers locker room, where players said they were fueled by last week’s loss in Minnesota. Barrows: “Rogers and others cited a weak energy level in their surprise loss to the Vikings, a team that had won only three games the year before. There was no power outage in the Meadowlands. The locker room was alive and abuzz before and after the game, and the defense, a half-step behind Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder last week, smothered Jets Sanchez on Sunday.”

Maiocco provided a breakdown of the 49ers playing time on Sunday. Maiocco: “The 49ers did a good job of spreading the ball around in the run game, and it all began with backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s early entry into the action.”

Jon Marks of the Bay Area News Group spoke to Mario Manningham about returning to play in New York. Marks: “The 49ers appear to be liking Manningham, too. Coach Jim Harbaugh has unofficially designated him the team’s No. 2 receiver, behind Michael Crabtree but ahead of Randy Moss. With 21 career touchdowns, counting the postseason, over his four-plus seasons, the 6-foot, 185-pound Manningham has shown a knack for making the big play.”

49ers.com provided complete coverage of the 34-0 shutout victory (video/story/photos). Scott Kegley and Taylor Price broke down the matchup in their latest Cover 2 presented by AAA, and we also discussed the bounce-back win, Kaepernick’s big day in The Big Apple, the defensive domination and featured press conferences with Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith.



Thank you, Youngstown.

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28 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 1”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    ” NOOOO BODY !!! ”
    sundays home game cant get here soon enough, looking forward to welcoming our guys home and the whoopin’ we are gunna lay on the bills.
    this home game will define our home crowd as one of the loudest,,look,,seattle’s stadium was built to amplify sound, gazillinoaire paul allen saw to it,,dome stadiums of course are going to be loud,,,,but outdoor stadiums like arrowhead and our own bill walsh field at candlestick park take alot to make really noisy
    we shall make ALL 49er fans from coast to coast able to hear us this sunday

  2. By jfjlax on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply


    as a lifelong niner fanatic living in VA who has to stream games online (often illegally), i hope to hear the candlestick roar out here…. make it happen!

  3. By garygolfer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    it is to bad this blog has been ruined

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

    gary: ruined ??? I know just as many POOF’s as before but other then that ?

  5. By bow53 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    can’tbelieve my 1st.post did’nt go thru, theres no swearing on that thing?????

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

    my question is: will Alex finish the season as our starting QB.

  7. By rjdniner on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Now ive got to game plane for Colin and Alex on top of dealing with that def. That might be what the coaches are saying when there getting ready to face use……

  8. By garygolfer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    9erdog: what i meant was the loss of two-thirds of past bloggers with this new outfit.as for
    AS he will be niner qb unless he gets hurt

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    gary,you just have to be creative in your swearing techniques,like $hit, or a$$hole
    or, f, u,c k,,,thats how ya do it

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply


  11. By garygolfer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    49erdef: works for you goes poof for me. anyway great game yesterday a true team effort. i think we righted the ship.
    go niners

  12. By rjdniner on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    What would be super is to here that Colin gave the ball to his parents.

  13. By rjdniner on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    it,s suppose to be ( hear ) sorry for the misspilling

  14. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    as always the defense outshines a alex run offense ….alex is becomeing the victim of his own lack of skills. The jets ran the same looks that the vikings did and forced alex to make plays and call lots of audibales at thye line and force short throws alex never hit anyone on the run only wide open players as always ….same old alex is being exploited ….looks rough …home game should be a good win …as long as they dont look past em …….gooo niners keep striving to be better than the day before

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

    abra; your right that was a dirty hit Jacobs took denvers D plays dirty, they played Houston last week and I saw those hit they put on Schaub Nasty stuff ! 2 plays in a row helmet to to the head, next play 2 guys hit him helmet to helmet ripping his helmet off and tearing part of his ear off. There’s no reason for that stuff they ‘replacement officials’ garbage!

  16. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    oh and yeah babay kaepernick for QB ….game was flat and he ignited the game and look at the same o-line you guys were saying were bad ….people alex makes the rest of the team have to work so much harder ….alex is only concerned about his stats of no picks that is out the window and his lack of vision downfield is makeing the line work so much harder because they blitz alex because they know he cant handle it …or rather hurt em by throwing a screen or even hitting a hot receiver for 15 yeards to burn the defense and make em stop that garbage …say what you will …just as i have alex is still mediocre and dragging this team down

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    mind you he looks good at times as he should after 7 years in the league you think he would look like a vet but he is still a rook and always will be…..sorry alex Kaeper is getting ready and your job will be gone soon …happy retirement with all those millions you took and did not a thing

  18. By abrahamer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    lol ty i agree, denver is a dirty bunch, did we ever forgive them for the “snowball” incident, not me,wait does anyone even remember that game ? like what year it was in denver when that happened ?

  19. By abrahamer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith was average sunday not great not bad, but he didnt throw into triple coverage like cap did lucky moss got his hands on it, dont know how 3 defenders there dont pick that off, cap will be great someday probably soon,we are blessed again by having 2 awesome qb’s, kinda like joe m and steve y, would you bench joe m to put in steve y ? um no

  20. By abrahamer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    the thing i dont like about kapp it seems like his timing takes some time to warm up,in preseason anyway, cuz the nfl is a different speed than college, but im sure he’ll get his reps in practice and some games, and loved that he slid before the endzone to stop the clock instead of scoring thats using ur noodle kapp good job

  21. By garygolfer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    11: been waiting to hear you words of wisdom . i have told you before you know nothing about quarterback position. AS threw for less than 150 yards sunday, results 49ers win. get a newspaper and check how many qb threw for 300+ yards and lost. it is time you wised up to the fact that it is a TEAM GAME. not just one person.

  22. By melekekane13 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Long time 49er fans can remember when Steve Deberg was the starting QB. He was a good QB like Alex was 1n 2011. He was replaced by a guy by the name of Joe Montana mid-season and WALA superbowls galore. Smith gave us a great year (1 of 7) in 2011. It’s now time to repeat the 1981 season and bring in CK. When he is in the 9ers offence seems to play 110% better. So I think Colin right now is better then AS for the 9ers…

  23. By rjdniner on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    OK all you so called football gurus. Look at the QB,s that threw for a lot of TD,S and INT,S don’t need to mention there names we all know who they are , yes Colin is going to probably end up with the key ,s soon . Who has the quicker release of the three QB, s that we have. To me it’s TOLZIN he was the golden arm award winner did mention that before. I am behind what ever decision that Jim makes ….

  24. By 9erdog on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    yeah he looked good 16 out of 20 tries, not too bad, I’d have to say! ….. J-11 says we won inspire of Alex we lost because of Alex, sounds like a no winer!

  25. By 9erdog on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    well rjd, it seems to me that Jim has already made that decision! Yeah good play Kap, sliding no reason to rub it in we will see them again in the future!

  26. By 9erdog on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    we won (in-spite) of Alex we lost because of Alex, sounds like a no winer!
    J-11 says that Alex makes the O-line work harder? Now I always thought that blocking for the QB was the O-lines job and what they get paid for?
    Kap is an exciting QB who’s pretty quick and has a very strong arm, Tolzin is a pure pocket QB who looks very comfortable in the pocket. How this all works out is sometime down the road,
    but we do look pretty solid at the QB position for some time ??

  27. By bow53 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    alex is alright in that game, he did nothing wrong, C.K. come in the game cuz’its part of the game plan, and it work beautifully, i think utilizing 2 qb.in that point in time of the game is a genius call….and the score speaks for it self…..

  28. By phatalerror on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Test. (Why do two out of every three of my submissions end up being lost?)

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