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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 4

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 4, 2012 – 11:07 AM

The 49ers have turned the page from last week’s impressive 34-0 road victory against the New York Jets and have focused their attention to the Buffalo Bills for Week 5. Despite giving up 45 points in the second half of last week’s 52-28 loss to the Patriots, the Bills are stacked with talent at all three levels of defense. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle described the dangerous Bills team which is looking to rebound from last week’s tough loss.

“Head coach Jim Harbaugh said the Bills were ‘statistically a very good football team’ with a ‘solid’ defense that features the ‘best defensive line’ the 49ers have faced this season,” Branch wrote. “Not to be outdone, quarterback Alex Smith insisted Buffalo was ‘extremely talented on the defensive side of the ball, across the board.’”

The rest of the today’s Morning Tailgate takes a look at Buffalo’s front four, the problem Colin Kaepernick poses the Bills, Willie Mays’ visit to team headquarters and more.

Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com details Buffalo’s vaunted defensive front led by Mario Williams. Bach: “There is no denying the size and talent among Buffalo’s front four. The Bill’s starting defensive line is responsible for eight of the team’s 10 sacks.  Defensive tackle Kyle Williams leads the bunch with 3.5. But the 49ers are getting familiar with all of them.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com broke down the game film from last week’s win and praised the 49ers offensive line. Maiocco: “The thing that stood out the most after re-watching the 49ers’ offense was how well the offensive line played. The 49ers gained 249 yards rushing on 42 attempts (5.9-yard average) before the two kneeldowns at the end. And the pocket remained mostly clean for Alex Smith, as well as Colin Kaepernick on his one deep pass attempt.”

Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com shared the story of a 1992 game between the 49ers and the Bills that remains as the only game in NFL history that didn’t feature a punt. Bonagura: “San Francisco quarterback Steve Young threw for 449 yards and ran for 50, Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly threw for 403 yards and Rathman scored a touchdown, but the Bills’ 34-31 win is best remembered as something else: The only game in NFL history without a punt.”

Lindsay Wershaw of the Cornell Daily Sun wrote about Cornell students who have a chance to help design a pub for the new Santa Clara Stadium. “The stadium’s chief design officer, John Sergi ’89, helped co-teach the class and served as one of the judges. Other judges included Gideon Yu, president and co-owner of the 49ers; Greg Fender, senior vice president of sports for Centerplate, the company run by Sergi; and Scott Capstack, the architect for the new stadium.”

Matt Bowen of National Football Post used coaches’ film to break down Kaepernick’s touchdown run in the Meadowlands. Bowen: “when you run the ball with the QB, the offense picks up an extra blocker in the scheme. Smart call here from Harbaugh and an excellent use of personnel.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spoke to college coaches who faced Kaepernick in college. Barrows: “Kaepernick, who rushed for 4,112 yards in four seasons at Nevada, is causing similar headaches in the NFL.”

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted the difficulty of posting back-to-back shutouts on defense. Inman: “The only times (the 49ers have) won back-to-back games in shutout fashion were in 1961 under coach Red Hickey (49-0 at the Lions, 35-0 vs. the Rams) and in 1974 under coach Dick Nolan (34-0 at the Bears, 27-0 vs. the Falcons).”

Maiocco wrote about baseball legend Willie Mays visiting 49ers headquarters. Maiocco: “Baseball was the topic of the day because of a visitor scheduled to attend 49ers practice later in the day: Hall of Famer and sporting icon Willie Mays, generally considered the greatest living ballplayer.”

Maiocco also examined the depth of the 49ers at their skill positions. Maiocco: “If you’re 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, all of this is not a nice problem to have. Why? Because he does not consider it a problem at all.”

Inman wrote about Patrick Willis being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Inman: “Willis is also the face of a defense that ranks third in yards allowed per game (277.3) and fifth against both the run (79.5 ypg) and pass (197.8). Willis’ only other player-of-the-week honor came last season when he produced 18 tackles and recovered a fumble in an Oct. 9 rout of Tampa Bay.”

49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at Mays’ visit, Alex Smith’s impressive record since 2011 and comments from the Bills. We also posted press passes for Harbaugh, Smith and Donte Whitner.



Jed York and Jim Harbaugh meet with living legend Willie Mays.

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31 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 4”

  1. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    ahhh jed ….a young debartolo i the makeing and the best thing that ever happened to the niners on both parts …eddie and now jed have set the sights to win and win and win with no room for anything else gooooo niners ….

  2. By garygolfer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    what??? you post without bashing AS. can’t believe it is you, must be some one else return and claim your tarnished spot.

  3. By temper11 on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    “… win and win and win with no room for anything else.” ?? You’ve done nothing but declare that the 9ers simply CAN’T win with Alex Smith.

  4. By bojo49ers on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    another new york team coming to town this time, hopefully the only mario they’ll mention is our super mario (manningham) not the other mario w., coaching staff will figure out to stop this guy fr. going near alex smith, and no doubt alex will deliver where the ball is suppose to be, end zone baby!!!!!

  5. By bojo49ers on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    yeah!!! baby…..I’m in……”NINERS BABY!!!!!!!

  6. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    relax i was just saying that jed is a driving force to bring the niners back to the front and for a lng time ….now with that yes alex will again let us down in this game and others …this team is about the defense …plain and simple ….you guys even name the team after the defense …where are the names for the team because you think alex is the best and we cant win without him lol

  7. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    you all said oh moss and manningham and now alex will oen up the offense lol what a joke he throws more check downs than last year …the kaeper threw a deep one to moss wich opened up the game for the offense because the db’s were now backed off …simple really alex does not have the it factor to bring this offense where it needs to be to be a real force. any real qb would be scoreing 35 to 42 points most of the time and look good doing it ….sad for alex really …well not really he is a self made millionaire …all he had to do was play football in school and fake his way to a starting job …well done alex kudos for ripping off the organization and wasting a bunch of peoples time. The alex is all ready heading out the door and again he doesnt see the blitz comeing

  8. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    and thank you for your time and posts …gooo niners with jed and coach and well all the caoches …we have the best coaches in the league right now wich is the only reason alex even looks half as good as he does 1/4 of the time …his consistancy is just plain bad ….games take him over and he looks lost most of the time ….its the NFL wake up mediocre does not win superbowls and a non accurate QB who is inconsistant and plain dumbfounded after 7 years of playing in the league is not a winning combo …alex fooled all of the coaches and is fooling this one he must be a very talented talker ..he .should have been a lawyer …no wait …his scam of takeing millions for nothing is actually the best thing he pulled off …gratz

  9. By rjdniner on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    11YRs so you got a new set of drums that you can use with the same old song and dance routine. And you must still be afraid to answer my question about how long you’ve been watching the 49er, s….

  10. By rjdniner on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    if its only been 11yrs and all you watch is Alex you got problems …

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

    J-11 you’re a wast of time , and its sad that other posters that have something to say other then the same old BS that drains out your gills.
    Rans vs Zona, like to see Rams win this one, Fisher another good Head coach out of the 9ers system, he’ll have the Rams playing good fundamental football. Zona they always play us hard, I think the nfc-w is as tough as any division in the NFL!

    Pete Carroll may be second guessing his choice at QB, seems like he keeps on doing that, second guessing himself, eh?
    I’m looking forward to this game tonight I want them to be unforgiving to each other, with the Rams coming out on top.
    I like Fisher good coach to have in the nfc-w he’ll make us all better! enjoy the game all …

  12. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    11yearswithalex on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    “the defense can only do so much and with all the 3 and outs alex runs the defense will get more and more tired as the season goes on …just think if alex could sustain drives and keep the defense fresh the whole season …now that would win superbowls ….count it”

  13. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    11 really? you still really dont get the game of football, you sound like al davis on crack, you must throw the ball deep in order to win ? um no not now not in the past not even in the future, well maybe on ur madden football game cuz u cant execute a west coast offense, you blame alex for no good reason at all, got you that time GO BACK TO YOUR VIDEO GAME CUZ THIS IS THE NFL !!!

  14. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    the cards look flat right now, and rams nothing special 10 3 rams over arizona im first half zzzzz

  15. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    11 wrong this defense will get stonger as the season goes on because if they play like we know they can teams are going to get more desperate to beat us, which just makes it worse for them really, and same thing with this offense they will get stronger more battle hardened as the season goes on and wait till the nfc championship game

  16. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    and i cant wait to see alex smith in the playoffs again, he was awesome last year or did you forget,he’ll be even better this year just watch you will see # 11 alex smith, or go play madden video game,but you cant run a west coast offense by throwing away downs, sorry, check downs ? is how you win look it up

  17. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11 remember last year against the saints in the PLAYOFFS, when they managed to take the lead back from us with 1 min and change to go in the game ALEX SMITH didnt really have time for anything but throwing the ball down the field and quickly when they know we needed to throw,what happened ? 11>85 deep throw,saved the game right there, what happened next 11>85 TOUCHDOWN, threaded the needle on that one

  18. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    11>85 is already going down in history and you ad in some more awesome wr’s, stop whining about he missed moss in the end zone in a win really ? thats just whinning (i hate whinners) timing plays take time lol,and sometimes he might miss so just wait till you see the weapons we have going into the playoffs,gonna be awesome GOOOOO NINERS !!!!

  19. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    has anybody else even noticed that putting alex smith in pressure games at the highest lvl with a good team and a good plan hes awesome, he takes it way up,how many wins vs losses with harbaugh, and his playoff games he was extremly confident and prepared, thx coach we had the talent but we had no idea what to do with it, you proved that to us

  20. By garygolfer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    11 still can’t comprehend that the coaches not AS call the plays. perhaps if he did he would understand the game better. 11 look a coach JH with the play list covering his mouth. that is where the play is coming from. savy?? LOL

  21. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    and we are stock piling talent at this point, we have how many more picks next year? its gonna be even harder to make this team,which means more talented players wanna play here at every position, which means the players we have wil preform very very high to keep there jobs, i smell a dynasty, like before

  22. By abrahamer on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    this is really an awesome team we have, stacked with depth up and down the roster, ad in the best coaching staff in the league, this is my dream come true, GOOOOOOO NINERS , vs ravens in SUPER HARBAUGHBOWL , show him what we got here !!!!

  23. By phatalerror on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    It’s the Anti-Alex guy vs. the forum. I have no business here. I’ll move along.

  24. By abrahamer on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    if you are keeping score its anti alex guy 0 rest of the forum 49 !!! oh 49 to nothing

  25. By abrahamer on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    and this for all you fantasy football players, if i picked a fantasy team i would pick THE NINERS, but i would probabaly lose, cuz fantasy is called that for a reason this the NFL,lol GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!!

  26. By abrahamer on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    wow the cards looked bad, and stephen jackson might wanna,come be a 3rd down back here if he could even make this team, lol

  27. By abrahamer on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply


  28. By bojo49ers on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    i knew it, the cards r a pretenders team and the seahags has still a long ways to go, u can’t relay on a rookie qb, special on crunch time will mess up along the way, now the lambs is putting me a bit on the edge of my seat just a little bit, defense pretty much improving on fishers wings, but the way i see it, we are still the king of this division, we can beat these guys easy.. good morning and “NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  29. By rjdniner on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    I can understand maybe 1or 2 sacks per game but that last night was scary to say the least and when you don’t have a running back to hand the ball off to and almost losing your QB, s to injury, that’s why those front guys are real important, if the cards don’t fix there problem before we play them the Cowboy bunch are going to have a field day.

  30. By okcniner on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    .how horrible would it be to hate that your team is doing well? To hate Alex Smith as a 49ers fan would be miserable….11 years is kind of like a friend of mine from way back in the day……A lot of people in his family did drugs and he always talked about how unfortunate he was for having grown up in a family like this….then years down the road his father finally made the choice to become clean and sober and really changed his life. When he would be around my friend he would talk about how grateful he is for having fought through his shortcomings and how he has accepted the lord into his life. My buddy just couldnt take it, how dare his father for having put him through hell all those years and now be grateful for it all?? Guess what? My buddy has now been sucked into a life of addiction himself. That’s what’s happening to 11 years….he’s thrived on hating Alex Smith for so long that now his whole purpose as a 49ers fan has been stolen from him. 11 years……come back to us!! your misery is over!!

  31. By abrahamer on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    wow that reminds of a metallica song SAD BUT TRUE,lol

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