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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 5

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 5, 2012 – 11:17 AM

The 49ers roster is littered with playmakers. Team photographer Terrell Lloyd and Kym Fortina were in New York to capture the 34-0 shutout victory over the Jets and collaborated to make this great photo gallery. Don’t forget to check out their “Biggie Head” gallery from Green Bay either.

San Francisco has jumped out to a 3-1 start in the competitve NFC West, where Arizona (4-1), St. Louis (3-2) and Seattle (2-2) have .500 records or better. Much of the 49ers’ success has to do with their offensive line, which has developed a strong rapport in its four games as a unit. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discusses the growth of the o-line and how they’ve improved since last year.

“Nobody is questioning the 49ers’ offensive line now,” Maiocco wrote. “In fact, the line might be the team’s strongest position on that side of the ball.”

Up next, the 49ers will have to try slow down Mario Williams and Buffalo’s defensive line, which is one of the best San Francisco will face all year. Tickets for Sunday’s 1:25 p.m. kickoff are still available through NFL Ticket Exchange. More stories about this weekend’s matchup can be found after the jump.

The 49ers would like to alert their Faithful Fans that the lower escalator at the Verizon gate will not be working on Sunday. This will affect fans sitting on the North Side of the stadium in even-numbered Lower Seating sections 26-44. The 49ers apologize for any inconvenience this may cause their Faithful Fans.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle also wrote about the improved offensive line. Branch: “The 49ers have invested in their front five – Staley, Davis and left guard Mike Iupati were top-28 overall picks – and they are now seeing healthy returns on those investments. Of course, those same pieces, along with center Jonathan Goodwin, were in place last year when the 49ers averaged 93.3 rushing yards in their first four games. What’s the difference? Staley cited a second year in San Francisco’s system for much of the improvement.”

Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com examined the challenge of trying to contain Bills defensive end Mario Williams. Bonagura: “RT Anthony Davis will get the lion’s share of the matchups against Williams when the Bills travel to Candlestick Park on Sunday, but there will be times where RG Alex Boone is assigned to Williams, especially when the Bills blitz from the edge.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spoke to members of the 49ers who said there is another Williams on the Buffalo d-line worthy of attention. Barrows: “The 49ers, meanwhile, say a more anonymous Williams – Kyle – is the top defender on the Bills’ line. The defensive tackle, who will draw Boone and left guard Mike Iupati at different times Sunday, leads Buffalo with 3 ½ sacks.”

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted that Anthony Dixon has reason to root for the Oakland A’s during the Major League Baseball playoffs. Inman: “Running back Anthony Dixon’s brother, Rashun, just completed his fifth season as a Single-A outfielder in the A’s farm system, splitting time this year between the Stockton Ports and Burlington(Iowa) Bees.”

Barrows also discussed the baseball fever that has caught hold in the 49ers locker room. Barrows: “Baseball has been a hot topic in the 49ers’ locker room recently, and not only because the two Bay Area teams are among the hottest as the playoffs begin. Kyle Williams is the son of White Sox general manager Ken Williams, and the 49ers wideout is rarely seen without a Sox cap.”

Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group lauded the 49ers coaching staff for its ability to out-think the opposition. Brown: “But with Jim Harbaugh and his pair of savvy coordinators at the helm, the 49ers aren’t just outplaying teams during their 3-1 start. They’re also outsmarting them. The head coach who keeps a photo of Bill Walsh taped to his office computer has restored the art of the chess match on both sides of the ball.”

Inman reported that the Bills will take a page out of the 49ers book and stay on the West Coast between road games in San Francisco and Arizona. Inman: “The Bills (2-2) will fly west Saturday, play against the 49ers (3-1) on Sunday at Candlestick Park and then spend the week in Arizona before facing the Cardinals (4-1) on Oct. 14. Arizona State will serve as the Bills’ practice site next week.”

Comcast Sports Net Bay Area interviewed Larry Grant about last week’s blocked punt, while NFL Films previewed the 49ers-Bills matchup and NFL Network spoke with Mario Manningham.

Scott Kegley and Taylor Price of 49ers.com break down key matchups in their latest Cover 2 presented by AAA. We also discussed Ray McDonald’s big role on the 49ers defense, Greg Roman’s play-calling and brought you press conferences from Roman and Vic Fangio.



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46 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 5”

  1. By bojo49ers on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    well ted ginn is back, kinda hoping b. jacobs will play this sunday, cuz this guy is gonna add another dimension in our running game, o-line is being phrase all over the league, no problem in that section, definitely defense is gonna be solid once again..special teams i’m pretty sure will have a field day, and I SENSES ALEX SMITH WILL THROW AT LEAST 3 T.D. IN THIS GAME…….(watch this..)

  2. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply


  3. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    the running game will score most of the points I only see alex with 220-225 yrds and a td,,,the defense will score the rest….

  4. By bojo49ers on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    thats a good stat.for alex, what ever it takes just get the “W.” right….

  5. By abrahamer on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    33-10 niners on sunday !!! GOOOO NINERS !!!

  6. By bojo49ers on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    that covers the spread 9 !/2….

  7. By ninerfanfromtonga on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    Looking at the Bills’ two divisional games, it looks like that defense (though good) can’t play 60 minutes. They got beat soundly by the Jets in the season opener, Patriots routed them in the second half last week after what should have been a game that they could have won if that defense held on. Looking back at those two games. I don’t want to be over confident, but the 49ers should kick the Bills’ a** all over the field. In fact, I know they will get their rear end handed to them…perhaps another shotout. Alex and company will handle that defense well after their (Bills’ D) initial 10 minutes of hardout football…after that, that defense will roll down hill from there. I look forward to another great performance from all three phases of our Team. Defense is going to limit that offense to minimal gains, the Special Team will not help out their offense in field positioning, and the Offense will come out and give that defense a headache with what we will call from here one the;…”they are playing a game we are unfamiliar with.”

    Goooooooooo Niners Gooooooooooo

  8. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    this is a trap game, the bills defense isnt as bad as they looked last week. the 1st half of that game they dominated the pats and were thrown for a loop when brady and belichik busted out the running game on them. we CANNONT be complacent.
    run the ball down their throats with gore kendall and jacobs,,still wondering who will be ceclared inactive for sundays game with jacobs being able to play

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    should have said declared,,,anyways,,,got four 1 & 1/2 lb. ribeye bone-in steaks soaking in teriyaki with roasted garlic marinate in the fridge today,,,those are gunna melt in your mouth after a 2 day soak and then on the grill,,,throw in some grilled bell peppers and garlic and wine sautaed portabella mushrooms,,and hope there is room for some ice cold coronas afterwards,,,,,

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply


  11. By bojo49ers on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    life is good eh; + a niner victory…..POOF……

  12. By rjdniner on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    Sometimes it these types of teams that nobody picks to win referring to the Bills that you cannot over look am sure that Jim and his coaching staff have been down that road many times, hey 49erdef you should try a low country boil for your next tailgate, when I came to live in the south my first one was great there’s a lot of meat and veggies that go in to it, take a few seconds and check it out. Have fun and take care. GO 49ER, S

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

    we should never overlook any team we play, thats a accident looking for a place to happen. Any given team, on any given sunday, can beat any given team!
    Another words one game at a time, I didn’t hear many of the talking heads picked the Rams?

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

    Still would like to see Roman open it up some, not talking about throwing the ball 60 yards all day, just about using some of the new toys we got Alex for Christmas!
    Given a chance I think if would be fun, eh?
    ps: 49erD chow`down have a good one!

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


  16. By abrahamer on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    i think the bills are better than their losses suggest,but they seem to suffer from not playing consistently for 60 mins, so run gore all over them, and make them tackle,cuz if they miss tackles sunday= touchdowns,and on defense same thing make our tackles quickly and we will be fine, GOOOOOOO NINERS,BEAT THE BILLS, BEAT THE BILLS, BEAT THE BILLS !!!!

  17. By abrahamer on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    i gotta freakin work sunday, wish i could join some of the awesome fans here at the stick, ill be wearing my # 11 alex smith jersey, and my heart is with you GOOOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  18. By abrahamer on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    in my mind the most basic aspect of football is tackling, and not being tackled, this defense can really tackle well, maybe best tackling team in the league, and on offense gore is really hard to tackle, hes really a freak of nature give him the ball, nobody can really cover vd hes always on awesome option, and mario m has amazing moves when he has the ball and nobody on him,all of our guys can bust one a defense,soooooo exciting to watch the chess match unfold, goooooo niners !!!

  19. By rjdniner on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Abrahamer you could be out here on the east coast we got to wait until 4.00 to see the game and right now it’s all about the falcons around here maybe next year they’ll come to the GA Dome or Jacksonville FLA …..GO 49ER,S

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

    so obvious alex is not trusted at goal line 3 running plays up the middle what a joke nice play to vernon but come on td’s not fg’s …you keep teams in it they will work and work to beat you. you have to destroy their will …alex holding the team back by his inability to do anything on the goal line …worst thing i ever saw …gore big play and vernon and then 3 runs up the middle how bout showing anything diff thatn always the same …bah

  21. By 49thsamurai on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hope all the not so well informed and maybe a little bit bias as well, people that keep hating on Smith and the Crab man (you know who you are) for no reason,will finally shut up and root for the Niners in it’s full rawness. Otherwise you will feel diminished when we win the Superbowl this year.

  22. By garygolfer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    11: you watching same game as me?? you are a joke AS399+ yds and you still hate on. get a life. 4+ 30 yd completions what more you want??

  23. By garygolfer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    should have been 300+ yds

  24. By garygolfer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    11: i keep telling you, when coach JH decides AS throws long he does fine. when he throws short he does fine, when he decides AS runs he does fine. you just don’t get it do you??AS as you can today doesn’t need to throw 30 times to get 300 yds only needed 24. not good enough for you?? so sad

  25. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    621 yards on offense, sets new franchise record,so who still thinks the offense cant preform at a very high lvl,scary thing is THIS IS JUST THE BEGINING, GOOOOOOO NINERS !!!!

  26. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    its really not about alex smith at all as much as we like to point the finger as if we could do better, this is an awesome team and awesome team preformance, they looked like they had a great week of practice,and that really does matter, hard work pays off,what did p manning and the broncos do today ? they lost,if they had frank gore with p manning, now that would be something, WE ARE THE FORTY NINERS,…YOUVE BEEN WARNED….WE STILL WIN…..LETS GO NINERS LETS GO!!!!

  27. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    ok so drew bress threw a td in 48 consecitive games, seting a new nfl record sooooooo, um the saints are still looking for a win, lol, i wouldnt trade alex smith for him, id rather have the guy with a bright future ahead of him than behind him, watch what alex does this year, while i laugh at those of you who doubt him

  28. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    11 you sound like ur mad about the niners blowing out the bills,i’m sooo happy when they win,and not just win but dominate and embaress the oppenent, what gives ?

  29. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    11 that staement is clearly a missed placed emotional outburst, are you ok ?

  30. By garygolfer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    abrah. no 11 isn;t ok. he has been sick for 7 yrs. no hope for him. after todays game he probably wont show up all week. that is the way of the cowards.

  31. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    how can you find something negative to say about this team right now are you kidding me, maybe you cant run a “west coast offense” like alex can on ur madden game,niners look soooooo good thank you everyone, goooooo go go goooooo niners !!!

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

    relax cowboy fans niners need to stay focused and be on point when it comes to waxing a team they should wax …way to keep on the gas and ramp up the score kaeper ….and yes i was amazed that alex threw a timeing route ….kudos

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

    nice game …actually great game we should have blown them out and we did ….focus now needs to be giants and that game will be a statement game we wax them and its on …we…being the team we like the niners for …that was for those who have to point out every little thing that peeps type …by the way peeps means people……

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

    fact niners dominated a team they should have 2 weeks in a row …..put on your gear for the giants game that will be the clincher …with our division going nuts we need to throw down the gauntlet and let all know …all roads go through SF…..alex had it easy ….giants wont be that nice letsw see how he does ….he runs the field like that on the giants he just might get the nod ….otherwise no more excuses …the line is fine the running game works …special teams are now suspect so dont get into that situation.

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

    grats to williams and dixon for TD’s…..the kaeper keeps scoreing and vernon nice game

  36. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    ok so bring on the giants we know them ,we oww them big time,giants game is a better measuring stick then the bills for sure,jacobs coming ? lets show them the niner natoin when they come to the stick !!! gooooo niners !!!!

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply


  38. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    there is NO FRIGGING WAY you are a fan of this team 11 years with alex

  39. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    what a joke, your the only one who thinks you know ANYTHING about ANYTHING. your use of a new term, “timing route ” is just another indication of your LACK of intelligence

  40. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    49d how were those ribs ? mmm good i bet,lol, NINERS NATION RIGHT NOW !!!!

  41. By abrahamer on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    this year its gonna go thru the stick to get anywhere, you gotta beat this team at home to win this division, I DONT THINK SO,come bring ur best, and bring some freaking doctors

  42. By 9erdog on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    lets get it right Alex Smith QB of the SF 49ers is waiting for a Nod from J-11 . yeah right, Please!

  43. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    they werent ribs they were bone in rib eyes steaks but they were very good,,,like alex and the 49ers

  44. By 9erdog on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply


  45. By 9erdog on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    why is it that J-11 aka garbage mouth! has no trouble post his garbage …? I take the time to put post some thoughts POOF so I try to copy`em just in case of a POOF and then POOF so I try to past`it and repost OHHH no “that post has already been posted” well if so ,, where then? maybe there being collected for a book ,,, well anyway they are going someplace and it not here!!

  46. By 9erdog on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    ” 0 2 Rate This
    grats to williams and dixon for TD’s…..the kaeper keeps scoreing and vernon nice game”
    J-11 tries to get a thumbs up, with a hollow complement !
    But he doesn’t fool anybody ,,, look 2 thumbs down! way to go!

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