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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 22

Posted by Taylor Price on October 22, 2012 – 10:22 AM

San Francisco 49ers fans are somewhat spoiled when it comes to special teams. It’s understandable though.

After all, it’s hard to notice and appreciate all the efforts of All-Pro, Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee when everything he does looks so routine.

Lee’s five-punt effort last week against Seattle, however, wasn’t overlooked by respected Sports Illustrated football writer Peter King, who listed Lee as his Week 7 Special Teams Player of the Week. King ranked San Francisco as his No. 5 overall team, too.

The nine-year veteran punter continues his stellar play with a 47.5 average on his 26 punts, including 14 inside the 20-yard line. Lee placed 28 punts inside the 20-yard line last season and is on pace to beat that mark this season.

According to King, Lee’s booming right leg blends perfectly with San Francisco’s roster.

“Jim Harbaugh knows the kind of team he has. It’s a field-position team. His passing game is not explosive, but his running game is very good, and his defense mostly suffocating,” King wrote in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column.

“On Thursday night, Lee, the superb punter for the Niners, played right into Harbaugh’s plans. He punted five times. He pinned the Seahawks back at their 4-, 33-, 14-, 9- and 6-yard lines. (Average post-punt drive start: 13-yard line.) Seattle had five punt-return yards all night. Niners 13, Seahawks 6.”

King also gave praise to the interior of the 49ers offensive line for their dominant running in the second half of the 49ers win.

“Left guard Mike Iupati, center Jonathan Goodwin, right guard Alex Boone. You want to see how to wear down a defensive front? Watch the three men on the Niners offensive line batter a very good Seattle front seven (and tackles Joe Staley and Antony Davis played well too) for 175 rushing yards on 32 clock-eating carries,” King Wrote.

“My favorite run of the Thursday night win over the Seahawks: Early in the fourth quarter, Frank Gore took a handoff from Alex Smith. Boone cut left to erase defensive lineman Jason Jones, Goodwin blasted out to smother defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and Iupati, foraging for a victim, ran ahead to clear out middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Gore was off to the races. Gain of 37. This is what these three guys did all night for Gore and Kendall Hunter, particularly late, when their physical dominance showed.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com also took note of San Francisco’s interior running success. Maiocco: “(Frank) Gore had six runs between the guards that gained 95 yards (15.8 average).”

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News notes that the 49ers are now alone in first place atop the NFC West. Inman: “It took until Week 7 but the 49ers are alone in first place. It also took a third consecutive loss from the Arizona Cardinals, who fell 21-14 at Minnesota. The Cardinals (4-3) host the 49ers (5-2) next Monday in the 49ers’ first road game since their Sept. 30 shutout of the New York Jets.”

NFL Films offers a sneak-peak into Wednesday night’s “Eddie DeBartolo: A Football Life” special.



Big game tonight, winner goes to the World Series.

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26 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 22”

  1. By BOO WADE on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply


  2. By bow53 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    any news fr. frank g.anyone??? hope his fine, i heard he got a bruised rib,good thing its like a semi- bye, got time to recover…i really would like to see jacob in action any time soon, i believe he’ll contribute huge in our running game….looking forward for monday night’s game….”GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!

  3. By 9erdog on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    well Gore gets 10 days to recover then 13 days till we play again, that should give Roman plenty of time to get EVERYBODY into the game.

  4. By 9erdog on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I know I keep going on about this (everybody) playing, but it just doesn’t make any sense that 1, Jenkins a speeder, and 2. James, a very Quick back, haven’t played one single snap! and we’re at the halfway mark. And Moss we’re using him as a decoy? and he’s being very good teammate about that!
    But do you really think he would have signed with us, if coach would told him he was going to be use as a decoy? And its not like we couldn’t use these guys!!!

  5. By bow53 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    i believe J.H. is preserving moss in the later part of the season cuz’of his age,he might not last long if we utilize him often,but i’m sure will be seeing a lot of him during crunch time or playoffs, about those to 1st pick i hear u bro.we need to use them every now & then., jacob is my concern here , he got to see action yet…..or bottom line the roster is waaaay to deep…….

  6. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    well,its been such a busy week around the city since the 49ers beat the seahwaks and their rule breaking cornerbacks with the sf giants getting to game 7 of the nlcs that I havent had time to chime in on the 49ers.. 1st, brandon jacobs,,
    im sure we will see jacobs on monday night. 2nd lamichael james injury has not been that big of a deal. and the reason he hasnt even be active on gameday is because we needed the active roster spot for a LB or CB on gameday., and 3rd,,aj jenkins is having trouble learning the playbook, this I have heard from someone on the training staff pertaining to jenkins,,its only a matter of time before coach harbaugh shows the rest of the league as to why we drafted jenkins,now that clark haggans has been added to the 53 man roster we should expect someone else to be added as well,,will that be james for monday night? there is alot of cloak and dagger stuff going on in the 49ers front office and I for one cant wait to see the result of all the hard work harbaugh and balkke have in store for the rest of the league,,,,,,G0 49 NINERS GO 49ERS,,

  7. By 9erdog on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    8 games into the season and their still coaching him up, Wow!
    So all they drafted was pure speed? ha! unbelievable ! But hey some people have a harder time book learning! And I want nothing but for him to be Very successful, just wouldn’t want to see another J.J. ack!
    ps: our coaches are all that smart, and I know that James is very good, he played close by! But Jenkins I don’t know anything about him, but the talking heads thought he could have been a later round pick? Well we’ll see! When he does play though, it will be like an unveiling.
    Zona, rather play them after a win then a loss, they always give us grief anyway, a win will be just great!

  8. By will on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to see Jacobs in the game on short yardage plays. Does not sound like he will play again this week, based on JHs comments. Also Jenkins so far has been a bust in my opinion. If it’s true he still does know the playbook after almost 1/2 way into the season, then how quickly will he be able to make adjustrments when he gets jammed at the line of scrimmage and knocked off his tracks OR if Greg Roman leaves for a head coaching job (everything I’ve read he is a strong candidate), will he “take forever” again to comprehend the offense….??
    Not sure about this years draft picks.

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    hey,remember,its all talk,and dude from the training staff might just be giving his opinion on jenkins, but somewhere above someone asked if jacobs and james were active who would we make inactive? that is a very good point, untill we need them we may not see them active at all,,lets remember what we all were saying before the pre-season started,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,we have great players and it takes time to bring it all together, the team playing best in late dec is the team that plays in feb.,,, I BELIEVE,,,GO 49ERS !!!

  10. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    woah hold the bus …you mean alex will need another coordinator ….man another 4-7 years for him to get back to this point of being slightly above average ..yet more towards mediocre……

  11. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    i sure hope the coach has a plan for that …alex’s track record with burning through coordinators is one for the record books ….i wonder why …hmmm lets see…..alex is not all he was suposed to be and every coordinator has had to move on because of it rather they took other jobs or got their coach fired ….it all leads back to the QB haveing to have 3-7 years to learn a playbook and your bothered by some drafted college students in their first season with our team being so deep ……i would be more concerned about the colapse of alex and his check down game that he sticks with and forces the coordinator to creat 10 plays so alex can dump off and not have to throw deep because we all saw what happens when alex can not run his checkdown game ….he throws picks and takes sacks and makes the whole team suffer and get blamed for the loss when it is he who is to blame because he refuses to throw the ball deep ….even to get the DB’s to at least think about him going deep ….instead of cramming the line and makeing the team look foolish (giants Game)……when are you guys going to be tired of the pain and agony of alex ….the league still laughs at us for starting him and relish everygame to inflict more pain on out team because alex can not adjust after 7 years he still has to have his hand held

  12. By abrahamer on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    WRONG,WRONG,WRONG AGAIN, so alex smith got coach singletary fired wrong singletary wasnt ready to be a head coach, that was obvious, 11 the above statement u made is delusional, get a grip buddy

  13. By dave g. on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I see 11 Years still thinks he is smarter than everyone else when it is obvious to anyone he has no life.

  14. By dave g. on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    11 Years is a perfect example of Patton Oswald’s character in THE BIG FAN. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Fan

  15. By dave g. on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Checkdown huh Eleven? HAHAHAHA.

  16. By hmrhead1 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I dont typically approve anyone who questions Alex’s heart and toughness. He’s proven that ten fold. However, there’s no denying that 11 years is right about Alex’s skills. It’s like watching the washed up version of Donovan McNabb. Harbaugh is not saving Randy Moss. Alex is just not throwing him the ball. He had no attempts past 10 yards in the second half of the Seahawks game except for that terrible overthrow to Williams. Sorry folks, but I agree with 11 on this one. If we dont find a solution soon, we are going to have wasted a Championship Defense.

  17. By hmrhead1 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Please stop blaming the O-Line. They are not giving up sacks. He is taking sacks because he is not letting it rip. Maybe Harbaugh wants him to play that way, but we arent going to win Championships with a QB that is not trusted to throw TWICE on key 3rd down with the game on the line.

  18. By hmrhead1 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    RG3 has accomplished more with FAR LESS talent. Hell, his best WR is a guy we said wasnt good enough to re-sign! Our defense is capable of carrying us to the playoffs, but we are going to have a very difficult time beating the better defenses with AS at the helm.
    And this is coming from someone who loves Alex’s heart. He just shouldnt be our starting QB. Great backup, but does not possess the skill set to carry an offense to the next level.

  19. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    hmrhead,josh morgan hasnt done $hit with the redskins,the best wr for the skins has been santana moss up to this point. I do agree that alex does have limited skills but harbaugh isnt asking alex to deliver brees or brady like stats. alex is an above avg. qb playing in a system that is a good fit for him with a powerful running game and a crushing defense, and as far as everybody saying alex cant do this or alex cant do that, lets just wait untill he either blows it for us or we win the super bowl with him,after all,none of us can predict the future, and you dont win the suoer bowl in oct, remember everyone, we didnt start hitting on all cylinders untill late last year and with more talent on the team this year,we should be playing in feb,,,,

  20. By 805faithful on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with hmrhead1 100%.

  21. By bow53 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11 u got another name for jerome a…(hmrhead) same ammo. simultaneous post. who u kidding?????/and voting thumbs up by ur on post, u look like a fool , “BONE HEAD!!!!!

  22. By DMT on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Niners are a playoff team as is, but to be conference champions, and or SB winners, a QB change is needed.

  23. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    coach harbaugh doesnt think a change at qb is needed so all you screaming for a change dont know what your talking about,,,OUR coach said so,,,what you got to say now know-it-all’s????

  24. By 9erdog on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a niners faithful thats not afraid to say it the way it is, with that being saId! airhead you say that you’re a 9er faithful and you Like Alex’s heart, then you go on about Alex being sacked!
    So you must be talking about giants and or seagulls games.
    The giants arguable the Best team in the nfl? seagulls the best defense in the nfl. well going into thursday nights game anyway
    So rather then admit the truth you want to blame Alex??
    Gaints game was a total team collapse, totally Dude! seagulls was a fisticuffs punch`out, and at the end of the fight we were standing !

  25. By 9erdog on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    I see Alex make mistakes, I’ve seen Joe and Steve do the same. But somethings are on the coaches not an excuse just a fact, as in If Alex can’t do it? then you HAVE TO blames the coaches, you have too! WHY? Because they keep him in there!
    Yes Alex missed Moss in the end`zone, but there was so many other things going in that game. Like I said that was a blooded fist fight. But the true fan, the faithful if you will? will stand behind the WHOLE team, and every player on it!
    And at this point in time if you question something about the playing, IMHO you need to question OUR O`C, eh

  26. By DMT on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Well ,all of you Alex supporters, if you’re content on just making playoff appearances, Alex is your guy. But last I checked The San Francisco 49ers are not an organization that’s just happy to be there. When Rookie Russell Wilson looks far more poised and accurate than our veteran QB, a change is needed.

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