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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 24

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 24, 2012 – 10:58 AM

It’s already Week 8 of the 2012 season and identities of the NFL’s 32 clubs are taking shape. Through their first seven games, the 49ers have featured one of the league’s best rushing attacks, ranking first in yards per carry (5.9) and second in yards per game (176.6).

Frank Gore (103 carries) and Kendall Hunter (50 attempts) have carried the load for the 49ers so far this season, totaling 859 rushing yards as a tandem already. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also noted that Gore (5.8 yards per carry) and Hunter (5.2) are the only duo to average better than five yards per carry this year.

“Gore, 29, trails only Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller ,a change-of-pace back who has sprinter’s speed, in averaging 5.8 yards per carry,” Barrows wrote. “He’s on pace for 1,374 yards this season, which would be his best output since he ran for 1,695 yards in 2006.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the challenge the Arizona run defense imposes, Eddie DeBartolo’s upcoming profile on the NFL Network and more.

Dan Arkush of ProFootballWeekly.com discussed the upcoming matchup between the 49ers rushing attack and Arizona’s defense.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group passed along comments from Jim Harbaugh, who called the 49ers’ victory over Seattle one of the best games he’s seen in years.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com previewed the NFL Network’s Football Life: Eddie DeBartolo. A profile of the landmark 49ers owner who presided over all five of the franchise’s Super Bowl teams will be shown at 5 p.m. PT on NFL Network tonight.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James about their rookie experiences with the 49ers so far.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at the upcoming NFC West showdown between the 49ers and Cardinals.

49ers.com’s daily coverage included a stories on Andy Lee’s Special Teams Player of the Week Award, the hiring of Cipora Herman to be the 49ers CFO, an update with LaMichael James and Pro Bowl voting.



Jerry Rice is ready for the World Series. Are you?

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23 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 24”

  1. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    dont worry jenkins and james ….you will be stars and shine and be able to do that with a new QB and a way better game plan that can be implemented when any new QB steps in after alex goes where ever to retire in 2 years with his millions for sitting on the bench for 2 seasons and sticnking up the place for 3 more ….must be nice to work where all the people outside cheer you even though your work is subpar and you are only there because they made a mistake and made a hole for themselves and did not get a better person for the job

  2. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    keep the faith fans the niners shoild win enough games with our strong defense and probowl kicker and punter ….just enough to make playoffs and be subject to the alex flop again but next season it will be different ….the offensive coordinator will prob leave for his own coaching job and Harbaugh knows alex track record with coordinators so he will not be waiting again for alex to stumble through a new coordinator he will sit the bench on 3rd string and ponder why oh why …..

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    GOOOOO niners wait till next year for superbowl if they can keep most of our good players and such after wasteing em over the past 7 years on alex…..come on i want to wear my niner gear …yet as long as alex is here niners are laughed at by the league and other fans for falling for the maybe alex will get better ploy as the niners have done for 7 years now 8 and with the grace of anyone with a brain alex will be on the bench or out the door next year so the niners can get down to business of bringing back the dynasty …….goooo eddie D….you the man

  4. By 49thsamurai on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    You sound so bitter. I think you have a crush on Smith. And Alex did very well in the Playoffs so at least make sense when you spew this nonsense.

  5. By bow53 on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    11 i don’t know how to describe ur comments here, but for me and the rest of the niner blogger here, knows that u have a one crack sided mind, no matter what we do or say,ur still gonna bash out alex,& not even realizing that we are on top of the division + one of the top 5 best in the league, w/ alex on the driver seat, so go ahead say what ever u wanna say, 100% of it does’nt make any sense anyways…

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


  7. By abrahamer on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    what i dont get is how a fan of the 49ers could say wait till next year are you kidding me ? this is niner time right now we dont care how we win just keep winning goooooniners !!!!

  8. By abrahamer on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    and really other fans and teams are laughing at us ? do you hear things that arent there ? every team tries very hard to beat us now because we are a top team in the league with a good shot to play in the superbowl or did you miss that buddy

  9. By abrahamer on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    and by the way eddie d is not the man anymore,plz take ur medication or something

  10. By swishAKAekibruh on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly wanna see alex smith do good n i think he will eventually..i mean i understand that chances are we are gonna end up having a new QB in the near future but as of rite now…i think alex smith is good for us…he fits our run first team perfectly as long he minimizes his mistakes like he has been doin we shouldnt have a problem…n plus our o-line has had a little trouble protecting him against teams wit dominating d-lines but their still young…as good as they are they are gonna keep gettin better…give smith another season with his recently added recievers, smash mouth running game, top notch special teams, a beastin defense add all that to our young O-LINE who’s chemistry is only gonna get better by then, then POOF!! we have ourselves a team thatll be a force to be reckoned with…NINER NATION!!!! ALL DAY!!!!

  11. By JLN49er on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Please 11yrswithalex, your spelling and grammar need some work. No, make that a lot of work. Alex is doing just fine and one game does not make a season.

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

    Eddie will always be the man!

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

    east`coast bias? giants get no respect ,, but keep on winning anyway!

  14. By garygolfer on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    don’t forget the Morbito brothers. they ran this team on a shoestring but kept it in SF. all credit to Eddie D but he had the $ to make it happen.

  15. By temper11 on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply


    Forgive me if you’ve already read this, but I posted it late on 23rd and I was hoping to get a response from 11years. His (and other AS haters) logic is, in my opinion, so convoluted, I wanted to try to frame this up and see his (and their) response.

    Original post on 10/23:

    11, if it (the recent troubled past) was all on Alex’s shoulders… if he was really the sole reason for all the losses, why is he still here?

    Countless other QB’s, both veteran and rooks, have come – been tried – and gone.
    He (Smith) had numerous head coaches, numerous offensive coordinators… all of them had the opportunity to move on long ago. These are professional football people at the very highest level. It’s not one person who made the decision to stay with Smith, it has been many.

    The 49ers as an organization could have contractually rid themselves of Smith a number of times already, if they felt he was the problem. In fact, it would have been a far more popular decision from a fan perspective to get rid of him long ago. The majority of fans, such as yourself, have laid the problems of the 49ers, and the fault of their own miserable lives, squarely on Alex’s shoulders for years. It would have been easy for the 49ers to cut ties and move on. Yet they didn’t.

    Those who stand to gain the most from winning, the other players on the team, stand by Alex – unequivocally. Frank, as you rightfully thank for his years of tireless service, has always had Alex’s back. Vernon Davis, possibly the one person who stands the most to gain from a hotshot QB has never wavered in his defense of Alex. In this day and age of absolutely no loyalty between teammates or loyalty between players and organization, if Smith is as bad as you say he is, why on earth would he still be here?

    Smith detractors are limited to the media and fans, both of which who only have the intellectual capacity to focus their attention on the shiniest object in the room.

  16. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you for re-posting this as all who believe we can win a superbowl with smith ……ok eyes open for me please ….so you as in everyone here who says this and that and has nothing else to contibute ….or dispute me ..accept with oh your grammer or you suck or you wish ….listen up

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    …..so alex had numerous coaches and coordinators all leave or get fired ….he is the start of every play and has the option to change plays at the line of scrimmage …..correct so far

  18. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    alex shows no ability to be consistant at anything …either throwing down field …even if not caught you put the thought into the DB’s so they give maybe a half a step or a full step back to see if you will throw it deep …as well alex has a number of times on 3rd down been smashed and sacked and fumbled because.he can not read where the blitz is coming from nor can he realize that if 8 guys are blitzing someone namely the hot receiver on a 3rd and long most likely will be open and yet he runs around like what happened and grinns and walks off only to repeat it again the next set of 4 and outs

  19. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    stay with me please ….this has happened numerous times i can not even count them all …and is correct it happened and can be seen on line at anytime at several sites ….that being said about the 3rd downs …..alex also has a bad palyaction technique as well as 0-nill pump/fake wich brings me to his ducks that he throws if he does try to throw long ….not always but most of the time

  20. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    shall i go on ………alex ability to do anything else but check down or maybe make the throw to a wide open guy in zone ….his throws in man coverage are almost non existant accept for the dump off he has no deep accuracy to get it to even a jump guy like moss or even vernon …he throws behind guys and leaves em open to huge hits …..walker comes to mind …..as well as almost never hits anyone on the run they have to stop and sit for alex to throw to them ….this all happens through out the game and of course not all in one game but over a course of the games you see the pattern repeat and it looks aweful

  21. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    alex never shows any team emption ..wich is or may be called stacking on him but come on even young and montana threw an arm up and or ran over and grabbed jerry rice and gave him a good shake …..now these are examples no i am not expecting alex to be be either of those guys …..relax …settle….sett…le

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    ok so they have stopped posting my explanations so will extend on next days

  23. By ninerfanfromtonga on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…….lets be happy we the 49ers are at the top of our division as things are quietly starting to fall into it’s proper places with us on top. Thats where we belong, and that is where we will stay. The goal for this season from that get go is to make it to the play-offs, we are on a steady course to do that and I am happy and tickled at these advances.

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Niners, and Niners Nation. Beat the the Cardinals.

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