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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 8

Posted by Taylor Price on November 8, 2012 – 11:20 AM

There’s no question that the San Francisco 49ers are off to a great start this year, several players deserve recognition for it, too.

But so does the football staff. Without the efforts of equipment manager Steve Urbaniak, there’s no way the team would function on gameday.

Urbaniak and his staff make sure everything goes as smooth as possible. The efforts of the tenured equipment man were profiled recently by Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. In the piece that ran earlier this week, Baxter explained the challenges that come along with a under publicized role in the NFL.

“Although many NFL teams — including the Raiders — train a short distance from their home stadium, the 49ers’ practice facility is 40 miles south of Candlestick Park, meaning Urbaniak and his crew must pack a semi-trailer two days before every game and unpack it again when the game is over,” Baxter wrote.

Urbaniak’s role is further described in the story. But for fans looking for visual aid, check out this 2010 TV49 video of our own Scott Kegley spending “A Day in the Life” as an equipment intern.

Trust me, it’s good stuff.

CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco explains why 49ers rookies have been challenged to crack the 46-man active roster.

Maiocco also writes that Justin Smith is as dominant as ever in a recent mailbag offering.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examines the rivalry between former Ohio State Buckeyes Alex Boone and James Laurinaitis. Barrows:  “Laurinaitis, an inside linebacker with the Buckeyes, never tangled much in practice with Boone, a left tackle, while in college. On Sunday, however, the matchup between Laurinaitis, who leads the Rams in tackles, and a 49ers running attack that ranks No. 1 in the league promises to be the main event.”

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News discusses the postseason implications for Sunday’s 49ers-Rams game.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shares the comments made by right tackle Anthony Davis on receiving mid-season praise from several media outlets. Branch: “At the midway point of the season, Davis is now receiving loftier praise from one of the nation’s most well-respected NFL writers. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King named Davis the right tackle on his midseason all-pro team, in effect terming him the league’s best at his position through eight games. “

Ron Kroichik of the San Francisco Chronicle examines the role of center Jonathan Goodwin. Kroichik: “Just think about the job. Quickly identify the defensive front and pass the word to your fellow linemen. Then call out blocking adjustments, make a clean snap – the center controls the ball on every play, for a fleeting moment – and quickly rise into position to swat away a menacing defensive tackle.”

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks lists the 49ers as his No. 2 Super Bowl contenders. Brooks: “Jim Harbaugh has built a team that is ideally suited for postseason play. The 49ers’ smash-mouth offense can move the ball through the air or on the ground, and their suffocating defense knocks opponents around at the point of attack. Some question Alex Smith’s ability to thrive in a situation that demands precise passing, but his consistency and effectiveness in Harbaugh’s system suggest he’ll be fine when the chips are pushed to the middle of the table. Adding Randy Moss and Mario Manningham gave Smith more weapons on the perimeter, and the 49ers have turned their biggest offensive weakness into a strength that just might propel them into the Winner’s Circle.”

NFL.com’s writers predict the second half of the season; Albert Breer is the lone reporter to pick the 49ers to win the Super Bowl.

SI.com’s Don Banks list the 49ers No. 4 on his latest power rankings. Banks: “The 49ers, when not facing the Giants, have their old vaunted homefield advantage back. The one that told visiting teams it wasn’t going to be their day good and early in most games. San Francisco comes off its bye to play host to the Rams and Bears in the coming two weeks, and a win over St. Louis will further the 49ers’ drive to put a stranglehold on the NFC West for a second consecutive season.”

ProFootballFocus.com’s cast of writers list the 49ers as the top team in the NFL through nine weeks of play.

49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is looking for a name to his new touchdown dance. For each end zone dance, money will be raised for the Boys & Girls Club.

49ers.com looked at the offensive unit’s improvements on third downs and in the red zone, we also looked at the team’s tribute to our armed forces, shared the comments of Laurinaitis and Rams coach Jeff Fisher, plus shared video of Patrick Willis’ locker room interview.



Check out Moss’ interview with Lil Wayne, airing this Sunday on ESPN.

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35 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 8”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    todays morning taligate is a great read. great stuff all around taylor. looking forward to seeing the o-line pick up where it left off against arizona. also looking forward to seeing the defense make the rams have to throw the ball all day. its looking like a big day for our db’s and look for one of our guys to find the endzone on a turnover,,,im off to volunteer at the kids center today, they love my frisbee catching dog.

  2. By bow53 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    my brother is in las vegas , he told me that the line for the niners is 12 points favor, now at least thats 2 T.D. to cover that spread ,its pretty much high if u ask me, against the j. fisher’s defense, what i’m saying here is even the vegas people who runs the point spread casino know that this is a walk in the park for the 49ers ,i could’nt care less about the spread points as long as we win, thats all i care and injury free, for the next big game..but i told my bro. to put me in, cuz’i’m confident will win here at least 2 T.D., everybody is good and ready to go after the bye week……

  3. By polo on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    lets go niners foget the first half of the season everything starts from now.
    i know we can so lets go get it

  4. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    go 49ers

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  12. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    poof x50

  13. By 9erdog on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    wow 12 points thats a bunch for NFL teams, and yeah I agree with ya 53! Fisher’s one hell of good coach and should have the Ram ready for us, only thing lacking for him is talent or enough talent anyway. And I would like to see Roman use more of our talent, Moss a future Hall of Fame’er has only 13 catches 2 TD I think he can do more to help us! IMHO !
    Yea a win and no injurers …. !~

  14. By 9erdog on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    POOF !

  15. By 9erdog on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    49erD: I feel your pain!

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  17. By gary potter on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    the vegas line dropped to 11. still high in my opinion. i bet pro football but i wouldn’t touch this game. niners will win but will they cover??

  18. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    yes they will cover …who is better rams or cards …i would say cards ..and they got blown out …if the niners stay focused and dont look past rams it will be a huge number by the end of the game …well that is if they score all their points in the first half …coach is notorious for sitting on 3 point leads so that may be the only thing to get in the way

  19. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    49ers 35 rams 10 early TD with late FG our defense plasters em all day long

  20. By bow53 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    yeah..11 pts.is pretty much high, 2 T.D. to cover, i believe they will, 1st we are playing home as to ur advantage, 2nd. everybody is fresh & eager to play again after the bye..3rd. i don’t follow the rams that much, just seeing the highlights on nfl network, there offense goes only to 1 person steven jackson, i don’t see anybody else.. correct me if i’m wrong…but the defense seems decent…but i still believe we win here by more than 2 T.D.

  21. By 9erdog on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    I sure like to see them cover that and more, just wonder if a player or even Fisher saw and posted that in the Rams locker room. And yes I think you’re right solid D, but I think their QB runs and cold? I think we win, but I’ll still nervous till the fat lady sings!

  22. By 9erdog on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    the game I’m sure to watch is da bears vs the texans, guessing one of you guys knows the spread, eh? bears D has scored a TD for each game they’ve played (I think?) myself I’d like to see the texan win, and its hard for me to want any texas team to win. BUT !

  23. By 9erdog on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    Rams Stats! if you’d care to know?
    > > http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/st.-louis-rams/stats/67051?q=st.-louis-rams < <

  24. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 8, 2012 | Reply

    49ers are tops in the league on defense, allowing a league low 12,5 points per game

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    they rank 5th against the run on defense

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  30. By ace on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    are u kidding me 33-3 niners id go 20 points easy

  31. By Remmfc on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, I def want the Texans to win. I’d hate for any team to go through Soldier Field in the post season!
    Go Niners!

  32. By 9erdog on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    well right now the most important game of our season is the Rams! and I’m thinking that we should be just fine! Looking a bit ahead at da bears, yeah I want the texans to win? but do we want to play da bears after a loss? Its a dilemma!
    bears vs 9ers monday night should be thee game of the week?
    A real test for our 9ers!
    Come-on dog stay focused, one game at a time … !

  33. By 9erdog on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    we have 2 offensives line coaches, Mike Solari and Tim Drevno
    is that common ? And it seems I did read someplace that we have more coaches then another team?

  34. By bow53 on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    i know , one game at a time, take care of the rams first, but i can’t help but think about the huge game against da bears…monday night, national televised game, the whole world is gunna be watching it….like i said “BIG TIME GAME”,i believe wil get out of the rams game on top……..’NINERS BABY!!!!!!!!

  35. By 9erdog on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    San Francisco 49ers lead: 62-61-2 over the Rams, wow that close? All this talk about getting an NFL team in LA, why did the Rams leave? Maybe they should just move the Rams back, pretty sure St Louis is a baseball town? LA Rams I’d love that!

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