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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 13

Posted by Taylor Price on November 13, 2012 – 10:09 AM

Will Alex Smith be in the huddle this Monday night when the Chicago Bears come to town? That’s the question on everyone’s mind two days removed from the 49ers quarterback suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams.

Smith’s status will be determined later in the week according to coach Jim Harbaugh. But if San Francisco is asked to call on backup Colin Kaepernick once again, the team feels confident about the play-making ability of the second-year player.

If Kaepernick gets the nod, Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco 49ers, believes Kaepernick’s first start would be as good of a test as any against the league’s most opportunistic defense.

“If Smith sits, an intriguing game becomes even more fascinating. Kaepernick would make his first NFL start, staring into the menacing eyes of linebacker Brian Urlacher as he attempts to solve the league’s fifth-ranked defense – in prime time, with the full and undivided attention of our football-mad nation,” Kroichick wrote.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reviews the 49ers-Rams tie in his latest film review offering.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shares Jim Harbaugh’s positive outlook on Smith’s status for Monday night.

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com shares Harbaugh’s comments to a group of high school coaches at a recent Visa promotional event.

ESPN.com’s NFL writers ranked the 49ers as the league’s No. 4 overall team in recently released power rankings.

49ers.com looked at Harbaugh’s comments on the 49ers quarterbacks heading into Monday night.



Game recognize game.

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35 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 13”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    first and foremost, the o-line needs to do a much better job monday night

  2. By bow53 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply


  3. By Bigj032 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    About Alex smith

  4. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    ok dude the o line was great for several games and everyone said oh supebowl bound …fact the niners defense can only play good w3hen we have a lead be it 3 points or what ever …..we were tied in last game so dont go there….also remember they dialed up blitzes and were changing things on the fly to get to K ….early on i believe the play calls were not so good …first snap was a palyaction run up the middle …come on guys we play these guys twice a year ..they play us as hard as they can and no ove lost between the two teams

  5. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    then on 3rd down in first posession they try the playaction and stuffed ….same thing they have been doing all season the first few plays are way to predictable that is all …..i mean it is football and every guy on every team wants to be their best and coming off a bye the niners are usually flat ….for what ever reason ….this game was nice to see the team rally and really work to try and get it done …the giants game was horrible …this game was just that a game of wills and we tied big deal it is not a loss wich is good for now …..

  6. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    liked the 4th down QB sneak it showed a little bit diff but the game came down to 2 fake punts wich made the niners look aweful

  7. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    special teams got worked and that led to the ending of a hard faught game …just try and put it in back of mind and put all your energy into the bears game and hope that coach is tearing his coaches and guys up and gets em fired up for this bears game real quick

  8. By jamie on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Special teams have been the weak link all season long…big returns given up….missed fg’s, and 2 fake punts converted by the other team in the same game…no excuse 4 that at all…fooled once ok….twice is inexcusable.

  9. By Larry Lawson on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Moss has 18 TD’s in 19 Monday night games. Hope they look for him in the Red Zone, so he can keep the streak going.

  10. By jamie on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    The offense is gonna have to have the game of their life against this Bears D. They are for real and very dangerous. We need Alex to get healthy quick cause this is not the team u want Kap to have his 1st start against. I cant see him being ready for that.

  11. By bow53 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    i’m concern about our corners and safeties, they got smoked must of the time, giving up a chunk of yardage, if it was’nt for the penalty, were done on the last game, we before put it together this monday night, every game now is must win… plenty of day and time for adjustment, seems like every opponent got us numbered…we need to play w/ energy come monday. hope alex is alright…….

  12. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    oh and the poof game goes on …can rally off several then when you want to actually think and say something poof ……wow

  13. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    see of course that one goes through

  14. By gary potter on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    11: thanks coach. your input is so valuableLOL

  15. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    you still read the filth he posts gary? I dont even bother, that a-hole has proven many times he aint no 49er fan

  16. By temper11 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hello all,

    I thought Kap played pretty well considering the backup QB doesn’t see much action in practice. He missed some throws but made others. Picked up some nice yards with his legs. Had a couple of potentially disastrous fumbles, but luckily neither one hurt us. Overall, not too bad. What hurt us this game was our usually sound defense getting popped in the eye and our O-Line getting absolutely man-handled. Props to Alex for taking a beating and then going 7 for 8 and a touchdown with a concussion and blurred vision. I’m thankful that this upcoming game is a Monday night affair so he has that much longer to heal. 7 for 8 now puts Alex at 25 for his last 27 with 3 TD’s and no turnovers. We need 11 back folks! I for one am praying for a speedy recovery. In Alex we trust!

  17. By jamie on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    The D needs to start getting some turnovers…thats the big difference from last year. The D backs and safeties seem to have trouble covering small quick recievers…..Cruz, that Rams rookie(i cant spell his name so Im not gonna try)…I live in Buffalo and I also follow the Bills and as physical of a safety Whitner is he always struggled getting picks and sometimes in coverage when he was there also. Its gonna come down to the wire for the division. Seattle is also for real this year. We cant affored to play for a wildcard spot cause we already lost the head to head with Minnesota. We need to win the divison. That tie hurt. Its basically a loss for both the niners and rams because we gained no ground and Seattle gained on us.

  18. By jamie on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    The schedule is not gonna get easier…Bears, Pats, Saints, Seattle in Seattle, and St louis in St louis (gotta be concerned cause they played us well at our house)…that tie makes me sick. It could come back to bite us!

  19. By temper11 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    One game at a time Jamie.

  20. By temper11 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    We are 6 – 2 – 1 folks. Lot’s of doom and gloom on this blog for a record that many in the league would kill to have. What have we found out this season? We are not unbeatable. 2 years ago you’d have been laughed at if you said the niners would be where we are now. We have a solid team with players that I enjoy watching compete at a high level. Every Sunday, I throw on my jersey and sit in front of my glorious 62 inch tv and I like my chances at a 49er victory. That’s all anyone can hope for really.

  21. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    well at least the alex fans are quiet ….tuff hit and tough game when the opening drive was so blah and i mean when a team wins the toss and defers so their defense can come on and stop you why do you run a playaction run up the gut ….for the first 20 plays teams will stack the line and wait on the run or the check down from alex …it is done every week and teams are all over it wich is why we got into trouble in the first place …our defense needs the offense to score so they can make their reads and adjust so they can get turnovers …when your offense scores nothing but a 3 and out record ….the defense cant play strong all game …they were tired and the special teams blew 2 fake punts wich ultimately killed us well almost ….good game though kaper had good showing and nice drives and a TD coming off the bench

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    i mean really it could have went way bad and kaper throw 3 picks and have 2 get returned for TD’s …but that didnt happen they faught well and almost won it 3 times ….things happen it was not a loss ….but now the team has to run the gauntlet and win well every game to get some kind of advantage ….time will tell how this plays out …we have some good players and good coaches they will be ready …..we hope

  23. By gary potter on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    11: you seem to have all the answers. why the hell don’t you ask the coaches whats wrong?? after all they are the ones calling the plays. maybe you could impart some of your knowledge to coach JH. get a freakin life

  24. By johnks44 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I;m usually pretty good at letting things go, just put it behind me and move on . . . but, when i read that Seely and JH knew that punter was a quarterback at Oregon State and didn’t account for even the possibility he might throw the ball, the emotions came back and I was reminded of that awful, near disastrous formation with no deep man to cover on an on-side kickoff . . . and Kyle Williams running backwards to cover a kick that was “live” ! What is this ? Reminds me of the old AFL and there is just no excuse . . . I’m sorry guys, wise up and wake up, again I repeat, wake up, you’re about to go up against the Bears on Monday night football. Take heed to your x’s and o’s and all three phases of the game . Thanks for this blog that lets us air our frustrations and kudos from the heart. Goooo Niners !!!

  25. By NINERMIKE on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been watching our team play this year and our D is not what it was last year.
    I don’t know if its just plain them being over confident or the other team is just out for blood.Carlos Rodgers is getting beat out.I hope he can keep up with Brady or Breeze throwing bombs. I keep scratching my head and wondering WTF! When they play away the team is great!t’s time to sh3t or get off the pot cause Seattle is for real! GO NINERS!

  26. By CJay on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone will say “The Kaaper” for president after this Monday night (shall he play)… Mark my words. Special teams and D just had their smelling salts… Watch the bounce back game, you will see a 49er’s team playing “With fury of ANGER” in my Samual Jackson voice… =0)

  27. By mando on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    i dont understand what makes this guy 11 hate alex soo much probably isnt even a niner faithful !! dude dont even know what hes talkin bout anyway the whole team should step up!! sometimes we”re better on the road…WHO”S GOT IT BETTER THAN US!!???

  28. By mfkram64 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    as much as the pressure is on the offense to produce..scoring 24 against the rams should have been plenty..the defense looks tired..fisher showed up the secondary by throwing deep..guys were wide open all day..go back to the arizona game when they went into hurry up the niners looked tired they couldn’t keep up and gruden made a point on saying it..believe me the saints and patriots will look at that and us hurryup all game..it seems to me when they need to put pressure on the qb they can’t deliver this year..not many turnovers because lack of up front pressure…it was 21-17 sunday and i’m saying ok the d will hold and get ball back..i know fake punts but still needed to stop them after that..i don’t want to here this was a wake up call the viking game was the wake up call..the ball is in there hands they can get home field bye…monday night will be a all out brawl they need to smack the bears right away..a sack or pick right out of the gate or a td to start set the tone the niners r the team to beat…

  29. By bow53 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    we might have a slight chance that alex can go monday night, reports says its only a mild concussion, & its up to the doctors to clear him up for practice, i hope they do clear him ,we need him bad, we’ve seen kaep. in action my opinion his not quote ready yet, he missed a lot of open guys out there in the field, but i give him a credit cuz’he rallied us in the game, but i rather see akex finish the game,will came out of this monday night game w/ full of energy and will be alright….

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

    This team has a lot of questions that need to be answered! We have the talent on all sides of the ball, and in the booth, just a matter of pulling it all together. Kap ‘s roll is a backup QB thats all, and we expect him to do his job backing up Alex Smith, our starting QB! This guy is as tough as they come, we all know it!
    Alex Smith is all Forty Niner, and he’d lay it all on the line to get Us that SB win!

  31. By rjdniner on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    I would really like to know why Scott Tolzien is not being considered or mentioned for some reason and what happens if KAP gets hurt and who takes over then .did I read right that Kyle Williams is the emergency QB.

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

    ’5 Reasons Harbaugh and the Niners Staff Aren’t Playing Their Top Draft Picks”


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

    yep, because Tolzien is on the 53 man roster, but hasn’t been on the active 45 man roster. I believe thats right, eh?
    Myself I like Tolzien, they guy sets up real nice in the pocket!

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

    To answer your question, if Alex doesn’t play then Tolzien would be activated, and Alex deactivated for that game?
    I think thats right ……. ?

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

    Harbaugh…”we practiced all week for the fake punt”. Really?

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