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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 14

Posted by Taylor Price on November 14, 2012 – 10:21 AM

The 49ers are scheduled to practice on Wednesday, the first of the week in preparation for Monday’s NFC showdown against the Chicago Bears.

Players will be available to the media in the afternoon. However, it is not known if Alex Smith will speak to the media, but reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicate Smith might return to action this week after suffering a concussion in a 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams. Smith has not spoken to the media since the injury.

“They feel pretty good that Smith should be able to go,” Schefter said on ESPN this morning in comments relayed by Evan Silva of NBC Sports.

The news comes after Tuesday’s report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who said Smith was seeking a second opinion on the injury according to a league source.

Perhaps Smith will be around to share insight on the concussion evaluation process. If not, the speculation leading up to Monday night will continue for both teams as Jay Cutler is in the same boat as Smith.

Stay tuned to 49ers.com for more updates on the quarterbacks.

Don Banks of SI.com looked at the league’s handling of concussions as it pertained to Smith and Culter. Banks: “Sunday was another headline day in the NFL’s belated efforts to come to grips with brain injuries. When starting quarterbacks get sidelined with concussions, everyone in the game takes notice, and that’s actually a good thing in the long term. Because some post-mortems are in order and necessary, if only to keep learning and keep the process moving forward. Knowing exactly what to do for players and when to do it in every situation, when events are unfolding in real time, is a still-evolving practice. Experience and a longer track record with the game’s new sensibilities will only help increase the effectiveness of concussion recognition and hopefully prevention.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examines the 49ers rush defense through 10 weeks of the season compared to the team’s 2011 unit.

Barrows also looked at the 49ers quarterback situation in the future in a recent mailbag offering.

ProFootballFocus.com offered 32 observations for each team, including this favorable note on the 49ers running game. “On average, the 49ers have averaged 3.2 yards before their runner is contacted, thanks to a great run blocking line. That is the highest rate in the league.”

PFF also offered more analysis from the 49ers recent tie. “(Ahmad) Brooks was also San Francisco’s best pass rusher with a +3.1grade. He notched five hurries and three batted passes on his 34 pass rushes. Two of the batted passes came in overtime, including one on third-and-13 that stalled the Rams’ initial drive of the extra period.”

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando shares the ranking of the 49ers offense and defense in various stat categories. Sando notes Smith is ranked ninth in passer rating (96.0).

49ers.com took a look at players deserving of Pro Bowl votes.

Roookie guard Joe Looney also updated his 49ers.com blog.



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35 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 14”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    a flu bug is running rampant through the team according to matt maiocco of comcast sportsnet bayarea,,,lot a that going around

  2. By highflight49ers on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    “Harbough’s 49ers Battalion”
    “Roman’s Commandos”
    Capt. A Smith, Capt. F Gore’s
    “The Argonauts”

    “Fangio’s Marauders”
    Capt. P Willis, Capt. J Smith’s
    “The Claim Jumper Squad”

    “Seely’s Strike Force”
    D R Akers
    “The Tony Montana Squad”
    A P Lee
    “The Rough & Ready Squad”
    T Ginn, K Williams, K Hunter
    “The Gold Fever Squad”

    GO NINERS OORAH !!!!!!!

  3. By Flip Parracci on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    I love the 49ers and this is my 22nd year being a 49er Faithful. But trust me on this, Alex Smith is not the quarterback for the 49ers. The 49ers will be a more powerful offense if Colin Kapernick was the starting quarterback. I trust Jim Harbaugh and as long as he is a 49er coach, I will always support him, I just hope he takes into consideration to leave Alex Smith on the side lines and let him take over. Yes like Patrick Willis said, “It it easy for us to say what we would do from watching television or in the stands,” but this is completely different. Please start Colin!

  4. By Josh on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    If kaepernick starts the rest of the season we will lose every game. Why would you want to fix something that isnt broken? They are 6-2 with alex playing full games, and would be 7-2, he is the best chance at winning. Kaepernick didnt look very good, he isnt ready to take over yet.

  5. By Brian on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ever since last year’s playoff run all Alex Smith has done is win games. Starting Kap wouldn’t make us a better team in my opinion. Smith plays very smart “mistake free” football and I’m confident his style of play is good enough to bring us a championship. Sure during the off-season I was one of those guys hoping we could have landed Peyton because he’s a PROVEN veteran hall of fame QB, but comeeeee onnn now ….. 2nd year Kap is not ready.

  6. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    woah ok now i have to say something

  7. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    first off the kaeper was handed the ball we were down by 7 and close to the half ending. he finished the half with no turnovers …then came out and scored a TD to keep us in it and made several drives with no picks mind you or bad things happening and made the drive happen for us to win it with a field goal ….ackers missed it happens but he came in and played well now if he had blown out the rams …what would yopu have said then …just as if alex had won the superbowl last year …all specualtion …we all had no idea this year would go like this and Kaeper did pretty good with more time with the first team i think he wil do better ..and will guarantee if he gets to stick around as long as alex has he will be better than alex very quickly ……he did more than average in a bad situation ….alex is what he is …colin looks like he has more to go and is youger and faster and better arm as well as agility he needs to throw out of bounds more lol to avoid sacks but what ever …let alex come on and finish the season what ever ….colin proved heis the future and the future is near

  8. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    take it with a grain of salt who ever starts is going to have their hands full for sure …we looked bad against the rams and teams will now be even more hungry to take us out

  9. By cbj on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    you say “trust me” for the reason that you have been a 49er fan for 22 years, and that make’s you the all-knowing expert on QBs.

    When ever any one says, “trust me,” I always know he’s going to say something without offering any evidence to support his arrogant claim, that is, other than the fact that he is after all, The All-Knowing Expert.

  10. By bow53 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    c.k. is not quote not ready yet to take over, give him a year or so, the way i saw it last game,his been losing the ball in the pocket when he scrambles, luckily we get them back most of the time, if not it could have gone the other way, trust j.h. on this, alex is still the right man in the middle, my opinion if he could have stayed in the ram game , we could have won….trust me on thiis this time……

  11. By temper11 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply


  12. By temper11 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    No… trust me, I’ve been a fan for a million billion years plus infinity!

  13. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    wait what alex is not on top for probowl votes …come on guys where are you …..alex for prez ….lol he might get in there if he can finish the season

  14. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    go f,uck yourself 11years with no brain

  15. By rypat on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    C Kap is not ready and may never be. He made some plays with his legs but how long do those Qb’s last? And he definately needs to take better care of the ball! If he starts Monday, I believe the Bears will really make him look bad! Smith is tied for the league lead in wins in the last 2 years, what more do people want? How about that DEE needs to be a little more consistant!

    On another note, was this years draft a total bust? Do we even have a rookie suiting up let alone contributing? You cant tell me we couldn’t find a contributor, very dissapointing! GOOOOOOOO 9ers!

  16. By bow53 on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    11 UR A TYPICAL SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    ok lol again with the rookie thing we went over this ….the rookies are alloted the alex rule of wait 7 years and see if they get better ….just saying lay off the rookies and the kaper he has really good arm and can throw check downs all day if need be you dont have to be named alex to throw check downs ….i mean he does not have the corner on that now too does he …..relax people we have waitied years for even a glimmer of anything being so close last year got you all razzled …settle down it is just a season there is always next year …as alex would say

  18. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    oh and thanks for the reference to my name and alex that was bully

  19. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    alex is ok at QB the sysytem is designed to be easy if the read is not there dump it off it will work for anyone …..where is dilfer …..maybe harbaugh should suit up …..nah we are good if we lose like 4 in a row then start the banter right now it is all the unknown relax pop a beer and lets see what happens …this season is getting exciting

  20. By phatalerror on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the secret to getting a comment to post? I’ve had dozens of attempts here fail.

  21. By dave g. on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    11 years being ignorant: Dude its comical how you think you schooling people. All you teaching us is how much a child is affected when they don’t get hugs from their parents. Look in the mirror and look straight in your eyes and say to yourself: “I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!”. Those Daily Affirmations will make it all better for you.

  22. By gripkits on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Funny how a bunch of us just say ignore 11, leave him alone and it will all go away. But the sad fact of the matter is, we can’t. He is just too doggone entertaining! Love ya 11! ^_^

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

    dave g: beautiful, couldn’t have been said any better. now that AS is on track to start monday i hope 11 spends a few sleepless nights. he should really crank up his hate the rest of the week. gripkits is right he is entertaining..

  24. By SHIP on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously Gripkits and Potter…he is our comedic relief and what makes it even more perfect is he is oblivious to it. HAHAHA! Dude kills me.

  25. By SHIP on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Its hilarious how Eleven tries to break it down & he really in “his mind” thinks he is smarter than us…you can just tell the way he tries to break it down. It puts me and my friends in tears crackling up to read his babble.

  26. By SHIP on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Dave G. You nailed it brother! Haaaaaa!

  27. By mfkram64 on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    what i don’t get is why people keep commenting on 11 years sh$$..it’s the same old stuff..we all know he hates alex smith we get it! lets talk about stuff that is good for the team and means something..

  28. By rjdniner on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    the NFL is serious about player safety we all understand that and as fans we all support that, but when I see players not wearing the protective gear, that we all had when we played, and the improvements on the gear that they have made since then 70,s 80, and 90, when I see all the helmets that have been coming off this season. I begin to wonder is it the helmet or the player.

  29. By bow53 on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    now that alex is a go monday, hope we made big adjustments o-line ,must be solid at all times, and defense should step up here, cuz’ da bears also has a decent “D” our special team should learn there lesson well, all we need now is to play like theres no tomorrow, cuz’ every game now is a must win……

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

    You say the system is easy?

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

    key word is consistency, the next 7 game’s are our chance to pull it together, and get these guys playing like their capable of playing. One thing for sure is we HAVE to stop taking every third game off! Tie? I don’t think so! they came into our house and pushed us around, look what Jackson did to Willis, we are a much better team that we showed, but what good is that?
    Maybe we need to go back to basics, because something is wrong! Whens the last time you heard, coach ask?
    “Who has it better then us?”

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

    and set the record straight

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

    And as far as the draft goes, myself I’d say a bust, I’ve just never heard of number one pick being a project player, not even a QB anymore? But who knows …………… anymore?

  34. By tanglung on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    It’s going to be the ALEX show against the bears. 49ers win big. (STATEMENT GAME)

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

    Statement game ? yep I think so ………

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