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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 16

Posted by Taylor Price on November 16, 2012 – 9:05 AM

Health questions continued to surround the San Francisco 49ers as they prepare for the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Football.” Days after monitoring the health of quarterback Alex Smith who’s coming off a concussion suffered against the St. Louis Rams, it was announced by the team that head coach Jim Harbaugh had undergone a minor procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

In his place, assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely led the 49ers through practices and meetings on Thursday. Many players said they expected Harbaugh to return to the team’s training facility as early as Friday. However, a report from ESPN’s Ed Werder said San Francisco’s coach had been back to work as soon as the second half of Thursday’s practice.

It’s not known if Harbaugh has returned to 49ers headquarters officially. The team is scheduled for practice and media availability today, stay tuned for more updates on 49ers.com and @49ers on Twitter.

9:20 A.M. UPDATE

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports Harbaugh has returned to the 49ers facility and will address the media at noon.

Matt Maiocco writes that Alex Smith was limited in practice and is expected to start Monday night.

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando takes a look at San Francisco’s chances of winning the Super Bowl. Sando: “The 49ers remain the team to beat in this division. We all saw how close they came to the Super Bowl last season. They might own the best offensive line in the NFL. They’ve added weapons to address the third-down issues that factored heavily into their troubles against the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. For stretches, they have played like the best team in the NFL.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee passes along the comments from Bears linebacker Lance Briggs on the whether the 49ers or Bears have the best inside linebackers in the NFL.

SI.com’s Peter King picks the 49ers to beat the Bears on Monday. King: “I like Colin Kaepernick more than Jason Campbell at this stage of their careers, mainly because Kaepernick has had much more experience piloting the Niners’ offense over the past two years than Campbell has had in Chicago this year — his only one behind Jay Cutler. Starter alert, however: If Alex Smith plays and Cutler doesn’t (both suffered Week 10 concussions), or vice versa, I like the team with the starter.”

NFL Films offers a video preview of Monday’s 49ers-Bears contest.

49ers.com shared Patrick Willis’ comments on Monday’s opportunity to face a talented Chicago team, as well as David Akers’ thoughts on his overtime miss against the St. Louis Rams. In addition, the comments of Briggs and Bears coach Lovie Smith were posted, plus the latest Cover 2 video preview presented by AAA.

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25 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 16”

  1. By DMT on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    On the home page they have a question where they ask, what is the key to beating the Bears on Monday night? the choices are, establishing the run, winning turnover battle, stingy defense, or special team performance. How about this, show up ready to play at kickoff, not forty minutes into the game. That’s the key to victory.

  2. By Lateralus on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    I hear ya’ DMT….the games they have lost, or tied, they looked very sluggish coming out of the gate. The Rams scoring 2 touchdowns on their opening drives???? You gotta’ be kidding me

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

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  4. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    well yes they have been sluggish and at times not so good …but our defense is geared to haveing a lead and pressing the offense into bad situations….and for the rams to come out and give us the ball first …should be a statement as to how good our offense is …they shut us down for a 3 and out …and our defense has seen plenty of those over the years …sure they should shrug it off and play ball ….but thing s happen and after all you have 11 guys that have to work together and a offensive coordinator who can punch holes in to most defenses ….it had to be a shoot out till we established a lead and that did not happen …..same thing this week we dont score fast …same results …..

  5. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    our starting plays are old news and every team we play knows hey run up the middle and a dump off and oh maybe a playaction …and 3 and out ….stale offense is not getting it done even against the rams …we play em twice and they have seen us so many times and know what we do …we are a finesse team and not a push em over team ….the seachickens and cards are watching that game over and over and will try to do the same thing lets hope our guys turn it up a notch or 3 and finish this season …..

  6. By 9erdog on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    What I’m seeing is that the 9ers are favorites 5+. I wish we were the underdogs myself. But what I hopping for, is this team too steal one out of the Giants playbook, and to turn it up right the 13th game. We don’t have to win ever games, but what we do need to do is get into the playoffs and then get hot!!
    Past couple of years teams have been hot all season, and then peter out in the playoffs, or the SB!

  7. By 9erdog on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    A team that plays a power running game is not finesse team?No finesse about it just right up the gut, but like I keep posting and hopping, I would like to see Roman open it up a bit, I agree with you that way anyway!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  8. By 9erdog on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    DMT: I couldn’t agree with ya more .. !

  9. By Primed inner on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Need to make sure we don’t allow 2 fake punts over 10 yards to be successful. Totally unexceptable with the personnel we have .

  10. By Primed inner on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the deal with Brandon Jacobs? If he’s healthy he should play even if it’s only on 3rd down and 1.

  11. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    jaqcobs is in the dog house with the coach and i am sure wont see any playing time ..unless all rb’s go down ….what ever reason who knows but he has said several things that seem to lead to his benching

  12. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    so it goes like this all anyone can talk about is oh saints game last year …and thats the point …sure a win is a win and playoffs even a 9-7 record can win a superbowl ….but come on tieing the rams ….sure the packers game was nice but are they the same pack no …just as the vikings sat us dwon and the giants …those 2 as well as the now famous rams game exposed the offense the defense and a poor special teams ……more of the same to come unless every team we play from here on out does not want to win ….niners need to ramp it up and play on fire …..or watch another superbowl from the couch

  13. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    11years with no brain once again showing everyone what an idiot he is,,,

  14. By bow53 on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    dmt ur very first post said it all,complete change of attitude fr. the last game….is what we need going forward…..

  15. By 9erdog on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t know why Jacobs should be in anybody’s doghouse, I find that hard to believe ,,, why in the hell ddid we pick him up?
    Maybe he asked that question, play the guy !

  16. By bow53 on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    i hear u dog……..

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    no more excuses was the rant at the beginning of the season …still stands as far as i see from everyone ….so no line excuses or defense ….or special teams …well special teams was horrible ok so if they give up 2 fakes then ok but otherwise whould be a big win with their back up in ….cheap win but eh what ever …but a lose and no scores …i dont want to hear oh he had a concussion he didnt have time to practice ….he is starting and thats that ……go niners

  18. By mfkram64 on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    i’ve been trying all week to post but this site sucks period..u write something and it doesn’t post why? it gets as tiring as reading 11′s post not being able to post….so as i type i will see so here we go..the niners need to get it together this week..sorry to say it this is the season to me..only good win was against packers..lost to giants at home..just beat the seahawks and tied yes tied the RAMS at home…i know every week u need to play the game but there r wins u circle period and games u know r going to be tough..so here comes the bears a playoff team a awesome defense and avg. offense sound fimilar..the niners d is no way as good as last year but there r 6 games left to get it back..this is the game to me if they lay an egg sorry but u look ahead got to go to saints,patriots and seattle ooooo and now it looks like going to the rams is big too! so it time to put up or shut up!

  19. By dave g. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven is such a loser typing these long @ss posts like he is making a point. Typing the same old tired posts over and over again. You such a geek!

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

    yes it is always the same as it has been for 8 years now ….you guys have gotten so down over the years you think a win against the first team of the season means the team is going to go undefeated ….it is hard every week to put up a win let alone haveing to do it with a average QB starting …..no matter we as fans have to sit and watch year after year go to waste ……it sucks for all us fans and we seem to be tired of it …this is why we bicker and taint our own names in the sake of saveing each season by the forced grin or simple salute to send us to the playoffs or get within a step of the superbowl after facing a weak schedule

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

    the niners are facing a more difficult schedule and are not doing as well as last year …and everyone says oh they suck …the line sucks everything sucks …but alex as always …this season we are finding out just how good the team is and falling short on big games as suspected with average QB and game plan for such QB ….coaches need to cheange it up we are dull and the same everyweek and the other teams are zeroing in on our weeknesses because we are in the light now ….more work needs to be done ……as is obviously seen by the performance this year …..where is vernon ….where is moss …where is williams …..we should be streathing the field and working defenses so bad with all we got and yet we throw dump offs and 12 yards zipps …..this is the NFL and when your stalled they make you pay and look foolish by running 2 fake punts and takeing a win away

  22. By mfkram64 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    well 11 u got your wish kap gets the start tonight…we will see how much we will miss alex or if we might be moving on with kap. tough tough game a game i think the niners need big time…cause next week it’s off to new orleans…doesn’t get easy…a win gives niners tie breaker for second seed with packers and bears..so hope coach doesn’t make kap do to much..keep it simple…where is jacobs? this is a perfect time and game for him…where is he really? gore/jacobs then hunter mix it up all night

  23. By rjdniner on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    11yrs as I read your post you must think the 49, er fans are stupid and above all else you’re saying that the coaching staff doesn’t know what there doing and for a person who apparently can’t spell or doesn’t know how to use spell check your trying to tell the fans that have been watching the 49er, s before you were ever born about the game of football, put that crystal ball away it’s keep getting you into trouble….

  24. By bow53 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    i guess its right and safe to set alex in one game, now c.k. has to step up tonight cuz’ its not just a regular game night, its a vey important game too.good thing cutler is not playing either cuz’ he knows better that offense the jason c., so its gunna be a good game to watch, i believe both defense is gunna dictate the outcome of tonights game, i’m confident will be alright ….and 64 i agree w/ u about the gore/jacobs tandeem here…….well see u at the stick….”NINERS BABY!!!!!

  25. By 9erdog on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    It’s good Alex sit’s, I wouldn’t want to happen to him, he means that much to us! We’ve seen very little of Moss, and none of the Three J-brother’s Jacobs, James and Jenkins talents that we picked up to help us ‘THIS’ season … or so I thought!
    This should prove to be a very interesting game tonight, eh!

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