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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 19

Posted by Taylor Price on November 19, 2012 – 10:45 AM

San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith will not play tonight against the Chicago Bears. Colin Kaepernick will make his first NFL start.

The team confirmed the news which was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who tweeted earlier in the morning that the 49ers quarterback did not pass his final contact test.

ESPN’s other top football information man, Adam Schefter, said on Sportscenter this morning that the 49ers quarterback took half the first-team reps at Sunday’s walk-through, but did not pass the final test of the NFL’s concussion protocol.

“In a time like this, they’re going to make sure players get as much rest as possible before they’re brought back on the field,” Schefter went on to say.

As an organization, the 49ers have been heavily involved in player safety. The team’s Co-Chairman, Dr. John York, is the Chairman of the NFL’s Committee on Health and Safety.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looks at the opportunity at hand for backup Colin Kaepernick on Monday Night Football against the NFL’s No. 5 overall defense.

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on Kaepernick filling in for Smith.

MNF broadcasters John Gruden and Mike Tirico give some pre-game thoughts on the 49ers-Bears matchup.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examines the ball-hawking ways of the Chicago Bears defense.

49ers.com’s hard-hitting journalist Donte Whitner shared his outlook on the Monday night matchup in his latest blog.

YouTube superstar Sam Gordon visited the 49ers practice facility on Sunday and posed with the players for several photos.

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47 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 19”

  1. By 49thsamurai on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Doesn’t matter who starts, after last week less than stellar game, I know Harbaugh got CK ready to go and our defense feels bad for the uncharacteristic sloppy game we had last week. We got this game 24 to 17

  2. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    as I have been telling my wife all week long, there was NO WAY coach harbaugh was gunna let alex play against this defense unless he was totally clear of all signs of a concussion. good luck to ‘ THE KAPPER ” he is going to have his hands full against the bears. look for alot of gore, kendall, and just maybe some brandon jacobs. we know that tolzein will be active so thats one less spot on the gameday roster.,,,man, the 49ers defense is going to have to play the game of their life tonight. and kaepernick has got to be careful when scrambling against this bears LB’s group,,,GO 49ERS,,,

  3. By DMT on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    II don’t mind that Kap gets the start. I just hope he got enough practice snaps with the first team this week, since this wasn’t settled until now.

  4. By bow53 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    its gunna be a slugfest on both side of the defense, both qb are back up, so that came out even…like i said all alone, we come out of this game w/ a different attitude from the prevoius game, i’m confident will be alright…”NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  5. By Adam on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Keapernik is complete garbage. This is pathetic. Keapernik will have 3 int’s and 3 fumbles and we will be destroyed by the sorry azz bears 31-10

  6. By Timmy on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 home games versus a team with a winning road record. The home team is 5-1 against the spread in the last 6 meetings, and football gambling fans would be wise to wager on the 49ers to win this game.

    http://nfllatestnews.com/monday-night-slugfest/

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

    wow and of course alex got all the snaps this week not very wise of the coaches ….good luck kaper they put you behind the 8 ball …..just relax and let things flow dude ..still can not believe they gave the snaps to alex when he was not cleared yet ….we shall see how that affects the timing

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

    and hey all yall said who ever is QBing will get your support so back up the kid who brought us back in a loseing game against the rams and set us up for the win ….the kick went wide otherwise you would be saying yay kaper …..

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

    how much you wanna bet the doctor has ties to vegas ….with cutler out and our QB starting the line was all bad now it is way better for vegas ……all sports are rigged in some way this is way obvious

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

    where is the colin support he has better skill set better arm better legs better vision ….and yet all is lost come on….ok well if he can pull this off then what or rather if he cant does that mean he gets the wash the 8 year kid is the only QB you will ever wait for

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

    The alex is just a millionaire trying to say i told you so …he is not trying to make a carreer he just wants to see if he can do it ……colin is tryi9ng to be the best 9er QB ever just ask him the kid has heart and drive to succeed….alex just wants to check off his bucket list ……….

  12. By gary potter on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    11: what would blog do without your knowledge?? i become more enlightened each day. now you are telling us the fix is in huh?? the current line is 5.5 dropping only 1. since yesterday. i like it bet niners tonight. you should be building up kap instead of worrying about fix.

  13. By @ChasL on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Yes both starting QB’s are out, but Campbell does have dozens more NFL starts under his belt. I would think that would give him an edge at that position. However, Niners at home on Monday night may just level the playing field. It will be good to see what the kid can do starting. I think he may just surprise a lot of nay sayers. Dude’s got a strong arm, and he’s a lot bigger and more physical mobile QB to take down. It could just be a really great game when all is said and done. Go Niners!!!

  14. By gary potter on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    11: you are a true lame-brain

  15. By Hmrhead1 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    11 For President!

    Please football gods let Kap play well tonight and keep the job!

  16. By 49thsamurai on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Well I’m glad to see that Adam and the rest of you so called 49er fans are completely wrong. My Niners are making Da Bears look almost as clueless as you guys are.

  17. By gripkits on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Go CK, Go Niners!

  18. By gripkits on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    CK def. has better field of vision than AS.
    Go Niners!

  19. By 49thsamurai on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Wow i can not for the life of me decide if Kaepernic is the best QB i have seen in a Niner uniform since Steve Young or if President Obama was wrong and Da Bears don’t have the best D in the league haha. This is what a Super Bowl team looks like way to go Niners.

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

    what was that call

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

    3rd and 19 and a fumble and they get the ball back with a first down ….worst call ever

  22. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    wow kaep omg

  23. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    horrible call 11 ur right there

  24. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    kaep has shown things tonite that i dont think anybody knew, amzing job kaep and playcalling the bears looked confused on defense, lol, and on offense they seemed confused as well, great job all, total dominatation forty niner nation !!!!

  25. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    oh and aldon smith hats off mnf 5 sacks that kids got game,niner time !!!

  26. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    whatever now they say 4.5 sacks ties mnf recoed good job

  27. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    ok im gonna say it now right kaep was throwing “dimes” like so acurate. 16/23 200 something yards not great numbers but great proformance looked very ready prepared confident they are still yelling kaepernick !!! at the stick wooooot !!!!

  28. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    and kaep finding crabb on that play rolling out with guys chasing him, looks very cool under pressure and touch down woooooot acurate throw kaepernick !!!!!!!

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

    great game on all sides …as stated the defense will rock anyone when we have a lead be it 3 points or more the pain keeps comeing and without that phantom push in the back penalty that gave the fumble back to the bears and with a first down after fumbling on 3rd and 19….obviously that was vegas trying to keep us from putting up a goose egg

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

    and everyone got to see why some of our years were so bad on the line …Chilo Rachelle is really bad and got lit up by the smiths glad he is not on our team anymore ..man he is bad

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

    hey alex fans all is not lost alex will start …but if he stumbles he wil be out

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

    i for one am good with 2 QB’s that the team likes ….better than not haveing any

  33. By ace on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    what sssshhh dummy head 11

  34. By 805faithful on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you Kaepernick. This game goes to all those Non believers that he isn’t better than A. Smith. He found his targets,released the ball on time and had fewer snaps this week. I hope the coach saw enough to do what most of us have been waiting for. I mean if you want to manage a game and maybe pull out a win.Go with Alex, but if you want to tear it up you saw it tonight. Go 49ers…. Happy Thanksgiving.

  35. By rjdniner on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s post, as we all know Alex is going to finish out the season; I have to agree with Dilfer when he made the comment referring to what Jim told the media concerning the QB situation, and to the fans that live in San Francisco that were able to be at the game, you lucky individuals, I could say something else but some of you might take it the wrong way. I hope that the ref that made that stupid call about the push in the back that helped the Bears to continue the drive and score is NOT ALLOWED TO BE A PART OF A PLAYOFF CREW ….. HAPPY THANKS ….. GO 49ER, S

  36. By Ninerman on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I have been waiting for CK to get his chance to shine and now everyone has seen the guy who will take us to the superbowl. If Alex were to get us there he would not win it. QB who take risks with there arm like Colin are the one’s that win superbowls MONTANA , YOUNG , AKIMAN , BRADY , MANNING BROS These guys all throw in tight windows and beat you. Colin is the MAN ! Alex lovers can cry all they want , but you will see time when it’s all said and done who will have ring on there finger boys! # 7 He is only going to get better in time and the time is now.

  37. By tanglung on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I thought Alex was going to play and that the 49ers would make a STATEMENT.
    Kaep starts and WOW. The 49ers make a BIGGER STATEMENT.
    Kinda felt sorry for da bears. NOT

  38. By Hermie on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    My boy came through…II have been waiting awhile for this while everyone else was yelling for either Alex or Tolzien!! I do believe Alex will start if he is cleared this week, but CK will be the man by the end of the year. One of the things everyone kept saying that was holding him back was being able to read the defenses. I think he proved last night he can. He just has so much more physical skills and presence that Alex has never shown.

    What we did learn last night is that we do have a Quarterback in CK!!

  39. By Hermie on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Adam…you were right on when you said Keapernik is complete garbage. “This is pathetic. Keapernik will have 3 int’s and 3 fumbles and we will be destroyed by the sorry azz bears 31-10″ Douche!!

  40. By 9erdog on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Great game total team win, but lets keep our cool. Colin played a great game as well as his protection, our defense was crazy out of hand. This was a lot like what the giants and viks did to us, seems to be going around, eh? If you like stats, there pretty much the same! Does this game remind anybody of a MNF game last year? when Vic looked like the something he’s not, a great QB? Don’t get me wrong, Colin could be that great QB! But teams will adjust. Other then that, what a game! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  41. By 9erdog on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    gary you remember? when i asked if Alex would finish the season, you answered yes unless he was hurt! Do you still the same? The old way use to be, an injury wouldn’t cause a player to lose his job. Did that change with Brady ?

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

    relax …..things are good all around….future is set now to finish the year …alex i am sure wil get the nod …if he falters …we have the kaeper ready to go …feels good …..next year well …QB’s will fight yet again for starting role

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

    oh and nice to see all the kaeper fans out …where were you when i was getting the bash …just messing …good times for niners ….

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

    oh and wow the changes at the line were remarkable been a while since i have seen such mastery of the QB reads….bears are a good defense so was good test …..1 game does not make superbowl but looked very good from a very good QB

  45. By Hmrhead1 on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. The lemmings dont even give 11 any props. Thats just sad! 11, Ive agreed w you from Day 1 that a change was needed. Its so awesome to have WRs finally anle to contribute beyond 10 yards. If Harbaugh is telling the truth about the hot hand,no way he can pull out Colin. Alex has NEVER played to that level against a premier defense.

    11 For President!

  46. By 9erdog on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    we all enjoy a good game Dude. and because colin played a good game, A GOOD GAME! doesn’t mean that he’s ready to take over. keep in mind that great game that Vick played on MNF last year! And where the hell is he now, as far as playing QB goes?

  47. By winston on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Did you know the Niners have a secret weapon behind Kapo? It’s ex-Badger Scott Tolzien. A pro set style Qtrbck with lots of arm strength. Originally picked up by the Chargers but aquired 2 yrs ago through the 49er coaching staff who were impressed with his play in pre season with SD and Scott showed great promise in pre season with SF as well. A Niner coach is the brother of a Badger coach. ( a connection to boot. ) Watch for Tolzien if he is needed in the mix as well.

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