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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 3

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 3, 2012 – 11:46 AM

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It looks like the NFC West will come down to the wire in 2012. The 49ers fell to 8-3-1 after Sunday’s hard-fought 16-13 loss in overtime at NFC West foe St. Louis. The Rams are now 5-6-1 and have played the 49ers tough, but it’s second-place Seattle (7-5) who is hot on the heels of San Francisco going into the final four weeks of play.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com broke down the loss and what it means for the 49ers. “Coach Jeff Fisher and his Rams staff won the chess match against the 49ers on Sunday,” Maiocco wrote. “And the 49ers saw their lead in the NFC West shrink to 1 1/2 games with Seattle’s victory over the Chicago Bears.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best coverage from the Week 13 matchup in St. Louis.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group recapped the third 49ers loss of the 2012 campaign.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed the loss and how it affected Colin Kaepernick.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reviewed the game tape and analyzed Kaepernick’s play.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the Rams defense was well-prepared for the 49ers.

Inman noted that Aldon Smith tied Fred Dean’s single-season franchise record of 17.5 sacks.

Maiocco passed along reaction from kicker David Akers after he missed a late field goal.

Barrows shared comments from the referee who called a safety on Kaepernick.

Barrows broke down an errant pitch between Kaepernick and Ted Ginn Jr. that affected the outcome of Sunday’s game.

Inman also discussed the pitch play that led to a Rams touchdown.

Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group offered the positives and negatives of the divisional loss.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com listed off his impressions of the NFC West matchup.

Purdy gave his take on the 49ers loss.

Sam Monson of ProFootballFocus.com broke down the 49ers-Rams game.

49ers.com’s coverage included a recap of the game (video / story / photos), a notebook on the stellar defensive performance and a breakdown of the action by Taylor Price and Scott Kegley of 49ers.com in the latest Cover 2 presented by AAA.

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93 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 3”

  1. By Magnuss on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    All we can do is watch and cheer on. Tough decision to go with Kaepernick.

  2. By bow53 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    what in the heck is going on w/ akers, this is the second time around he messed -up w/the same opponent……my opinion its an excusable…..

  3. By Gamebreaker76 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I say the coach needs to think about putting alex smith back in as QB

  4. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I cant believe the bull$hit im hearing from coach harbaugh right now on his 12pm monday press conference

  5. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    im sorry you guys but coach is full of $hit

  6. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    this press conference reminds of some of singletarys post game comments.

  7. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    quote,,,” I think collin played outstanding yesterday “,,,,WHAT???
    sorry, coach is making excuses for ” his ” guy already
    kap struggled with audibles and line adjustments yesterday, made some bad decisions and cost us the game with that fumble. if coach is ok with developing CK7 right now he is betting the house,,,

  8. By DMT on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Considering where the 49er organization was between the years 2003 and 2011, I should be happy with them just being contenders again. The defense is no doubt championship caliber, but with the timid offensive progam of Harbaugh, and that overrated Greg Roman, the team cannot win a title.
    I th ought the purpose of the qb change was to open up the offense, throw the long ball a few times, as oppossed to running an exhausted Frank Gore into a brick wall on most first, and second downs?
    I now see why Peyton Manning went to Denver, he didn’t want to get bogged down under Harbaugh, and Roman’s pityfull offensive scheme.
    One more thing, for all of you Alex Smith fan boys out there, with him at the helm, the Rams would’ve won both games, and wouldn’t have needed overtime in either!

  9. By 805faithful on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Well it looks like the Lambs had are number this season they played us physical football. They deserve the W. I do think it was a bad play on the play that Kapp over pitched it to Ginn, But I do think Ginn could’ve tried and land on the ball instead of waiting for it to bounce on to his hands. I have to say I’m dissapointed with D. Walker and his inconsistencies when it comes to catching the ball. That would’ve been a TD for us. I’m really worried with Akers though, If we have to leave the game on the kickers hands then were going to be in trouble especially in the playoffs.

  10. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    9erD: missed 12 presser, any chance of getting a rundown, sure would be appreciated! either way thanks!

  11. By Randy K. on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am getting tired of watching Greg Roman not take shots deep downfield. You have to do it a couple of times a game to let the secondary know it could happen at anytime. But, now the rest of the NFL knows that Roman/Harbaugh will not throw deep to Moss/Manningham, and can start to cheat up in their coverages. I also don’t like it when they don’t attack spots in the endzone when they are inside the 20. It should be a 2-3 step drop, and fire so the only time anybody knows where the ball is when it is too late. This is why 3rd and redzone stats are horrible. This Gore left and Gore right late in the game is fine if he can get 4 yards a pop but against this defence which seems to be as good as they have faced, you need to gamble downfield to win the game and put it out of reach. You aren’t going to get 2 pick sixes a game like last week. Michigan Wolverine offensive football didn’t win Rose Bowls, how would it win a Super Bowl.

  12. By 49ers'don on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith would have won that game. Yes he would have lead them to just 13pts also, but would not have given the Lambs 8pts. (2pt conversion on the Def)

    Though he has a strong arm and more mobility, Kaep minus Bears game has not made our offense look that more explosive. 17pts in 3 QTRS against STL, 17pts against NO, 13pts against STL. Kaep looks like DYNAMITE but explodes like a tiny FIRECRACKER.

    I don’t understand taking the risk on an developmental player when you have a superbowl contending team, and then to start a QB controversy in the middle of a winning season? Just unheard of.

    I hope we don’t waste this year.

  13. By millville9er on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    When Harbaugh played for the Bears you could always count on him making a mistake and throw the int(ala Brodie) looks like he is still at it.

  14. By SB on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Harbaugh, now that Kaep has the “cold hand”, in throwing the football to Ted Ginn Jr. May be it’s time to use the “hot hand” Alex Smith as QB. Go 49ers.

  15. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    “I don’t understand taking the risk on an developmental player when you have a superbowl contending team, and then to start a QB controversy in the middle of a winning season? Just unheard of.” spot on!

  16. By tac on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    we are forgetting about how david akers missed 2 critical field goals against the same team he is 7 for 15 from the 40yd and beyond that is not going to win games.
    players are going to have mishaps it is going to happen but when the game is on the line you need your go to guy which more times it is your kicker. ours failed even if kap did not mess up on the toss we have a problem in the red zone. so akers would of been called upon. he is to inconsistent we need a kicker that is not going to question he abilitiy like akers. he is missing kicks like he did in philadelphia that is why he is not there. he shows the same ability of a hot kicker 1 season and falls apart the next.

  17. By fan-no matter what on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Coaching cost us the game. Roman made no attempt for a touchdown when 9ers reach ed the rams 35 yd line in OT. Trusted the game to a kicker only 7 for 14 from 50 out. Coaches are supposed to know their players–Akers is having a tough year on long FG’s and Roman eviidently didn’t know that. Should have been more aggressive on the last possession close to the red zone. That’s what tight ends are for! Give kicker a 40 yd shot, not 51 yds. Shows a lack of confidence in offense’s ability to get one more first down.

  18. By crabber59 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh is looking like a fool now, he’s stuck with starting Kap for the last 4games, if he goes back to Smith then he will really look like a wishy/washie clown. Kap’s not bad iand is more of the future QB of the niners but Smith got the raw deal no doubt. Harbaugh got excited about the flash&dash of CK instead of Smith

  19. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    For a head coach to make such a drastic chance, and yes thats how I see it, DRASTIC! To take a chance like this when there was no reason to do so, What it should come down too is Checks and Balances, What do you stand to lose? And what do you stand to gain? Seems to me we stand to lose more then we stand to gain? The only thing you can gain is style point (we were already winning) so what do you stand to lose!
    The most important thing of all, TRUST! When Kaepernick took that bit of a head shot, and if he was a bit fuzzy, knowing what he now knows, would he say anything ….. ?

  20. By Charles T. on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    coach Harbaugh is not choosing the quarterback that gives you a better chance of winning right now. That’s what worries me.

    Nothing against Kaep!!, he is our QB for future for sure.

  21. By tanglung on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wher the heck is 11years with no brain. hahahahahahahahahaha

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    re;ax realx i had to check the blogs and read and watch the coaches …..wow …take it down a notch guys …….

  23. By Hermie on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Some of starting Kaep right now could be coming down from the top. The 9ers are in good shape right now, so they are seeing if the kid is the future or not. Alex is due 8.5 million next year, so they need to see if he is the guy…I have not seen “anything” that doesn’t make me think he is the real deal.

    I think Kaep has done real well. I put this loss on the coaches and that option play was the dumbest call I have seen this year (put that on Roman). Can’t miss Akers has cost us two games this year anyway you look at it. He was our best acquisition last year.

  24. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    ouch bad typing that last one …….hey now 2 times against the rams we had the win with a FG …not that that is an huge thing we should have blown them out ……but looks like they had no answwers for the leaky line …accept for a screen play would have been nice to see ….wow blastin through our line and their answer was to pound gore for no yards ….and yes fan-no matter …what was that 1st down on the 35 and we waste 3 plays so we can kick a long FG that was bad since we lost the last game with the rams that way …..someone did not learn from the last game …same mistakes and wow blown calls …..i have seen more bad calls this year ….against the niners than ever … i mean a safety it clearly was not and yet oh yeah and sure the toss play was bad and should not have been called …..a screen would have been much better ……..and lol really you think alex would have done better with the way they were blowing through the line please alex would have been sacked 12 times that game ……let it be the rams will still be watching the playoffs from their couch …..now lets move on

  25. By bow53 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    i guess JH is going w/ ck7 again against miami,all we can do right now is watch and see how this is gunna unfolds, i’m hoping he just had a bad day (ck7)the real thing to blame here is dam akers,its suppose to be a cheap kick for him, but that S.O.B. missed, that could have been a unsatisfactory win at least..i can’t still get over it, he did it twice same opponent.. unbelievable….

  26. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    This whole thing has taking something out of me, I really lost a lot for coach over this mess. Yeah I know he could care less what anybody thinks, I wonder if that carries over to the players as well? It just makes me feel sick 9er football has always been something very special for me!

  27. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    woooooooot

  28. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    poof 3 times how bout a forth

  29. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    the most important thing any coach can have is the trust of his players, will any player that get dinged come to coach and tell him now? Knowing what happened to Alex? Come on Alex was playing as such a high level and he got the shaft!
    What have you done for me lately what do you mean by lately?

  30. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    YES KAP HAS ALREADY BEEN NAMED THE STARTER FOR THIS SUNDAYS HOME GAME AGAINST THE FISH.

  31. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    oops ” kaps : was on,,look I havent lost faith in our team but im sure at odds with the lousy play calling. I thought this team was supposed to grow under CK7 not watch him run the same plays that would be called if alex was at qb. I think ALL of us who dont agree much with each other on this blog can agree that things arent so kushy here in 49er land. our coach has made a decision on the qb spot that seems to have just about every single media outlet and so-called sports experts saying that making a change at qb at this point of the season is highly risky. with a kid who has alot of potential but also has alot of growing to do as was evident during yesterdays rams game. kap played ok but again made some mistakes a few of them perhaps costing us the game. can we afford kap having these ” growing pains ” during a super bowl run? its’ harbaughs decision and we have to live with it. we play the dolphins,seahawks,and tom brady’s boys in the next 3 weeks, closing out the regular season at home on dec. 30th, the way the seakawks are playing I swear we better win all our remaining games

  32. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    lol how can you submit a duplicate if it did not post it

  33. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    wow CK set us up again for a winning FG that was missed end of story in both games so i would say it was the conservative calls that lead to it ………ramming gore for the whole game in a hole that was filled with guys gouging the line and not 1 screen called

  34. By Coach little league on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Changing qb not a smart move for the team. late of the season sorry niners fans maybe next year for the super bowl.

  35. By I Bleed Red and Gold on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Some fans are blowing this whole thing out of proportion. Yeah, we lost yesterday to a team that knows us better y well. There were bad calls and bad play calls, still It’s only 1 game and we still have 4 to go. 3 of which are easily considered wins. Let CK continue to learn on the fly. He has a great defense backing him up. We will be fine this year and this late loss and really help us in the long run. Where is your “faith” 49er fans? Sheesh! Some of you are as wishy washie as you claim Jim to be.

  36. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    you alex fans wow…..the writing is on the wall …alex will get his chance to show everyone next season ………then you can say i told you so …or rather NOT…….look you guys said it yourselves alex is nothing without harbaugh and with him he is above average and still lacks the poise to lead the team past the first round …..simple math says that alex will even degress each game he is out wich has been 3 and a half ……almost

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ 9erdog the presser was harbaugh badly making excuses for everything that happened sunday against the rams. im pretty sure that was why he came out so early and said the kapper is our starter this sunday against miami. it seems pretty clear also to this 49er fan that maybe CK7 wasn’t as ready as harbaugh thought he was.,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,,,but can our players?? these last 4 games,,for harbaugh,,,will define the rest of his tenure here in san francisco, for if we make it to the playoffs, and I now say if,when before I would have said after,,
    if we make the playoffs and CK7 has some more ” growing pains ” that cost us the game and we get sent packing,,there will be alot of questions to be answered,
    and yet, if ” THE KAPPER ” leads us to the promised land in spectacular fashion, the coach will look like a genius,,that is if kap shreds it, but if he plays like he did against the rams into the playoffs, with the kicking game floundering,,??????

  38. By ndd9201 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Tired of these so called analyst saying Kap is better down the stretch. If anyone knows the 9ers their only ever concerned about the next game “or so I thought”. Alex has been with this team for 8 years through the good and bad; and finally now has built a rapport with the receivers as he had before with the o-line. Not too mention I thought the OC said “Alex is an expert in the offensive system”. Nothing against Kap but now is not the time to experiment with a qb who is still learning the system. Too much to risk.

  39. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    pooooooooooof

  40. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    great site much better now than before i hope thios is not the company they are useing for the new hightech stadium …yikes

  41. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey bleed red and gold, which of those 4 games do you think are easy wins? the game against the pat? or maybe your talking about the game @ the seahawks??

  42. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    man…….i would love to see the coach start alex against the dolphins and watch him get pulled …but that is my deal ….truly all need to actually see what is going on alex had 8 years to even learn how to play average ….

  43. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    let CK7 continue to learn on the fly during a super bowl run,,,hummm,,sounds like a fair weather fan to me,,,

  44. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11,,,try clicking twice on the submit comment tab when posting

  45. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11,,,try clicking twice on the submit comment tab when posting

  46. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    see

  47. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    maybe but i would rather watch a kid get better and show more than a checkdown all game …but sure if everyone likes checkdown ball each year i guess than you should be fine with a better QB trying ton achieve more than that ………..maybe

  48. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    no submit double check working here must be your awesome mouse

  49. By I Bleed Red and Gold on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    @49erD the games against the Cardinals, Dolphins and the Seahawks. I’m not to sure how that game against the Pats will go.

  50. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have long said I dont care who is at qb as long as we are winning

  51. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    how can you say the game @ the seahawks will be easy?

  52. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    that is like the toughest place to play in the nfl

  53. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    the dolphins have had one of the best run defenses all year. the rams showed yesterday shut down the 49ers run game and you have a chance to win

  54. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    come on alex would have lost at least 2 of tho9se games and he was loseing the rams game allready before he claimed concussion …..to get out of it lol …….

  55. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    look the4 rams have had more 1st round picks than the browns they have a lot of good defensive players and a good defensive coach …so be it they will still be watching the playoffs from their couch so what ever

  56. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    and I dont think we have to go into specifics with the pats….so thats 3 games right there that look like we have our work cut out for us

  57. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    yeah hawks at home and pats as well as finishing off the cards …..more work than fun there

  58. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    11 saying alex would lose any games is hypothetical at this point

  59. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    we lost 2 key players though and that does hurt we shall see if anyone steps up to the challenge

  60. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    but your probably right about the pats game,,,lol

  61. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    yeah I think bleed red and gold got it backwards, 3 of our last 4 games will be a challenge for sure

  62. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    again we lost 2 key players they will all be hard games from here on out

  63. By I Bleed Red and Gold on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    What? Lol we own Sneak Carrol, the Phins can’t hang with us and we’re home. I’m not saying we’ll blow them out, they are win you can count already. As long as we’re still healthy.

  64. By lohn medina on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    YOU JUST DONT CHANGE Q.B . AN STRADAGIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON!!!!!! Bad move on Haurbouro s part

  65. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    ok CK is the starter like it or not i had to sit with alex for ever now new blood and whole new feel i like it and if he takes till next year so be it alex will never ….win a superbowl here …..he is a jeff garcia all over everyone has been so battered for so many years you will latch onto the first ok QB you see …..CK brings long drives and more scoreing opportunities …….the future of the niners and more superbowl wins …….unless you like checkdown alex then you can change teams with him ..well or couches he will want to start and i would love to see who gives him that opportunity……….lol

  66. By bow53 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    AKER IS A FUNK!!!!!!!!!!

  67. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    you obviously are a new fan right bleed red and gold,,

  68. By iswordsman on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I want to see Roman’s uhh, “parts” hanging from the goal post at Edward Jones. Pitiful game call was the reason Kaep looked like Alex.
    Contrast that excuse for an offense with what Bill Musgrave threw at us in Minnesota. He had our number all day… that’s the kind of OC this team deserves.
    BUT all said and done, it was a 13 11 win in regulation, no other way of looking at it.. So the refs GAVE ONE to Seagulls, STOLE one from us???
    Keeryst no f’in accountability to the refs???

  69. By GWJOOP on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been a 9er fan since the late sixties. I’ve had my doubts about Alex like most, but to replace him this late in the season now makes me doubt Harbaugh. I’m very worried about our future, which until a few weeks ago looked very bright.

    I hope I’m wrong .. but this QB thing brings a whole lot of questions about our direction. And even though the players may be presenting a united front in public, I have no doubt that privately they are concerned as well …

    The bottom line is that the Coach made a very poor decision that will continue to hurt us for the rest of the season and maybe beyond… I’m very sad

  70. By Ladybug on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ya know…we all don’t know what goes on in the front office, at the coaching meeting, nor in the locker room. I think JH had a difficult call to make, but I think it was the best one. CK7 is quick, has an arm that wont quit, and can scamper through holes I couldn’t see….amazing how he pops out of the gang of players.

    Alex is slow and for sure would be sacked numerous times in both Rams games.
    The front line cannot give him the luxury of 2 minutes of time time to decide who to throw to. CK7 seems to have that ability…like Montana…to see the whole field and the options and act immediately.

    Also…heard today that athletes who have been concussed stand a 50% chance of severe brain damage showing up in their later years..years after they have quit.
    So maybe, in the interest of Alex not having that terrible diagnosis, it’s better he stay on the bench a while….and just be backup.

  71. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    No game in the NFL should be concerned an easy win, till after the game has been won! Sure wins, eh? I’d have to bet that ‘Red and Gold’ had the Rans game penciled in as a sure win? As Madden once said “Thats the reason they play the games”

  72. By Hermie on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Swordsman…If you are talking about the winning touchdown…it was the right call as much as I wish it wouldn’t have been. The 9ers will have a chance of putting them away in the a few weeks.

  73. By Hermie on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    How much loyalty does your company have for you in today,s world??? And, you aren’t due to make 8.5 million bucks!!

  74. By truefaith49 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    delusional 11,, you say ck set us up for the win on a long feild goal? when the rams shouldnt even had any points in the first place lol ck opens up the offense but he cant throw the ball on single coverage when they blitz the house? check the stats alex kills it when they blitz 5 or more,, and alex wont run the ball 15 yrds backwards for a saftey he would have thrown it away or taken a sack both are better than saftey, they need to put alex in if ck cant handle the rams what will seattle do to him, they are calling plays talored to ck so they can justify him being in, he looked terrible in ot just like he did last time,, rams dnt have our number you cant run that college bull on a vet like fisher,, if alex had the same exact stats you would be talkin mad ish but since its ck its ok and the coaches fault, sure walker missed an easy one but ck missed a wide open davis in ot when we needed a first down hey can throw the ball 50 yrds but cant hit a 7 yrd crossing route? ill take the 70 percent completion and no turnovers thank you very much,, get owned son

  75. By phatalerror on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    All of the Alex-haters complained how the pro-Alex camp made “excuses” for him. What do they do after a Kaepernick loss in a performance where the defense didn’t give up a score until after time in the 4th quarter expired? That’s right: Make excuses.

    The shoe is on the other foot now. Excuses seem so much more legitimate when you have to excuse one of your own.

  76. By 9erdog on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wait a minuted here! If poster here are saying that they didn’t like the play calling, and now making excuses for Kap? What I’ve been calling for along is for Roman to open up the offense.
    And I’ve also been saying that Alex can throw the deep ball We’ve seen him do! Kap was being given a aggressive game and he looked great, and when Alex had an aggressive game plan (Saints POG) he looked great! Right? Then Kap gets the game plan that Alex has been getting, he didn’t look to good?
    Tell you what put Alex in with an aggressive game plan, Tampa Bay we came out throwing Alex played great, thats when I thought Romans gonna open it up we looked great Tampa was never the same after that lost! What happen to that aggressive play? we’re a Power Running ! then why put Kaepernick in maybe you want a pocket QB for a Power Running Game, so why not have put in Tolzien?
    Ahh whatever just thinking out loud …

  77. By SHIP on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Its amazing how close wins and losses are. Divisional games are usually tight…yeah you can point to mistakes, blah, blah, blah but the bottom line is if Delanie makes a catch right to him or Akers makes kicks he normally makes Kap is 3-0. Its amazing how mcuh people panic when its small things that made us lose but everyone wants to blame someone and gets their emotions involved. Quit panicking…we can win it all with either QB. QB is not the issue and has not been the issue. We need to improve our field goal situation & play calling. PERIOD.

  78. By SHIP on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Roman made a bad decision calling that pitch to Ginn by our goal line. Its completely his fault to put the players in that position and the safety is almost identical to what Brady did in last years SuperBowl. Quit panicking…Kap did enough to bring us back. Others let us down. QB is not the problem this year just as much as it was not last year regardless of which QB you like.

  79. By SHIP on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I like Alex and we can win with him BUT Kap is electric. There is just something special there.

  80. By Apocalypto on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    people forget coach Fisher got some tutelage from Walsh during his early coaching years w the 49ers…he does know how to defense it & realizes what formations produce..and then coach H gets conservative deep into Rams red zone & gambles (pitch) in his own red zone? Hope he gots some wrinkles ala RG3 this monday night football showed…note: Shanahan also got knowledge from walsh back when…plea to coach H….please play the rookies!

  81. By truefaith49 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    safetys and fumbles for tds are not lil mistakes or issues, if those didnt occurr when they did we are not relying on 50 yrd feild goals or back up tight ends to make plays,, especially when they can be easily avoided we will not win the superbowl with an inexperienced qb that only shined against simple defenses

  82. By MC33 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    You alex haters are showing your colors. You p!$$ and moan about the reasons given for Alex Smith’s numbers. Then go about giving the same excuses for Kaep. Alex woudn’t have given the Lambs 10 points in stupid decisions. otherwise the numbers are pretty much the same. Kaep is more mobile, and Alex does a much better job audibling run plays. It’s a wash. Except for the rookie mistakes that lose games and chances to get to the superbowl.

  83. By jamie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    This qb change is gonna cost us. No doubt in my mind. Superbowl contender whos coach makes a qb switch in week 11 after ur starter has played well and has posted a winning record the past season and a half. Kap is a better “athlete” than Smith…no doubt. Bigger, stronger, faster. Mike Vick is also a better “athlete” than Smith…he has never won anything and actually sucks pretty bad. There is no evidence thus far that Kap is a “smarter” player than Smith and at this point with this defense and supporting cast I think I want the smarter guy in there right now who wont make the big mistakes. Week 11 of a winning season is not the time to change qb’s. We are only a game and a half up on Seattle now. We have the Pats and Hawks to play still…2 very tough games that we could possibly lose. This may cost us the division. Its a very real possibility. The Buffalo Bills made a qb switch in 2000 for the last game of the year. Rested Doug Flutie who was the starter the entire season and posted a winning record and playoff spot in order to play Rob Johnson who the Bills believed was a “better athlete” than Flutie. Johnson won that last game and they decided to go with him in the wildcard game the following week……thay lost and havent been back to the playoffs since. This Niners team is not built to need the guy with the stronger arm to win u games. It needs the smarter more experienced one and I believe that to be Smith. I agree this coaching decision may cause this season to be wasted and the locker room will start to question things…its only a matter of time.

  84. By ace on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012120202/2012/REG13/49ers@rams#menu=highlights&tab=rate

  85. By jamie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    oh and one more thing…..AKERS NEEDS TO BE CUT!!!! Enough with the “hes working through something” If he was hurt he wouldnt be playing. His confidence is wrecked and hes hit the wall. It happens to kickers. Time to sign a new one. We cant afford to have a kicker who is not dependable anymore especially in the playoffs.. He had a good run. its over.

  86. By mfkram64 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    look kap. is the starter…it’s funny he comes in against rams drives the team to a score go up 21-17 the rams go right down and score make it 24-21 that kaps fault or the d? ok thought so anyway he gets them in field goal range and score is tie..ot he gets them to a 41 yd. fg it’s missed his fault right? should be 1-0 then beats bears a hot def. on monday night should be 2-0 goes to new orleans a hostile place where montana/young or smith struggle and gets a w again should be 3-0goes to a rival’s house again they struggle in domes and walker drops a td. akers misses a fg AGAIN IN OT….SHOULD BE 4-O! u alex lovers c’mon..he didn’t throw a pick or fumble on rams loss..that pitch play should have never ever been put in period..it would’nt have been in for alex..and it goes to ginn r u kidding me he hasn’t played all year…bad call by oc. not kaps fault..mistakes r going to happen it’s football limiting them is key….the big problem is the special team play this year..no big returns like last year..sloppy play…to many missed fg’s period! 49er defense how can u keep saying if alex played they win? r u for real! look at all the other parts of the team please u comment on the qb all the time! to many holding calls on off. line that killed two drives..it happens but to say niners would have won with alex PLEASE!

  87. By tanglung on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe we should see if Drew Bledsoe can come play for us. lol

  88. By bow53 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    poof x 1000…….wake the hell up server or who’s ever running this site….

  89. By bow53 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    try again, @jamie i agree w/ u cut the S.O.B. (akerss)

  90. By iswordsman on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Righto Jamie!! Alex Smith the rocket scientist! Hes still using his arm band after 2 yrs in THIS offense dude! Smarter?? than who???
    Look great guy, i love him blah blah blah BUT this team deserves a guy who will wear a yellow jacket one day- that is NOT ALEX my friend, much as you want it to be. Now, lets all move on until we find that guy, period

  91. By iswordsman on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    All this SUPER BOWL talk, this team is 25th yes 25th in offense. Not sayin the play by the goal line was well executed, but why was it called? Crazy self destructive move by the OC. Yeah, the Rams D will never figure out yer gonna run Gore on 2nd and 20? for the tenth time this season?
    This college stuff is not playing well lately. Roman needs to lock himself in a room with tape of Walsh offense for about 2 weeks and then come back and we’ll see what hes learned.

  92. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    all this talk about if kap this or if alex that if the kicker this or defense that. those are all hypothetical,,,,,you cant judge by the what if’s and the maybes or if we did thats,,,,the bottom line is that kap doesnt look all that much better than alex save for his rocket arm and running ability,,,,yup kap has plenty of ,,POTENTIAL,,,
    Aand thats all it is at this point…..POTENTIAL,,,,,you cant bet the farm on a guys potential,,POTENTIAL has gotten alot of coaches fired,,,insert your jim drunkenmiller comments here,,,,drunkenmiller had the rocket arm,,a ton of mobility, he was like top 5 in combine drills and he had alot of,,,POTENTIAL,,
    we all know where that got us,,,,,,NOWHERE!!!!!!! stop talking about kaepernick like he has already become a top notch qb,,,he is NOWHERE near a top flight qb yet,,,,

  93. By I Bleed Red and Gold on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    @49erD of course not. Been a fan of this team since I’ve known what a football was. I was born in 82 and the first player I ever heard of was Jerry Rice.

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