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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 4

Posted by Taylor Price on December 4, 2012 – 10:06 AM


San Francisco 49ers first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins was active for the second time this season in Sunday’s 16-13 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams. Jenkins, however, did not play. Second-round pick LaMichael James wasn’t active for the 12th time this year, but that could soon change.

The speedy running back could see action late in the season according to Jim Harbaugh in comments shared by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

The 49ers coach visited with the KNBR Morning Show as he does every Tuesday and explained that the running back, who’s yet to be active in 2012, could see playing time in December.

“I think that’s a real possibility, and he’s worked hard for an opportunity,” Harbaugh said. “And that’s something that’s definitely a possibility that’s coming.”

Trent Baalke, the team’s general manager, also hinted at a possible December debut for James. Baalke visited with 95.7 The Game on Monday as part of his weekly show, his comments were discussed by CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.

If James is active and can contribute to a 49ers win over the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, the team could clinch a playoff spot with some help from NFC playoff contenders. There’s actually two scenarios in play for the 49ers to be guaranteed of postseason football for consecutive seasons.

Here are the scenarios:

1. San Francisco win + DAL loss + MIN loss + TB loss + WAS loss + SEA loss or tie.

2. San Francisco win + DAL loss + MIN loss + TB loss + WAS loss + STL loss or tie.

The Vikings host the Bears. The Buccaneers host the Eagles. The Redskins host the Ravens. The Seahawks host the Cardinals. The Rams visit the Bills. The Cowboys visit the Bengals.

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle looked at Colin Kaepernick’s poise in the aftermath of Sunday’s adversity.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News shares Harbaugh’s Monday comments on Kaepernick starting for the fourth time in a row Sunday against Miami.

Brown also shares Harbaugh’s comments on David Akers remaining as the team’s placekicker.

49ers.com examined Harbaugh’s outlook on the loss to St. Louis and the positives from Kaepernick’s outing in St. Louis.




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43 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 4”

  1. By Matt L on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Find ways to get LaMichael outside the tackles and he can do serious damage.

  2. By DMT on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    LaMichael James, and AJ Jenkins could do a lot for the team, but Harbaugh and Roman are so timid about offensive football, we probably won’t find out.

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

    I agree with you 1000% DMT

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

    I really dont have much to say today about anything,,,our head coach is playing with fire and we all know it

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

    akers has sucked BADLY this year, why wouldnt we make a change? its not about loyalty we all know that as well,,,coach has none to anybody except kaeperstink

  6. By MichaelChristopher on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Coach was trying save them for the for the last four weeks and the playoffs.Thier explosive .

  7. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    shure hope alex does not get dissed for the probowl again i mean everyone says he is awesome

  8. By Hermie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    The more I listen…I still believe something, at least in-part, was sent down from the top…Ala, “Jim, let’s see what the kid can do before Alex’s 8.5 million comes due. We need to find out if he can play!!”

    If Kaep would not have looked good in these games, Harbaugh would still have a fall-back position in going with Alex. But, Kaep has looked alright, so he figures to go with him against a weaker team in Miami at home.

    Just thinking!!

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

    why not sign the kid tavecchio who was kicking for us in the pre-season? I havnet forgotten the kids big leg and his 50+yard field goals in the pre season

  10. By gary potter on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    server: you are a gutless s.o.b

  11. By bow53 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    right now all we have to do is watch and see where our beloved 49ers is gunna do in the last 4 games, to me all 4 games is a must win, see, we can’t control who’s in and who’s out in the line up, like everybody is saying in coach staff we trust, i’m just hoping they get there act together, dolphins and the cards i’m not to worried, the pats and the seahags are both away games, we should at least win 3 games in order to win the west and sit on the 2nd seed in the league, that i have no idea how we gunna pull that out…if we play the same attitude , we play last sunday,were domed my opinion the defense did well, the offense play calling sucks.. they should turn around and see what the hell went wrong last sunday, i stil blame akers in last week lost…

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

    take a look at the seakawks remaining schedule. we must win all 4 games left to secure the # 2 playoff seed. I agree with you wholeheartedly bow53

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

    I am looking forward to seeing our rookies play, but I think they should have gotten their feet wet much sooner than this

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

    miami, one of the toughest teams against the run this year and they have been on a game by game basis,,@ seattle,,dont need to say much about this one,,@ new england,,do we have enough offense to keep up with brady?,,arizona at home to close out the regular season. nothing easy about ANY of these games

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

    I know Im not the only one who is very concerned about our team. we all agree that kap has alot of potential, but how many kids have come out of college with the very same attributes and have not amounted to squat? that is the dilema and the risk coach harbaugh is taking, benching one guy who is a very good game manager and very good at recognizing blitzes and making adjustments at the line of scrimmage for a kid who cant possibly have the same amoount of live game experiance or knack of seeing things quick enough to make the same kind of adjustments. one thing is for sure, we are going to find out just how ready CK7 is to play at the same level alex was playing at. and to say that kap has outplayed alex already is laughable and not reality.,,,for 4 games to go,,,

  16. By jamie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    48ersdefense u took every word out of my mouth. Couldnt agree more with all your posts. This team went from being in control to coaching decisions that may backfire big time.

  17. By jamie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Im just waiting for the divided locker room thing to happen…and trust me it will.

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

    harbaughs loyalty huh? how about that scene of him pounding kaps pads and shoulders right before the start of the rams game,,??? he did the same with alex,,what kind of message does that send?,,just sayin’

  19. By Ron Barsotti on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    My son & I attended the Ram/9r game this past weekend, it looked to us that whatever offensive formation we were in, the Rams adjusted correctly most of the time. This was especially true on running plays. Somehow our offense tipped the plays especially the ‘inside’ runs. I hope our staff studies the game films closely!

  20. By jamie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Alex may very well get the last laugh when this season is over….we’ll see.

  21. By jamie on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Mr Harbaugh…ur kicker has hit the wall….ask ur bro how it is to have ur kicker blow a playoff game (see AFC title game last year)……you may want to make a change very soon.

  22. By johninchina on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    I am confident the players themselves are dealing with their miscues and mistakes on Sunday; but i want to make two comments: 1) GR please design a game plan for CK7 that makes use of his strengths and don’t handcuff him to an AS11 game plan . . . 2) JH, please contact the NFL office and make formal complaint about the officiating or lack thereof in view of the Rams taunting and provoking that took place after every 49er offensive play , . . the refs were just waiting for 49er retaliation and it didn’t happen . . . i am so proud of our OLine and receivers for restraint and self-confrol, really hats off for your integrity . . . and that Finnegan character needs a good straight arm (legal of course) to the chops to shut him up . . . the Rams’ continued illegal taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct will continue until the refs flag it !!! Needs to be adddressed by League office, please somebody JH take care of your business! And thank you for that!!! Good blogs all around, and GO NINERS !!! Finish well . . .

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

    @ johninchina,,brother, I could not have agreed with a post more. you are so very right about the refs and thery’e allowing the rams db’s to play to the echo of the whistle, the same goes for the seakawks db’s as well as your comparisons to the game plan for kap. but the rams had 8-9 in the box after our early run success and played man behind it. we couldnt get anything going. I believe that the pressure the rams front 4 was getting dictated how roman called the game, just an opinion of an observation.

  24. By Angel on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    can you add my last post please

  25. By 9erdog on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    One thing I overlooked myself and that is how fair is this to a
    young QB, this could really shatter the kids confidence. This is suppose to be our Super Bowl year and too put a young kid in this spot, hey don’t worry BUT the whole team is counting on you! I’m sure theres no pressure on the Kid!

  26. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    duuuude yeah every away game we have played the refs called outrageous stuff on us as well as calling our guys down ..when they were not as well as their home team being ruled lack of forward progress when he fumbles …outrageous calls against us in this run not to mention when we get big plays they call some cracker jack hold that didnt even have anything to do with the play …as well as calling our guys for taking down a lineman ….when the 2nd play of the game aldon came in with clean shot and was dragged down from behind …not called but all game they were calling us ………last 3 games not to mention the season the calls have been bad phantom intentional grounding ….phantom guys down ….phantom holds ……all garbage and yes the coach should file as well as other teams and make these guys accountable …why cant they have guys like peiera who actually can make the call and correct it via the film and keep these games as close to right and this whole garbage of the whislte blew so it can not be reviewed is bull ….that is why we are throwing the red flag you schmose

  27. By 9erdog on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    9erD” what the word at the tailgating? in the seats what are they saying at the game, I have to wonder about that!

  28. By rypat on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Have we had any contribution on game day from 1 player drafted this year? I would think a team that can’t find room to play a rookie should be able to get a win against the rams! I am really starting to question this staff, including Harbaugh. I know most think he is a savior but I see him getting out coached, especially by Fisher and Coughlin. Find me a more talented team top to bottom than the 9ers and ask yourself why we have lost and tied the games we have. The staff and team need to wake up and handle their business! If Kaep continues to start and they don’t win the bowl, Harbaugh has gambled and lost!

  29. By SHIP on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Rapist. Please shut up. You an idiot. Harbaugh is a great coach.

  30. By SHIP on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    We have lost 3 games. Even the great Walsh lost games…I know its is hard to believe. We had superior talent under Walsh but still managed to lose games. It happens to everyone and Harbaugh has improved the team. Do you even know and understand football and its history Rapist?.

  31. By phatalerror on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Gore hasn’t rushed for 5 yards a carry or topped 100 yards in a game since Smith wasn’t threatening secondaries. Football is a team sport. If ‘Gore made Smith better’, and Kaepernick is the “hot hand”, Gore should be making Kaepernick awesome right now. Instead the mutually inclusive truth becomes evident: Smith made Gore better, as is proven by the recent drop-off in production at both QB and RB. Kaepernick has measurables, but he does not complement the offense as well as Smith does.

  32. By jacob on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    poof you 2

  33. By joe garza on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    The way our “D” is playing, Gore and Crabtree should be on their way to the pro bowl” BAR NONE”. /SHIP, to compare Harbaugh to WALSH (shame on you) Harbaugh and Kap have one thing in common their both pridictible.

  34. By mfkram64 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    listen if u all thought the niners were going 12-4 or 13-3 this year u r on something..last year they over achived so this year everyone i mean everyone figured they go to super bowl…first look at their schule…i circled 4 losses never mine u loss at least 2 in your divison..to me 10-6 maybe 11-5 this year..so relax they r 8-3-1 right on pace.that is a good season don’t get spoiled..look around the league everyone is the same…one week teams look like killers then they loss 2 games aka giants,packers,bears and so on the niners play it right they will get second seed just like last year..so stop putting harbaugh down… u all were bl$$ing him now it’s this and that he’s fine..first thing first get a win sunday puts them at 9-3-1 get ready for that show down on road with pats..a great test to see what they r made of cuz the pats. r the team lets face it last 12 years 5 trips to bowl 3 wins..so one step at a time..miami first..have faith…

  35. By mfkram64 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    ship i agree..walsh lost games also..stop judging harbaugh cuz of a loss…they lost 3 games this year so far how bad is that? learn from the losses and move on..harbaugh didn’t miss the fg’s..it happens..that’s football..get ready for miami..dial up a good game and winning makes u forget about losing..to me they need davis to step up and take some control..this is still a very young team we all forget that..in times of losing and the team is down u need your veterns to stand up..all teams go through this”it’s the teams that work together and work hard win period..harbaugh will rally the troops and move forward…remember one game..one week at a time…

  36. By ninerfan80 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    I might be the only one but I trust Coach Harbaugh. Alex Smith is a smart but safe player. He is a QB who can keep you in the game but he is not a gunslinger that is going to put up points when your defense has a bad day. He is good at what he does but is very limited.

    The Niners traded up and spent good money to get Kaepernick. Anyone who has seen his college film and the records he set knows why they are doing this. Kaepernick has the strongest arm since Dan Marino and also is a threat with his feet. He is inexperienced, but you can only get experience one way.. through playing. The true test of character is how he will rebound from this defeat. He will have to beat Miami through the air as they have been tough against the run lately. I truly believe that Kaepernick is the future of the Niners and he can get experience and win now. He has been in all the same meetings and had all the same coaching as Alex for the last 2 years under Harbaugh. Harbaugh is a QB and knows the position well. I trust him and his instincts. There are so many teams that want to see the 49ers fail.. want to see the locker room divided.. which is why they keep talking about this. The guys are rallying behind Kaepernick. Harbaugh will not lose that locker room… those guys love him.

    I just have one question to ask. When the Niners head to New England a week from Sunday, do you believe Alex could keep up with Tom Brady? I honestly do not believe he can. The Patriot Defense has allowed a lot of yards and points this year and we would be hoping that Alex could do enough and then rely on our Defense to spend a lot of time on the field to try to stop Brady. Trust me, Bellicheck will wear down our defense if we can’t keep our offense on the field. I think Kaepernick has the better chance at this. IF Harbaugh & Roman use him correctly, he is a match-up nightmare for defensive coordinators. You have to choose to keep one extra man in the box to prevent Frank Gore from having a big day AND someone to spy Kaepernick. Kap can through from outside the pocket so when he does get outside he can beat you with his arm or his feet. If they dedicated extra men to prevent the rush, you leave man-to-man coverage on Moss, Vernon, Mario, Crab, etc. If they add the shifty LaMichael James who is great at catching out of the backfield.. that complicates it even more for a defense. I just hope our Offensive Coordinator and head coach has a good plan for these upcoming games to best utilize these weapons. Quite honestly, I think that starting Alex is a safe bet but hurts the 49ers in the future because you are limiting the development of Kaepernick who can be the future for this team and a real star in this league.

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

    @ninerfan80, the rams played man most of the game after frank gore had some early game success, kap couldnt get it done then. all your saying is the same thing everyone else has been saying. the kid has alot of POTENTIAL,,THATS IT.
    POTENTIAL doesnt amount to squat in this league. and for anyone to say this is the right move switching qb’s near the end of the season, during a super bowl run,benching a qb who had not played badly at all,does not know todays nfl. c’mon, coach harbaugh knows the risk he is taking, this move is unprecedented. you dont make a qb change like this unless your team has already been knocked out of the playoffs. oh yeah, lets play our rookies now, here at the end of the season, who cares if they havent played A SINGLE DOWN IN THE REGULAR SEASON.,,,,yes harbaugh played qb in the nfl,,,a long time ago, the nfl today is nothing like when harbaugh played. the only thing left is to see where the chips may fall,,for anyone to say they arent worried about what may happen with this team after this drastic move coach has made does not understand fully the nuances of todays nfl.

  38. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yes I do believe Alex could keep up with Brady, why not he did just fine keeping up with Bree’s last year. arguably the hottest QB in the NFL last year. Something that Kaepernick couldn’t do 2 games back. And please don’t forget the Defense put up 14 points vs the Saints, and as far as limiting Kap, development that makes no sense at all. Rogers come to mind!

  39. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    You honestly believe this is how you develop a young QB??
    Myself I’ve lost a lot of respect for coach, and I don’t feel good feeling this way. The man lied to us how bad is that, he said “I’m going with the QB with the Hot Hand ” he lied!

  40. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    This young QB has the weight of the whole team on his young back, to take out one of the hottest QB’s in the NFL to start a young unproved QB could be the downfall of both?
    Kaepernick looked real hot vs the Bears, and only so so against the Saints, and not to good at all against the Rams!
    I honestly believe coach got a little too smart for his own good, and painted himself in the preverbal corner. Its so hard for me to understand why he would put sooo much on the line, all our players trusted him to make the right moves. They didn’t expect him to take such a gamble with (THEIR) team, If the gamble works there is no change, No Change we just keep winning. but on the other hand if it doesn’t work .. f u c k e d!

  41. By ninerfan80 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    @49erdefense2012, I would have to kindly disagree. I think too many fans give Alex too much credit last year. He played it safe the entire year and let the defense win the games for them. There was a game where our defense got him 5 turnovers and the Niners won by a touchdown or less. I agree that this is late to be making a QB swap but I was rooting for Colin to start the first game of the year. We have seen the best that Alex has to offer and it MIGHT be enough to get to a Super Bowl. Most of the 49ers wins last year came down to game winning field goals by Akers who is struggling this year. Can you really give Alex credit for all those wins last year? He had the second best defense (arguably the first) in the NFL and he still barely won games by a couple points. Plain and simply, Harbaugh made moves in the off-season to try to add horsepower to this offense and it is still stagnant under Alex.

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

    and it is still stagnant under kap. say what you will but kap couldnt pull the trigger when the rams were playing man to man coverage. and do you REALLY think we have seen enough from kap to say he CAN WIN US A SUPER BOWL.? NO,,we have not,,,

  43. By rypat on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    So those of you who view Harbaugh as a coaching god, do you believe him when he says Kap had a “great game” against the rams? I see it as he was directly responsible for 10 of the Rams points and Harbaugh is full of $hit! And I’m willing to bet Alex thinks hes full of $hit! To me, Jim may be a great coach someday but for now he has allot to learn. He has put himself and this team in a tough position and I just hope if Kap is not cutting it, he is not too stuborn to go back to what got them to the NFC championship!

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